While in Kenya, we were blessed to visit a village called Isinon. The “road” to Isinon was very different than what I’ve seen here in the US. It was rocky and dusty and Isinon was very remote. I don’t know how we didn’t blow a tire during our two (or was it three?) hour drive. We made it to the village and immediately people started coming from every direction to greet us.
The first thing that we did when we got there was walk a little way to their watering hole. The watering hole really is indescribable. As I’ve said, Kenya is in the dry season so this watering hole has about 2 weeks worth of water in it. This water is used for the livestock as well as the people. It was heartbreaking to see a little girl scoop up a jug of water to take back to the village and later drink. I saw another child with a sippy cup full of brown, dirty water.
The encouraging part about our visit was that we got to see the spot that they will drill a well at very soon. All 100+ of us circled around the post in the ground at the location of the well and prayed to God for clean water to be found and also that the village would have the Living Water in their life. We all held hands and the language barrier no longer mattered, we all prayed with the same purpose and goal in mind.
After we prayed over the spot for the well we walked back and were honored to have singing and dancing by the village school children and also the ladies at the church. Their singing and dancing is so sweet to watch and listen to. I love hearing the jingle of their accessories and the bright colors of their village dress. Every place we went the singing was my favorite part.
The few hours that we were at Isinon were so incredibly full. Full of seeing new things, praying, singing, dancing, going into a home (like the one below), hearing Bishop James preach, passing out jump ropes & jerseys to the kids.
One of my favorite memories of Isinon was when we left the spot for the well and we all scattered to walk back up to sit under a shade tree for the performances. I was walking by myself (without another team member) and a little girl came up and grabbed my hand. I couldn’t speak to her, but I could hold her hand and smile at her. A moment later another girl came up and grabbed my other hand and we walked to the tree. It was a sweet moment that I’ll never forget. Remembering those children and the joy on their faces is priceless.
How Can I Help?
A huge, tangible need for villages like Isinon is prayer for water. Being in the dry season water is scarce and they walk for miles and miles to find a dirty watering hole. The day after we left Isinon we saw a rainbow in the direction of the village and we spent time praying and thanking God that somewhere in the vicinity there was rain. We found out yesterday that there wasn’t significant rainfall in Isinon, but we were still encouraged by the promise that we saw through the rainbow that day. Please pray that the well would be dug soon so that Isinon can have clean, fresh water for their village. Then, if you feel so inclined to do more and raise funds to buy a well in another village please let me know and I’ll connect you to the appropriate organization to do so.