Our day in Nairobi, Kenya

4 Commentsby   |  06.07.11  |  Kenya

What an adventure today has been! I can hardly keep my eyes open but I don’t even care! After finally getting to bed around 2 am, we woke up at 7 am and got ready for the day. The first great discovery was that the guesthouse has wifi! Woohoo, now I can contact my family and update my blog…until tomorrow haha and then I’m not sure what I’ll do. Second, we went and toured a deaf church and school and I cannot say enough how absolutely amazing this was. The moment we pulled up in the mutatu (van) the children surrounded us in their adorable matching uniforms. They kept tugging on my hands and hanging on my arms. My heart melted at the sight of each of their beautiful faces. If I could have smuggled them out under my skirt I would have, but alas, there were 300 of them and only 1 skirt. I can’t wait to get to Rongo so I can spend every day for the next 8 weeks playing and loving children who are grateful for a simple hug or the fact that you are giving them attention at all. We spent roughly 4 hours there, playing with the children, visiting the headmaster and teachers, and touring the grounds. It is considered extremely impolite to leave without being “dismissed,” so we enjoyed our 4 hours until they bid us a good day. Later, we were able to visit the Conway family, a missionary family from S. 11th and Willis Church of Christ that lives permantently in Nairobi. Their son, Andrew, was a friend of Bonnie and I’s from ACU, so it was nice to see a friendly face. Nairobi as a whole is very different than America. The roads are dirt, the cars old, and the driving terrifying (they drive on the opposite side of the road). The buildings are ran down and there is no such thing as upkeep. Trash litters the roadside and people have no shame in using the restroom in public. However, the people are friendly and hospitable and the countryside is literally the most beautiful and breathtaking I’ve ever seen. We leave Nairobi tomorrow and I have no idea how I’m going to keep in contact with friends and family. My plan is to buy a modem and data (I’m still not exactly sure the details of this technology…) but I’m not sure the reliability of this in Rongo. But in the worst case that I’m unable to connect to the internet, I will continue to document my days and post them when I can. Until the next time, goodbye, or as the Kenyans say in Swahili, kwa heri!!!


  1. Jennifer Mastalka
    8:13 am, 06.08.11

    Wow! What an adventure Ashley! Thank you for your willingness to serve! Sounds like an amazing first day. I’ve heard Africa is beautiful and it sounds like you’ve found it to so! Have fun working with those sweet children. I expect you will be forever changed! Love you!

  2. Melyssa Kinnear
    12:46 pm, 06.11.11

    Hey Ashley! Loved reading about your travels & mission adventures. Thanks for sharing your trip w/ all of us. Blessings to all!

  3. Amy Carroll
    11:55 pm, 06.13.11

    Thank GOD for all the loving family and friends and Members of McDermott Road Church of Christ who gave you money to go on this amazing GOD given adventure. Thank GOD for the 7 who were Baptized and I look forward to being with them in heaven someday. PRAISE GOD for the 11th and Willis Church of Christ in Abilene, TX who started this wonderful orphanage. Work hard my sweet daughter who loves the LORD. I LOVE YOU!

  4. Ashley Carroll
    11:09 pm, 06.15.11

    Thank you all! Jennifer, I am so excited to hear that you have finally made it to Dallas for good! Melyssa, I’ve talked to Carl Moore (the deaf minister from Park Plaza that is apart of our mission team) and told him to be on the look out for you and your family! Mom, I miss you so much and am so blessed to have you as a mother! Good is good!

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