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Pamoja at Sweetwaters

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Has it really been just 6 weeks ago that Kim and I were sitting here in a circle of friends on the plains of Kenya for a Mahali pa Maisha Board of Directors meeting?

Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then...

For the next couple of days, I'm taking you back to Kenya for our board Pamoja at Sweetwaters Camp in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

 

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"Pamoja" is the Swahili word for "together"...and what better place to come together than at a Kenyan safari camp?

Here is the cast of characters...Kim & me, Bill & Shirley, Dave & Jen (MpM Directors who are full-time missionaries in Kenya), and Jon & Cathy.

 

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Oh...and these two sillies, Ethan and Selah, Dave and Jen's children...



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...as well as a couple of MpM's newest babies, Bilhah and Charity.

 


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Toward the end of our stay in Kenya, the 12 of us all piled into the van and Dave's truck for the 5-hour drive from MpM to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  Francis has been driving for Dave for many years now and he feels like a family friend.  Having grown up in this area of Kenya, even though Dave and Jen had not been here it was familiar territory to Francis.  He kept telling us we were going to be cold...nah!  Surely not....

We made a pit stop along the way at Nanuki, a town that sits right on the Equator.


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Of course, we had to do a tourist photo!

 

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So glad to arrive after miles and miles of very bumpy Kenyan dirt roads...

 


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Now there are safari camps that are primitive, but Sweetwaters is NOT one of them.  It is one of the premier safari camps in Kenya.

 


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"Tent camping" never was more luxurious!

 

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And it's not every place where you can see rhinos grazing just outside your tent!


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Sitting on our tent porch, we were constantly entertained by the different animals who came to the watering hole to drink.

 


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And a few were not shy...this pretty antelope was grazing just a few feet from where we were sitting.

 

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This cape buffalo is getting an ear-cleaning from an oxpecker bird...


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Waterbucks...


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A lilac-breasted roller liked to hang around our tents.  A lucky photo for me...he was snatching a locust out of the air!

 

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Yum!  ???  Such gorgeous birds!!! 

 

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A very nice dining room with buffet meals...


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We even had a little guest try to join us for dinner!

 


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We all took turns taking care of the babies...

 

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That is a poinsettia plant...


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Yellow-necked spurfowl roamed the Sweetwaters grounds...


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Even the Kenyan starlings are so beautiful!


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Not sure what kind of bird this is, but very lovely....


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Francis knew what he was talking about...it got down-right CHILLY at night!  What a nice surprise to find the staff at Sweetwaters had slipped hot water bottles between our sheets!

 

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What a GLORIOUS sunrise over Mt. Kenya (highest mountaintop to the right)!

 

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Even the owl outside the dining room was having breakfast!  

 

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Our faithful President of the Board Bill led us in devotions and prayer before our morning meeting....


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...circled up just outside our tents.


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Our friendly roller perched around us, listening in...

 


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...and the occasional comment from the audience....

 

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Not your typical boardroom meeting...

 

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But, then again, not your typical board!


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Selah and Ethan talked Dave and Jon into camel rides...

 

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Cathy and Jon (notice the creative Kenyan spelling!) celebrated their 40th anniversary while we there, so the Sweetwaters dining staff surprised them with song and treats.

A memorable anniversary celebration, for sure!


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What a wonderful way to wind down our Kenya trip, chillin' and relaxing and enjoying God's creation....

 


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Pamoja at Sweetwaters.

 

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