Tag Archives: Kenya


Well it’s that time again, dinner. And as always, the staple food of Kenya is on nearly every table in Kitale. It is called Ugali. Basically, you mix boiling hot water with maze meal until it turns into super glue. It has no additional flavoring, not even salt. It has a very bad reputation among foreigners. Some of my American friends even use… (more…)

International Warfare

Well, I’m sure most of you are aware, PJM (from old picture of the day), is my dad. He likes to tell funny stories and play mean jokes on people. This one tops them all. It all started a few weeks ago when we had a little fight on Facebook. I accidentally made a public announcement that PJM would be… (more…)


I think it is time to introduce you to one of Mattaw’s most beloved friends, Chewy. Peter finally captured a picture of our speedy friend. In Kenya it is pretty customary for children to abuse dogs, so Chewy’s job is to teach them how to respect animals and play nicely. She is a very smart girl. She is even potty… (more…)

The Shamba

My room mates and I have become friends with a number of locals in Kitale. One of them is James, who is a local vegetable grower. We get vegetables from him, and he sometimes has dinner with us. I had noticed that the last few times he was visiting, he would mysteriously disappear for 30 minutes at a time.  To unravel the… (more…)

Team Mattaw

I regretably must announce that Mattaw just suffered an extremely unexpected defeat at a soccer match. No one saw it coming . . . Mattaw always wins. The kids take soccer more serious than any I have ever seen. Hence, we now have a soccer coach! He hopes to have them whipped back into shape by friday for the big match.

Meetings Today

I spent today at Mattaw’s guest house. We had our staff meeting there. As of now, there are over 100 people signed up to visit us over the summer! We are blessed to have such a wonderful home to welcome them into. If anyone is interested in coming with their church to visit us here at Mattaw, you can schedule… (more…)

Fruit of the Spirit

Kenya has some of the most rare, colorful, and intricately made fruit in the world. Some are so bizarre they leave you wondering if they are dangerous, some so potent they never leave your mind, and some so sweet you wonder why people have so much junk food in their pantry. My prayer for Mattaw is that these children will have spiritual fruit of… (more…)