Monday, February 6, 2012

212 speed bumps

Speed bumps: 212
Miles travelled: 700
Road hours: 26
Bullet proof vests issued with our new house: 3
Adults: 4
Children: 3
Fuses blown: 2
Cows we saw: 2,000,000 (more or less)
Muslim men smoking a cancer stick: 1
The trip to Kaabong, our future home was a huge success. We met with several key people and learned cultural insights and some language. We learned the roads and ate the food. We got a feel for our new house, which is somehow very nice and still kind of primitive. 
The kids did great. There were a couple of sketchy moments. When we went to the market we were mobbed. I really mean that in the most literal sense. Everyone around rushed to see the white children. Most of the outsiders who have been here do not have children. So the Karamajong were blown away by white kids. They were all yelling and trying to touch Victory and Ember’s  skin and hair. Memphis cried a bit, then he just figured if he ran they would leave him alone. If you know anything about running, you know chubby little Memphis is not going to beat any East African in a foot race. We had to protect our kids and help them to know they were safe. Later Memphis started getting into it. He was in the car making faces at the kids and reaching out the window to shake their hands. By the time we had been there 5 days we went to visit the Ik people. Our friends the Schrocks are working with them. The kids had fun with the other children and felt more at ease. One of the Ik women said, “We can’t believe it, White people give birth, too!”

While we were in Kaabong we did a lot of planning and preparing for the future. I feel like the Lord has a lot for us to do here. I hope you will all join us on this journey.


  1. I am so excited for this team and what lies ahead of them on this journey but personally knowing a few of the team member's whom will do whatever it takes to get the job done. I can't wait to hear future stories.

  2. Man, what a trip! I like that your map shows a couple of detours on the western pass off the highway. Does that indicate river crossing or what?

  3. I read eagerly every word any member of the team posts. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop with your lives there. LORD willing, and I believe He is, I will come there myself someday to offer help in addition to my constant prayers for all of you. God Bless,

  4. P. S. Why only 3 bullet proof vests when there are 4 adults? What about the kiddos? AND why do you need bullet proof vests anyway? Mama L wants to know!

  5. That is awesome!! Whoo hoo!!!! Can't wait to see what's going to happen! I love the picture of Memphis! Awesome!

  6. Corey, not sure what those detours were. It never seemed like we went off course.
    Mama Lane, The vests were left over from a time when it was much more dangerous. We tried them on for fun but they are not really needed at the moment. no worries