Life in Napusimoru, in pictures!

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”.

Rise and shine and give God the glory! This is our view of the Lord’s day each morning.
Rennie pumps water, with a little help from her friend!
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The women dip water into their containers from a hole they have dug in the dry river bed. The animals also share the water hole.
Girls and women transport water using their heads. Look ma, no hands!
After pumping water into our “Jerry” cans, we then pump it into our shower. It is heated by the sun.
No water or explanation needed! Waterless urinals certainly aren’t new!
Our little house with little people always around!
Little friends visiting our porch. The life of the children capture our hearts! 
Digger “digs” into God’s Word again. Jesus said. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even if he dies.” John 11:25
Our “Turkana Kelly”!
Napusimoru women are talented and well known for making beautiful baskets. The baskets provide an income and a way to feed the family. 
Our friend Mary shows off her products!
Anna, our village language teacher, has her hands full, in more ways than one!
Ren and Den learning how to count on their fingers! "Ngatomon", 10, is two closed fists!                                              To listen to Den count to 10, click here!
Ren and Den learning how to count on their fingers! “Ngatomon”, 10, is two closed fists!                                              To listen to Den count to 10 in Turkana, Swahili and English, click here!
What are you lookin' aaaaaat? Goats, sheep and camels are just part of our everyday life.
What are you lookin’ aaaaaat?   Goats, sheep and camels are just part of our everyday life!
“Under this tree, we will worship!” On Palm Sunday we were invited to the opening dedication of a new church planted 8 kilometers away. For the full story click here!
There were 42 baptisms! You might ask, How do you baptize someone in the desert? The answer is: Dig a “grave”, and line it with boards to keep the dirt out and plastic to keep the water in!!
A nice place to rest our heads at the end of the day!
Our church home! The chairs are set in place, Sunday’s coming!

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.

God Bless,
Den and Ren




6 Responses to “Life in Napusimoru, in pictures!”

  1. Tears of joy fill my eyes as I think of the many blessings that are given and received as you continue to serve the people of Napusimoru. Keep on “rocking!” love & blessing to you both!

  2. Oh my! These pictures delight my soul and my spirit rejoices that you are there, right where you have been called for such a time as this!

  3. Nadine Wellington

    Greetings, my Brother and Sister! My, what an amazing journey! We love you, miss you, and are praying for you daily. God has blessed you richly. Please know you are ministering, not only to the dear people you are living among, but to the many who are “tuning” into your messages, pics, and videos. We embrace your love for the Lord and appreciate the beauty of His earth as seen through your eyes. We love you!
    Nadine, Chuck, and Spencer


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