The student talent show was Saturday night. Acts ranged from instrumental, vocal, dancing, bands, videos, to comedy acts. The cultural diversity was new for me. We had the traditional Korean music played by a young lady on some flute-like instrument. We had the young Korean lady who sang an Italian song. A young lady sang a song in French. I was wowed by the young lady singing a Beyonce song about being a world changer. It was really, really strong. I didn't know I could lik
I wanted to tell you a couple of stories I learned this week to give you a feel for the kinds of students we are serving here in Kenya. The map of Africa above shows the countries I am a speaking about. Look at it as you pray after you finish reading. Ally's birthday was this past week. I was sharing the story of her traumatic birth and how she almost died with one of my classes. This was an example of being totally dependent on God and how self-reliance is really a false rea
We spent the day in Nairobi yesterday. We went with much of RVA to the Blackrock Rugby Festival. Blackrock is one of the biggest rugby events for our students. Typically, 24 high school teams compete. They come from as far as eight hours away to compete. RVA and the host school, St. Mary's, were currently ties for most all time championships heading into the day. The days leading up to Blackrock were fun. Friday morning, all members of the varsity rugby team came to class dre
There are several tribes in Kenya. Kijabe is home to the Kikuyu tribe. Probably the most famous tribe is the Massai tribe. As we visited the Masai Mara for our Safari, we had the opportunity to learn more about the Masai. We hired a driver to take us to the Masai Mara which is southwest of Kijabe near Tanzania. It is around a four hour drive. We heard the roads were bad so were told to prepare for that. With my Dramamine swallowed, we set out. We headed down Kijabe road which
We have been here a month. Ally and Luke are visiting the past couple of weeks and leave at the end of this week. While they were here, we had the opportunity to go to the Masai Mara this weekend and stay at the Fairmont Masai Mara Safari Club. They have a missionary deal for those of us working at RVA. We visited with the Masai at a village and saw them herding their cattle in the Mara. I'll blog soon about the four-hour journey there. For now, I want to show you all the inc
Many of the vehicles at RVA are tough, rugged, 4X4 vehicles. The roads are often rough, so the vehicles need to have good clearance. There are often racks on top to strap things down so many supplies can gathered in the rare trips to Nairobi. I also love that many have snorkels to help if water levels get too high.
Along with many books, RVA's library has many DVDs we can check out that have been approved to show the kids. The movies have been sanitized and pre-screened so we won't have an upset parent calling if I forget something that occurs in a movie I'm showing to students. I also found the mounted animals really intriguing. You don't see those in the libraries back in the US.
I just completed my first week at RVA teaching chemistry. This is a picture of my classroom. I have anywhere from 12 to 24 students in a class. I'm teaching one AP chemistry class and four regular chemistry classes. The room is equipped with a short-throw projector so I can show my laptop if I need to. They have also made it a "smart board". There are sinks and lab benches around the perimeter, and there is a fume hood in the corner. They can make deionized water (which they
We can get milk from the cafeteria. Before the students arrived, we also had the opportunity to get some cream from there as well. We heard that there was no butter or milk in the stores in Nairobi this weekend when friends were there shopping. So, we decided to make some butter from the cream. We whipped it up with some beaters, filtered off the buttermilk, then washed out the buttermilk with ice water. A little salt to taste, and voila, we have butter! We have been enjoying
I thought I'd give you a quick tour of the outside of our house here. We are renting the house of the biology teacher's family who is in the States on furlough. We are centrally located, right in the middle of campus. We are a very short walk to the classrooms and chapel (about 50 yards away). But, it seems like everything is an uphill walk. Our legs and lungs are getting stronger. The house is mostly stone. It has hedges and beautiful flowers surrounding it. Every house and