Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sounds of Kipkaren, Kenya

Just to give you a glimpse of the strange world I live in: I woke up this morning to the sound of a 25-member Salvation Army band playing their hearts out just 50 feet from my house.

We're having an AIDS campaign in the Nandi Hills today, and the band is one of the many draws for the event. (Others are running and bicycle races as well as soccer and volleyball matches. Crowds of up to 4,000 gather for these events, and we promote being tested for HIV to know your status. We're ready to test 1,000 people today!)

I opted not to go but instead catch up on work. Plus I am helping fix some computer issues, do a recording of kids' songs at the children's home, and take someone to the airport. Nice and restful Saturday.

But for now, I'm enjoying the sound of the birds outside my window. Am going to make some French toast and good coffee and spend time with God in the gazebo overlooking the river. Though the Kipkaren river has taken many lives this week, it is also one of the most soothing elements of being in Kipkaren.

Anyone joining me for breakfast?

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