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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
June 22, 2013 11:38 pm
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2ndpres1Former President Moi is still strong, mobile, and conversant at age 89. He served as Kenya President for 24 years before stepping down years ago. He told us he had accepted Jesus at age 10 in an Africa Inland Church in Kenya. He has been an AIC member ever since and a friend of the archbishop. Because the Archbishop of AIC-Kenya was our host for the prayer summit and because the Kabarak Guest House where we were meeting was only a mile away from the former President’s home (small mansion) we were invited for mid-morning tea with “The Second President.” Ah I should have packed at least a tie if not a sports coat.

On the way we drove through his farm with its large lush corn fields. Iowa fields could not have looked better but those flat topped Acacia trees reminded us we were still in Africa. A private, paved airstrip ended at his back door. Double gated security entrances with hand held radio communicators and tree lined driveway greeted us. Escorted into the formal sitting room of the guest house we awaited the arrival of “Your Excellency”. All rise. He greeted each one with a handshake and then sat in the large white stuffed chair at the end of the room. No photos they said. We had a mini worship service, introductions of the guests and a welcome speech by His Excellency.

2ndpresgroupDuring tea, our questions hoping to trigger some stories from his memoirs were met with appropriate but short replies. Too bad. Nevertheless it was a very memorable hour clad with history, nobility, kingly character, and the formal photo opps as we departed.

Former President Moi is still strong, mobile, and conversant at age 89. He served as Kenya President for 24 years before stepping down years ago. He told us he had accepted Jesus at age 10 in an Africa Inland Church in Kenya. He has been an AIC member ever since and a friend of the archbishop. Because the Archbishop of AIC-Kenya was our host for the prayer summit and because the Kabarak Guest House where we were meeting was only a mile away from the former President's home (small mansion) we were invited for mid-morning tea with "The Second President." Ah I should have packed at least a tie if not a sports coat. 

On the way we drove through his farm with its large lush corn fields. Iowa fields could not have looked better but those flat topped Acacia trees reminded us we were still in Africa. A private, paved airstrip ended at his back door. Double gated security entrances with hand held radio communicators and tree lined driveway greeted us. Escorted into the formal sitting room of the guest house we awaited the arrival of "Your Excellency". All rise. He greeted each one with a handshake and then sat in the large white stuffed chair at the end of the room. No photos they said. We had a mini worship service, introductions of the guests and a welcome speech by His Excellency. 

During tea, our questions hoping to trigger some stories from his memoirs were met with appropriate but short replies. Too bad. Nevertheless it was a very memorable hour clad with history, nobility, kingly character, and the formal photo opps as we departed.

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