Ahhhhhh so sorry i have not been able to update! Wifi has been crazy finicky and honestly we have been super busy, but so happy I am finally getting a chance now! So this has been a crazy whirl-wind and I have seen so much already. I have to say this is different from any mission experience I have gone on, but it has been such an incredible eye opening one! To give a quick synopsis of what I have done:
We woke up around 11am due to our long long flights! (Btw, the flights went awesome! Each went by so quickly and we were thankful for the peace God gave us for each leg of the journey. Especially for my normally cranky back!) Anyways, Anna had to go run errands so Kristina and I met kids that had graduated from the ABC Program ( a schooling/housing that pulls street kids out of having nothing). It was so fun and these kids are INCREDIBLY smart! They are now out of ABC so they are painting ornaments to help give them work for their idle time. Any ornaments they sell, they give straight back to the kids to help them gain an education in a further degree and also helps other children like them. I grew particularly found of one guy, Wycliff! He is seriously AWESOME — so so creative, smart & fun! I got to bring along a nice, large camera and he is actually the one who was showing me how to use it. He has a dream of being a videographer and I have NO DOUBT that he will achieve these goals! The rest of the day was spent taking photos of the ornaments, christmas cards & kids making these items. I am hoping to help sell these items back in America for them — so holla holla if you want any! They are awesome. Not perfect, but made with a lot of love :) Look to my Facebook for details soon! The end of the night was spent with a wonderful dinner & helping Anna with patterns for her line! FULL LONG DAY, but WONDERFUL!
We woke up early to a wonderful breakfast and got ready to go to the ABC center to help kids make their sponsor’s Christmas cards. The kids were so so cute! We helped the youngest ones make the cards (ages 3-12) and they are the smartest little boogs. First off, they LOVE the camera! Literally they light up. Its amazing — some of these kids may have never seen their faces before. I seriously love how much joy a camera could bring to them. I spent a good amount of my time taking millions of pictures and just showing them how they looked on the screen. They could not get enough! Towards the end, I chatted with a few guys that were so inquisitive about all of the culture of America. And let me tell you, there were asking some good tough questions! The day ended with the guys touring me around their new building that has been in halt of continuing the building process. They know exactly where the bathrooms will sit & where they will sing in the great hall. Currently the building has been stopped being built because funds have run out. The Christmas Cards I captured pictures of are being sold to help complete this building (More of this info will be on my Facebook too!). I am dying to get them this building! A few girls took Kristina up to the roof to sing and pray about the building — how cool is that? So humbling. Their faith is so great! The kids dream of being engineers & doctors — they will do it!
Day 3 (Today!):
Today I finally got to see what Judith & James and James 127 Foundation is all about. Ahhh it was wonderful! We were able to go to 3 women’s home that have graduated from Anna’s sewing training and seen how it has affected their lives. These women are incredible — their smiles, joy and strength are so encouraging. I really got to know Judith (the widow that gave inspiration to Judith & James.) She is strong and beautiful and her heart is for the Lord. All day was spent with them and seeing their life. I literally can’t wait to see them again Monday! Tonight was spent at a great meal with all the Arkansas people here — we have quite a bit! (A camera crew from Arkansas is here filming Anna’s story!) I got to hear incredible testimonies of why each person was currently in Nairobi. I love how God works such wonderful, unique stories into each of our lives. He is truly a creative God.
So Nairobi is amazing — I had no expectations coming, so I don’t know whether I am surprised or not by what I see here. All I know, the Lord is moving here and it’s incredible to play a small part in what is unfolding. Thank you, thank you for the constant prayers and support! They are being so felt here!
I posted some of my favorite pictures below — ENJOY!
Wycliff teaching me how to use the camera & capturing the ornaments he paints.
This boy caught my attention. He kept waiting to color & the other women kept saying he didn’t have a number for a sponsor. I brought him over and asked him to color me a picture. It says, “Hi From Kenya! Love Filex”
Well my 3 other pictures won’t load. They will come in the next post!