My reading this morning was taken from Romans 4. I couldn’t help reflecting how Abraham undertook such a long journey without the preparations we take for granted today: vaccinations, passports, foreign currency etc. He simply went by faith and discovered at the end of the journey the Lord was there.
We were warmly welcomed at the airport by a group from ACK Thika. I was taken to my hosts by Ven Joseph who is the current acting vicar of St Michael’s Ruiru. The previous vice retired in July. Joseph looks after two churches there. He also has the neighbouring parish of St Paul’s and is also archdeacon. He visited our diocese back in 2012. We discussed something of the similarities and differences between ministry in Plymouth and in Thika. I have great expectations of what I might learn here but also recognise that every church in every culture faces its own challenges. When we were queueing at passport control in the airport I couldn’t help notice the three items on the news were water wars, fake money and land disputes. It will be fascinating to learn more.