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Entries in Kenya (2)

Saturday
Jan072017

Looking back

Photo Randy Vanderveen , Kenya 2016-01-18 Serah Kaickye Mumo lives with HIV. She and Patrick Ngumbau, her 17 year old son were diagnosed the same time. Patrick is a member of the OVC ) Orphans and Vulnerable Children program run by CBM partners at the African Brotherhood Church (ABC).Keeping this site up to date certainly wasn't one of my strong points the past two years. Now that the first week of 2017 is past, let's see if I can do a little better. Here are some photos from 2016.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Nairobi, Kenya 2016-01-19 Portraits of some of the participants in a Muslim ministry group.Photo Randy Vanderveen Saddle Hills, Alberta, Canada 2016-08-24 ATCO Electric solar panel array is reflected in a worker's safety glasses at a Saddle Hills communication tower.Photo Randy Vanderveen Clairmont, Alberta, Canada 2016-06-18 A remuda of horses graze apparently unaware of the rainbow leading right to them following a brief shower Saturday evening June 18. The Peace Country could use a break from rain after heavy rain and winds earlier in the week caused damage on both sides of the BC/Alberta border.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 2016-09-03 Members of the Grande Prairie Wolves Soccer team pose for photos for a new look in 2016.Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada 2016-09-13 Kate Wilson, lead for the Aquatic Invasive Species Program with Alberta Environment and Parks, sprays Prentox, a fish specific toxin, among the reeds in the Muskoseepi Park Pond. A second crew in a boat applied the toxin in the main body of water later in the day to kill off an influx of goldfish which resulted when someone released some of the fish in the pond. The hardy fish are very aggressive and take over things and grow to a much larger size in a larger body of water. The release of the gold fish meant no trout fishing in the pond this past summer. It is hoped that this application will kill all the fish and allow for trout from hatcheries to be stocked next spring.Here's looking forward to a new year of possibilities.

Wednesday
Mar022016

Journey of the heart

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Muranzi, Rwanda A pair of friends in a rural area of northern Rwanda. Relationships are a huge part of the Rwandan culture.

It has been quite a stretch between posts.

My wife Cheryl and I returned the first of February from a three month mission trip to Rwanda which for me was broken up with a week long trip to both Lebanon and Kenya.

This was a trip of the heart for both of us. The first time we went to Rwanda in 2008 we knew we wanted to go back, which we did in 2009. When we were there in 2009 we knew we wanted to go back for an extended period of time which we had the opportunity to do from November 2015 through January of this year.

It was the people we had met those first trips that drew us back and now after three months we both feel like Rwanda is a second home and we will have to return again although that is in God's timing.

Relationships are a huge part of Rwandan culture — and as I also discovered in Lebanese and Kenyan culture too.

Sometimes I think we have really lost a valuable part of our society thanks to our busyness, technology, social media and privacy.

The entire Bible is written based on relationships. And yet often we — and I am guilty of this too — don't want to invest the time and effort in building relationships with others.

It is sad because a thousand Facebook friends can never even come close to one real friend that you know on a personal level through spending time talking and doing things with.

Perhaps with all the blessings we have in Canada and North America, we are sometimes blind to the blessings that the developing world has that we have chosen to ignore.

Here are a just a few photos from our time overseas. If anyone is interested in seeing more photos we will be doing a presentation at McLaurin Baptist (in Gateway south of the Casino) March 17 at 7 pm. If you can't make it there just contact either Cheryl or I and we can probably get together with you in the coming months.

Photo: Randy Vanderveen Butaka, Rwanda Literacy class graduation at Butaka church which included two classes Butaka and Kabatwa, Tuesday Nov. 25/15.Photo Randy Vanderveen Kirehe District, Rwanda A pair of boys with their wooden bike.Photo Randy Vanderveen Kirehe District, Rwanda Naayumujinya Jean harvests climbing beans, pulls them off their poles and moves them to the front yard of his home so they can be set up to dry. The green beans are picked off to be set aside to allow them more time to ripen and dry.Photo Randy Vanderveen A young girl listens to her father talk, This family, refugees from Syria, has been out of Syria for two years living in the back of a stable with a tarp tent as one of the rooms. Photo Randy Vanderveen Lebanon An elderly woman in a refugee camp. Photo Randy Vanderveen A Syrian refugee with a flower behind his ear. Photo Randy Vanderveen A Muslim man works his prayer beads behind his back. Photo Randy Vanderveen Maiani, Kenya 2016-01-18 Mary has successfully started a small shop in her community thanks to the lessons learned and loan provided by a micro-loan finance project of CBM and ABC.Photo Randy Vanderveen Machakos, Kenya 2016-01-18 Serah Kaickye Mumo photographed outside her home in Machakos. Photo Randy Vanderveen Nairobi, Kenya A Muslim woman in Nairobi Kenya. There is a high population of Somalis like this woman in the poorer areas of Nairobi in addition to refugee camps in northern Kenya.