With great excitement and some fear I left the comfort of my world and embarked on an eighteen day journey to Kenya and Tanzania January 9th-27th. Marybeth Irvine, OPA, my wonderful travel companion and I joined 18 other travelers led by Fr. Joe Mitchell and Donna Manuel from the Earth & Spirit Center of Louisville, KY.
I think I will be processing this trip for the rest of my life! Kenya is our homeland, where we as humans began and I felt that as we drove thru the country and walked on the land. The energy of the land is palatable. It is truly God’s paradise. The landscape is breath taking; I kept hearing the song “This is Holy Ground” in my head as I walked on the land and viewed it from the bus. And the people – I struggle to find the words to describe the beautiful faces of these wonderful people. They opened their hearts to us and welcomed us, celebrated life with us, fed us and shared their land with us. The faces of God – loving us just because.
We visited Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, and played with these beautiful children that were so grateful we had come to visit. They were joyful, very proud of their school and very interested in our physical appearance! The poverty was overwhelming and yet these children found joy in what they had that day, a meal and visitors to play with!
Now that I am back home I find myself much more mindful and appreciative of my many blessings. I am ever so thankful for water and hot showers. My first trip to the grocery when I returned found me in tears at the abundance of choices and all the excess we take for granted. I am forever grateful for these beautiful people showing me the face of God and the beauty of our wonderful world.