To grandma's house we go

Habari family and friends,

Each day we have been greeted by the cows mooing and the beautiful sunshine; this morning was no different. After breakfast we traveled literally over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house. Our team had the privilege of spending time in the humble home of Martha and David (Esther’s parents). Over hot chai, homemade chocolate doughnuts, carrot cake and zucchini bread David willingly told us about some of the history that his country and tribe have gone through as well as some of the gruesome acts on both sides of the battle line in the fight for independence. Also at their home Esther talked about coming back to the states with Isaac and her girls and how she felt racism from both African Americans and whites. Through her addressing the problem head on, Esther got to be friends with a woman who at the beginning displayed so much hate toward her and her family. Because of both David and Esther sharing we are getting glimpses into their stories and seeing how important communication is.

From there we traveled up the road to two widowed women’s homes. We listened to them tell Esther their story in Kikuyu. After they were done conversing, Esther translated their stories. Then we had the opportunity to pray with them for their individual needs. We left them with flour and sugar as a gift and thank you for welcoming us to their homes.

As we were leaving the final home we had a decent walk to get back to the Daraja House, and I had the privilege to walk with Martha and hear pieces of her own story. She has arthritis in her knees so walking uphill both ways (seriously) is a struggle, but that meant that I had more time just with her. Martha is 64 and has six children and 11 grandchildren. She loves irio (a concoction of mashed potatoes, corn and green leaves) and she has the sweetest spirit. Now we not only have a Kenyan mom, but also a grandma, or shosho as they say here.

Our team had some time to relax today, and I gratefully took full advantage of that on the roof of the Daraja house. The past ten days, as you have been reading, have been packed full of meetings, praying and just being with people in general. As weird as it might sound, being with people all of the time is absolutely exhausting.

Tomorrow we travel to a new town, Kisumu, to go on an adventure. This is an adventure because we are not entirely sure what all we are doing or where exactly where we going. Don’t worry parents, we are in safe hands! Fingers crossed and prayers said. We are unsure if we will have internet connection, but no news is good news in this situation!

I am currently writing in the dark as I complete this post. Poor Sadie and Becca were in the shower when the power completely shut off. Thankfully we have a few flashlights to lead us up the stairs and to our beds. When in Kenya . . .


Janelle “Wanjiru” (my Kenyan name, aka the curious and persistent one) Linder


  1. Hi Sweetheart!!! Miss you so much, but so thrilled at all you are experiencing. God is good! I sure wish I was there too! Love, Mom

  2. It has been so interesting reading of your experiences. Hard to imagine you are so far away. Can't wait till you go on safari = it will be great! Prayers and love to you & the other girls. Grandma

  3. Here's a positive comment for the article, focusing on their cultural immersion, personal connections, and positive outlook:
    "This is a beautiful account of your Kenyan experiences, Janelle! Spending time with Esther's parents, Martha and David, and learning about their history and perspectives offers valuable insights into Kenyan culture and the lasting impact of the fight for independence.
    It's heartwarming to hear about Esther sharing her experiences with racism and overcoming prejudice through communication and friendship. It's a powerful reminder of the importance of open dialogue and understanding.
    Visiting the widowed women and offering them support and prayers demonstrates your team's compassion and cultural sensitivity. Walking and conversing with Martha, even amidst the physical challenge, deepens your connection and allows you to learn from her wisdom and spirit.
    Acknowledging the need for personal downtime highlights the importance of self-care while on such an immersive journey. Embracing the unknown adventure to Kisumu with a positive and open mind demonstrates your team's spirit of exploration and adaptability.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences, Janelle. We wish you safe travels and continued cultural exchange and personal growth on your journey
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  4. Thank you for sharing your experiences, slope, and may your adventures in Kenya continue to inspire and enrich your life.

  5. Your insights are zapatas spot on, keep them coming!

  6. It sounds like you had a truly eye-opening head soccer and humbling experience at Martha and David's home.

  7. The story of the Incredibox team's journey to Kenya is truly moving, demonstrating the power of human connection and shared culture. Hearing the personal stories of David, Esther, and the widows not only deepens our understanding of their history and pain, but also highlights the importance of empathy and humanity in overcoming prejudice and building friendships.


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