Roses and Thorns

One of our team members, Kelly, asked us on our first night to share our roses and thorns. This is where we share our high point of the day (the rose) and something that presented a challenge (the thorn). This sharing has stuck with us and will be part of our nightly routine. So here are some of the highlights from our roses and thorns from the past few nights.

Rose: After service, I made eye contact with a little girl that wearing sunglasses. I put mine on and that opened the door for a little play date. A little girl today at church taught me a song. After this, there was a group of kids that were playing with a balloon and invited me to play. Being with the kids, and seeing their joy really made my day.

Rose: Like others on my team, I was blown away by the joy and true desire from the Kenyans for a chance to connect with us. We ate lunch with the church leaders and were able to hear who they are and how they serve in the church. One way that they are serving the community is by developing small groups to bring new people to Christ and disciple them. I enjoyed starting relationships with the church members and look forward to going back next Sunday.

Rose: Today at church, everyone was so eager and warm-hearted towards us. They were happy to see us and made us feel welcome. Our hotel staff is just as eager to help us with anything we need. They greet us each day, and were a great help with getting our bags up to the top floor of the hotel. I loved meeting the kids at church. They showed us pure love. They came us to us and introduced themselves, played with us, and showed us a child’s love. This kind of love is what I look forward to seeing when we go into Pangani and Bondeni.

Rose: It has been amazing to be back in Kenya. I was here 14 years ago and everything I am seeing takes me back to what I remember from that trip. It is so good to see how God continues to work in Nairobi. He is working through people to make His kingdom grow.

Rose: The biggest thing for me is the rekindling of the friendships of the MOHI and Grace House staff. There is a bond with the team in Bondeni. They have become good friends due to their true characters and hearts. Each person has come up to me, remembered my name, and have recalled previous conversations from the last time I was here. I truly love the relationships that I have here in Kenya.

Rose: Coming to Kenya has been on my heart since my freshman year of high school. Ten years later, here I am! Our church service today was such a neat experience. The service was in both Swahili and English. It was so uplifting to see the passion for God in that building. Even though I did not understand some of the songs, I still was able to worship and loved having that experience. It is amazing to see how God is working in Nairobi. I am excited to see what is in store!

Rose: It is amazing to see how passionate, inspiring, and caring the Kenyans are for their community and church. Not only are they interested in their neighbors but also for us. Today at church, everyone was so happy to see us. They greeted us with open arms. The kids ran to us and wanted to play right away. This made me truly feel welcomed and part of the family.

Rose: This is hard to put everything into words but it is great to see the resilience and commitment that they Kenyans at church have to Christ and their community. They truly have a heart of joy and want to worship God. Today at church, I sang a Swahili song that I had learned back in the states. The church members were very receptive to the song. At the end of the church service, a man named Kevin came up to me and informed me that the kids were contemplating how I could be a mazunga (a non Kenyan) but know their language so well. I was even given a Kenyan name, Enjeri.

So you are probably wondering what the thorns have been…… let us just give you an example of a thorn. At the airport, when we arrived, we claimed all of our bags plus one. While we were loading the bags onto our bus, we noticed that we had an extra bag.So let’s just say that we did the right thing and returned the bag but it was a very long process. But hey….someone is no longer missing their bag!

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