Thanksgiving in Kenya
|The two yellowish buildings on the right are called The Nyayo House |
and are home to the Kenyan Department of Immigrations.
|This is our friend Agnes, her daughter Juliette,|
and son Delight. We've been blessed to be able to
spend time with them during our visits to Nairobi.
I was amazed and humbled by my friend's thoughtfulness. She lovingly insisted that our family go to her home that evening for a delicious Thanksgiving feast that her family was eager to prepare. They'd heard about Thanksgiving and had even seen it celebrated in movies, but this would be their first opportunity to experience it themselves.
We were SO honored and graciously accepted their invitation. A few hours later we were looping around the huge interchange and heading out to Kikuyu County on the Southern Bypass, one of Nairobi's largest expressways.
Kikuyu County is home to the Kikuyu tribe, which is centrally located.
They occupy the area just north of the capital city of Nairobi, as you can see on this map.
The landscape of Kikuyu County is hilly and a bit dry. It has been divided into private parcels that people refer to as their "compound" or "homestead".
This is an example of a typical homestead that is well established with crops, irrigation, composting, and livestock.
After exiting the expressway we turned this way and that on the bumpiest of roads.
Finally, we arrived at Agnes' family's compound. She, her husband, and two children lived in Nairobi for many years, but recently decided to move back to the village in Kikuyu. They built this beautiful home and have begun establishing their compound. They've planted vegetables and fruit trees; created a suitable water system, and built an enclosure for the chickens and rabbits which are a sustainable food source. In the years to come I anticipate them adding other livestock and increasing the size of their gardens.
When we arrived Agnes and her family were hard at work preparing a delicious Kenyan feast of chicken stew, mixed vegetables, chapati, and potatoes.
Anna jumped right in and helped Juliette make chapati (flat bread).
I was put in charge of making the mango juice and chopping up the veggies, which is my forte.
When everything was finally ready it was displayed on the table. Agnes was SO happy to be able to provide us with such an amazing feast and our hearts overflowed with thanksgiving for her love and gracious hospitality!!
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