Published on January 13th, 2008 | by tdnimz7S2
“And now I will arrest you….”
They appeared about every 10 minutes for the first 5 hours. Horrible, blackened scars in the middle of the road, where illegal roadblocks had been set up during the last 2 weeks. Travelers had been told to pay money or have their vehicles torched. Many fled with broken windshields.
But the roadblocks were gone, and we continued on our way to Nairobi.
The trip started when we drove into war-torn Kisumu to join the convoy. No convoy. So we ventured on, with few other vehicles in sight. And the scorched asphalt greeted us every few minutes. After 5 hours, we saw another expatriate. Then we joined another main road, and the overwhelming flow of traffic out of Nairobi started.
Word was out. It was safe to drive.
Then there was the episode where I needed some simple work done by a roadside mechanic. Few tools. Little training. But the work got done. And we kept on driving.
Just outside of Nairobi we were stopped and informed by the police that we needed reflective triangles with our car. No, we had never heard that. “And now I will arrest you,” was the response. Silence on our part, followed by “you could forgive us, officer”. Then a threat to send us to court. When I stated that we were doing God’s work, he let us go. A great culmination to our drive to freedom.
So now we have unlimited water, electricity all day long, and food. The tiny grocery store across the street seems like Disneyland – we have not been to a sizable grocery store since Dec 21.
Thanks for praying. Sherry starts school on Friday, and we will travel back to Goibei when it is safe. God bless.
Ken & Marge MacGowan