Hello Friends & Family!
Baboon’s stealing lunches, hindu temples, serving crippled children, preaching in the slums, city market haggling, and mosque visits; wow its been a pretty full 8 days.
We have been back now in Nairobi since last Tuesday, and might I say its very nice to be with some familiar faces. The team has been reunited and our down time has been full of laughs and stories from assignment. We have still had very eventful days though, don’t get me wrong. So far we as a team had 2 days dedicated to visiting Hindu temples and Muslim mosques which was very challenging but also so good to learn more about different religions and actually have a chance to talk to Hindu priest and Muslim imams.
We also had a day dedicated to visiting the Mother Teresa orphanage in Huruma. It was very eye opening. As we walked through slums and passed by burning trash and tin houses and pig carcass outside of butcheries, we arrived to the sanctuary of the orphanage in the midst of chaos and brokenness. We were able to tour the facility and visit the ‘baby ward’ for babies who have been left at the gates or found abandoned. These babies were so joyful and so well taken care of, it was amazing to see how God has saved them literally from the depths and brought them to a sanctuary of meals, shelter, and loving ‘mamas’. We also got to visit the mentally disabled and physically handicapped children, and again as hard as it was to see them and know they were abandoned, it was so encouraging because they really are the sweetest most joyful bunch. We got to feed them and really just love on them. Lastly was the women, we didn’t spend much time in this ward, but there were women varying from 18-80, some mentally disabled and some physical. But we got to sing and dance with them and really just have fun. There was an old women who I just loved, she sat and held my hand and admired my toe-nail polish and hair. She asked me if I could make her an ‘mzungu wig’ basically a weave made out of my ‘white people hair,’ i laughed and told her maybe one day. All in all it was a very impactful day and I really enjoyed my time seeing the work God is doing in the middle of this poverty-stricken slum.
My time is running short so I will make this quick, but the other days we got spend time back in Mathare Valley slum and were able to go in teams of 5 just prayer walking the slum and stopping and talking topeople. We got to share the gospel with about 12 people and I had a really special moment with 2 women in a hair salon who ended up accepting Christ. It was really amazing, I learned so much and have never seen anything like that. Most people who we talked to were brewers of the illegal beer made of Jet Fuel and other toxins and didn’t think that God would accept them, so please be praying for hearts in Mathare, that God would really show up, and touch their hearts.
“healing physical poverty can only do so much, as westerners we walk into slums and immediately see the physical need, here in mathare the Christians of this place see the spiritual poverty, what would it look like for us as westerners to have eyes for spiritual poverty?”
this really touched me, and really changed my perspective going into mathare. That me alone can’t change anything, I have no power without Christ.
We also had a day at the city market which was interesting, but I have to go, anyways, we have 3 days left here, prison ministry, African Inland Mission panel, and today we toured the Intervarsity or Focus center here in Nairobi. We leave for Mombassa on Saturday for debriefing and then i shall be back in the states the 21st.
I can’t believe there are only 9 days for me left in Kenya, Im trying to soak them in and process all God has done.
Thank you all & I can’t wait to see you soon!