Day four, after a lovely breakfast, with Kenyan doughnuts, we drove to the largest slum in Nakuru called Upendo. Upendo means love in Swahili. There we visited another PCEA church called the Upendo parish. Here they have a preschool, kindergarten, and class 1 or first grade. There are 120 students in the school, 92 of them are sponsored. Sponsorship per year, including a snack and lunch, is $120.
They also have a medical clinic. It was absolutely fascinating to hear about the tremendous growth in such a short period of time of this church right in the heart of the slums. The manager there, Humphrey, is also the janitor, the facilities operator, the overseer of the staff and the students.
The main things the clinic treats are malaria and typhoid, both of which come from the contaminated water in the area. Folks from the slum can also come there to receive free HIV testing and medicine as provided by the USAID and Kenyan government. All the other treatments, including typhoid and malaria vaccinations, are available for a very small cost. Still this cost prevents many from coming and the clinic only sees about 45 patients per day.
Next we set off to visit Zablon's mother, Eunice. She had 13 of us over for tea and bread in her lovely countryside home. We were able to meet two of Zablon's brothers as well as one of his nephews. Zablon's mother was quiet, yet very funny and very grateful for our surprise
Next we headed back into the main part of town to have lunch and to buy a few supplies for the Nakuru 316 children that we would go play with again in the afternoon.
After the quick shopping trip Zablon drove us to the 7 1/2 acres that R.O.C.K.Bridge Ministries has received as a donation from one of his board members. It is in a fabulous location that overlooks Lake Nakuru.
In the evening we headed back to Nakuru 316 to hang out with the children again. The highlight of the afternoon was when the high school students came back to the retreat center with us so that Courtney could give them some harmonicas. Here is Courtney showing them how to play the harmonicas. Absolutely priceless. This was the most spectacular day yet. God is soooooo at work here.