Today has been very emotional. This is the day that we went to the Pangani school and met the staff for Missions of Hope. It was the day that we toured Area 1 of the slum. It was the day that we were allowed to go into one of the “homes” in the slum. It was a day that leaves me with tears streaming down my cheeks as I try to put words to it.
First we listened to people share what MOHI has done in the slum over the past 10 years. We heard from the founder who listened to a call from God to help these people. We met the people who are working in the slums and teaching the children. We met the people who are teaching the parents of the Pangani school to sew, make jewelry, and get skills needed to earn enough income to feed their children. It was beautiful seeing the adults being empowered to provide for their families. We toured the entire facility including the medical clinic, the dental clinic, the laboratory, the classrooms and the shops where they sell the goods that are being made.
Next, we got into groups of 5 and were paired with a social worker to go into the slum. It is nothing that you can prepare for or fathom unless you’ve experienced it in person. We have nothing in America to even compare it to. The pathways are dirt and mud soaked in urine and trash. There are precious children running up hugging you, grabbing your hand and asking for you to take their picture. God has created these beautiful people for a purpose. They matter to God and HAVE to matter to us.
Today, our team has experienced something that will forever change us. It will change how we see people. It will change how we love people. It will change how we reach out and support those in need. I pray that we all find ourselves weeping for people that hurt and have no hope. I pray that we refuse to watch others be Jesus to the lost and hopeless and begin to go. The world is waiting for us to bring the hope of Jesus.