I barely had time to catch my breath upon returning from the States before life in Africa swept me up again. And I’m glad of it. So many great things are going on here, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. But I’m a little bashful that two months have gone by without a peep from me on this blog, whoops! Let’s catch-up, shall we?
January saw the team and I back into the thick of the MOVIE. Many brainstorming sessions and hours of editing later, we launched a trailer for The Distant Boat!! Check it out HERE!
team brainstorm session
searching for filming locations in downtown Nairobi
I had a great time catching up with friends after the holidays, both in Nairobi and up in the mountains of Kijabe, Kenya. I even got to spend the weekend on my friend’s farm, enjoying some wonderful home-grown food and fresh air.
hanging out with chameleons and dogs
Japanese feast with friends
The Great Rift Valley, on the way to a friend’s house
Maize fields and forests out in the countryside
delicious bounty from a friend’s garden
friends feeding chickens
Jean picking some fresh mint for me
backyard marshmallow roast with my neighbors
My international license expired and so I had to apply for my Kenya drivers license, now I’m official!
shopping in the local market with my friend Ana
February was such a fun month, namely because it was chalk full of visitors! Some of my dear friends converged on Nairobi for a conference, and I had the pleasure of hosting many of them at my house. We cooked, laughed, played lots of Bananagrams, and soaked up this rare chunk of time in the same country together. Below are some of our adventures.
Courtney, Andy, and Anna all came to visit, what fun!
country traffic jam
My fellow Montanans, Anna and Andy!
church potluck to say goodbye to some great friends
A thrill and a photo assignment wrapped-up into one came my way at the end of February. I got to photograph a family’s flight to their new home in rural Kenya for AIM Air. I took two cameras along and snapped the morning away. It was so great to see diverse land of Kenya fly by underneath me, from mountains and forests into rust colored scrubby deserts. I even got to fly the plane for a while, that is until I started throwing up… ah motion- sickness, my old friend.
Flying high over Kurungu, Kenya
The men of the Callahan family on their way up to their new home in rural Kenya
The acacia tree dotted land near the airstrip in Kurungu, Kenya
The Callahan family meeting their new neighbors in Kurungu, Kenya
Kurungu is home to the Samburu tribe
Flying the plane on the way back to Nairobi!
March brought the 2013 presidential elections with it. We were on lock down for a few days, just incase things became insecure in the city. But God was so faithful and peace reigned in the city, even amongst a lot of fear and anxiety of a repeat of the violence that occurred during the 2007/2008 elections.
waiting for election results to come out
I don’t pretend to understand Kenyan politics or tribalism, but nothing seems cut and dry here. The new president and his running-mate are both expected to appear before the ICC in a few months to answer for charges of crimes against humanity relating to the 2007/2008 Kenyan elections.
Vice President Ruto, and President Kenyatta
But these are the men that are in the driver’s seat of this country now; Kenya has spoken. Would you pray with me that justice, integrity, and solid leadership would prevail even through these confusing choices? I have so much hope for Kenya, and I know that God is at work here. Please continue to pray with me.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Whew, I’m glad we are all caught up!