Sunday, August 31, 2014


Intermountain Farmers Association's counterpart in Kisumu is
Kenya Farmers Association.
We pass by this building regularly and smile as we head up country.

We needed to purchase fertilizer for our garden and had the need to stop and check it out.
Elder Horner felt at home here and they made us feel so welcome! 
It provided another great missionary opportunity!

Familiar Supplies
Some are no longer available in the US.

Familiar Products

Familiar Chemicals

New Feed Sacks
Check out the 154 pound bags.

This is a honey of a picture!
The frames in this hive are totally different from the hives I am familiar with.
It has a single string attached to the hanger board for the bees to build the honey comb on.

Feed and Fertilizer

This picture of the grain bins was taken from the other side of the shore of Lake Victoria.
They are part of a flour mill.

The shelter behind Sister Horner is to hold the animals.

The huts are actually cool inside and have holes for ventilation.

This small structure is also for grain storage.  
It is quite a contrast to the modern grain storage facilities behind Kenya Farmers Association.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

First Zone Conf. DRIVE to Eldorette

We had the opportunity to make a most beautiful drive to Eldorette, Thursday Aug 7, 2014.  We had our Kisumu and Busia Elders with us.  It was a great scenic trip.  It was actually a little more scenic than it needed to be.  We drove an hour the wrong direction because our GPS in the back seat wasn’t paying attention.  We couldn’t complain because of the beautiful area we experienced.  The Elders were delayed two hours from their soccer game.  They didn’t complain. 

This is the first camel we have seen here.  
Even though the picture is a blur we had  to put it in.

The other two Senior Couples in our multi zone were away with their families on Safari so we haven’t had the opportunity to meet them yet.  The Anderson’s left their keys with Wilford their guard and we stayed two nights at their lovely home in Eldorette. 

 Elder Horner and Wilford

Pictures of Anderson's lovely home and yard.

Wilford is growing a beautiful garden including using the "Bag Garden" technique.

Thursday evening it was our opportunity to meet the Zone Leaders from Eldorette 
and go visit with the sisters serving there and get acquainted with them.   

We barely made it back to the Anderson’s before dark.  It is an experience going to a new area.  Elder Horner has been blessed to drive safely in this amazingly C R A Z Y traffic!!

Motorbikes (piki pikies), bikes (boda boda's) and pedestrians 
dart in and out and around the vehicles.

Since we were the only one with a vehicle at Zone Conference, it was our 
opportunity to pick up Pres. and Sister Hicken at the airport.  
There plane was a little late but we arrived at 8:00 am just in time for the meeting.   
The AP’s and new sister missionaries coming to Eldorette 
from Sierra Leone were at the airport as well and they took a taxi to the chapel. 
These movable spikes are at the entrance to this airport and others in Kenya.

The Kenya Nairobi Mission is SOOO short on missionaries!  It is almost impossible to get the paperwork and clearances for missionaries to serve here.  
The Lord works in mysterious ways and prayers have been answered for now. 
This certainly is not what any of us would wish for or expect but we have the blessing of having 15 new missionaries come back to their Kenya homeland to finish serving their missions as the Sierra Leone and Liberia Missions have closed down because of the Ebola outbreak. 

These two sisters knew the Seader’s.  It has been amazing to find different connections here.

Elder Eveson has a relative from Heber.

Missionaries attending Zone Conference

What a wonderful opportunity to meet with President and Sister Hicken 
and the other missionaries.
Our Zone Conference was so inspiring!

We returned to Kisumu and had two convert baptisms 
and 3 children of record baptisms on Sunday August 10th.
The baptismal Font is behind the church building.

Sister Horner with Linda, one of the YW.
President Okila is to the left. 

This was a very special weekend for our family! 
Tyler and Aubrey's oldest daughter Kaylee was also baptized
and our new little baby Brelee was given her name and blessing.

Sending Kenya Hugs to our Texas family!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

We are here two weeks and . . . .

We went to the airport Wed, July 30th to pick up Pres. and Sister Hicken.  President Hicken was planning to do interviews in Eldorette but they could not get on the flight so they changed the interviews to Kisumu and we had the opportunity to host the interviews here and provide lunch for the Elders. It was wonderful to spend some time with Sister Hicken and get to know her better.  We enjoyed visiting with the missionaries and getting acquainted.  They are so full of the spirit!   Our time with the President was the travel time back and forth from the airport and he was teaching us as we traveled.  He is such an inspired man!  We are blessed to serve under his leadership.   We didn’t do a good job of taking pictures because we were too busy enjoying the day.

Our First trip to Busia came about because Elder Horner was responsible to do the audit for the Busia Branch.

We drove up there Friday Aug 1 and took the Busia Elders back to their area.  We have responsibility for this wonderful little branch as well as several other areas that are not big enough to have branches.  It was a beautiful drive to go upcountry near the Uganda border.  We passed by the equator sign.

The ride up was a panorama of lush rolling hill country and all the tropical foliage that goes with it.  We saw a lot of mud homes and thatched roofs.  There are so many people walking, riding bicycles or pushing carts along the side of the road.  

We took the Busia Elders back with us since they had been in Kisumu for interviews with Pres. Hicken and had split up with our Kisumu Elders for a couple of days.  First we saw the outside of the humble church building where they have Sacrament Meeting, RS and SS upstairs.   It was locked and they didn’t have a key to this so we couldn’t go up the stairs.

They took us on a tour of the Church grounds just behind this building.  It is a lovely building with offices, the primary and YSI meeting rooms. 

There are two wash rooms outside that are basically a hole in the cement. 

They are so thankful to have a new water pump installed.  They actually have inside plumbing but many of the people do not know how to use them and they are difficult to keep clean so they generally keep them locked.  Now with the water pump working we were blessed to be able to use the flush toilets. 

Pres. Imende had invited us to his home Friday night.  The missionaries showed us how to get to his home.  We made it and there was room for one vehicle to pull in at his compound where there were 10-12 homes connected together.  We were made to feel so welcome by Pres. and his family.  We loved visiting with him.   The words, “There is beauty all around when there’s love at home” described the feeling there.

As the sun was setting, we expressed our need to leave to get back to our motel room before dark.  That’s when we realized that Sister Imende had prepared dinner for us.  We had no idea!!  Their tiny living room was clean as a pin even though the chickens were running in and out of the room.  We were a bit unsure of doing dinner but Sister Imende said, “This is the African way!”  We were presented with a beautiful meal of rice, stew, cooked cabbage salad and a fried bread that they call chibotti.  She had bottled water and juice for us as well.  It was a very tasty wonderful traditional African meal.  Sister Horner was the only women present at dinner.   

Saturday, while Elder Horner was doing the audit, Sister Horner was going through the Branch Directory with Pres. Imende.  This tiny branch has 11 missionaries serving and 5 preparing to go.  We are absolutely amazed at the STRENGTH OF THE YOUTH here in our area.   Every Saturday the YSI meet at the church.  What a spirit they bring.  It was such a great experience to see these young people come together in an attitude of wanting to learn and desiring to graduate from Institute so they can serve missions.   There was a powerful spirit was in that room!   

Sunday was a wonderful day of getting to know so many of the people.  They have made us feel so welcome!!     
The sister next to Sister Horner is the RS President.
She is an amazing lady with a contagious smile!  Sister Angela, the guard is on the left.

Pres Imende shared his testimony, then invited us to share our testimonies before turning the time to the congregation.  They are wonderful saints with strong testimonies of the gospel.  This branch will be celebrating their 5 year anniversary at the end of the month.  We will be making regular trips to help and support this branch.

Beautiful Busia Sunset!