Out Of Africa Part 10: What I Learned On My Summer Vacation

A year ago my dear friend Barbara asked me to join her doing mission work in Kenya, naturally, I scoffed and promised to “support and pray for her from the United States.” FabBab, as I call her on this blog, … Continue reading

Out Of Africa Part 9: Churchin’ It Up

The crystalline Sunday morning brought out a beauty that I thought not possible; all throughout our trip, I found myself agape to Kenya’s breathtaking vistas, but the lush splendor of this new day was something extra special. The breeze encouraged us as we hiked up … Continue reading

Out Of Africa Part 8: Margaret and Ayub

“Good morning to my white mother.” “Good morning to my half-black daughter!” Already awakened by the siren call of a full bladder, I did a double take. Looking up from the bunk I saw Gina, a pint sized mom, and … Continue reading

Out Of Africa Part Seven: Dreams Come True

I felt the anticipation of Christmas morning, my stomach flipped somersaults while I figeted through breakfast. Today was the day we had traveled across the world for; day two of teaching the brilliant and exceedingly respectful students at the Ngchi … Continue reading

Out of Africa Part 5: The Dress

Out of Africa: The Dress Day two at Haven was our first full one. I hobbled out of bed and started getting ready, the punishing firmness of my bottom bunk torture mattress decided to remind me that I was no longer … Continue reading

Out of Africa Part 4: Haven on the Hill

“Listen guys, I just have one last bit of advice,” FabBab announced at the Pre-Kenya packing party one week before we left for our trip. “You really need to shift what your perceptions of poverty are; you’d be surprised what is considered … Continue reading

Out of Africa Part Three: Into the Wild

When we last spoke, I was running my dearest FabBab down for painting such a horrid Pre-Kenya expectation, and while her travel ambassador cred is down the toilet, I can’t be mad. After all, Barb invited me on this journey; … Continue reading

Out of Africa Part Two: Kenya, Believe it!

  Kenya, Believe it! “When we land in Nairobi, we’ll have to catch a bus to baggage pickup. Make sure to use the restroom on the plane before we debark, because the airport restrooms are smelly squatting holes.” Shocked, I … Continue reading

Out of Africa Part One: The Ugly American

The Ugly American “Why?” Most of my friends and family asked, “Why would you willingly go to Africa in these times?” “I know, right!? Well, my bestie asked me to go and help deliver supplies, and she’s the queen of … Continue reading