An excerpt from Kenya, 2007
The most recent trip was in April 2007 to Nairobi and Nakuru, two cities in Kenya.
Africa is a continent in need. The AIDS epidemic has claimed countless lives, created many orphans, and continues to ravage the continent. While many governments continue to send aid to the continent, I believe change will happen one life at a time. That each moment spent is a seed planted in the life of a future leader of Africa, whether they’re a political leader, business leader, or family leader.
My mission was to be an agent of hope in this nation, working alongside a local church
Pastor with an orphanage in their efforts to bring lasting change to Kenya. On the mission, I reached out in the following ways:
Orphan Ministry – I worked to have an impact the lives of future African leaders: the children. I will be spent time with orphans at the GCC orphanage in Nairobi as well as older children in a nearby home in Nakuru. There were 36 children. GCC also runs the GCC HIV/AIDS Extension which has 19 children.
The work of service was spending time with orphans, encouraging, teaching, playing sports and games, and imparting a sense of destiny to these treasured ones. I will also spent time around the orphanage doing ‘whatever was necessary’ to help maintain & be of service.
Supplies – Provided much needed supplies to the orphanage
in 2005, the first opportunity arose – Zambia – I learned the ropes of international travel, Orphanages, and more. We spent time building and upgrading parts of the orphanage as well as time with the kids.
Spring 2006 offered up a new opportunity to head to Zambia once again – and among the things that came my way – seeing an orphan my previous team believed had died, spending more time at the orphanage, speaking at a campus meeting at the University of Zambia, training a local leader, bringing administrative support to a new church, and going on foot into the shanty towns where AIDS isn’t the only affliction. Zambia 2006 is featured here.
Summe 2006 took me to a new place, Kenya. Serving as Team Leader to David Webb, I was able to experience Africa on a whole new level. We had 10 days of day-in-day-out time with the kids, going on trips, spending quality time with the older kids, and really bringing a sense of hope.