Sopai! This is your Kenyan friend, Joseph Tepelit Ole Jukawe, writing! Hope this finds you and your cattle well!
My family (as well as my cattle) are well; however, there is reports of disease floating through the Kenyan countryside. I have been praying desperate prayers to Engai, to keep us safe from sickness; diseases like malaria, dysentry, dengue fever, and plague have been found in our area and elsewhere around Africa.
I have been watching my cattle (as well as my family) carefully; any sign of sickness and I will lose my mind; I fear disease nearly as much as drought or predators themselves!
The weather continues to be horribly dry here: animals and plants continue to dry up; people continue to starve. I wonder if we will be next. There's also the threat of fires burning wild; at times you can smell (or see) smoke (or at times, see the fires); it's most unsettling. You don't know which way the fires are going to go when the winds kick up; it is a scary time for us.
I still miss my cousin, Muremo, who died recently of malaria; how I shall miss his joyful, ringing laughter and his energetic personality: he reminded me of a baby gazelle; he was always loping, leaping in the air. He was a very sweet little boy!
And all because of one mosquito bite; that was how he contracted malaria. He got very sick, and it eventually killed him. He was only four years old.
Pastor Wengaru at church services told us last week to make sure we look nice for Sunday, for it is Easter on the Christian calendar; they plan to have special music and preaching at church. I am looking forward to it; I love learning about Jesus, Noah, Moses, and all of the other Biblical characters!
I have one good shirt and one good pair of shorts; I usually wear that to school. In addition, I will wear my blue school blazer and my red tie. I want to look nice. I know Pastor W will be pleased when he sees me.
Mother, Mommy (my father's second wife), and my twelve brothers and sisters, plus uncles, aunties, and grandparents (there are twenty eight members in my immediate family, plus the cattle) will all walk to church: it takes us about a half hour to walk to church; it is not that very far from where we live. We will sing songs of praise and clap our hands to make sure the predators hear us; we want them to stay away.
The cattle will stay behind; they will not go to church with us. :) (Thought I'd clear that up with you. :P)
Well, it is early; time to get the cattle milked, fed, ready to face another day. Tomorrow is Easter; I will be looking forward to it. Let me wish my friends on the computer a most joyous Easter; I want them to remember Jesus dying on the cross, so we could be free from sin; that's why we celebrate Easter! He also rose from that cross three days later, and He is alive! It is his Resurrection Day!
Take care and may God bless you! I will write in here again another day; until then, Kwaheri!
Your friend in Kenya, Africa, Joseph Jukawe. :)