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Warriors Fix Bridge & Water for Sale

The young warriors are out bridge fixing. The rains have eaten away at the already narrow bridge near the mission. The bridge consists of a corrugated iron culvert covered with dirt and stones. The rains have worn away the passage so there is just enough solid ground for a car to pass. This makes it […]

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Village of the Meat

The ceremony that took place here at Olbalbal is called “Enkang oo-Kirin, The village of the meat. The Enkang oo-nkiri enables a warrior to eat by themselves food prepared by women. During this ritual a special bull is chose to be slaughtered and eaten by the warriors. Wives must also prove that they have stayed […]

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Rokoine & Sophia

Rokoine and Sophia were married last week at their “boma” here in Olbalbal. It was a good celebration and attended by large numbers of well wishers. I had the privilege of blessing their wedding. Rokoine is studying finances at the University and Sophia is a high school graduate.

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Hyena

A highly unusual and heart rending hyena incursion into a nearby Maasai village took place this week. It happened at the time of night when everyone was deeply asleep. The father of the family was on guard and asleep in the goat and sheep pen in the center of the village, a short distance from […]

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Esupat Dead of a Broken Heart

I had a funeral this week. Esipat has died of a broken heart. This is one of the saddest events that has taken place here at Olbalbal in a long time. Before his death some years ago, Esupat’s husband arranged the marriage of his daughter, Nasha. He accepted gifts of tobacco and honey beer, and […]

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Buff Attack

This week saw another attack on an old man by a cape buffalo. It seems that as we get into the wet season with more green grass at lower elevations, The buffalo are moving with the grass. These huge cow resembling animals are more and more in evidence near us here on the edge of […]

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Food Help & Daring Daylight Raids

Ngorongoro Conservation Brings Food Help: Corn has has been distributed at the excellent price of three dollars a bucket full. The corn situation has become a problem in the past few weeks and the Maasai never have enough milk, so this help will make a real difference. Daring Daylight Raids: Pat Patton’s Flying Medical Service […]

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Kids Challenged

Fr. Arkado, my fellow missionary here at Olbalbal is a member of The Society of African Missions. His group has a project to help the handicapped called “Project Smile.” This effort provides funds for operations that would otherwise be impossible for struggling Maasai families. Recently, Fr. Arkado took three mothers with their children to Salien […]

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Corn Crisis

Corn is the staple food among the Maasai. Most people don’t have enough cattle to depend on milk, so milk becomes a supplement to the daily meal of corn porridge. The corn is ground and mixed with water, a little bit of milk and some cooking oil and sugar if one has them. Now corn […]

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