The Shelby Family

Loving Life in Kenya...

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We have been serving the Lord as BIMI missionaries in Kenya, East Africa since 1997!  We are happy for the opportunity to serve Him here, and we thank Him for every blessing to our family & ministry.  This is a blog of some of our personal family happenings, and in short - our Shelby Summaries!


Safari Time...

The main attraction for Africa is, without a doubt, the animal life.  There is hardly anything more exciting than to be riding through the Maasai Mara, with camera posed for the next fantastic shot.  The chance to scan the horizon and be the first one to spot a lion in the distance is exhilarating.  One day we saw 17 lions from 3 different prides; there were many cubs;
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Off to Market...

It is easy to get cheated in the local, open market especially when considered as the outsider.  The price of a mango or handful of herbs or bucket of potatoes soars high whenever we near the tender’s booth.  Bartering is something I have learned to do over the years.  It is easier is some places than others, but the system still stands as the way to buy and sell. 
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Lizards...

It is amazing the many different kinds of lizards I have seen around and in the places where we have lived.  I have seen so many different lizards that I cannot count them.  The one that I know lives inside the houses I have lived in is called the Gecko. The Gecko can sometimes be frightening if it falls onto you when you open the curtains, and it can sometimes be funny as it darts
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Going to a Village...

One of the most exciting places to go is to a village “in the middle of nowhere.”  There are so many things to do.  Usually we use the winding paths through the fields; sometimes there are steep hills, and streams to cross.  When we get to our destination, the adults go inside to fellowship, but we get to wonder around their homestead.  We love watching tiny chicks that
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A Trip to the Coast of Kenya...

Of all the places I have ever been, and of all the beautiful things I have seen, getting up early to see the sun rise over the Indian Ocean is the most spectacular of all.  It was family vacation for a week at the coast.  All sunburnt from the day before, we hurried out of bed before the sky began to turn in color.   The still heat and humidity of that early morning,
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Paradise Lost...

My family and I had gone to a place called Paradise Lost.  It was a place that had beautiful scenery such as a very large wooded area, a spectacular waterfall, a large lake that we took a boat ride on, and a huge cave that seemed to go all the way back to the middle of a cliff that was there.  We drove through a coffee field in order to get to the place where we were going, and when
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Going to Market...

The market is the place to go to not only buy fruits and veggies, but everything!  From clothes to curtains to electronics and toys, some of their wares aren’t very good quality, but they’re cheap.  The stench is horrible as the intense sun beats down on the stinking mud—mud filled with rotten vegetables and manure from the market’s “garbage collectors”: goats,
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Walking in Kenya...

In these hills, adventure thrives, whether we go to a church member’s home for a late afternoon lunch, or go to the market for fruits and vegetables, or go on visitation. There is no telling what you may come in contact with on our walks in the area. Footpaths are the commonly used means of transportation; these paths wind up and down, and twist around every which way through the forests and across
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March 10, 2013 - Update/Kenyan Elections

Dear Praying Friends and Family,Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us and for Kenya throughout this past week. It seems like everything is back to normal in Kenya for the moment. We have not had any more reports of trouble since yesterday. The opposition party still plans to take the election matter to court, so we may still see some tense moments in the days to come. Once they take their
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Election Results May Elicit Strong Response - News from the US Embassy Nairobi

This is to inform U.S. citizens in Kenya that on March 9, 2013, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of Kenya’s presidential election.  The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has received reports of violence in Kibera, Kisumu, and Kakamega.  The police are responding; however, these demonstrations could spread or erupt elsewhere with little or
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