We are back!

I know, I know… It’s been way too long since we’ve put anything here. But finally I have found some time to write again. In this post I will try to cover the time since mid October last year. And you can guess, that a lot has happened since then. Even more you will find in the photo galleries. Just click on the thumbnails in this post to open them and see the photos.

Still in October we had a chance to attend the Volunteers Day. This is the time when each year all volunteers of St.Martin meet for the one day retreat. Another big event which followed soon after, was St.Martin Day. All community members gathered to celebrate this special day through dance, song and prayer.

Before November finished, we had to pack and get ready to go for our holidays to Poland. This time round we traveled together with 3 members of L’Arche Kenya – Paul, Francis and Mutahi.

In Poland we started from visiting our friends in Warsaw. The Ambroziewicz family welcomed us to their home. We also had a chance to spend some time with members of ‘Chata z Pomyslami’ – the centre for people with intellectual disabilities. We are grateful for this opportunity. Very enriching experience for our kenyan friends, and very good time for all of us.

Our next stop was in Kuczyna – the home of Dominik’s parents. This was very special time for all of us, but particularly for Sara who could play with grandparents, as well as with her cousin Antek.

During that time we visited L’Arche community in Poznan. In the community we were privilleged to meet with Ms. Wanda Blenska, who celebrated her 100th birthday. We shared with her a bit about our experience in Kenya, and we were happy to listen to her stories about the time she spent in Africa.

It becomes now a bit of a tradition, that each time we are in Poland we spend some time in our home community in Wroclaw. And we feel there like home indeed. Additionaly for Sara it is very important place, since her godmother and godfather are members of the community. We were also very glad to see the progress of the construction work of the new project in the community. It is so good to see the community grow. We also had a great time visiting our friends. Our guests from Kenya had a chance to visit various OT workshops, but also to have some relaxing time in a coffee shop or at swimming pool.

We continued our journey to spend some time with Agnieszka’s sister – Bogusia. While in Krakow we visited L’Arche community in Sledziejowice where we had some experience in the community workshops. It has helped us to develop some new ideas for our project in Nyahururu. Very enriching experience. We also took the opportunity to visit the museum of Salt Mine in Wieliczka. Paul, Francis and Mutahi were delighted to see that place.

Our last stop with kenyan visitors was in our home in Rabka. This time was planned as time for relaxing. And it was as planned. We spent time visiting various places, but as well on spending time with Sara’s grandmother. We were also glad that there was snow in the mountains, as our visitors had a chance to see and experience the snowball fight! After short time in Rabka, our visitors left Poland, to go for a retreat to France.

When our friends left Poland, we stayed in Rabka and started preperations for Christmas. This time Dominik’s family joined us in the mountains to celebrate this event. And everything was as we planned. Just spending time together, enjoing good food, and warming ourselves by the fire. Of course, we also managed to find energy for a nice walk in town, while Sara and Antek could spend hours playing together. Surely it was relaxing time for all of us.

But as it is usually happening, the time of relaxing goes very quickly. In first days of January we returned to Kenya.

And we knew that the year wasn’t to start very slowly. Actually the plan was very different.

On 5th January we attended a small celebration (‘only’ 100 guests) of opening of Betania Home – the second home of L’Arche Kenya. We were happy to meet with the family of Tim and Maria Kearney who came to visit from Ireland. We all had a good time celebrating the growth of our community. Few days later, despite ongoing construction, we opened new workshops and we started to have lunches together in the project. Also the afternoon activities (creative prayer, music session, drama) are now in the same building. It’s hard to imagine, that only 2 years ago there were 3 (!) people working in the building. Now we are almost 50! We feel so priviliged to witness this time of growth in L’Arche Kenya.

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