It's Wednesday night here in Nairobi and John and Frank and I took the rest of the team to the airport to fly home. We've had a very full two weeks of ministry and fellowship and this past Sunday we took a few hours to tour the amazing Maasai Mara game park. This was a guy trip as the ladies were still recovering from their illness. I thought I'd show you a few shots of God's incredible creation. Photography courtesy of Rob.
We came upon three lions who had made a Cape Buffalo kill early that morning. You can see the partially eaten carcass in the background. They were all taking it easy after a morning of gorging, but staying very near their kill to keep hyenas, jackels and buzzards away.
A silver-back jackel
At one point we came upon a jackel trying to make a meal of mongoose. However, as he approached the colony, about 50 of them took after the jackel and chased him off. There is strength in numbers!
We also came across a couple of cheetahs hunting some impala off to the right out of frame. We decided not to wait around as it could be hours before they made a kill.
A red-headed buzzard looking for snakes, lizards and bugs as it stalks across the savanna.
At a hippo pool.
Hyena looking for food
I find giraffes so fascinating! We want to thank all of you who have been praying for the ladies and want to let you know that when we got back from safari, they were all feeling much better.
Michael is the Director of Pastoral Development for API USA - a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the people of Kenya through the gospel and works of service. Michael has been married to his wife Kim for 40 years and Kim is the director at CareNet Puyallup. They have four adult daughters: Eliana, Hilary, Paige and Michel-Ann; and four great son-in-laws: Ben Sansburn, Tom Dykstra, Justin Hartford, and Robert Velasquez; and six beautiful granddaughters: Ava, Miren, Charis and Eden, Indira, Aurora; and one handsome grandson, Atticus. Michael loves family, good books, great coffee, teaching and preaching. He is also a proud member of the 12th man and still holds out hope for the Mariners.