Kenya Update — 3 Day’s Full!

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:

Day 1:

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!

Day 2:

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!

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Wycliff teaching me how to use the camera & capturing the ornaments he paints.

IMG_6773Four of the ABC graduates who paint the ornaments. Hellen, Yuneko, Wycliff & Kennedy.

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IMG_7074This 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”

IMG_7077The bathroom they use everyday and that I used. Cement & a hole.

IMG_7103These guy LOVEEEDDD the camera.

Well my 3 other pictures won’t load. They will come in the next post!

xx

Hannah

4 Days till Africa!

4 Days to Africa!! It has not hit me yet at all. I haven’t even thought about packing.. oops? Wanted to give you an update of what has been happening this week!

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Last night we had a Prayer Party at my house thanks to a wonderful idea produced from  friends. I was so beyond grateful that we could come together as believers and love on each other through prayer. They poured out their thoughts to God for my trip & blessed it in every way possible. Seriously I am so so grateful for the friends and community God has given my in Fayetteville. I love this place!

Update!

I got all the shots I need today!! Wahoo!! I came in with a list of 8 and we dwindled it down to 3: typhoid, yellow fever & Hep A. (Don’t worry guys.. I have already had the other 5. I am not neglecting them :) ) If you know me, I used to be a big chicken when it came to needles.. but I took these like a champ! Ohhh yeah. Arms are a little sore so guess I can’t do dishes tonight.. darnnn it. (sly smile. hehe)

Lastly, I am over 75% of the way done on my fundraising goal! WOW! I am seriously so humbled by the generosity show to me through family, friends & strangers that believe in a powerful mission. This trip could not happen without these people and am beyond thankful. I cannot wait for y’all to journey with me on this trip and I am excited to keep everyone updated while I am there. If you haven’t had a chance to check my fundraising page out, you can go to https://www.purecharity.com/a-vision-for-change to learn more about who I am going with and what I will be doing. (Also check out other projects! I used to intern with Pure Charity and it is an AMAZING site helping to make a huge impact on this world!) $473.00 to go! Yeeyuhh!

xx

Hannah
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.” – Isaiah 55: 10-13

A Vision for Change

Wow I am so completely humbled. Humbled by friends who love and support me & humbled by a God who would choose me to impact His world. For those who don’t know, I am going to Niarobi, Kenya in one week! I  am both excited and nervous for all the Lord will show me,  but I know He has clearly opened this door for a reason. Like so many people, I believe my life is a testament to how the Lord prepares us slowly for great adventures. To give you a quick glimpse… this is how He did it for me.

Freshman year I went on my first mission trip to Honduras. It was a very unplanned trip, yet God used it to open my eyes to a different world.

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Summer after my freshman year, He grew my heart for the nations while attending a discipleship program. Instead of being scared of the unknown, I was praying to God, Send Me!

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During my sophomore year, God planted the seed for Africa in my heart. The summer following, I was on Summer Staff at a Young Life camp, where I met my great friend Winston. He was leaving for Tanzania in a few months and I was so invested in his story & what he was doing that I had to be apart of it. Though I couldn’t go with him, I have prayerfully & financially have been supporting him since.

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Summer Staff 2011 & Winston’s Wedding 2013

By junior year, I kept mentioning Africa to my family yet the timing & trips never felt right. However, the Lord did allow me to a have a few tastes of the world to see what it would look like serving other countries & interacting with different cultures. He took me to Guatemala in the winter with my mom and friends. I traveled to Belize in the summer for a Community Development Study Abroad program.

Loved spending time with these girls in the orphanage. They sang Justin Bieber all of the time! (Guatemala)
Loved spending time with these girls in the orphanage. They sang Justin Bieber all of the time! (Guatemala)
While in Belize, my role was to build a park in the community. I knew nothing about how to build a park, and it is my greatest accomplishment. Favorite part: I loved when the little ones would come help!While in Belize, my role was to build a park in the community. I knew nothing about how to build a park, and it is my greatest accomplishment. Favorite part: I loved when the little ones would come help!

Senior year I got the incredible opportunity to intern for Pure Charity, a nonprofit that is a fundraising platform for nonprofits & individuals all over this world. This completely solidified my passion for nonprofit work & serving this world.

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So there is that! I am going to be giving posts on my blog & on my fundraising platform for all who want to be involved on this adventure. I am asking for many prayers for the Lord’s strength, provision & wisdom. Also prayers for safety & for me to go not go crazy during the FOREVER long flights.

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If you would like to help financially & see more information on the nonprofit I will be going with, you can click on the widget to the right!

Thanks for the support and for following me on this adventure! The picture quote I posted last week I have never believed to be more true than now. Thank you Peter for the encouragement.

I don’t always know where life is going. I don’t always see the end of the road, but here is the great part: Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter getting out of the boat, stepping out into the water with complete faith that Jesus will not let him drown. I do not know my five-year plan; even tomorrow will probably not go as I have planned. I am thrilled and terrified in a good way. Some call it courage; some call it foolish; I call it faith. I choose to get out of the boat. Sometimes I walk into His arms. More often, I get scared and look down and stumble. Sometimes I almost completely drown. And through it all, he never lets go of my hand.

xx

Hannah