News from Missionary Mike & Sylvia
June 11, 2013
Jambo from Kenya,
Mike arrived safely last Tuesday night, June 4th, in Nairobi, Kenya after being met by Seth Perry and Kasi Payne of Alabama in Amsterdam, for the last leg of his flight. God always sends guardian angels to watch over him! Things were going smoothly until they arrived at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi and Kasi and Seth's luggage was nowhere in sight; nor was one of Mike's. I always issue colorful bandanas every year to our MEM team, so that it is easy to spot all our enormous amounts of luggage coming down the conveyor belt. This year we have bright lime green and black tiger print that really stands out. Mike looked and looked and just could not find his luggage. He found the donated computer and the food/supplies container, but no luggage. Finally his handicap assistant kept noticing this one black bag kept going around and around the belt. It had no handle on it with any ID so he compared Mike's baggage number on his ticket, to the sticker on the luggage and sure enough it was Mike's bag. They had completely torn his handle off the luggage! There was no way to identify it as his, at first sight. Sadly, Kasi and Seth's luggage never made it on the flight from Amsterdam.
They arrived very late at AIM/Mayfield House where we always spend our first night. This is a retreat for all missionaries coming into Kenya, that is run by African Inland Missions ministry. Mike said he felt like he had just gone to sleep, when he heard the breakfast bell at 7am. After breakfast, Big Joe, our driver, arrived to pick them up to go shopping for needed food supplies and lunch and then they had to go back to the airport on their way out of Nairobi, to retrieve the lost luggage, only to find that the airport had already sent them to AIM/Mayfield House! So they turned around and went back into the city to retrieve them. After shopping for more supplies for the new dorm, they finally headed out of the city around5 pm, arriving just at dark at the orphanage.
The staff and children were so excited to see "Grandpa Mike" and greeted him and the guests with much enthusiasm. Their hugs are just so special. The travelers were excited just to be at the home after a very long day chasing luggage and shopping. Our cook had dinner waiting for them and after showers they were all in bed by 8 pm, I understand!
The construction on the boys' dorm is going well and the crew always enjoy having Mike on site, overseeing the work. Matron Anne has been acting as foreman in Mike's absence, so I know she is happy to have Mike resume his position. She has proven to be very adept at recognizing any problems at the site and quickly correcting them. God has blessed us with this very capable young lady. She understands the vision that Mike has for the self- sufficiency of the orphanage to become successful. She is selling excess vegetables, milk, eggs, chickens and in the future will be selling some of our excess sheep, which we are breeding for just this purpose. (Sheep are a delicacy and are used in special ceremonies to feed a gathering.) Also, with the loom that Mike purchased last summer, we now are getting orders from boarding schools for uniform sweaters. God is truly blessing Little Eden!
It has taken Mike a little longer to get rested up on this trip, but Kasi and Matron Anne have both assured me that he is getting better. I can tell by his voice that he is improving. I believe he fully understands the importance of getting his rest and being cautious on this particular trip. He shared with Anne and Big Joe that he needed them to be his stabilizer when he is outside and when they go into Naivasha for supplies. They are both wonderful to assist him and oversee his safety.
Please continue to pray for Mike and the work going on at Little Eden. Always lift up our precious children in prayer for protection, health and knowledge. Their Christian foundation is covered by our staff and Pastor Bernard and wife, Jane. They have a very important role in the activities at the local AIC church that they attend in the village of Cheese. You all would fall in love with these special children of God!
Also be praying for Kasi as she returns to the States on June 12th, leaving Seth behind as an intern at Little Eden for the summer. Seth will be a college sophomore in the fall and really has a love for Kenya. His father, Pastor Kevin Perry, was part of the Willowbrook Baptist Church's Mission Team of Huntsville, AL who visited us last August and hosted VBS with our children. (Kasi is on staff at Willowbrook.)
Thank you for your prayers and support,
(All newsletter information comes from Mike to each of you, to keep you posted on happenings at Little Eden. )
Mike and Sylvia Eden
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