FC: Mungu, Mazungas, and Matatus | Mission: Kenya
1: Mission: Kenya: Mungu, Mazungas, and Matatus The Burches' Mission Trip 2010
2: This story begins with Debra, who attended a Bible School when she was a young girl. At one of the services, a missionary from Africa spoke about the work being done there. Debra heard God speak to her, that she would some day go to Africa and assist doctors by handing out medicine. In her mind, she saw herself handing out sugar cubes like the polio vaccines with which we were familiar.
3: The story continued as Debra gathered experiences that would one day help her fulfill this calling. But it seemed that every time she tried to get to Africa, something prohibited it - Foreign Mission Board told us we needed a Master's to teach, then our children were becoming teenagers, South Asian tsunami for a planned trip to South Africa, doors in Ethiopia closed twice...until we moved to Lubbock and learned that Highland Baptist Church was partnering with Wayland Baptist University for a trip in July, 2010. Even then, we had trouble getting in touch with the correct person. We finally made contact with Dr. Rick Shaw who welcomed us to the Wayland team.
4: Dr. Rick Shaw is a professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. He served as the leader of our group. We met weekly during the spring before our trip in July. | Team members included J.D, Kimberley, Joel and Daniel Templeton, Kelly, Sherri , Cameron and Courtney Warren, Bradley Self, Linda Stark, Ryan Wilkerson, Kreg Bailey, Ashley Ratcliffe, David McDougal, and the Burches.
5: Our travel took us from Amarillo to Houston with a layover of several hours. Then a long flight to London, through customs, and another long flight to Nairobi, arriving late Sunday evening. | Finally, after more than forty years, God's promise was fulfilled, and Debra and our group arrived in Kenya. During the flight, Debra received a card from Linda as our airplane entered Africa air space congratulating her on finally arriving in Africa
6: Our mission in Kenya was varied and diverse: 1. We held medical clinics at three different locations - Limuru Tea Plantation, Masaai land, and Kakamega. Over 1000 Kenyans were seen, and each person was prayed for individually. 2. We worked and played with children at Christlike Academy and Christ the King Church in Kakamega. 3. We had a discipleship/teaching team for the teachers at Christlike Academy. 4. The construction team built eight teacher desks, repaired the merry-go-round, and built a roof over a building so the kitchen could be moved. 5. Street evangelism and witnessing to young people in Limuru. Our three weeks in Kenya were divided between Limuru about 10 days, Masaai land two days, and Kakamega, six days. At the end of the three weeks we were exhausted, but pleased at the way God used ordinary people in extraordianry ways!
7: Our home for two weeks was Brackenhurst, a beautiful conference center near Limuru. | While the cottages were certainly not four star accommodations, we were glad to see them at the end of each day.
8: Top left: the clinic and the clinic bathroom Debra and Francis provide intake and prayed for each person they saw. God's promise fulfilled! Debra dispenses medicine.
9: The medical team provided a free clinic at the Limuru Tea Plantation. During the week there, they ministered to over 1000 Kenyans, many of whom walked several hours to get a place in the long line. The free medical clinic provided general health care and helped to create some interest in the new church that was being started that week at the Limuru Tea Plantation.
10: Each day, Debra was able to entertain the children while waiting for the return ride | Jambo!
11: Sunday was a day of worship. Our team joined Pastor Linus and Pastor Shadrach as they started a new church. The worship services lasted most of the day and included several songs, Bible readings, sermons, as well as leader dedication and baby dedications. Quite a day!
12: Our mission team assisted in leading the worship through singing, reciting scriptures, praying, and praising God our Father!
13: Kumtumaini Bwana kwa moyo wako wote wala usizitegemee akili zako mwenye; katika njia zako zote kuiwasilisha kwake, naye atayanyosha mapoito. Proverbs 3:5&6
14: One boy came to the clinic with a hurt foot - his shoes were worn out and did not fit. We were able to provide him with new shoes. | New shoes required foot washing - and then a happy dance!
15: Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him... Psalm 149:3
16: What a day! | A donkey healed! | "They sat down on a mountainside ,and he began to teach them..." | We got a break and had tea in the home across the road from the site where we worshiped.
17: Worship- Kenya style! O sifuni mungu!
18: Christlike Academy is located near Limuru. We spent about a week working om several projects at the school. | The school served about seventy-five children. Many were members of families dealing with HIV and aids.
19: The children were excited to meet the mazungas (white people). We prayed for each child the first day, and then split into groups for the various tasks. | Left: Unloading lumber to build teacher desks. Above: Our final task:Make the unused building into a usable kitchen!
20: Christlike Academy | Limuru, Kenya
21: The children were served a hot meal in the morning, usually ugee, a gruel-type of porridge. Their noon meal usually consisted of rice and whatever vegetables they could obtain. The school meals were usually the only consistent meals the children had. | Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:13-15
22: Precious children of Christlike Academy near Limuru.
23: The conditions at Christlike Academy were primitive: no electricity, no running water or plumbing | Bradley and Joel work on roofing the building ti be used as a kitchen
24: Bradley and Joel cut boards for one of the teacher desks we built. Right: one of the previous desks.
25: The finishing crew: Kreg, Linda, Debra and Cameron finished the teacher desks by staining them.
26: Left: Albert, the watchman, protected the school one evening with his bow and arrow. Middle: A new water tank provided by a Texas Baptist Church Right: Mike and Ryan mix cement for poles supporting the kitchen roof.
27: Kenya Culture Day Saturday was our day for sightseeing around Nairobi. We visited the elephant orphanage, Kazura Bead Factory, Giraffe Center, Safari Walk, and wrapped up the evening at the Carnivore Restaurant.
28: Kazura Bead Factory | The Kazura Bead Factory provides employment for ladies whose families are affected by the aids/HIV epidemic in Kenya.
29: The Giraffe Center | Debra found a Kenya kitty!
30: All creatures of our God and King...
31: The animals we missed on the safari - but JD got! | Walking safari
32: Carnivore Restaurant | Roasted meats!
33: Yes, Debra found a kitty at the Carnivore! | Evening music
34: We spent two days with the Masaai people in southwestern Kenya. They are known for their fierce warriors, bright colored garments and intricate bead work. We found them to be kind, and gracious people who love the Lord our God.
35: Left: Traditional Masaai attire Right: Masaai ladies worship Below: A Masaai worship service
36: Our evening meal was prepared by the Masaai friends in a traditional manner. George, the young goat, is beimg prepared just beyond the fence. | Inside the Masaai home where we spent the night. Note the Bible story cloth on the wall!
37: Left: Traditional MAsaai dung home Below: Masaai market. They are noted for their bead work | Right: A Masaai hut
39: Masaai school
40: We drove to Kakamega in Western Kenya to work with Christ the King Baptist Church. Our matatu trip took most of the day. We saw several herds of zebras grazing along the road as we drove along the Great Rift Valley.
41: A large part of the mission in Kakamega was to support the church with the medical clinic. | Debra and Linda ran the clinic in Kakamega.
42: The church ran a small school at their location. No computers or blackboards, yet, plenty of evidence that children were learning. | Part of our work in Kakamega was with children. We atught Bible lessons, sang songs, and played games.
43: Dr, Shaw and Bradley wait to speak as Pastor Obediah provided an overview for the week. | Our first meeting was to pray for the week, and then introduce us to the church members who served as translators.
44: Christ the King Church, Kakamega | Medical Clinic
45: The clinic served hundreds of Kenyans during the time we were there. Debra and Caroline worked well together. | "And the King shall answer them and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done itinto one of the least of these my brethren, you he have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40
46: Saturday evening we had dinner at the mayor's house. We used the local means of transportation - except Mike, who got a motorcycle ride. | Debra made friends with the Coca Cola vendor
47: Dinner was quite an event. The mayor, his wife, and a helper prepared dinner, and then presented Dr. Shaw with some honorary gifts After dinner, the mayor demonstrated some Kenyan dance moves.
48: Kakamega memories
50: Kenya memories
56: Lessons Learned From Mission: Kenya God is alive and well in the hearts of believers in Kenya God has blessed is tremendously in our society Our God is an awesome creator God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things for Him Kenyan believers know God -and know how to praise and worship Him
57: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here I am; send me. Isaiah 6:8