Day 2 and Day 3 – Feed My Sheep

Monday morning the group traveled to Pangani where Missions of Hope International (MOHI) is located. After hearing about the MOHI history the group along with the MOHI social workers was able to walk around the neighborhood and make a few home visits. Once returning to MOHI we toured their vast complex and learned about the programs that are available to the students and community members; including the school and resource center, a laboratory for disease testing, dentist office, doctors office, and pharmacy. The services at the dentist’s and doctor’s offices are offered to the students at no cost and to the entire community for a nominal fee.

“Today we walked in the slums of the Mathare Valley. We made a house visit. The home was a small one room, tin shack with the entry way covered with a blanket for privacy.  In this small hone lived a mother with her 7 children. Lord, help me to never complain again.” – Pam

“Thank God for the vision and mission of Missions of Hope in the Mathare Valley. I love little children and today witnessed how MOHI is bringing hope to the children of the Mathare slums. In spite of their circumstances they were happy and excited to get their pictures taken and to entertain us with songs” – Ruth

“During our home visit, it was surprising to me how worried Grace was to have everything in order. We weren’t allowed in until everything was put in order and she cleaned. Even with the little she had, she was very proud of it.” – Sara

“I never feel more loved by those who are not my family than when I’m with my Kenyan “family”. They are so joyful and have so much love to give and they give it freely and beautifully.” – Jennifer

“Today was an incredible day. As we walked the neighborhood in Mathare Valley, I was amazed at the changes that have occurred since I was here in 2009. The streets are cleaner and the piles of trash are fewer than I remember. I felt encouraged that the work of Missions of Hope and supporting churches is making a difference for lots of people. The one thing that wasn’t different was the happy faces of all the little kids.” – Donna

“The longer I’m here the more I’m starting to find that these beautiful people have far more to teach me than I could ever teach them. Our lives aren’t about the material things we have but about the freedom we have in Christ.”- Chloe

It was a blessing to be able to spend time with some of the kids today. I was in a second grade classroom that sang us a song that I recognized- it is one that we also sing in the TPCC kids ministry wiggle worship. I was able to sing and dance along with the kids and felt so connected through that.” – Jessica

“My last time in Nairobi was 2015. Since 2015 so many ideas have been implemented: a new skills center (trade school); a welding training for men; more schools opened outside of Nairobi, etc. There are now 20 schools educating 15,000 students. Above all , the bible is being translated into a new language.” – Tamie

Tuesday was the first day the group worked at the Bondeni School in the Mathare Valley. After taking a tour of the new Bondeni School building, many members of the team went on a prayer walk in the neighborhood with the MOHI social workers. The group walked through the entire neighborhood, which hasn’t been done before by any mission group, because of violence and cleanliness. The group prayed with parents of some of the students about issues of the community including; violence, alcohol abuse, unemployment, domestic violence, and business prosperity.

While the majority of the team was on a prayer walk, Jennifer and Jessica were able to make home visits and provide therapy for disabled young adults and show them the love of Christ.

After lunch, many members of the team met with the Bondeni children they sponsor. Some team members began to sponsor children long before they first visited Kenya. The sponsor money ensures the child will be able to attend a MOHI school, receive 2 meals a day, and learn the love of Christ. Greater than 75% of the children rely on sponsorship money to be able to attend a MOHI school.

Before the group left the Bondeni School for the day we were able to go back into the community and do home visits again with the MOHI social workers. The purpose of the home visits was to tell identified people about the good news of Jesus Christ. The two groups, were able to visit 5 homes and bring 3 people to Christ.

 


Day 1 – Faith is Active

The September 2017 Kenya team landed at the Nairobi airport late last night after a long but uneventful trip from Indiana to Kenya. We met up with hosts from MOHI and after an adventurous bus ride and warm welcome from Gracehouse Resort the team settled into their rooms for some much needed sleep.

Today is Sunday so the team attended an inspirational church service at the MOHI Church in Bondeni. The service opened with prayer from both our team leader, Jim, and the local church minister, Pastor Stephen.  Pastor Stephen, graciously prayed for the United States and the people of Texas and Florida. Jim was then blessed to be asked to pray for Kenya. The team was overtaken by the holy spirit when surrounded by the powerful and joyful worship of the Kenyan people. Pastor Stephen taught a compassionate message today out of 1 Thessalonians 1, speaking words of encouragement to the congregation. Pastor Stephen communicated Gods words of hope and love to his people and to our team. It was observed that while the people in this area live in such extreme poverty, they find church is a refuge and Jesus as their hope.

After church the team was able to enjoy a beautiful lunch outside at the Gracehouse, reflected on the beauty of Kenya and how today was the perfect way to begin the trip. In preparation for the week’s journey, the group discussed the day’s blessings and prepared the donated items to be dispersed and used when the team gets to interact with the people of the Mathare Valley.

 

 


Day 8: Culture Day

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” ~Jeremiah 18:1-4

Today was our cultural day and I don’t think it could have gone any better. We started the day by hearing the above verses from Ginny, and then we journeyed to “The Potter’s House.” He is an incredible, godly man who uses his gift of creating pottery to share the love of Jesus with others. As a group, we watched him take an ordinary lump of clay, stomp on it and add in sand to prepare it for molding, remove the impurities, mold it more, purify it again, polish it, add amazing creativity to it, and then fire it. He explained that it takes 14 days to create 60 pieces completely, and he constantly related the process to our lives as Christians. He reminded us that God takes us, as lumps of clay, and spends our lives purifying and molding us to remove our imperfections. He reminded us that it is a process, and it’s not over just because we may feel broken. In fact, after molding and purifying his creation, he threw it on the ground and it broke into pieces, and he explained that he can still pick the pieces up and start the process again, purifying them and molding them back into an amazing, beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation. What an amazing concept, and what an encouraging analogy to hear as we think about the times we have felt our lives are in broken pieces. Finally, we saw him open up the oven and show us the finished pieces–amazing, beautiful creations. Again, he explained that as you go through the fire, God continues to purify you so you’re ready for your entrance into Heaven. No matter how shattered your life may seem, God WILL pick up the pieces, start molding them back together, and purify you piece by piece until you’re an amazing, incredible creation. Whew! And we thought this was just another cultural day….

After we left the Potter, we went to Monkey Hut and enjoyed God’s amazing creation for the rest of the day! We ended the day with worship on the porch, team awards, and positive statements about each team member. We are sad to leave this place tomorrow, but are so thankful for the time God has given us here and for all we have learned!

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Day 7, Sponsor Day Part 4

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Day 7, Sponsor Day Part 3

Because God called us to go


Day 7, Sponsor Day Part 2


Day 7, Sponsor Day

Whenever we go on a Mission Trip, the first question we get is why do you go?