S: Mo5: KENYA 2012
BC: DEPARTED | KENYA | 6 JULY 2012 | brianna | HANNAH | Lindsey | TOM | Rob | Laura Beth | Ben | Megan | Lisa | Karen | Jean | Olivia | Debbie | Fiona | Jeff | Matt | Geneal | Simone
FC: Mountain on 5: Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, USA June 22 - July 6, 2012
1: KENYA | NAIROBI | Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasi phrase Enkare Nairobi, which translates to "cold water". It is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun." Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million.
2: Trip Planning & Team Building
7: Two weeks.... And we all can feel the calling, | Two weeks.... to make the world a little smaller. | -Caedmon's Call | And so a girl got on a plane, for two weeks in Africa.
8: Grace House Resort
9: Our home away from home
10: Church at Joska (Boys)
11: I walked off of the shuttle bus into a group of cheering, singing, dancing little girls. One beautiful girl grabbed my hand and led me away from the group. We held hands , exchanged names, and danced. She said, “Megan will you be my friend?” I said, “Of course” and started crying my eyes out. What an incredible way to be welcomed. -Megan Riffey The kids are adorable, and like Megan said they grab on to you and take you to where you have to be and just want to know EVERYTHING about you. While we were at Joska we got a complete tour of the boys school. The boys thought it was crazy that we were all so oldwell I do look like I could be 12 (most of their ages)! Cannot wait to see what God does in these next couple of days!! We love and miss you all, already have SO many stories to share when we come home. Hannah Appel
13: Today, we visited with Missions of Hope International (MOHI) in Mathare Valley. MOHI was started in the year 2000 by Mary Kamau. She was a student in college who visited children in the slums of Mathare Valley to sing with them and to teach them bible stories. She wanted to do more to help this desperate community, and by Gods leading, she started a school that initially began with 50 children. Today, MOHI has 14 schools with over 6,800 children receiving a Christian education, medical treatment, food, and daily support. It’s just incredible what God can do when you answer his call. Mary is an inspiration to me. We then had a chance to take our first walk through the Mathare valley. This slum area (one of many in Nairobi) is 3 miles long, mile wide, and has over 800,000 people living there. It is just as awful as I had imagined. Small tin shacks, narrow dirt passageways, a very unclean environment, animals everywhere. It is extreme poverty and heartbreaking to see in person. But, in the midst of the brokenness, God is at work. Truthfully, when I first walked in the Valley, I didn’t see the hope. The poverty was so vast that its overwhelming and I felt very inadequate being there. Then, I had a chance to do a home visit. Two women, both named Grace, invited us into her home (the tin shack). They were so proud of their home, and so incredibly welcoming. Four of us squeezed into the shack, and sat with the two women and their children. They shared with us their story of transformation. Their children became sponsored through MOHI, and that allowed MOHI an entry point into the lives of these two women. The women are now believers, they attend bible studies on a regular basis, and they were able to “upgrade” to the shack that they now reside in. It has a mattress, and they no longer sleep in the dirt! I was looking around the shack and was just struck with the hearts of these women. They live in horrible poverty, yet they praise God for the blessings they have. These two women are proof that there is hope in the valley. -Debbie Heise
14: Missions of Hope International (MOHI) Founded by Mary & Wallace Kamau The Pangani Center (left pic) in the Mathare Valley Slums
16: Sponsored Child Visits | 25 June 2012 | SHIRLEEN!
18: On Tuesday we spent the day with the middle school students. The second day (Wednesday) we spent with the high school students. Our message was about purity, and we got to teach the beautiful girls that we know they have had many terrible things happen to them, and they may have also done some very terrible things themselves BUT there is redemption. They are beautiful no matter what and there are so many lies that ALL women tell themselves (I’m fat, I’m stupid) and they are not true and every girl is perfect and beautiful in God’s eyes. These last two days have been absolutely amazing. I got to share my horrid past with so many of my sisters in Christ. These girls responded to all of our stories. It was a blessing for them to know that dark things don’t just happen to them and by loving and trusting God they are forgiven. -Lisa Haneschlager
19: Purity Conference: Joska Girls
20: We had such a sweet time with the | Joska girls!
22: Purity Conference Joska Boys
23: Women's Leadership Training
24: Village 1 Home Visits | 28 - 29 June 2012
25: Team members visited the Valley and did home visits with the Social Workers and CHE Trainers. Up to three teams went out morning and afternoon on both days to share Christ with the residents of the Valley. We used the “evangicube” to tell the story of God’s awesome invitation to know Him, walk with Him and live IN Him. Joining us in praising God for the following people who accepted Christ during our visitsWilson, Sarah, Ester, Grace, Harriet, Annette, Grace. They now have a hope not known before! Also pray for Isaac who recommitted his life to Christ after many years of living far from Him. The Social Workers from MOHI will do follow-up with them and help disciple them. In addition to using the evangicube for outreach we used an HIV/Aids cube and a Malaria cube to correct many of the common misconceptions about these two diseases. These were well received. During our Thursday night Team meeting there was an obvious heaviness in the room over what we had experienced that day - living conditions impossible to imagine, smells that challenged our equilibrium, young men inebriated or high on sniffing glue. BUT we all came to the conclusion that CHRIST IS IN THE VALLEY and therefore HOPE IS IN THE VALLEY! On Friday during our community visits we also employed the strategy call “Bring the Light”. We asked permission to cut a section of about one square foot from the roof and install a piece of fiberglass which allows for light to enter in to the home as we tell them also that Christ is the Light of the World. It really makes sense! By Friday evening’s Team meeting there was a great sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that we had finished our two day campaign of home visits WELL! -Tom Moen
26: DAUGHTERS of the KING | DAUGHTERS of the KING | I had the privilege of joining the ladies on our team as we partnered with the pastor’s wives and other women leaders in the community for the Second Annual Daughters of the King Women’s Conference. We had nearly 400 women show up at Missions of Hope to hear about the redeeming love of Christ and how we are all given the opportunity to abide fully in Him. The day included worship (no doubt), messages, testimonies and more worship. Fiona, Simone, and Lisa all shared their stories and it was neat to see how captivated the Kenyan women were. We are breaking down the fallacy that we, as Americans, are any different from them. Yes, our cultures may define us and label us as different, but what I saw to day was a big family with the same struggles and also the same reasons to celebrate. After lunch, we broke the 400 women down into small groups (ok, my group included 80 people, so not so small) where they were able to share their lives in a more intimate and personal setting. Lies were busted, and the truth was poured into our hearts and minds. Finally, the conference concluded with anointing. It was so powerful seeing the Kenyan leaders rise up and commission their own community members, and even a few of us! After a full week of teaching and stretching ourselves to our limits, it’s like our marathon is over and we are looking forward to a few days of rest and reflection. We have been shipwrecked. Mungu Akubariki, Bri Olson
27: CONFERENCE | CONFERENCE
28: It was yet another amazing day here in Kenya! The men lead a conference for one hundred and eight men. During the conference we showed the movie ”Courageous” and then had small group discussions followed by a personal testimony. We then saw all one hundred and eight sign a resolution promising to be true men of God. It was amazing to see how a movie touched the men in the conference. At the end of the movie during the scene were the lead actor is preaching to his congregation and asking who will stand and be men of God, the men in the conference began to stand, sending chills through me. This happened again at the end of the service when every man in the place read the resolution out loud, and I do mean loud! We then had a great time getting to know the guys while trying to play soccer. The lack of oxygen here in Kenya, because of the altitude, did not make the game very easy but it was fun to watch. All in all the kingdom of God advanced today in a major way for all who were there!! | Men's Conference
29: Giraffe Park
33: The Masai Mara National Reserve (known by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named after the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara", which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area. The Mara stretches 580 sq miles and holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where over two million Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle migrate annually to and from the Serengeti from July to October, known as the Great Migration.
34: On the border of Kenya and Tanzania
38: Team Time | Bless the Lord, O my soul O my soul Worship His holy name Sing like never before O my soul I'll worship Your holy name Jesus, I'll worship Your holy name Lord, I'll worship Your holy name
39: Together, we traveled, ate, laughed, cried, served, worshiped, shared, sang, and prayed. And through this incredible journal with one another, we became Family!