Kenya Mission – Witnessing God’s Love

PRUMC Kenya Mission 2015

 

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“Habari!” from Nakuru, Kenya! The past three days have flown by so fast.

Monday morning started off driving to Gituamba, an IDP camp (internally displaced person’s camp). This community consists of 66 families that have been displaced from their homes. They have lived in this community for 2 years. If they stay on the land for 7 years the land becomes theirs. Until then, it is the governments. When the displacement happened, each family was given tin roofing and a plot of land. They had to build their own mud houses on their own. Since the houses are made out of mud and wood, they have a huge termite problem now.

Monday and Tuesday consisted mostly of construction for the primary school and participating in children’s activities with the preschool. The group was split up into three smaller work groups. The first group(mostly consisted of the strong manly men) made volcanoes for the footings. These guys worked so hard all day long! The second group was on the brick making team. We were paired with Kenyans and made about 400 bricks. On Tuesday, (no thanks to the wazungu) the Kenyans made 800 bricks.. This proves we in fact slowed them down, but the Kenyans never let on that we inhibited them. The third group worked on laying the framework and putting a roof on Mama Jane and Pan Man’s house. Their roof was blown off during a wind storm a few weeks back and have been living in their tiny kitchen. This group got to see the roof go up Tuesday, and the family was so excited. Next to the school, is a preschool room where lots of us girls went and played with the children. They are the sweetest/cutest little kids! On Monday Stephanie took head shots of each student. Monday night we printed them off and then placed each photo on a cut out heart. We wrote “God loves you” on each. We hung the hearts on a string with cloth spins in the classroom. The kids went nuts– they absolutely loved it. It was so cute to see.

 

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Monday was a long day of construction and we drove back to the conference center eager for showers…. To our dismay, the power and water was out for the majority of people. Mack and Kyle were the only two with water so their rooms got lots of use! Of course, after all of the girls took ice cold showers the hot water came back on. Everyone had a good laugh– at our expense..

Tuesday we woke up a little sore, but eager to get back to the camp. A few of us girls read a story to the preschoolers about the Easter bunny and then they all participated in an Easter egg hunt. It was he cutest thing to see all of these 3-4 year olds running around picking up the eggs. We then sat in a circle and divided up the eggs evenly. Each child got about 5-6 eggs. One little girl Esther shared an egg with Shiko, a 15 year old mentally challenged girl. It was the sweetest moment witnessing this 4 year old hand over her candy to a much older girl. Later in the afternoon I went with Chat to see the water cistern where they all walk to to collect their water everyday. The cistern is up on a hill and you can see all of the community. To me I really struggled with how these people were displaced and how hard it must be for them. But that moment showed me that God still provides even in the darkest times. Each family has a house and land and crops. When Chat and I came back down to the school everyone on our team was washing the children’s feet and putting new shoes on them. There were three stations of washing their feet and then a team member dried and put lotion on them. Then each child was fit for new tennis shoes. To them, this was their Christmas. Lots of kids walk around with mismatched shoes or nothing and they now have these stylish American tennis shoes! This was a huge moment for every member of our team. These kids walk around with filthy, dusty feet and to have their feet washed is such a gift. We then pulled out our speakers and had a dance party with all of the kids.

 

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After this, the women on the team went to go have tea at Mama Lucas’ house. There were five Americans that went and about 20 Kenyan women. We just sat and talked for about two hours. We were curious about how their dowry works and they couldn’t believe we don’t have a dowry. To say we were beat Tuesday night is an understatement. I think I can speak for the whole group and say that our time at Gituamba was extraordinary. We accomplished lots of construction work and we made relationships with so many of the community members. They were certainly two special days– more to come!

Written by Paige Hamlin

 

 

 

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