Last 2 Days of my African Adventure

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

That verse is how I started my last 2 days in Nairobi. It was a verse that proved so true for that day and will continue to do so as I walk daily with Christ. Before my last two days, I prayed that God would show himself in a big way. And boy did He! I love how our Father works.

Second to last day:

I started with this verse in mind. It was a good thing because it felt like we had impossible tasks before us. We had so much to do in so little time — and we also had to work with the Kenyan culture, which meant things could change at any point ( throws a curve ball – kinda fun!) Well the Lord was so sweet… what seemed impossible became almost simple to us and we got done 7 hours of work in 2. That night we went to try Ethiopian food, which was quite an experience! Just a lot of what seems like goop on what seems like plastic tortilla and then you eat it with a rolled up plastic tortilla. and you use your hands. Yep that sums it up. It was actually quite tasty though! I enjoyed the weirdness of it all and having to share it with many other people. What can I say? I come from a family who prefers eating off each others plate & trying new things so I’m not so surprised I liked it. After that, we went to worship at ABC center, the nonprofit that rescues street children. ahhhh it was amazing! Seeing these kids pray aloud over each other and dance and sing and praise Jesus was eye opening. At the end they all joined hands and prayed for many things, but one that struck me in particular was they prayed for the sponsors. They prayed for the people that gave them money. WOW! I just kept thinking “Their sponsors probably have NO CLUE that these children in Africa are praying for their lives in America, Iceland or wherever their they may live.” That is an organization I want to help and see flourish. Leaving I met four precious 12 year old girls who were completely loving and fun. They showed me the traditional Kenyan dance, they sang to me, they loved me, & they taught me Nakupenda “I love you” in Swahili. I was so full leaving that place. Those girls I will see again, and will see again soon! I cannot wait for that day!

Ethiopian Food
Ethiopian Food

Last day in Kenya:

We woke up and went to church at a missionary/western type church. I loved it!! It was the icing on the cake to be with Kenyans all 2 weeks and then see another community you could have there. It really allowed me to see the whole picture of what God is doing in that place. The church was awesome — just 3 boys leading worship and a preacher who taught on the John 15-Vine & The Branches. The power would go in and out during the service, but I loved it each time. It was God showing me that nothing needs to be perfect to worship Him — and the people in Africa know that. No one ever worried, stopped singing or panicked each time the building would go dark. After church I was talking with some people when I happened to make a connection with a girl that went to school at Samford with Katy! How cool is that? Small small word! The rest of the day was spent doing little business things and mostly trying to plan some way we could stay longer. We kept asking people to kidnap us, but no one would take us seriously…. darn it.

Mary London (Samford Friend!)
Mary London (Samford Friend!)

This trip! Wow! Literally still haven’t processed it all. When I do, I’ll be sure to post my thoughts. I do know that it was a great adventure that taught me so much. And its something that I want to be apart of forever. Thank you Jesus for the sending me to the Land of Nairobi Kenya — where the fruits are sweeter and the Lord is everywhere.

xx

Hannah

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