Top 10 things I am looking forward to most about Kenya

Here are the top 10 things I am looking forward to most about moving back to Kenya:

10. The smell of diesel and exhaust as you step off the plane in Nairobi. No other scent screams HOME like those do.

9. Fundis I am not entirely sure the how to explain what a fundi is. It is a worker or tradesman or artisan. Someone who generally specializes in a particular trade of sorts like mechanics or metal or shoes or wood or glass or doors. You are probably thinking “Um, we have people like that here Nikole.”  Yes, you are right but they are so much easier to find in Kenya, they do a good job, and they are generally much cheaper than anything we would pay here.

8. Swahili choruses – the ones that you sing over and over again that say the same thing over and over again yet congregations never lose their zeal while singing them

7. Fresh food. To be honest, food has been one of our biggest struggles in Canada. Too much processed food. Fresh, organic, real tasting food is so expensive and hard to find during winter months. Meat doesn’t have flavour. I am so looking forward to having an abundance of inexpensive, fresh, local produce and meat and grains. Yummy, yummy in our tummys.

6. Coke in a glass bottle. It just tastes so much better than coca cola here. I think it has to do with the sugar they use or maybe that they put it in reusable glass bottles. I could drink it with any meal of the day.

5. Neighbours. Why do we Canadians lock ourselves in our houses? Kelvin was so surprised to know that we don’t know the people who live on our street and we have lived in this house for 17 years. Looking forward to at the very least talking to our neighbours in Kenya.

4. Friends. Friends in Kenya, we are coming for you and so excited to be close to you again.

3. Family. Kelvin’s entire family is in Kenya. All one hundred bajillion of them. Most of them within a 20 minute drive from us. Looking forward to our girls spending more time with their aunts, uncles, and cousins.

2. Passion/Purpose. There is something to be said about knowing you were called to such a purpose and given the passion to pursue. I am always humbled that I actually get to do what I truly love to do.

And the number one thing I am looking forward to most about moving back to Kenya……drumroll…

  1. HEAT!  Canadian winters are simply too harsh for us. Oh sweet, sweaty, all consuming equatorial heat…I can’t wait to be reunited with you.

Sunrises and beaches we are coming for you!

I guess I should post the top 10 things I will miss about Canada…it’s only fair.

The Opiyos are Moving Back To Kenya!

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It’s true! The Opiyos are headed back to Kenya!

We have been in Canada just over 3 years now. In those three years we have pursued post-secondary education, had several wonderful jobs, became a part of an amazing church community, spent lots of time with family, and were blessed with two beautiful daughters. Our time in Canada has been so full! However, it has become clear to us that Kenya is the place for us to be.

The Rehma Project

We marvel at how much The Rehma Project has grown. What started out as a simple coaching/mentoring gig has turned into a strong youth program reaching hundreds of young people in Kongowea. We have been fortunate to visit Kenya twice in the past three years to visit family and friends and to strengthen our relationship with the people in the community. This past January, we held two soccer tournaments with over 400 young boys playing. I got goosebumps (which NEVER happens in Mombasa’s heat) sitting on the sidelines during the finals, watching the hundreds of people (including women!!!) supporting the players. School scholarships, gift certificates to grocery stores and lots of soccer swag was handed out to all the players.

We are heading back to continue The Rehma Project. You can check out our video to see updates from people who have benefited from our programs, the recent soccer tournaments, and what our vision for the future is. I am not sure about you, but we are excited about what God is doing in Kongowea! We are currently working on a website for The Rehma Project and will share it with you once it is up and running.

We have signed on as missionaries with Multi-Nation Missions Foundation, a local organization committed to serving missionaries and organizations around the world. They are excited to be a part of The Rehma Project! We will also oversee their existing ministries in Kenya which primarily focus on poor and orphaned children.

Our projected date of departure is January 2017. As Kenya is Kelvin’s home, and Nikole was made for Africa, this will be a permanent move for the foreseeable future.

We are asking you to be a part of our support team. We are looking for support in three ways:

  • Prayer – praying for us regularly
  • Encouragement – committing to keep in touch with us and offer encouragement
  • Finances – supporting our family and The Rehma Project

Currently, we have raised 25% of our budget! We would be honoured if you would consider giving to us.  You can do so by clicking the link on the right hand side and donating online (make sure to designate the funds to Nikole and Kelvin Opiyo Personal Support from the drop down box). If you would rather not use online methods for giving, you can shoot me back an email and I can give you other options.

We have a mailing list where we send out updates. If you would like to be apart of that, you can email me at nikoleopiyo@gmail.com. I am also hoping to post in this space more regularly like I used to. I have missed blogging these last few years.

We are forever grateful for all your love and support and are excited for you to be apart of this journey. Asanteni sana. Thank you so much!

Love,

Kelvin, Nikole, Mercy and Amina