Celebrations

One of the things that I (Cathy) absolutely love about East Africa is how people celebrate. There are different ways to do it, depending upon the occasion, and someone always seems ready to organize a celebration!

For the past few months I’ve been included in many welcome and bye-bye ceremonies for visitors coming to Kipkaren to serve alongside our ELI team,

Water of Life team welcome at KK Children's Home

Water of Life team welcomed at KK Children’s Home

William Jessup University team bye-bye ceremony in KK training hall

William Jessup University team bye-bye ceremony in KK training hall

church dedications,

Church dedication in the village of Laboret

Church dedication in the village of Laboretcelebrations honoring parents,

celebrations to honor parents,

The Busienei's honor their parents in the village of Magut

The Busienei’s honor their parents in the village of Magut

a greeting for boys who were new arrivals at the Kipkaren Children’s Home,

A new beginning!

A new beginning at ELI’s Kipkaren Children’s Home!

prayer days at local schools,

Local pastors and village leaders gather to pray for students before their national exam

Local pastors and village leaders gather to pray for students before their national exam

graduation ceremonies,

Students graduate from ELI's Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development Programme

Students graduate from ELI’s Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development Programme

and river baptisms.

Youth camp baptisms are held in the Kipkarren River each August

Youth camp baptisms are held in the Kipkarren River each August

Each has its own fanfare. Some, quite exuberant, others more quiet. Yesterday I participated in one of the quieter forms of celebration. My friend Jeniffer, the ELI Kipkaren Children’s Home secretary, had a beautiful little boy on July 23rd. Unfortunately our busy ministry schedule has kept us away from home for most of the past two months so I hadn’t been able to visit. After spending a rainy Monday afternoon whipping up some baby bibs…

Some left over fabric from other sewing projects made some fantastic baby bibs!

Some left over fabric from other sewing projects made some cute baby bibs!

…and they're reversible!

…and they’re reversible!

I finally was able to go welcome Kigen Abednego into the world! I look forward to seeing this little guy grow up under the care and shepherding of his wonderful parents, Jeniffer and John.Cathy & Kigen Abednego

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About Mark & Cathy Lessig

Missionaries with Advancing Leaders International, serving in East Africa
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One Response to Celebrations

  1. Carolyn Hamic says:

    Thanks for these wonderful pictures of celebration! The church in Laboret is beautiful! I remember going there with school desks ! The new baby is beautiful! So happy for Jennifer and her husband! The Lord is using you in a mighty way! Love, Carolyn Sent from my iPhone

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