So I asked google. And google told me that the median age in Kenya is 18 and the life expectancy is 59 years! So. WE REALLY ARE OLD!!! We met a young man when we were out walking and I jumped over a mud puddle. He looked absolutely astonished. He said, "People in Kenya your age are never out jumping over mud puddles. They are home in their rocking chairs!" And he was serious.
I am so grateful for our church which encourages seniors like us to go out and make a difference in the world. Yes, we are old. But . . . we have a lifetime of experience and hopefully a little bit of wisdom. And we are here on this mission trying to spread the bright light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today in the opening prayer at sacrament meeting, a good black brother prayed for peace in Kenya and for surrounding nations who are so troubled by war. It was a beautiful petition to the Lord to bless his sons and daughters here in Kenya. In our CTR (Choose the Right) Primary class, we talked about the war in heaven and how it wasn't a war with guns and bombs (and machetes and knives, one of the little girls put in), it was a war of words: Satan trying to get the people on his side and Jesus sweetly and lovingly encouraging us to "Choose the Right."
Getting back to the issue of age . . . we helped celebrate Elder Arudo's 28th birthday! See the pictures below.
|Today, August 5th, is Elder Arudo's birthday (on left). Elder Arudo and Elder Wafula have discovered my blog. Here they are reading it while they munch on birthday popcorn. We brought some microwave popcorn to help celebrate the birthday.|
|Here's the birthday boy, Elder Arudo, with his bowl of popcorn. The Torries traditionally eat popcorn on Sunday evenings. So we thought we would share this tradition with Elder Arudo.|
|So fun to work with these amazing missionaries.|
|It was a cool day. I was glad I wore the wool sweater that I bought here. Hot soup and hot chocolate warmed us up.|
|LeRon was very taken with the bottom painting. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Very interesting collage of zebras.|
|And I was taken with the tree in the background. It is a "Brugmansia Candida" also known as a trumpet tree. Very striking.|
|Here's a close-up of the trumpet tree's flower.|
|The flowers hang down like trumpets. So lovely.|