The Kenya mission team is settled into Nakuru. After a long 2 days of travel(and only one lost piece of luggage) today was a day to be reenergized. We started the morning with worship at the church in Gitawamba. For many on the team, it was a chance to reconnect with familiar faces from past trips.
Each evening we gather as a team and each person says a word to describe the day (and surprisingly with 27 of us there are rarely repeats.) Some of the words from this evening were:
- Joy – a woman named Joy standing next to me welcoming me to share in the celebration of faith; the dancing, clapping and jumping around of all of us together to the music (something we should do more of on Sunday mornings!)
- Spirit – a bird flying around in the church before worship began so symbolic of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- Teamwork – of the women who cooked us lunch and the team members to deliver household goods to the families.
- Powerful – the drumbeat of the music but most of all Carolyn Stephens sermon and the young woman who sat in awe, taking notes and being inspired to preach at her own church.
- Community – I last visited Gitawamba 5 yrs ago with a PRUMC team. It was an IDP camp- internally displaced people who had been moved from what had been their home and literally placed in what seemed like the middle of nowhere- a few sparse “houses” and a broken down barn. Through the amazing work God has called people to come here to do (by many PRUMC mission teams) there is now a church and that broken down barn has been transformed into a safe school for about 500 children. It truly is now a place this community can call home.Keep our team in your thoughts and prayers!Lesley Cogburn