Sunday, January 22, 2012

No Snow in Kenya

I know I mention this often, but the weather here really is perfect. Don't get me wrong I like the seasons and am a little bit jealous that I missed the snow at home yesterday, but for it to be 80 degrees and always sunny in January is pretty nice.

It is hard to believe that my time here in Kenya is already half-way finished. At times it feels like I just got here and other times it feels like I've been here for a long time. It still feels that at times I am still struggling with some of the same things that I was when I first got here and that can be frustrating. One example would be in my work at the Center. My role there is essentially focusing on building relationships and there were a couple of people that I felt like I was beginning to do just that, but both are working now and no longer come to class, so now I'm back to square one. It can make you wonder if you are being effective at all when you only get to work with someone for a couple of months and then they are gone. I'm grateful for the ones who are still there that I'm still getting the opportunity to know better and for the new students that are coming. I really enjoyed the English classes this past week and had some good conversations about topics that are a little more important than when to use "was" or "were" correctly in a sentence.

It looks like I'm going to have more opportunities to travel around Kenya these last several months. That is one thing that I wanted to do when I got here, to be able to see a lot of the country and see what God is doing. One of the trips will be to an orphanage to play with the kids and do whatever else I can, others will be to visit Mennonite churches and communities. Another trip will be to the coast for an ultimate frisbee tournament over Easter weekend. Most of the trips will take place after I finish up coaching at Rossyln in mid-March. Speaking of Rosslyn, I've been working hard with the boys the last couple of weeks to get them ready for the upcoming season. We now practice three times a week and on the 31st we play our first game. I wasn't sure exactly how much I would like coaching an actual team as opposed to coaching kids for a week with UW, but I actually like it a lot. It is fun to see the boys improve and catch on to what you are trying to get across to them.

Random thoughts for the week:
- I really really wish I could watch the Giants game against San Fran tonight, but I don't have TV and it comes on at 2:30 in the morning here. This playoff run feels a lot like there run in the 2007-2008 playoffs when they went on to knock off the Pats in the Super Bowl, lets hope I'm right.
- I miss going to Bucknell basketball games, especially since they have another very good team this year.
- February is soon here which means that baseball spring training starts real soon!!
- I started working on filling out applications to return to Liberty this coming fall for grad school. I'm pretty excited about going back and working as a GA in the Athletics Communications Department, plus my little sister will be joining me as a freshman.
- On Friday I saw a thief try to steal a woman's necklace or bracelet and subsequently get grabbed by a couple of other guys and get his butt kicked. They started punching him and threw him to the ground and kicked him until he was able to get up and run away. This all happened right in the middle of downtown with hundreds of other people around.
- I realize that most of my random thoughts are about sports....I wonder why?

God Bless and if it worked two weeks ago I've got to say it again GO BIG BLUE!!

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