Monday, August 25, 2014

Arriving in Kenya.

Hello. I'm currently in a cyber hut in Athi-River, Kenya. I love it here, so much. There are so many things to write about, but I will try and keep it as simple as possible. YOU DON'T KNOW LIFE UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN TO AFRICA. 

Everyone here is so nice and so funny. Even though I can't understand hardly anything they say. I don't know why the church told me to prepare to serve in the English language, everyone speaks swahili here. So I have made it a goal to learn the language by the end of October. So far it seems pretty easy. 

My comp is Elder Barasa, he is from Uganda. He has a very thick accent. He's cool though. We are white washing this area. We have two baptisms on Saturday tho, so that is cool. I also got called as district leader, so I am super excited about that. 

Life is so different here. The pictures and the videos that you see on TV and such are so accurate. I already love the way of life down here and I am sure I will love it even more when I can understand people. Haha. Every shower is cold and we only have good water through 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and we are proselyting during that time so it is dumb. I love the food as well. They call fries 'Chipas' and they eat mostly with their hands. 

Like I was told, the little kids all call me 'Mzungu' which means white person. There are so many mtoto's running around all the time. It makes me wonder where their parents are. I have made a couple of mtoto friends if you look at the pictures. They're pretty cute. 

Church on Sunday was a surreal experience for me. They have a building for church but the congregation out grew it so they have a tent in the back for sacrament. There was a total of 90 people there, when we began to sing the hymns the spirit hit me way hard. I don't know why but i was holding back tears. The Athi-River ward is amazing. 

Probably the only bad thing about Africa is that it has a very odd stench, always. There is trash everywhere and people burn their trash as well, so I think that is the problem. 

I think TOMS shoes was lying because I haven't seen one pair of TOMS yet. Well, it won't let me upload any pictures so I will try in a different hut next week. 

With Love,

Elder Bradford


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kenya Believe It?

I have got my Visa accepted and I leave to Kenya on August 18th at 11:25 AM.   I'm pretty excited!  On Friday we went out to dinner with on of Elder Granado's recent converts.  They took us to get sushi, which was very delightful to me.  Afterwards, we walked around downtown Covina for a bit and we went into a museum that had the history of the town.  It was awesome!  There was a picture on the wall from 1951 of the city.   It was literally all orange groves.  There was maybe two houses and a barn.  The whole place was covered in orange groves and now it is covered in houses.  That is crazy.  There was also a record of the jail inmates from 1946 and I saw the name Bradford in the records!  Eli Bradford was incarcerated for "intoxication".  Haha that was funny.

Everything is going good and this is Elder Granando and I's last week together.  ITS TIME FOR AFRICA.  NAMINAMINA AY AY WAKA WAKA AY AY NAMINAMINA SANCALEGUA .  ITS TIME FOR AFRICA.

 For dad!