I stayed for three days in Masai Mara last month. I wrote my version of the story of Mombasa and Masai Mara on my Jambo post.
I stayed for three days in Masai Mara last month. I wrote my version of the story of Mombasa and Masai Mara on my Jambo post.
In November I flew with Kenya Airways to Nairobi from London.
The last time I flew this airline was in October 2017 from London to Victoria Falls via Nairobi. They didn’t serve drinks nor food on that flight. There were no movies to watch. Just slide shows of woman changing into panthers or whatever. I think they use scrapped planes on the other side.
This time I stayed in Kenya. I checked through immigration in Nairobi with an officer who thought I looked Kenyan. I told him I spoke Swahili.
I flew onto Mombasa and checked in early at the Voyager Hotel and whilst waiting for my room to be ready I went for a swim. And met Nixon on the beach who was selling day trips to snorkel and see dolphins. And eat seafood on an island. And Dida came up to me to offer me a massage at her beach shack. I told her I would like my toe nails to be painted instead.
The following day Nixon met me on the beach to escort me to have my pedicure. He is a Rastafarian but without the dreads. He later became known as my bodyguard. We walked along the beach and around the rocks with tiger crabs (which make you go deaf if you eat them). I met a man carving wood into key holders and asked him if he could make me one in the shape of Zimbabwe with my name in the middle.
Dida’s beach shack is made out of reeds from coconut palms. She was inside giving a massage. So Miriam laid wood on the sand and lit a fire to heat water in a pot to soak my feet. Nixon and I sat on tree trunks around a low table with a colourful mosaic tiled top which drooped in the middle. I stood up and hit my toe on the tree trunk and broke my baby toe. Nixon jumped up to assess it while I rested my foot carefully on the cracked table. Miriam left the fire to massage it with oil. So the fire went out and she had to light it again.
We waited some more and watched a hermit crab in a shell crawling over the frying pan which rested against the tree. Nixon joked that it wanted to be cooked. I sat smoking a cigar while we discussed where we go when we die. And Nixon told me about his Jewish friend he used to source charcoal for to export to Israel. And who would take him to the synagogue and who he learnt to speak Hebrew from. Until 2002 when terrorists blew up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa and his friend left.
The water boiled and Miriam poured it into a large blue plastic dish on the sand. We moved to plastic chairs under the scooping reed porch held up by sticks. She held each of my feet over the sand – splashing the sand off before soaking them. Then removed my nail polish and scrubbed my toes with an old tooth brush. I sat quietly while she massaged my foot on her lap and watched the tooth brush swirling around in the plastic dish. Nixon asked me why I was quiet and I told him that I was relaxed. I gave Miriam my pink nail polish to paint my toes and she suggested I come back for a full body massage.
The following day Nixon was waiting to escort me for my afternoon massage but first I had to clear my case with the hotel duty manager as I got into trouble earlier by a man from the KWS for swimming in the sea with my snorkel and goggles. I was supposed to pay for seeing creatures in the sea. I told him there aren’t any and he told the pool attendant at the infinity pool that I was going to be arrested. It turned out that he was new and the marine park is two kilometres away.
The rectangular shack is just big enough for four beds at each corner. It’s open plan with no curtains and the floors are kept sand. Before I arrived I asked God to make sure my dignity was kept. There were two Dutch men being massaged on the two end beds which I was hesitantly brave about because I had my bikini on. Miriam poured oil on my leg and then briskly whipped up one side of my bikin bottom and walked off to close the bottom half of the stable door leaving my right cheek exposed.
My body was stiff as she massaged my leg and I was trying to imagine if there was any way the two Dutch men could see me. If they tilted their heads up the ladies giving them their massage would see. But if they moved their eye balls up they might. So I practised staring up and outside the stable door towards the sea and quickly pulled my bikini bottom down.
And relaxed for most of the next hour before I started calculating that if my pedicure was KS1 800 then I must have heard Miriam wrong when she told me the day before that it would be KS1 000 for a full body massage and that maybe it was KS10 000. And wished I had never come. I was so relieved that it was the equivalent of US$10 that I booked again for when I returned the next week from Masai Mara.
I caught a flight in a light aircraft from Mombasa to Masai Mara. For the first leg of the journey I was alone with the pilot. Who asked me if I was a billionaire from Zimbabwe. We landed at Ukunda airport to pick up six more passengers and then landed at Malindi airport to pick up an additional two. I got out the plane to find the pilot because I was hungry and hadn’t had breakfast. He walked across with me to the airport to buy chips and asked me if I would like to fly with him in the cockpit.
For the rest of the flight I flew in the cockpit as ‘Co-pilot’. I kept quiet the whole way not to distract him. Only occasionally offering him sweets. I sat staring at the instruments wondering how he sees where he is going as the dash is so high. And thinking he might be bored because he only has to keep the steering straight. I tried to work out all the instruments and hoped that my iPhone and iPad under my seat weren’t effecting them as they weren’t on flight mode. I took photos of clouds and Mount Kilimanjaro with a snow cap.
We landed at Olkiombo air strip and I had nobody to meet me. My camp got it mixed up. Four Americans were to arrive later as they missed their flight the day before and I got dropped off by their guide at a nearby camp to wait for a guide to collect me.
I stayed in a luxury tent on the Mara River. There was a thunderstorm on my first night, the first for the season. I lay in my four poster bed covered with a mosquito net listening to the thunder and lightning. I woke up to the sound of grunting hippo. Photos of my trip are on my Kenya – Masai Mara post.
Both times I went on a game drive I went alone with a Maasai guide in a jeep with open sides. We stopped alongside lion, cheetah and elephant which were only a few metres from us. We saw mating black rhino and my guide who had been in the area for 25 years had never seen that before and said I had brought him good luck. I think I caught the equivalent of the Nyami Nyami (the Zambezi river God) in the Mara River on my camera too.
I went on a hot air balloon with 10 others and a Russian pilot who wore goggles. I was late as my guide had to make a two hour detour as the river was flooded from the storm. After we landed and had a champagne breakfast in the bush, the pilot showed us photos on his laptop of our trip. I really wanted them but didn’t want to pay US$40 but then decided to although I didn’t have the cash on me. He said I could give the guide the money when he dropped me off.
I got the USB stick and put it into my camp’s computer in reception and found that most of the photos were distorted. I phoned the guide and told him not to give the pilot the money and to collect the stick. But at the same time I quickly downloaded a few and emailed them to myself. I felt a little bit naughty but I really wanted them.
On my last day I went to lie in the sun at the swimming pool. It is mostly surrounded by bush and I was alone. After a swim I sat dripping wet on a hot glitter stone step next to a bush of pampas grass. Lit a cigar and drank ginger beer. And watched an army of ants marching across the stones. And lizards basking in the sun. I felt giddy inside because for the first time in so flipping long I felt the most real I’ve felt for years. It was a familiar feeling like I would feel as a kid sitting with my cousin by the river on my gran’s farm or sitting outside with my kids when they were toddlers. That was the absolute highlight of my entire trip.
Then I remembered the vision I had in Spetember 2017 when I thought I had landed in hell, God showed me a beach, a tent and a lion’s eyes and I felt safe. I got all three on this trip. Confirmation that God had my trip in my mind even during my darkest hour. He knew His plans for me. Restoration.
The world’s system is designed to control and destroy lives.
The Kingdom of God’s is a life of abundant joy and freedom.
When I returned back to Mombasa I went on the day tour with Nixon in a dhow from a port that arabs used to ship off slaves. We saw eight dolphins and snorkelled for two hours. Then had lunch on Wasini island and gave out pencils and sweets to the kids.
On my last day I went for my third full body massage in 10 days. Then had fish and sadza in a beach shack made out of simbi with sand floors and wooden benches with long thin tables. Nixon and I sat on the bench waiting for our fish to be cooked. I gave him my bible to have as Yeshua had asked me to and went for my last swim in the sea while he stayed behind. I whacked my foot on a whale’s rib bone which I kept.
Nixon poured water from a plastic bottle over my hands to wash and asked me to show him how Zimbabweans eat sadza, so I rolled some up in a ball in my hand and dipped it into the relish. I’ve been doing this since a toddler when I shared meals with the cook. We rushed back to the hotel as I had to leave for the airport. I stopped Along the beach and asked Nixon if he believes in Yeshua – he does and he believes me that I’ve seen Him too. I asked if I could quickly baptise him in the sea although I had never done it before. He gave it a raincheck. I gave him my aqua blue snorkel and goggles and said goodbye.
I had a window seat booked on my flight back to London but asked God if he could please leave an empty seat next to me. When I got to my seat there was a girl sitting next to mine. I sulked a little until I realised that the air hostess was moving her to an aisle seat as she wasn’t feeling well. We flew over the snow capped Alps where I will be landing in a few weeks time in transit to Rome for Christmas.
My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
When I called out to you in a desperate cry did you rescue him?
And did you save her before I knew she needed to be?
And would you guard me as you have Israel?
And would you fight my enemy?
Your greatest commandment is that I love Elohim with my whole heart
I showed you when you sent me into the wilderness for 40 weeks to test me
Even once I had the knowledge of good and evil
I never hid
And Yeshua came to minister to me
Your second commandment is that I love you as you were me
I know you in my innermost being
I love that you are so so kind
You are so patient
You are such a gentleman
You care about every little detail of my day and never ever nag me
You are so wise yet you allow me to discover too
You’ve taught me to go even when I’m scared because I will have You to cling to
You exposed the lie and told me the truth
You’ve freed my mind and given me peaceful thoughts
You know my humour and make me laugh
You broke the chains off my heart so that I can sing what you’ve written on my heart
You’ve given me eyes to see and ears to hear
You speak to me throughout the day
I couldn’t spend one second of the day without you
You are my best friend
You search my heart and know my thoughts
Even in my darkest hour you kept me going and made it fun
You comfort me
Guide me and lead me and never let me fall
You set my plans and position me to fulfill the story my father has written for me
You never control
Only free me to love you with my whole heart
You never forsake me nor leave me
You chose yourself to create me
I have never been of this world
Your only purpose for me on this interim earth has been to serve you alone
To be groomed by you to fly away with you forever upto into heaven
To be presented as a gift to my Abba and Yeshua
My race is almost complete
Where is the finish line?
And you know me
Yeshua said in John 1:51 that we will see angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Jesus said in Matthew 26:53 Do you not think that I cannot now pray to my father and He will provide me with more than twelve legions of angels?
Psalm 91:11 – 12 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone.
In 1998 I was living on a farm outside Mafikeng. I had left the Arts Council to run my guest farm. My parents had left their property next door and rented it out. One night their house burnt down and my father then sold it to me which I tried to sell through an estate agent. Business was slow and my phone line had been cut. It was during this time that I started to pray every night for Yeshua to help me. I believed in Him although I never knew Him intimately.
After a few months the property still wasn’t sold so I started trying to sell it on my own. One day a black man came on foot to ask me if he could buy it. He had recently received a retrenchment package from the prison and quickly bought it.
It took months for the transfer to come through when eventually I received the call from my lawyer to say that the money had been paid into my account. I put on Alanais Morisette’s Thank You and sat under my desk crying. It’s the first time I really felt Yeshua showing me His power.
I drove to the bank and withdrew enough money to pay my phone bill. I was soaring when I walked into Telkom. There was a queue at the counter and standing at the back of the line was a blonde man who stood out. In all my life I had never seen such a man in person – in a magazine – or on screen. He was too good looking and dressed in a stylish suit.
Which could have resulted in me walking straight passed and through the – Staff Only – door and up to the first desk. I was too excited for them to chase me out. After they had sorted out my bill I looked up and the gorgeous man was standing inside with me a little away from the desk with his legs slightly apart and his arms folded – smiling at me. I left floating. This was the first time I had seen an angel.
In Mafikeng if there was a tent next to a police block I would drive over pavements to reroute. As they took your license and looked up on a computer if you had any outstanding fines which you had to pay on the spot or have your car impounded.
One day I was driving out of town along the open road back to the farm when I reached a roadblock with a tent. I was trapped and casually told my daughter I’m going to prison as I had at least six outstanding fines. Only to be met by a tall black man with an American accent – this was Mafikeng. The Tswana people are short and lighter skinned. He was very friendly which was unusual and he didn’t even take my license to be checked and let me go through.
Another time I was on the farm when a black man was calling me from outside my electric gate. My daughter was with me and I walked up to the gate praying. He told me that he had seen a child’s bicycle in the bush along the road. So I naively asked him if he could fetch it for me. I think he actually wanted me to go out with him. When he brought it back – it was my daughter’s bike. I took it and thanked him. But then his eyes changed – they became glossy – like when someone has smoked pot. He started to walk towards me – saying he wanted an Afrikaans wife. I told him I’m Zimbawean. And then he started to fumble off backwards into the thorn tree behind him – he looked in shock and then turned and ran away. I was perplexed but I am sure he saw an angel standing behind me.
One night I was alone with my daughter on the farm. I had two other cottages which I rented out and both tenants were away for the weekend. We were asleep in my bedroom which fortunately a year prior I had put in burglar bars and a security gate. The rest of the house had no security. Around 2am someone entered my home through the kitchen window and turned on all the lights. Knowing that we were all alone and no threat. He went through my rondawel making a huge racket. This was one of my fears and yet I had no fear.
Just as well cell phones were around then and I calmly phoned my daughter’s teacher who lived in town to call her brother who lived on the farm next door to me. Her cellphone was in the lounge but she had just got up to go to the kitchen to get water when she heard it and was able to phone her brother. Whose phone was on silent next to his bed but his Jack Russell was in the house as it had recently had surgery and needed to be let outside. He had been ignoring his dog’s prompts so it jumped onto his bed and bit him.
When he got up using his cell phone as a torch he noticed the call coming in and was able to respond. He drove up to my fence where he saw about seven black men standing by my car. And fired a shot which dispersed them and sent the one in my cottage back out my kitchen window.
My other two cottages had been broken into too. I got burglar bars and security gates fitted in my rondawel that day. And a few days later I was in my cottage and sensed that I was being watched from the bush. I locked all my doors. And that night the other two cottages were robbed again. Some of their stolen goods were found at a house in a nearby location which belonged to criminals who had recently gone to jail after raping and torturing a woman in Coligny. They were in prison in Coligny but had escaped and then murdered a farmer and raped his wife in Lichtenburg and stolen their bakkie.
A few days after the burglary I was walking with my daughter to the pit to throw away rubbish. When I faced my second worst fear. As I was approaching the pit I sensed danger – it was like a buzzing sound around me. When I came to the pit there lay a puff adder on the other side which then slowly slid away.
This all happened just after I had thought I could settle in Mafikeng since I was getting paid well and my daughter was in a good school. But God had other plans. For me to return to Zimabwe and then later on to come to the UK.
In 2016 one evening in the UK I was trying to get back to Verwood from Bournemouth but had missed the last bus. I was on steroids for cancer which my haematologist was weaning me off since they had made it difficult for me to concentrate and to talk without stuttering. The bus at the stop was showing X3 Salisbury. I asked a tall black man standing on the pavement if he knew how I could get back to Verwood – he smoothly glanced over to the bus and said that one is going to Verwood. The bus had changed from Salisbury to read Verwood. I rushed to the bus – a couple were in front of me and asked the driver for tickets to Salisbury. He was annoyed and said the bus isn’t going to Salisbury. And they said ‘you’re joking’. But he wasn’t – the route had changed.
About a week later I was taken to Bournemouth hospital because of my reaction to steroids (Psst blog). My first night in the cancer ward I saw a man standing at the reception desk. He stood out to me so I knew he was different. He had a lovely smile. A couple of days later I had a drip in my arm which suddenly became very sore – it felt like the needle was twisting in my vein. I was calling the nurses to take it out and just then my mother walked through the door – I screamed in fear. Then the man I had seen at the desk that night rushed in and sat down on the bed next to me and said,
‘Kim you’re scared of snakes – aren’t you?’ I was quite stunned that he was actually beside me but calmed down.
He then walked out and told my mother who was standing in the passage,
‘Don’t worry she’s just scared of snakes.’ And rushed off. My mother said he had the kindest eyes.
A day or two later when the Pulse staff were trying to force me to take medication – I told them we needed to compromise. I needed to tidy my room first. A nurse was helping me make my bed but that same man was standing in my room too and briefly tucked the sheets in at the end of my bed. I was too shy to look at him as I knew he was holy. When I was back in the same ward having chemotherapy I asked the nurses if they knew who he was and none of them knew who I could be referring to. Just as well my mother saw him otherwise I would have thought I made him up.
In 2017 when I was ‘down the rabbit’s hole’ and thrown into hospital I had phoned 999 because the black staff were banging on my bedroom door screaming at me. The next day I was sitting in my room when I heard some men outside my door. They were talking to one of the staff – a white guy who didn’t like me – telling him they had come to change my bedroom lock. He told them it wasn’t my lock but the room next door’s that needed to be changed. They insisted it was mine and knocked on the door – I was sitting reading ‘Becoming my Beloved’ and they looked into my room and said ‘Ah yes’.
I was asked by the staff in a jittery tone if I would be able to give these men time to change my lock – so I left my room. And when I walked passed with my head down one of them gently said ‘thank you’. I went to the toilet and heard him outside my door say ‘Don’t worry darling – we’re the only ones with the key’. Then they said to the staff that it was in fact the room next door that needed to be changed and proceeded to change that lock too. I was standing in the reception area reading the notices when they walked passed me to leave. And caught their reflections. They walk with holy authority – just the way you would imagine Yeshua doing. I soon left to accomplish my mission.
When I was at Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia I was sitting at the bar having lunch. Next to me was a lady and on her otherside was an American man. For some reason this man had been trying to get my attention days prior by telling me how rich we could be. I was ignoring him. He had said ‘Come on Kim – ‘Skinny’. Which was the name I had given my rabbit I had with me at Bournemouth Hospital.
Anyway this couple were annoying me – talking complete nonsense – they do ‘down the rabbit’s hole’. I had had days with this and eventually spoke up and said ‘Shut up!’. Immediately a group of men sitting in the bar lounge stood up and one said ‘Christian! That’s her favourite author – John Eldredge.’ As I had my laptop open on Ransomed Heart. I caught their reflection in the glass of the drinks cabinet. I turned to watch them leave and again they walk with holy authority and I wanted to go with them. I asked the waitress where they were going as I was trying to get out of the spirit world and she said they come back at 4pm.
One day in Stockbridge I had gone to the Co-op and there was a Chinese lady paying at the counter who said loudly ‘I smell fish’ when I walked passed. She had a strange toddler with her – a white girl with weird blue eyes who stood in my way and looked up at me. There are few children in the spirit world but when there are, they are very young and really strange looking. I told her to ‘scoot’ and walked out and turned onto the pavement. A man with hair just like mine came striding towards me. He was exciting because he was in jeans and a t-shirt but still in authority and as we walked passed eachother it felt like we were on the ‘same page’. He looked like he could have been my twin brother. Again he was not like anyone I had seen before. I thought it might be Yeshua and felt a bit shy that I was instead supposed to have been loving Him like a brother and not so love sick chasing Him to Africa and back.
But I was right because Yeshua did show up about a week later and He out of all the angels I have seen over all these years – is even more gorgeous (Lion Of Judah blog). He is masculine and the most handsome but yet He has an inviting mysteriousness which only a woman has but He is in no way feminine. It’s really hard to explain because I have never experienced that in a man before and it matches the very sensation I have in my spirit when I have that longing feeling.
As real as heaven and hell are – so is the spirit world. You can see into the spirit world with drugs or trauma. But you can also physically enter it – that’s the big ‘scientific secret’. I had The Holy Spirit leading me all the way through and I was surrounded by Holy angels to protect me throughout – so many times they stood in to get me through it. They have tremendous authority. My goal was to find Yeshua and it started with the sense of urgency that the rapture was imminent.
When we leave the Holy Spirit does too – He is the Restrainer. And then I can only imagine that the spirit world will meet with the real world during the tribulation. Institutions won’t have space to imprison those left behind on earth – who will be driven mad by what they experience – only camps will.
2 Kings 2:16 Do not be afraid for those who are with us are more than those who are with them
I arrived on an assignment in Westminster a few days before Boris Johnson announced to prorogue Parliament which brought out demonstrators in London.
I had left my camera at home and had to pay £144 for it to be couriered overnight. Instead of packing my charger, my dad put my external DVD player in the box and my camera was flat.
I paid the porter to take my battery to a camera shop in Victoria for them to charge for an hour before my break. Then had two hours to photograph a demonstration before rushing back to my job with The Baroness, an ex peer from the House of Lords.
The UK vote to leave the EU
Theresa May and the EU agree with a deal
The MP’s reject the deal
So there is no deal
The date to leave extends
To make a deal
When there is no deal
Referendum – Rejection – Extension
And now they want
Extension – Rejection – Referendum
I’d be surprised if the EU don’t give the UK up
She stood on her own.
You see she’d been prepared for this for a long time coming.
She was born into a war.
She learnt to steal sweets at around four knowing that believing in fairytales wouldn’t get her far.
In her teens after school she would enter a shop – grab a string of Caramello Bears and walk out. Or fill a motorbike helmet. Or collect donations using a pencil then rub it out and spend the money on sweets. And jump trains to go to the beach. Or bunk out after midnight and hitch to nightclubs and fake her age to get in. She learnt to be streetwise.
She dreamt of being free and travelling the world.
And didn’t get far. She ended up in the desert for survival techniques. With a little boy who was good and wise beyond his years. With a brilliant mind and natural talent. Her little warrior.
Who stopped her from climbing an electric fence one night after her bakkie broke down when they had to walk for hours back to the farm. And who would stand guard while she sneaked around at night to switch her neighbour’s water pipes to fill her windmill tank. And try to prevent her going out on her own at night because she would drive home with the white lines swirling across the road.
After her debauchery ended she was allowed to have a gift – a daughter.
Who had tantrums – bored easily – was stubborn and cheeky and would rather play more than anything else. Full of character.
She tagged along with her to all night prayers at a Nigerian church – to missionary school – to work in an orphanage in Mozambique. She lay by her side when robbers broke into their home one night. She sat with her through flat tyres – breakdowns and getting stuck driving through the mud whenever it rained. She’s walked with her across borders. All for her to learn to keep pressing on.
Her daughter walked off in high heels and left her to face barrenness alone. And like the Rose of Jericho she sprung up to face the storm alone by chasing after her King.
I was persuaded off the street in the Old City of Jerusalem to go into a shop to buy jewelery. I met the Arab owner inside who invited me into the back for a Cuban cigar and espresso and model in a Bedouin wedding dress. He then asked me out to dinner on a rooftop of a fancy restaurant to smoke cigars and drink the finest brandy – I gave him a raincheck. He insisted he would chase me back to Zimbabwe so I had to confess I was in love with another man whom I have known for a long time and only once seen. (Lion Of Judah blog).