I havent written until now as the last couple of weeks have been challenging to me in many ways emotionally, physically and the sitautions I am currently being faced with. The biggest thing I have had to learn is persevearnce, and to contiune to have a great faith and hope in the challenges I have been faced with.
Just over 2 weeks ago I climbed Mt. Longonot which I have to say was one of the most challenging things I have done but I survived, and it all began to feel worth it when I reached the top and see the breath taing views of the rift valley. Being 2800 metres high and 20km metres of walking which was no easy walk, at the beginning it was really steep and I have still not adjusted or adapted to the altitude here and find it hard to breath so then climbing this mountain was really hard for me within minutes I would eb about of breath and couldnt breath but as hard as it was I fought through it and reached the first peak which was what seemed the hardest part. It did get harder getting to the tallest peak including lots of rock climbing and crazy things we had to do but we did it. 6 hours later we were back and collapsed on the floor, but was such a beautiful lanscape of Kenya I got to experience. I was sure paying for it the next day though!
Lots has been happening so I wont write about all that I have been doing and so on, there has been some real special moments at some of the projects and just seeing growth and realtionships developing further. Also visiting new projects one was Cheshire girls school for the disabled which was so heart breaking but the girls were so lovely.
I was off to Mombasa again to sort out some problems and resolve some things that have been occuring. My time in Mombasa is always the best time and where I feel at home, its always like I am counting down in my head till when I can next go there. This time I was there for 5 days which allowed me to do all I needed to get done, and to spend quality time with the boys. Its with the boys that I feel at home and connected to them in such a strong way that I can't begin to explain but being with them knowing them more and their life has been so special and so powerful and it has been so evident that because of it situations have occured and I am trying to be pulled down and things going against me but I am continuing to persevere, I will continue to fight for those boys and have faith. So we decided to through a party for the boys and with it being one of the boys birthdays it would be a joint celebration. Cooking them meals, lots of dancing, cake, icing fighting and just lots of fun was such a great day finished with a bible study was one of the greatest days, seeing the boys so happy was the greatest thing of all! My last day in Mombasa with them was also so special sharing life experiences, testimonies and what our relationships meant to one another. For them to say and know that I dont just come from a good background and make out I know how they feel, but I know as I have lived it and for them to say I know have showed them a hope they never had before, and that I will be an idol to them in terms of knowing they can do it as well. It was so powerful one of the most special times I cant even express or explain it. I love those boys so much and although things have been hard I would do it all again for them, and will continue to fight through and battle for things as moments like that shared with them are really worth it.
I had also been taking my friend Toni from work with me, it was actually my last time with her as she has gone back to her rural home. I had grown such a close friendship with her so I will really find it difficult now in many ways. But she said to me before you I didnt know how to love and it was just about you but you have showed me how to love and the meaning of love especially with those boys.
On a down note I had a large sum of money stolen from me during my time in Mombasa, so I am now worrying how I am going to survive having now lost that money. So I have to trust that I will be provided with it.
I am now back in Limuru where its cold and rather miserable and to be honest feeling rather isolated where I am living. I am struggling being alone and the things I am facing, but I know I am here for a reason and being taught so much and I knew it wasnt going to be easy. That in these times I need to rely and trust in God and that he never leaves me and he is my strength. Which is not the easiest of things but I need to continue to go to him, and I think this is the time where I am really going to learn through the challneges I face.