Dear Friends and Family,
One of my favorite items to do on each trip is to Blog and share about our experiences. If you have been following us in Kenya, you might be wondering why you have not heard from me since Saturday night. Well, God threw us a curve ball and I spent 3 days in the Kijabe Hospital with one of our team members, Jeremy Callaway. He had Kidney Stones and man did he suffer. So, with no Internet from the hospital and not good way of communication, I could not write you. Jeremy is back to his old self and doing great. Thanks for those who prayed for us!
So, I will quickly catch you up...
Sunday - worship at Naomis Village with all the children! Afternoon of rest, then Keith and Jeremy went to ER. We have some stories to tell you about being admitted to a third world hospital. We got the best care in the country - truly!!! Amazing doctors and care. God was looking out for us!!
Monday - Safe House in the morning where McKinley lead worship and Dana taught the lesson. These courageous kids had so much fun playing games and playing with crafts. Afterwards we divided into 3 teams to go into 3 homes of children from Cornerstone. It was called Cornerstone Outreach. Cottonwood Creek raised money for this ministry opportunity where you purchased beds, mattress, bench, table and solar lighting to students. It was one of the most impactful times we experienced. Thank you Cottonwood for making this happen. Lives are changed forecer.
Tuesday - Safe House the morning again where we shared the Gospel in our teaching time and mark kids prayed to receive Jesus. It was heartbreaking to leave them and continue to know God is in control of their lives. We thank God for this opportunity to be at Safe House! Afternoon was spent shopping in Kijabe and final "see you later" events as we packed for the trip home.
Wednesday - woke up early to get to airport, but stopped off at the Giraffe Sanctuary on the way! So much fun. Look at pictures!!! Got on plane and now in Dubai waiting to catch out 15 hour flight to see all of you.
His trip has been unforgettable. Thanks for all the prayer and support. We love you and cannot wait to see you at 9:50am in the morning!
Bless you! So good!!!
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Dear Friends and Family,
HUGE day filled with laughter, tears, joy and exhaustion.
Our team spent the first part of the morning talking about the cultural difference between the Kenyan and American way of living life, then reflected on Paul’s writings that tell us to win some (to Christ) we must become like them. If we are ever going to relate to the culture and people in Kenya, we must learn from them, be like them and relate to them, then God can open up opportunities for the Gospel. We practiced this all day long. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to your people today.
Morning games, crafts and soccer with the little ones! 3 hours of it! We could not get enough of the laughter and smiles we got to experience during this time. Face painting was the big hit, along with duck, duck, goose! Loved the time of investing in their lives today.
Delicious lunch then we hiked 6 miles up 2000ft elevation to Kijabe – yes – it was a hike to remember! Not only was it a difficult stretch for the team, but the sights were amazing! We ended up at Mark and Liz Sisler home and they made us all kettle corn! So good, then Bob Mendonsa got a birthday wish my getting drenched by water for a Naoimi’s Village tradition then sung to by the kids. It was hilarious!
Bonfire was a fun dance party, filled with smores and worship, ending with the guys and girls dividing up for hang out time. It was a long and amazing day to be with these kids.
Worship in the morning then an afternoon of rest and preparing for the rest of the week. We miss you family and thanks for the prayers!
Our team woke at 5am this morning to prepare for a 2 hour trip to Lake Navaisha National Forest – our Safari trip for the week. WOW! Beautiful, majestic, breath-taking, awe-inspiring day experiencing God’s creation. We were able to see just about everything that could be seen – 2 male lions, zebras, flamingos, wilda beast, water buffalo, rhinos, beautiful birds, impalas, more and more and more. It was just beautiful! So thankful we got to go.
We returned to Naomi’s Village to a room filled with joy – children playing and so happy to see us. I think the most precious event of the day is praying over each child before they go to bed. I mean, it is truly God’s presence in that dorm. Bob and Julie Mendonsa are raising up young girls and boys to be future leaders of this great area called the Rift Valley! I am so honored to be here.
Thanks for reading – please pray for Joel tonight, one of the children, who had surgery this week on his eye. Thanks. Talk to you tomorrow.
On Mission Team at Cottonwood Creek
A day to remember...
Our team began the day off by reading Ephesians 2:8-10 together, understanding that today was not about us or the good works we do, but all about the handiwork of the Lord THROUGH us for His glory. And man, did our team experience this in a significant way today.
Safe House in Naivasha with 23 kids honestly just broke our hearts. Yet in this place of tragedy and heartbreak, a joy rises up. Laura lead our VBS teaching today, sharing with all of the kids how fearfully and wonderfully made we are, and wow, she did such a great job. We sang fun songs about the joy of the Lord and played games - I think the jump rope was the greatest hit. It was all a great morning. By the time we left, lasting relationships were build. We get to go back Monday and Tuesday, so we are thrilled to have more time with our friends at Safe House.
After lunch at Ubuntu, where Boniface put on a comedy show for the team, we headed to Mwi' Hanguri to see the village we have invested with over the past 3 years as Cottonwood Creek. One of the lead families that lives in the village, Grace and David, shared with our team the history behind the 24 families that live there. By the end of our time, everyone was broken with the devastation and tragedy this community has faced since 2007; overcoming many obstacles and hardships, trusting in GOd the entire time. They prayed God would give them a home one day, and today we sat in one of the 24 homes build with the help of Naomi's Village to celebrate the victory of the Lord and the HOPE this community has in the Lord going forward.
God has placed our team here for a purpose, and today we experience the true HOPE of Christ and how Naomi's Village involvement with these two communities are changing a generation forever! It is a joy to be here and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve today.
Tomorrow - SAFARI! Lake Nakuru!
Your OnMission Team!
Hello friends and Family,
Our second day as a team began by gathering together for our morning devotional remembering the reason we are in Africa - to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the humble fact that God would use us for His purpose - we are reconciled in Christ for His plans! This time really focused our attention on the day and for sharing with those we encountered, and wow, what a day it has been.
We traveled to Cornerstone Preparatory Academy to lead chapel for the entire school - the younger kids at 10am and the older kids at 11am. With the brand new sound system we brought from Texas, Chapel was LOUD and fun. McKinley, Jeremy and Keith led with songs, Heather and Anna Grace shared their testimony and Patti went through the Gospel Beads and every child made their own! It was a tremendous day of sharing, laughing and learning more about Cornerstone. Lizz got an unexpected opportunity to assess some children for the teachers. God used our team to share Jesus with EVERY CHILD today. Thank you Lord for that opportunity.
Our afternoon met us with an unexpected surprise when we worshipped with the staff at Naomi's Village. Bob and Julie Mendonsa joined us as met the staff and shared life with them. McKinley led worship as Bailey shared her testimony, then Margaret from Naomi's Village, let us in worship - AND WOW - What an amazing experience. God is at work in their lives and the entire campus at Naomi's Village.
Our afternoon was spent playing with kids, reading to them, holding them and laughing a lot. Bob and Julie got to hang out for a couple of hours and catching up with them and hearing stories of these children just made our hearts melt. It has been a great day.
Tomorrow, off to Safe House and then visiting our friends at Mwi' Hanguri - with lunch at Ubuntu!!! Please keep praying for our team!