Sunday, May 3, 2009

Couples Conference--Masai Mara

From 28 April to 1 May 2009 we were privileged to enjoy a mission couples conference with eleven couples from our mission and three couples from the Uganda Kampala Mission. It began with an evening potluck dinner on Tuesday evening 28 April and some instruction from our mission president, President William Taylor and his wife. They have requested that each couple be assigned to a ward or branch. Many of our couples are already assigned, but those of us with special assignments, such as humanitarian service or employment, have not necessarily been assigned. We were happy to have an opportunity to commit to serving in a branch which we had already decided as a couple that we would like to assist. Our employment assignment takes us away many weekends throughout our mission as well as the Uganda Mission, but when we are home, we will serve in the Langata Branch here in Nairobi.

The next morning we left Nairobi from Wilson Airport flying on a safari plane with 13 people. It took two planes to get us all there, and took about 45 minutes to get there. The flight was fascinating with much to see from the air. We saw lots of hand-dug wells and small settlements.
We flew to the Masai Mara National Park which is the one famous for the wildebeest crossing which occurs in July and August.

The pictures speak for themselves. We saw amazing animals and were able to get quite close to them. We stayed in a very nice tent camp which is as nice as almost any hotel we've ever stayed in. They had wonderful buffet meals and you'll see some pictures of the Masai warriors doing a dance for our evening's entertainment.