As we drive to the mission office with the truck's heater turned up, blasting us with lovely warm air, I see people walking (or rather, striding) along the side of the road and they are bundled up in winter coats, hats, scarves, and Masai blankets. Many are wearing rubber boots which I think is a wise idea given how muddy the sides of the roads are. There are no sidewalks and just dirt at the sides of the road so when it rains, it gets very muddy.
In fact, yesterday, we saw a matatu (small bus like Jerusalem's cheruts) on its side in a very deep ditch at the side of our road. It must have gotten too far off the road and slid into the mud. I hope no one was hurt but I'm sure no one was wearing seat belts. Then we saw a big semi-truck stuck in the mud with a Case backhoe trying to use its boom to pull the truck out. No luck. They had to unload the truck by hand before they could pull it out.
I'll put in some pictures here. Not necessarily of the cold. Just mission pictures. I hope you didn't miss the monkey pictures a couple of blogs back. So cute!
|Poor picture out the front window. Driving home in the rain. Fun to be so close to nature!|
|We hosted two new missionaries for one night. We pushed the couch aside and put down two mats and the Elders wrapped up in blankets and made it through the cold night! One from the US and one from Zimbabwe.|
|We had a great time with all the new missionaries. There were 14 new ones -- one from Canada, three from the US, three from Zimbabwe, and seven from Kenya. These are pictures of just some of them.|
|So nice to see black and white all getting along so well! Color means nothing.|
|A very poor picture of the semi-truck stuck in the mud. The Case tractor was pulling on the front of the truck but it didn't work so the little three-wheeled truck pulled up and they unloaded from the semi onto the little truck.|