By Fred Hegele, Board of Directors
It is Monday and we are back in the Imara weekday mode. We had a number of errands and business stops in town before arriving at the Imara House late morning. One stop caused me to reflect back on the broken door latch that I fixed last week—well, it was fixed for about twenty-four hours.
The replacement latch was a lower quality, bargain priced unit which was simply not up to the rigor of eight teenage girls, nearly as many staff, and lots of use. So Gipson will try to return it for a refund. Today, I went to Modson Hardware and was able to find an exact replicate of the original hardware. After figuring how to change the latch from left-hand to right-hand, which required one more trip to Modson Hardware, I now feel confident that as we pack up and leave town tomorrow, the Imara family has a door latch that will serve them well for a long time. It took me less that ten days to complete the job! Carol is greatly relieved that she is not paying me by the hour!
We decided that our last day here should be celebrated with pizza, so Carol and I picked up wheat flour, tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, sausage, mozzarella cheese, all the fixings so that we could make our own pizza from scratch. We rolled out the dough that Carol and Veronica made this afternoon, applied the sauce and toppings, and baked it outside in the charcoal-fired oven. What a riot! I think that all enjoyed, and as we bid farewell to all until next year, I got the hint that the girls were about to make and bake some more pizza tonight after we left.
It is always so hard to say goodbye to these precious gifts from God in our lives. But we leave with a good sense that Imara International is blessed with a great staff, that the moms are making good progress towards their goal of independence, that the youngsters are off to an excellent start in early childhood education and development.
We also are so eternally grateful for the amazing commitment and service of Carol and Sandy. They make a mighty team in doing the Lord’s work here, and we all see more clearly the organizational steps this year to ramp up for construction at the Village and to prepare the first moms to leave Imara House for the start of their independence as adults.
I must admit that saying goodbye to Rose and Sophie, who do not plan to be here next January, was tempered a bit by exchanging email addresses and promising that we will visit them in their new setting if possible.
We are packing and departing for Nairobi in the morning. Please keep Carol and Sandy in your thoughts and prayers that they might feel your support for peace, security, confidence, patience, energy, compassion and wisdom in their Godly work here. They are the best!