We have been in Kenya for about 5 days now and it is absolutely amazing. We spent the first few days of our time here at Heart House in Nairobi and have now been on a game reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi for about two days. We are staying at Tim Banister’s house, an CBM employee, and will be spending the remainder of our time here. The reserve (also known as the ranch) is absolutely gorgeous with open Savannah as far as the eye can see; Zebras, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Gazelles, Ostriches, and a number of other animals are a regular sight running across our front lawn.

This morning at about 4 am I briefly woke to see the most magnificent stars I have ever seen before, complimented by the sounds of crickets, Wildebeests, and Zebras, and a soft warm breeze that whistled through the tree outside of our tent. I fell back to sleep at peace only to wake a couple of hours later to Watson, Tim’s trusty Collie, licking my face, a plot that I’m sure was set in motion by Geoff and Jonathan in an attempt to wake me up.

As the sun rose on the horizon, illuminating the far off Mount Kilimanjaro, Jonathan, Nicola and I rose to the opportunity to go for a morning run: It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. You almost forgot you were running as you took in the beauty all around you. The Beauty of this land and its people has been one of the most meaningful parts of my time here… I actually just about came to tears this morning as I prayed for breakfast thanking God for the opportunity to experience this place and to simply be in awe of His creation. And as if this isn’t enough I have had the opportunity to learn so much from Tim, our host, and the many projects he has introduced us to. I love this place and I will be sad to leave it when the time comes.

Thank you all again for your support in making this trip possible for myself and the rest of the team. We feel truly blessed on a daily basis as we continue to learn and expand our understanding of development as it applies to African communities on a grass-roots level.

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