Thursday, April 7, 2011

February Brings Another Transfer Week

Despite the excitement surrounding each transfer week, lately they have become more difficult for us because each time, in addition to the rearrangement of companionships, there are also a few missionaries that complete their missions and return home during transfer week. We been here long enough that we really have come to love these young people and are finding it harder and harder saying good bye to them. There were also two sets of our dear Senior Couple Missionary friends who returned home as well in February: the Godfreys and the Flinders. An unexpected event also made February more difficult for us. We had a young missionary that developed a serious health issue that required him to unexpectedly return home. Since one of my responsibilities is the health care of the missionaries, I was asked to escort him back to Salt Lake City where they were able to give him more in-depth medical attention. It was a whirlwind trip! We left the evening of February 9th and I returned Feb 12th. It was hard leaving this young man at home because he really wanted to be on his mission. We pray that they will be able to treat his condition quickly so that he can fulfill his dream to complete his mission. I surprised Karen for Valentines day by bringing her a bouquet of Tulips from Amsterdam, Holland (I had a 3 hour lay-over in Amsterdam) on the way back to Nairobi.

We have been trying to explore more of the local sights on Saturdays. Below are pictures taken at a some near by attractions.

This is about as close as I want to get to a Crocodile.

One of the guides at the Nairobi Mambas Park holds this huge Tortoise.

At Nairobi Wildlife Park we saw this fairly young Zebra colt.

At the Giraffe Centre we were able to feed the Giraffes.

If you can not tell this Giraffe is a different species from the one in the previous picture. This is a Reticulated Giraffe whereas the one above is a Rothchilds Giraffe.

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