It was back to business as usual in the mission office on January 2. It was good to be back into the routine of things although we were never really out of the routine of things since there's always some missionary challenge that needs to be dealt with. One evening we got a call from a missionary saying he was out of power. So LeRon had to "M-pesa" (pay by phone) to the power company and then send a code for the missionary to punch in to the power panel so power could be restored. He explained to the missionaries that they need to watch their power and let him know BEFORE they're out of power. We finally got power restored to them about midnight. Power at night is not such a big deal except that it's very hot everywhere in Kenya (except here in Nairobi, thank goodness) so they needed the power to run the air conditioner.
Paying with M-pesa is a really interesting thing. You go to an M-pesa place (they're always in green little buildings) and give them cash and somehow it goes on to your phone. All stores and businesses have an M-pesa number so most people here don't even carry purses; they just pay with their phones. You can also M-pesa someone some money just by punching in their phone number. That's where LeRon's had a few problems. On Friday he needed to send 50,000 Ksh (about $500 US) to someone and he was in a hurry (why does that not surprise me?) and got the phone number wrong. So he sent $500 to an unknown person. Thank goodness he was able to get it reversed. That's the second time he's done that. So far the people have always given it back. Pretty good for honesty here.
|All the gardens are up and growing. Nice to see into the yards. Usually you just see walls.|
|Interesting dichotomy: donkeys pulling a cart alongside a busy road with an advertisement for technology.|
|Mt. Longonot is a volcano in the Rift Valley near Lake Naivasha. I love looking down into that green valley. There is beauty everywhere in the world.|
|So interesting to see evergreen trees here on the equator. The altitude is quite high here. Nairobi is almost 6000 ft and this area is higher than that.|
|Lots of vegetables for sale here. So interesting to see how Kenyans market their wares.|
|We love to look at farmland as we go. The crops are starting to grow here.|
|So excited to see a pivot!! There were a few a long the way (a very few!)|
|Driving down the street in Nakuru you see all kinds of shops with everything you can imagine for sale. We noticed that we were the only white people around.|
|We loved seeing the hustle and bustle of life here in Nakuru.|
|Took some pictures from the 6th floor of the hotel. I love the street scenes.|
|Another view from the roof of the hotel. People actually live in that small shack.|
|More street scenes from the hotel roof.|
|I'm pretty sure a family lives here.|
|And notice that this is half a house. Looks like it was just broken apart!|