Bridgette Boylan, US Kenya board member, has traveled to Kenya with me this trip. Many of you have told me how much you enjoy reading her updates so I wanted to send you her first one.
Blessed to have Bridgette with me,
As I make the long journey back to East Africa, I remember what an incredible, beautiful place this is. We often see what we want to see, don’t we? It’s all about perspective. If I allow myself only to see the pain – I see orphaned children, hungry, wandering around aimlessly, high from sniffing glue to ease their hunger pains. I see parched land from lack of rain. I see women walking 6 hours to source water. I see disabled bodies crawling on the ground trying to make their way through the crowds. I see young children sifting through mounds of trash with the goats to find food….BUT…if I look for the good – I see women and children carrying water on their backs in water backpacks and those packs hanging in their huts to store that safe water. I see smiles on children’s’ faces playing in slum streets because their tummies don’t hurt anymore from safe water. I see Hope gardens in the Rift Valley region where Pastor John is working the land with the widows who are thriving because of the food produced. I see men, women, and children with restored dignity as they use hank cranks to operate their mobility carts to go to work and school. I see families sleeping under bed nets – feeling safe and protected from malaria carrying mosquitoes. I see young and old alike learning how to read and write for the first time and the pride on our teacher Sam’s face when they succeed.
I see so many smiles of gratitude for all the Kenyan Partners for Care staff has done here to change the lives of thousands of people. And, I know it is because of those in the US that support the work of PFC that the staff can help so many. I see the transformations. I see the love. I see the hope. So blessed to be here. Bridgette