Wow, living in Napusimoru has been a drastic contrast to living in Lodwar! Napus is about 2 hours from Lodwar and is a rural village of about 700 people. Life is lived in community! From infant to elderly, we witness everyone help each other all the time. Being immersed in the culture daily has given us a great appreciation of the Turkana people and their way of life! Life is simple and peaceful, but not easy. Den and I like it here very much, even though learning the Turkana language is more difficult than Swahili. Our most common phrase has been, “Ayeni nadiochichik!” which roughly translates to “I know very little!” Actually Den often says “What we are learning the most is that we have so much more to learn”.
We are glad we are here in Napusimoru. Please continue to pray for us as we navigate through this rich and difficult time. For instance, we asked our neighbor if she was glad to see that April has brought rain to Napusimoru. She said “yes”, but qualified her answer. “It is good to see the rain. It brings growth for the goats to eat, which means more milk and meat for all. However, the rains also wash the human and animal waste from upstream to fill our water holes in the usually-dry river bed, bringing sickness to many.”
Jesus will say to those on His right, “You are welcome to come to the place prepared for you before the foundations of the world were made. For when I was hungry, you fed me, when I was thirsty, you gave me drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you cared for me, I was in prison and you visited me.” These same people will ask, “Lord, when did we do all of these things for you?” and Jesus will say, “Whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.” Matthew 25: 34-40
Thank you all so much for joining us on this journey.
Den and Ren