We arrived in Nairobi at about 11:00 p.m. local time. We had to wait until our eight suitcases were the last eight to be taken off of the plane. We made quick work of immigration and customs.
Some new RVA friends, Bob and Jennifer, picked us up in the school van. We took a nice highway out of Nairobi. We did see a guy riding a camel on the side of the road! That nice highway turned into roads that were not well lit and with no lines painted on them. On the 1.5 hour drive to RVA, we were stopped twice by the local cops. They were waiving vehicles off of the road and had tire puncture contraptions on the road. With the AK-47s on their shoulders, they chatted with our driver, Bob. One asked to see our Visa papers. But for the most part, they were pretty friendly. They may have been trying to gauge their ability to fleece us for a bribe, but Bob told them early and often that we were headed to Kijabe to work at RVA. Everybody at the missions school and hospital have all agreed to never pay a bribe. This gives them some protection as they were known not to be worth the effort.
About one mile from RVA, we had to drive through a little stone tunnel. The road is quite rough, but that wasn't the interesting thing. Bob stopped the vehicle, turned off his lights, and we looked for any lights like cell phones or flash lights. We were trying to make sure that there were not bandits who might block us in the tunnel to rob us. I guess it's happened in the past.
Soon after we arrived at RVA. Our host, Sherri Daubenmeier, and Bob and Jennifer helped us unload our bags into our house. Sherri has made sure we have some basic food all ready stocked for us. The boys and I had a quick snack of the banana bread. There is also a list for us of families who are having us over for dinner for each of the next five nights to welcome us here!
We tried to unpack a bit, but Amy started feeling nauseous and went to bed. At 7500 ft., I think we are all suffering a bit from altitude sickness. This seems to hit Amy the hardest. It doesn't help only getting a couple of hours of sleep the past 24 hours because of our travel. We all feel a little strung out. We hit the sheets at 2 a.m.
So, we arrived on Easter Sunday. We wanted to worship with our new friends. They had a sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. We set an alarm. So, after only 4 hours of sleep, Chad, Amy, and Mason were able to crawl out of bed. There was no waking Carson! We walked down to the rugby field, sat on a blanket under an Acacia tree overlooking the Rift Valley. It was breathtaking worshipping God here.
We returned to our new home for a quick one hour nap. We then awoke to go to the community pot luck brunch. Thankfully, we were told we didn't have to bring anything. Sherri again took care of us by bringing plates and utensils for us. So, we ate (although we weren't too hungry since I think our bodies think it is 2 a.m.). We sat and visited with folks. They are very welcoming. Kids our boys' ages came and invited them to come eat with them. They played octagon ball. I think our boys are noticing there are lots of cute girls their ages here. Mason said he's trying not to stare. :)
At the conclusion of the picnic, Amy started feeling light headed and felt like she might pass out. We had to sit down once on the way back to the house. Please pray with me that this altitude sickness goes away quickly for her.
Right now, it is 1 p.m. Amy is napping. We are all drinking plenty of water. We're noticing a shallowness of breath. Our heads are hazy. I think we'll try to stay up until 9 p.m. tonight and then sleep. I'm hoping to adjust to this new time as quickly as we can.
But, we are here!
Update: After our afternoon nap, we are all feeling much better. Carson went out and played some pickup basketball.