Hebrews 12:1-2 ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the
sins that so easily entangles, and let us run with perserverance the
race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the
cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God.’
Today was the first full day in Nairobi, and by full I mean we were
able to get a good nights sleep – in a bed- for the first time in two
days. Our cheerful team split into smaller groups and worked in
various areas of the city. Brittany, Audrey, and Kelly went to the
Rosslyn Academy to attend teacher training hosted by a team of
teachers from Oregon. We were able to meet with various teachers from
both the Oregon team, and the Missions of Hope schools. The morning
began with a wonderful worship service followed by a lecture on
teaching with the ‘love and logic’ methods of discipline and classroom
management. Afterwards we able to sit in on various grade level
lessons presented by the teachers from the Oregon team. At lunch, we had the chance to talk to one of the teachers, Pat, about her personal experience at Rosslyn, it was a great moment when she mentioned ‘running the race’ and I was able to share our bible verse for the day.
It was so
encouraging to see the excitement on both the Mission of Hope and
Oregon teachers faces. The work that they are doing is truly God’s
work to encourage and equip the teachers of Missions of Hope. It is
our hope that we can take something from this experience back to
Bondeni when we visit on Monday. The Oregon teachers were also very
helpful with providing information on how Traders Point can continue
to fulfill the needs of the students and staff at Bondeni. We are so
excited that we have this opportunity to attend this training and meet
with another group that is passionate about serving the teachers of
Mission of Hope.
Stephanie was able to use her skills as a hair stylist to encourage some of the women at the Pangani center, who are taking a class to become hair stylists. They were so excited by her thick long hair that they immediately started braiding her hair. It was a great and unexpected experience for Stephanie.
Daniel, Alex, Seth, Lane, Jeff, Christy, and J.R. traveled into the slums of Bondeni and were able to visit four homes. Although the homes were very small, they were given the opportunity to go inside and encourage and pray for newer Christians in the community. They were able to share the Gospel with adults and teenagers alike, giving all members of our team the chance to personally connect with the people of Bondeni. This was a very powerful experience for us, as we were able to see the Holy Spirit moving through our team.
Don, John, Stuart, and Vince led a day-long men’s conference for Missions of Hope staff covering material from Men’s Fraternity. Those participating left the day with materials given to them in order to start a small group of their own to share the material with other men in the communities they work in. One participant said he was certain today was the beginning of something great God will grow. Please pray that these men will follow through and start new small groups to encourage others to seek authentic manhood along with them. Tomorrow we will host local church leaders and repeat the same program. Pray that these men will also be inspired to grow closer to God themselves and encourage others to follow.
Our long day was brought to a close with a trip to the Java House, an
American restaurant near our hotel. The food was delicious, the
dessert was heavenly, and it was a perfect way to end our long day. It
gave us a chance to come together and share our experiences (and our
dessert, willingly or otherwise) with the rest of the team. Tomorrow
half of our team will travel to Joska school to present Bible Bowl to
the students. The rest of the team will return to Rosslyn for teacher
training and Pangani for Mens Fraternity.
Our takeaway from today: One lost sheep is worth leaving the flock to
find and bring home.