To give you a better understanding of the dynamic of our group, I offer the following short story:
While eating dinner at the Java House yesterday evening, we started talking about the unique ways that people from various cities pronounce words differently. Somehow, we landed on the word Wheelbarrow. It was brought to our attention that some in our number once thought wheelbarrow was pronounced ‘Wheelbarrel’, while some thought that it was STILL pronounced this way. After much laughter and some humiliation, we began to apply it to our current work in Nairobi…..
The success of Missions of Hope in the Mathare Valley has lead to the renovation of the Pangani Center- the first and main center for all of the work Missions of Hope does. The work being done is both extensive and tiresome, and construction tools are so few and far between they border on nonexistence.
The lack of teaching material for the 14 schools of Mission of Hope is so widespread that the teachers rejoice over a few wild animal figurines that can be used as visual aids. How wonderful it would be to have supplies and training materials to give to the teachers so they could use them in all of their classrooms.
The Mens Fraternity Workshop was so successful that the men in attendance can not wait to share their knowledge and rejuvenated faith with others in the community. The only thing missing are the workshop materials needed to conduct the class.
The Joska Boarding schools reach many 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This environment lends itself as a great opportunity to teach bible stories that will stay with these children forever. The students are thrilled to be able to learn how to compete in Bible Bowl, if only someone with experience could speak into their training and assist them on a long-term basis.
These obstacles seem varied, tiresome, and insurmountable – But not with God. God can put all of these problems, and many more, into His wheelbarrow. It is only when we begin to rely on Him and become His hands and feet in Nairobi that we can begin to see what His plan is for the Valley of Darkness.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
1 John 4:7-9
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Half of our team spent the day in Joska, while the other half was in Nairobi. Tomorrow, the whole team will be reunited in Joska, where we will spend the night and then attend Sunday morning Worship before returning to the Grace House 2 in Nairobi.
-Nairobi team, July 2012