After a couple of weeks working on the frame, welding on braces, we have hit the big push to put it together. I am still waiting on a new cam shaft and bearings to arrive, but I hope to have them in hand on Wednesday night. Kevin, a friend of ours, is going to carry a new cam shaft over in his luggage. I hope to have Michael Pesi pick it up from Kijabe on Wednesday morning. If everything goes super fast, we might get started on it Wednesday night. If it proceeds at a Kenyan pace, we will get the cam shaft about 7:00 Wednesday and start on the engine, Thursday at 8:00. Please pray that it goes back together without any hitches. It is really nice to look at the new frame and to see things going on for the last time. It is amazing what a coat of paint, two axles, and some steering brackets can do. The locals were ready to pronounce the truck dead, and now they are thinking that it is almost ready to drive... LOL I guess it has a lot to do with how much experience you have on rebuilding a truck.
The other big blessing is that the rains have returned to the Mara. We have not had as much rain in Sekenani as the rest of the Mara has had, but it is coming. Friday night the rain continued throughout the night until morning. On Saturday I noticed that our pump went for almost two hours without running out of water. God is good. One of the beautiful sights I saw this week was on Friday night. I was outside talking with Michael at 8:00 PM. The sky was cloud covered and the sun had set almost an hour earlier. On the far western horizon I watched a lightning storm. As the lightning would flash it was filtered by the clouds and the light of the sun that was still hitting the upper atmosphere on the western horizon. Each time the lightning flashed, we were treated to vivid red and purple flashes, with clouds outlined in bold relief. We stood and watched for five minutes and as the colors faded out and the lightning return to it's normal white color. We truly live in a beautiful place. God is so good to us. The picture on the left shows the fog that we are seeing some mornings.
As I look at the picture above I rejoice in the family God has given me. My precious family, the treasure that God has placed in my hands to guide and disciple. Please keep them in your prayers as they grow. Tanya in now 16 and starting to think about college. She has many choices to make in the next year or two. We are hoping to get her started with classes over the internet and at least let her get some basics finished. Christy is 13 and loves life. She has a servants heart and can be counted on to help whether it is with cookies or cleaning. Josh (9) is starting his personal race. He loves action, mechanics, building, and good stories. Pray that we can guide him into meaningful service for the Lord and that we can help all of them grow in the Lord.
(The new background and Title is courtesy of Tanya and her new computer. :) )