Today was our last day in Nakuru town. It was bittersweet every step of the way. We began early in the morning again with a workplace Bible study at a local grocer called Woolmart. The one at Woolmart was led by another one of R.O.C.K.Bridge Ministries pastors, Edward. He had come in by bus from Nairobi so that we could hear him preach.
Next we went to a car dealership - Ken-Jap Motors. Here Pastor Susan, also with R.O.C.K.Bridge Ministries led the Bible study that customers who were waiting to buy cars attended as well. Both pastors are dynamic and engaging.
After that we headed to the state run orphanage called Arap-Moi Children's Home. We met with the director of the school who has been there 28 years. This was an overwhelming experience as she shared stories of how they get the children especially the babies. They have 143 students, many of whom have special needs, HIV or AIDS, or are victims of sexual abuse. Unfortunately we were not able to visit with any of the children as the primary students were in school and the babies have an outbreak of chickenpox. We were able to peek at a few of them through the windows though. Some of RPC's Christmas Endowment Fund goes to this place.
Next we went to the Hyrax primary school, which is a government run school for grades one through five. The school has 1000 children. They had them come out for their assembly and all thousand children sat outside in complete silence like we had never seen. They welcomed us, sang to us, and we were able to pray with them. R.O.C.K.Bridge Ministries got involved with the school a few years ago when one of the teachers called Zablon and asked if he could help pay for some new uniforms for some of the orphans whose clothes were literally falling apart. The principal talked about how giving them clothes and shoes had brought about such improvement in their spiritual health but also in their test scores.
We came back after lunch and rested for just a brief moment. We then went up to the Tumaini children's home as well as the Nakuru 316 orphanage to say our goodbyes. We all left in tears. None of us wanted to leave.
All of us are so incredibly grateful to have experienced this amazing place. The faith, the heart, the lives lived here will forever inspire us. We hope that some of you will get to experience it in the future as well.