This will be a very brief update to let you know why I have been silent.
My eldest nephew, the horseman was in a very bad accident yesterday (Sunday) in Kamloops (5 hours north of where I live). The weather was very cold and stormy which is unusual weather for Kamloops even at this time of year. He was hit by a train while out looking for horses in distress. My nephew's horse took the brunt of the force from the train and my nephew was thrown into the air and then the ground. The horse is dead and my nephew suffered physical damage but he is alive. He is awake and he is talking but cannot remember much. Please keep him in your prayers or send good thoughts. It is a miracle he survived the accident.
|My my nephew and his wife (Photo credit: Candace C)
Also yesterday I learned that one of my primary credit cards was compromised. I signed up for email alerts every time my card is charged so I learned about this fraudulent charge almost right away. The charge was significant and made to a university in England, a university I have never even heard of before. I had to spend some time with the bank yesterday and it being Sunday it took more waiting time than usual. But at least the card is cancelled.
The weather is very bad across the province right now. It means that the mountain highways will be very dangerous. In Vancouver where I live, we have had snow off and on since last Friday. The first snowfalls of the year. There was even a warning to keep off the city roads if you were not prepared for challenging driving. In this city the roads become like ice rinks once the temperatures drop given the dampness of the climate. My brother and I are hoping that once the new card arrives and the snow and wind storms pass through the province we will make a quick trip to see my nephew. He needs a few days to rest and get stronger before he would be comfortable with visitors anyway though I understand he had some today.
|Downtown Kamloops in snowstorm
|My general neighbourhood, note the ice on the streets.
In Vancouver we do salt or sand the roads and sidewalks but things still get very messy and icy.
* None of the photos were taken by me.
In Kenya, Jonah who I've been working with for many years has contracted some kind of bacterial infections likely caused by contaminated food. He has been in hospital since late last week and now that lab tests are back he is on the proper medication and has also received IV fluids. My friend Eunice is still in hospital and so no one has been able to attend to her while Jonah has been sick. Still praying for her recovery. If anyone can assist with her medical costs the Go Fund Me page is still open (see the side bar at the right). Ernest, the man with the injured leg had to have a 2nd surgery as his leg was not straight after the first surgery and months of healing. I don't have an update on how he is doing at the moment but will update when I can. Last but not least, my young friend Alvin, has been busy preparing his university applications for study in Canada, study scholarships and is looking for work in Kenya. I pray for his success.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope regular posts can resume before the end of the month.