Spiritual safari

The Kenya team had another early morning today! We left for a morning safari ride at 6:15 a.m. With Benson and Wilfred at the wheel, we traveled through the game park once again. From the vans we watched the sunrise, an incredible display of God’s creativity. We were blessed to see more buffalo, impala, and zebra today! These animals were together in incredible numbers today—at one point, we counted over 25 zebra in one place! The baboons were awake and active as we traveled this morning. They were in the road, in the trees, and in the brush. We drove to a lookout point where the baboons came a bit closer than some of us expected. After snapping a few pictures of the view, we headed back into the vans before the baboons decided to revolt.

We headed back to the lodge and arrived just in time for 9 a.m. breakfast. After enjoying our morning meal, we packed our things and prepared for our journey out of the park.

Although we did not get a glimpse of the “Mufasa” we all wanted to see, we were able to see some flamingos, two more hippos, as well as three rhinos! The first rhino encounter was a black rhino. The second rhino encounter was a mother white rhino with her baby. The horn on the mother was incredible! Even Dr. Dixon said he had never seen one so large. Even without a second lion sighting, it was an incredibly exciting and eventful safari!

After exiting the park we began our journey back to Kijabe. We had all enjoyed our time at the game park, but we were anxious to come back to the Daraja House, our “home” here in Kenya. Benson and Wilfred brought us safely back to the Daraja House in a few hours, and we were all thankful to relax for the afternoon. Some took the opportunity to nap, others headed to the roof to enjoy the sunshine. It was a wonderful time to reflect on the weekend and our many experiences.

There has been much reflection as our time in Kenya in coming to a close. We have seen and experienced so many different people and places here, it can be difficult to make sense of it all. We have seen the poverty and struggle of Maai Mahiu as well as the wealth and comfort of the Nakuru Park Lodge. It brings about important questions. Should we feel guilty for being Americans who can afford comfort? What about our return to Ohio? What should we do then?

These questions have deep and complex answers. We don’t know why we have been blessed with comfort. We do not know why we have any of the blessings we have. We are wrestling with the question of what to do with what God has given us. All of us have been given gifts. Being born in America is a gift. Going to Malone University is a gift. Eating three meals a day is a gift. A gift. We have not earned them. God is not obligated to give them to us. For some reason, he has chosen to do so. Rather than feel guilty that we have been given these gifts, we are trying to focus on living a life of gratitude for these gifts. To be thankful for each and every gift God has given and live with open hands. If we return to Ohio with an attitude of thankfulness rather than guilt, we will be better able to use the gifts God has given us. He has a reason for giving us these gifts and our prayer is that he will show us how to use them. As we continue to process what we have experienced in the coming days, weeks, and years, we pray that God will continue to challenge us to a live a life of greater thankfulness. God is taking us on a “spiritual safari” to travel even deeper in our relationship with him.

Alexis “Njeri” Kreiner


  1. Well said! Amen! Janelle's Mom

  2. What an enchanting safari adventure in Kenya! The sunrise painted the sky with divine hues, while the abundance of wildlife, from majestic buffalo to graceful zebra, filled our hearts with awe. The lively presence of baboons added an extra layer of excitement, making every moment unforgettable. Despite missing Mufasa, this journey was a true testament to nature's splendor and the joy of exploration. Civil Protective Order In New Jersey
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  3. This is a captivating account of your final safari adventure! The early morning sunrise, diverse animal sightings, and close encounters with baboons paint a vivid picture of your experience.
    It's commendable that despite missing the "Mufasa" sighting, you found joy and excitement in the other wildlife encounters, particularly the rare black rhino and the mother and baby white rhino.
    Your honest reflection on the contrasting realities of poverty and comfort, and the resulting thoughtful questions, demonstrate genuine introspection. The shift towards gratitude for blessings and using them responsibly is a beautiful takeaway.
    The analogy of a "spiritual safari" deepening your relationship with God is insightful and inspiring. It highlights the transformative potential of this journey beyond just witnessing the physical beauty of Kenya.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughtful reflections. We wish you safe travels and continued growth as you process these valuable experiences in the days, weeks, and years to come.
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  4. Going on a spiritual safari sounds like an amazing adventure of self-discovery and enlightenment! The idea of delving into one's soul in search of inner serenity strikes a deep chord with me. It's incredible how many cultures and practices contribute to this spiritual tapestry, resulting in a rich and varied experience. I can practically feel the excitement of such a safari as I navigate between the worlds of awareness and consciousness. On another note, linguistics assignment help.appears to be a lifeline for students trying to navigate the complex web of language studies. The complexity of syntax, semantics, and phonetics can be intimidating, so having a credible source of instruction is vital.

  5. This article beautifully captures the essence of connecting with nature on a deeper level. It's refreshing to see a different perspective on safari adventures, one that focuses on inner exploration and personal growth. I'd love to hear from someone who has participated in a spiritual safari firsthand and learn about their transformative experience.
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