June 6, 2010 § 7 Comments

Theme of the Week.

I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll start with the arrival of Toby Storie-Pugh or “Uncle Njamba.” Toby is one of the three executive directors for Flying Kites, who came on board after riding his motorcycle from London to South Africa and linked up with Leila (a lifelong friend) and Justine on his way through Kenya. Njamba in Swahili means “warrior,” and he is nothing short of just that. He is a captain of the go go passion ship, overflowing with energy and vision and ‘don’t f^@& with Flying Kites’ thunder.  He and I have accomplished more in the last week together than any chapter I can reference in my life thus far.  On top of having some of the most hair raising stories I’ve ever heard, he is an extraordinary friend and he couldn’t have arrived at a better time.


The event has been a labor of love, now at it’s most consuming point, but in equal measure it has taken on a momentum of it’s own, reacheding beyond even my greatest hopes. Martha Karua, presidential candidate for the 2012 elections, will be attending and speaking as our most honored guest, which in turn flipped the ears of more national media. On top of this, a wonderful reggae musician named Mcoasto Lucid Stanley, who I met at an Independence Day (Muhadhara) celebration in Njabini, agreed to perform as an opener for free.

The main stage is being constructed on the roof of our new school to create an amphitheater for what could now easily be near 4000 attendees. We have radio ads, featuring Jimmie Gait, running nation-wide, three times a day for the next 7 days. 3000 bananas are arriving on Thursday; 3000 buns on Friday. 3000 flyers have been distributed; 350 posters printed. 500 more t-shirts have been produced in green, red, black, and white, for the purpose of arranging the children and crowd into a human Kenyan flag, and tomorrow I will be buying fireworks.   This is certainly an awesome chapter in the adventure and I am grateful even for the chaos!

Our school children practicing the poem / song they will perform.

I just wanted to quickly paint a picture of the build up, so you can share in savoring the next post to come.  I will try and write again before Saturday, but in the meantime pray for sunshine, have a beautiful and wonderful day, and be GRATEFUL GRATEFUL.  I will be beyond excited to show you what unfolds from this wonderful community day once it flowers!




§ 7 Responses to Snowball!

  • Grandpa Ken says:

    Brian, your writing about your experiences at flying kites is so vivid I feel as if I am there with you. I would like to know when you have time to sleep. The children must love you and all you do. As always I await the next chapter in your exciting life.

  • Leslie says:

    Brian- Thanks for the wonderful post! Don’t let Toby wear you out- I know all too well what a force of nature he is! But he will stand by you always- a formidible friend. He, in turn, has had nothing but unstinting praise for the amazing way in which you settled in and took on all that you’ve done so far “in cold blood” as it were- I know that it all takes quite some getting used to operating on Kenya Time and all that tht encompasses! Well done! Look forward to more news and your photos are stunning! Leslie S-P

  • Barry Jones says:

    We are praying for good weather for your big event on Saturday and look forward to hearing all about in your next blog!! We are so proud of your efforts in Kenya and amazed at your writing ability.

    Talke Care and Love!!

    Grandma and Grandpa J

  • Rick Harkins says:

    Brian – I have been discussing your adventures and have shared your blog with my daughter, Casey. She is so amazed at what you are doing and you are motivating her to want to do something similar. You are doing amazing things and we all are so proud of you and greatful for your accomplishments. I can’t wait to hear how the day went on Saturday.


  • Becci Prahl says:

    Good luck with the big event tomorrow Brian! We’ll be thinking about you and can’t wait to hear how it goes. We’ll toast you, and send positive Priest Lake thoughts your way!

    Love you and miss you!


  • Maggie Zeltner says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. My daughter, Olivia, is volunterring at the orphanage. I can’t wait to hear how the big event turned out! Very exciting day. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!

  • jo lochabay says:

    Brian-We have loved reading your blog every week. We are so amazed by all of your efforts and great attitude! How did your event go? can’t wait to hear all about it soon. Serena Williams has a special on tv right now about the opening of her new school in Matooni, Makueni in eastern Kenya. have you seen or heard of it? I pictured you in a similar village. We cant wait to get to Priest Lake. Do you know when you are going home in Aug.? Our dates are July 14- Aug. 2. Please take good care of yourself. We are praying for you and hope you are in good health! Jo

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