yala, kenya

6.15.2014



After arriving in Nairobi late Tuesday evening (following a harrowing departure in Germany including, but not limited to, canceled train connections and tornado-like damage littering the streets, etc) I got on another plane Wednesday afternoon and headed to Kisumu. I was picked up at the airport by a taxi driver sporting a sign with my name on it and spent the next forty-five minutes clutching my seat belt as we weaved through traffic on extraordinarily bumpy roads. In Yala, a rural town in western Kenya, I joined an American medical missions team that was running a clinic in a nearby school. I am grasping for words to describe the experience without sounding...cliche. I don't know if the words will ever be available. There, before my eyes, were the things I'd heard about and seen pictured for so long, yet I can't tell you what it does to you to actually be there in the thick of it. My heart ached and was overwhelmed and more homesick that I thought I'd be and I didn't know how I felt. I still don't, actually. All I know that, no matter how hard it was (and still continues to be), I am supposed to be here.

20 comments:

  1. Incredible & moving photos. What an experience! Praying for you xx

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  2. Wow. That 9th picture down is so beautiful. Sounds and looks so life-changing in the best way possible.

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  3. So amazing! Praying for you!

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  4. these photos. your photography seems to capture the words you wish to tell. so fresh and clear and beautiful. oh goodness.

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  5. These photos are gorgeous, and your words are really touching. I can already see that you're having a great impact on this country. Carlotta, you are really amazing. Love you and praying for you!

    xo, rn

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  6. Wow. I love this. I am planning a trip to Uganda next year. I feel lead to serve over there, but I'm nervous about flying alone to a third world country. I am excited though, and can't wait. :)

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  7. I got goosebumps as I looked at these photos and your words made my heart beat faster. x

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  8. oh their sweet faces. x

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  9. Those photos are beautiful.
    Praying for you!

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  10. Praying for you so often Carlotta... I know God is using you and that you are such a blessing to many there:)

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  11. i honestly have no words for the beauty you've captured in these photos

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  12. such beautiful photos. i look forward to following you on this journey <3

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  13. These photos. <3 So excited to see what this journey is like.

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  14. hmm, friend. can't wait to see not just/not really what you're going to do, but how God is going to use this experience to change you and change those whose lives you touch. you inspire me.

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  15. these frames, oh man, my heart.
    you captured the faces so beautifully and these just moved my heart.

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  16. this is my absolute favorite post of yours!

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