First of all, we want to share the blessing we had with the visit of some of our beloved ones in July and in August. Being far from them is sometimes not easy; and have them with us in Nairobi for some days was a special blessing God granted us!
Our firstborn Léo came from Germany and his son Martin came from Brazil and they arrived just on Lidia’s birthday, July 15th! This was a special gift for us!
On July 20th was my birthday and we celebrated it with a safari with our beloved ones.
Our grandson Martin came from Brazil with our niece and godchild Inês Martina, who celebrated her birthday on July 17th! Lots of parties! – Both of them spent two weeks with us in July.
In August, Léo’s wife Carolina came from Germany and both of them spent the month of August with us.
We were together in the services during the time they were in Nairobi…
-… they enjoyed the choirs with African music…
… and took part at the Lord’s Supper.
They introduced themselves to the congregation…
… and all friends were happy to meet a part of our family and they welcomed them.
We had three invitations from the Brazilian Embassy:
The first one was for a popular Brazilian festival, celebrating St. John, St. Peter and St. Paul. The Ambassador of Brazil Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes addressed to the people present.
Typical Brazilian food and some games were offered to the guest. Martin played this game with the Ambassador: To throw a ball into the mouth of the clown.
The second invitation was for a reception at the Ambassador’s residence for Brazilian Athletes of Christ – veteran soccer players. Dr. Nuzman, President of the National Olympic Committee of Brazil, was also there. – (Brazil was chosen recently to host the Olympic Games in 2016!!!) (Picture by Pr. Julio Quirino, also in the picture).
The third invitation was to celebrate the Brazilian National Day! - As you are far from your country, it is every time good to remember your roots and to meet fellows Brazilians!
We went on a safari to the Maasai Mara; and this was not only a good opportunity to see God’s marvelous nature, but to share the Gospel with our Maasai guide, Mbandi. He got a Maasai Lutheran hymnal…
… and a PROCLAIMER, with the entire New Testament recorded.
The children visited also the Safari Walk and had the opportunity to come close to a cheetah.
A Maasai Market is a feast to the eyes - and a damage to the pocket!!!
Kibera’s slum and the burned down church impressed the children.
Some houses are still waiting to be repaired.
Inês Martina and all of them took several pictures to show their experiences to their relatives and friends as they went back home.
Local members of the Lutheran church took us in a tour through the slum…
and Inês Martina was interviewed by a BBC reporter that was collecting impressions of people visiting the slum, the biggest of Africa.
They also visited the congregation in Kawangware and the Heart to Heart Orphans Children Center projects…