|Note the 'cheek pinch' in the front row. Delightful kids.|
Working in eastern and western Africa, I've been offered a variety of things to eat; most were pretty good. One family adopted me. At a weekend family meal, I offered to bring things and make the salad. As I stood at the table slicing tomatoes, the women watched wide-eyed like they were afraid I'd cut off my fingers or something. I later found out that men NEVER do food preparation. When I asked the men if they liked to cook, they were speechless. Live and learn.
Our friend, an African bishop, met the kids in the picture while visiting a village we know. It's located in the coastal plains outside Mombasa. Nice folks in a harsh place. The last couple of decades have brought persistent drought, so crops, forests, and flocks have suffered. A difficult life. For now, Bishop Samuel is working on small assistance projects for the neediest. He hopes to build a little church/community center there to begin the work of community development. If you'd like to join in, drop me a note. Or better yet, if you'd like to see for yourself, we'll provide introductions!