It poured and poured last night. Water running everywhere. We had a fun time driving into the mission office this morning. This time I remembered to bring our camera. I'll put some pictures later.
This was our first day in the office without our trainers, Elder & Sister Maxwell. They've trained us for about a week and now we're on our own. Today I successfully applied for immigration visas for three missionaries who are coming in August. (This only starts the process. Just the first step. It can take up to three months for the whole process. Bureaucracy!) I successfully entered two convert baptisms into the system. That was really hard because I can't read the missionary's writing. And I'm not familiar with African names and places. I've got about 25 more to do ASAP. And I cleaned up and tried to organize to suit my own organizational thought processes.
We are enjoying the interaction with the African missionaries, the American missionaries, the Kenyan people in general. Kenyans actually like to be called Kenyans and not Africans. Africa is a huge continent and the countries don't get along with each other.
We've also enjoyed chatting with clerks in stores and waving at people walking along the side of the road. We are usually the only "mzungus" (foreigners, i.e. white people) around until we go to the mall and then we see some Europeans. After we moved into this new flat in the Karen district, we met the neighborhood kids. They were so polite. "Welcome to the neighborhood," they said. They told us about their schools and the "biggest trampoline in the world" which is just next to the swimming pool. They are a cosmopolitan group of kids. One family from India. One from Japan. One from Uganda and England. Then of course many from Kenya.
We visited the family from India last night. Amazing people. He is a doctor. A cardio anesthesiologist. She is a sweet lovely person. They have one son who is six years old and they have been in Kenya for two years. They really like it here.
So nice to meet people. There are three buildings with four flats each. The owner is a member of parliament and he has a large lovely home within this compound. We met him tonight.
|Aren't we good looking?|
|Another view of the running water.|
|Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink!|
|Smart man in the pink coat is wearing gum boots. He's wading through pretty deep water. We saw many people going barefoot and carrying their shoes.|
|At this point, the water was across the road and flowing swiftly.|
|Smart biker with an umbrella. Not much wind here so umbrellas work better than they do in Alberta. The umbrellas also have a "tail" on them that blows out backward when they travel to give the riders a little more coverage.|
|We always see pelicans on these trees. They are absolutely huge birds.|
|The water has receded somewhat. How can these trees live when they're always in water? I guess they're not always. The dry season is coming.|
|Who would guess that cactus plants grow here in such a wet climate? Beautiful bougainvillea too.|
|Cacti thriving in the wet.|