Being woken up at 5.30am by the sound of a distant fire alarm on Friday morning as I tried to sleep off my jet lag was not what I expected when I returned from Kenya. Even worse was discovering the reason for the alarm: the Royal Clarence Hotel was on fire. This handsome building on … More Saying goodbye to the grand old lady of Exeter?
Today was our last full day in Kenya. Bishop Julius arranged for us to travel to Nairobi to meet the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Reverend Jackson ole Sapit. It proved to be a special occasion. After talking with the whole group and hearing something of the tripartite link which … More Encouraging, challenging and exhausting; farewell to Kenya
‘You can’t teach a man with an empty stomach. First, you need to feed him,’ said Bishop Julius as our bus pulled into the parish of Gitwe. We had been travelling for about an hour through beautiful countryside to the south-west region of the diocese. The hills and woods are peppered with blue … More We are marching in the light of God
Today a group of us attended worship at St Luke’s, Makongeni here in Thika Town. Built in an area that thirty years ago was simply fields of sisal (makongeni) it is evidence of how the urban population in Kenya has mushroomed and how the church has responded. This thriving parish has grown both in numbers … More This is the day that the Lord has made
People are waiting eagerly for the rains. Last year they failed. In England we search the sky for a gap in the cloud cover which might permit the sun to break through for a spell and warm our faces. Here at this time of the year people scan the empty sky in search of rain … More Salt, light and dust
This is a country of contrasts. Turning off the ‘Nairobi super highway’ onto ordinary roads which may or may be tarmacked, you need to watch out for potholes lest they wreck your suspension. Minibuses known as matatu provide local transport. Passengers are packed in like sardines, often hanging out of the open door is the … More Contrasts
Today (20 October) is a public holiday in Kenya celebrating its independence. A few years ago it was renamed by the Government as Heroes Day or Mashujaa Day … More Public holiday
It was a huge privilege to visit the Namrata Shah Children’s Home this afternoon … More Visit to Namrata Shah Children’s Home
Jambo. Good morning Thika. Arriving in Calcutta many years ago, I remember breathing in lungfulls of stifling, hot, humid air and being confronted with an array of different smells that announced India. Arriving in Thika late last night it was the array of sounds rather than smells that told me ‘this is Africa’. Thika lies … More Arrival day!
I took my first anti-malaria pill this morning. In 48 hours I fly to Nairobi with a group from the Diocese of Exeter to visit our link Diocese of Thika in Kenya … More First blog post