Pioneer actually means "one who goes before." Today I led the Primary children (ages 3-11) in the Langata Branch in singing pioneer songs. "Pioneer Children sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked . . . " And "you don't have to push a handcart . . . or walk a thousand miles or more to be a pioneer. You do have to have great courage, faith to conquer fear, and work with might for a cause that's right to be a pioneer!" Church members here in Kenya are definitely pioneers. And they know what pushing and pulling handcarts is all about. Just google "Nairobi handcart images" for pictures of the handcarts we see regularly here.
Kenyans are pioneers in that the Church is very new here. The Langata Branch meetinghouse is only 22 years old. It was the first church in East Central Africa and the first in Kenya. So the Church is very young here but many members are strong in living the gospel.
|I took these pictures on the way to Rongai Ward to show how hard working Kenyans are. So many businesses. Everyone trying to make a buck to feed their families. So many happy people!|
|We wondered what "Bedsitters" are. Maybe babysitters?|
|These bunk beds are actually very well built. We've been told that if you want a quality product, you buy it on the street and not in one of the big box stores.|
|Nairobi is very Christian. Lots of Christian churches and signs everywhere. Most people go to church every Sunday.|
|Another picture to show how hard working and productive these people are. One Kenyan told us that "Kenya is the promised land where anyone can do well, especially if they get an education."|