In my youth I knew and was friends with many people of other enthnicities (is that a word?), especially Japanese and other Asians. The Japanese-Canadians had been moved from the west coast of B.C. into Alberta during World War II. When the war ended, the people stayed and so we have a large community of Japanese whom we consider to be "just one of us." But we never had any blacks. I saw my first black person when I was in high school in about 1967. Mr. Morrison was from the southern US I think and he was my English teacher. I was amazed at his black skin and his short, wiry, curly hair and wished I could touch it. A very few black people crossed my path in the ensuing years. Then when my children were young, a black missionary was assigned to our stake. He and his companion came over for dinner and I remember Craig climbing on his lap and tentatively patting the black missionary's hair, something I wished I could have done!
Now the shoe is on the other foot. We drove through a very poor area by Nairobi and all the little black children came running to the car. They were amazed to see white people! I'm sure they wanted to touch our hair too. And many children and even women do just that!
So many good people here in Kenya! Today we were at a farmer's market and had a wonderful discussion about Jesus Christ with a young man and his brother who were selling artwork. They were sincere in their love for the Savior and it was such a joy to talk with them. Then at the next booth were a white young man and his wife who have moved here from Eilat in Israel. We had a great visit with them as we have been to the Holy Land 5 times. We didn't talk about Jesus Christ with them as they are Jewish and our church has an agreement with the government of Israel that we won't proselyte Jewish people (at least within Israel). But we told them we were missionaries and had a lovely visit with them.
So many good people everywhere.
|Solomon and Moses also make these Guineafowls out of paper mache and then they paint them So cool! And they aren't as fragile as they look.|
|Now we've added the wives of the Mission Presidency to the photo. "Behind every good man is a good woman." Not sure who said that but I think it's absolutely true. Also see Proverbs 31.|
|And now just the Presidency and their good wives. So nice to get to know these good people.|
|President Msane doesn't like to get his picture taken so I have taken it upon myself to make him laugh!!|