Posts by Jill

Monday, June 16

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Monday, June 16

To start our day we met with Roy Stover, Brian Talam – Chairman of EBCCK and Mr. Richard Keter – the manager and principal of EBCCK. We worked out a team schedule of what our objectives were for the next 10 days. Number one is executing the computer project and keeping it sustainable since we brought the laptops. The team will also be teaching Biology, Astronomy, and music. We have a lot of talent on our team and my goal is always to utilize their God gifts and natural talents. We decided that we will teach computers to the primary students in the morning and high school students in the late afternoon. During the between times we can do projects around the compound like harvesting the beans. George likes to do construction so he will be building...

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Turkey and Nairobi

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Trip Blog - 2014 June | Comments Off on Turkey and Nairobi

First before I start talking about Kenya I need to talk Turkey, literally. This was my first flight with Turkish Airlines. I always have to “rate” the new carrier. I would fly them again if I had too but of course Emirates will continue to be at the top of the list. The flight from LAX to Istanbul was nice and uneventful. A Boeing 777 3-3-3 configuration. (Emirates is a 3-4-3 configuration. And flying the A380 last February really spoiled me!!) Though I like the Turkish configuration much better, a little bit roomier cabin goes a long way in economy. Service was just ok and the salmon for dinner was a pleasant surprise, though I can’t finish it all these days. Lol. I have to admit I have this bias with the Europeans or as I like to call them...

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Fund Our New Ride

»Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Fundraising | Comments Off on Fund Our New Ride

Question: What hauled visitors to Eldama Ravine, kids to the hospital, bags of grain to the mill, solar lanterns to the Maasai Mara, guests to Sunday worship and 50-pound suitcases full of donated clothes? Answer: My old Toyota Land Cruiser, a critical partner in my ministry at EBCCK. One year we squeezed in 11 kids and headed to Lake Nakuru to celebrate the 8th grade class graduation. Other times it did battle with the forces of evil: roads that were rivers of mud, roads that were no more than a trace through the savannah and roads blocked by storm-downed trees. Mechanically it had its ups and downs. On a trip with my mom, the car broke down at the equator when a very large and uncommon size bolt literally fell out of the engine. A motorcyclist behind me stopped...

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Githeri & PawPaw – Lunch at EBCCK

»Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Trip Blog - 2014 Feb | Comments Off on Githeri & PawPaw – Lunch at EBCCK

When I visit the Children’s Centre, I love to have lunch with the kids. At meal time, the kitchen is a well-oiled machine run by Mary, Rose and Emmy. EBCCK Director Helen Stover also plays a role, making sure the menu is nutritious and balanced. For breakfast the children receive porridge or an egg, along with a glass of chai (tea). The Kenyan lunchtime staple of githeri (maize and beans) is enhanced periodically with onions and tomatoes from the shamba (farm) or potatoes, carrots and rice from the market. However, if you asked the children to vote for the best meal, the award would go hands down to the fresh fruit that is served as a daily snack: pawpaw (papaya), mango or bananas. As it is here in the U.S., cooking and eating is followed by clean up chores. The...

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Kids Talk With Jill

»Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Trip Blog - 2014 Feb | Comments Off on Kids Talk With Jill

I’ve been back from Kenya for about three weeks, but thoughts of old friends, growing children, and new ministry partners are still swirling in my head.  I wish I could take everyone with me, but since I can’t I’m going to post some blogs, so you can experience the trip virtually.  When I arrive in Eldama Ravine, the absolute first thing I have to do is head to Kamonong and the Children’s Centre so I can hug the kids. So that’s where we’re going first too! Little Natasha is going through a shy phase!  Unbelievable!! Caroline is now called Carol because she is getting “older. Patrick is now called the Professor because he is so clever in school! Little Brian gave me a hug when I first arrived!  For the last two years he ALWAYS was too...

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