Emmah explains it simply, "The long rains made it hard to grow good beans, and we did not have enough money this year to buy fertilizer for the corn." On Monday, after a long hot day walking through corn fields to make home visits, we stopped in nearby Luanda. It was market day. Our two volunteer HIV/AIDS community health workers, both single mothers, came back empty-handed: "The tomatoes and beans were too expensive. There is no corn. We'll have ugali (boiled cornmeal) again tonight." Yet Kenya is not Zimbabwe, not Thailand, not Mumbai.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.
"Almighty and gracious Father, we give thee thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need... Amen." (Thanksgiving Collect, The Book of Common Prayer)