It’s hard to write without mentioning the constant rain that we’ve had for the last several weeks. With no heat in the houses and no garage to drive a car into (for the privileged few who even have a car), heavy rain can be quite debilitating. We even had to cancel our overnight prayer meeting scheduled for tonight.
Kenya is not used to the kind of rainfall we are currently experiencing. This year the rainy season came a month late and came with a vengeance. Thunderstorms, flash floods and hailstorms are being reported all over the country. Torrents of water have carried away sections of roads and vehicles alike. Some homes have been swept away and close to 50 lives lost.
On the other hand, it’s wonderful to see crops growing in farms, lush green fields, flowers and grass in most places. If there will be a year of bountiful harvest, this might be one of them.
As a family, we were supported by Africa Transformation Initiative to dedicate 2 ½ acres of our Kitale farm to planting a forest. This meant planting well over 1,000 assorted trees, and the heavy rains are ideal to ensure that they will grow well. I look forward to what this small contribution will do for the surrounding environment.
My prayer is that many others will see the need of planting trees, either on their own properties or on public land. I pray that the bare hills all across this region will someday be covered with trees and that rainfall will be regular – without the destruction we are witnessing right now.
Yes, my environmental campaign continues — welcome to Kenya to come plant a tree!