I am back from 2 weeks in Kenya with a student team! And I am finally starting to feel human again. I am not sure I could fully communicate what the trip was like for me. It was exhausting, inspiring, challenging, gut-wrenching, fun, etc…
I am sure I’ll be writing more over the next few weeks but here are a few highlights for me:
We took a team of 9 students – 6 of which were girls! These girls were amazing- what we asked of these students was tough and they rose to the challenge. There was no drama…which is amazing for 12 days in Africa with 6 girls (plus leaders)! I bought each girl a little journal and each day I wrote a note in it about what I saw in them that day…they made that job super easy! Love them deeply…world changers!!
We visited Dr.Ken Gerdes Girl’s High School one day…and I had my world rocked. We watched 55 girls, who have come from some of the poorest homes in Kenya many of these girls were orphaned, present poetry. One girl shared a powerful poem about how society and culture try to keep girls from ever achieving and she spoke of the power of education in her life. At which point, I burst into the ugly cry…and I left the room, so has to not alarm or scare anyone…because it’s that ugly! Anyway, it was powerful to watch girls get a chance to make something of there life with the help of this school and Jesus. For me, I thought of the power for those girls…and for the girls that at I work with everyday right here in Seattle. God has gifted every person for a purpose and society is lying about their potential to change the world…God can win in us when we embrace his call and his potential for us. I am sure you will hear about those girls again!
This last picture is of Margaret. I girl we met on the streets of Kisumu. She was living there after giving her birth to her child 2 months prior. She wanted help. Unfortunately, there was nothing for girls in Kisumu. So, we did the best we could and got her in a juvenile detention center. We visited her there a few days. And what was surprising to find is that several of the girls in there – weren’t in there because they were in trouble but because they needed help getting back to to their homes. On the streets these girls become victims to trafficking – Margaret had an older boy on the streets who called himself her husband. The streets are not safe for kids, especially for girls. So, because there is nothing for them…we turned to the detention center. Agape Children Ministries which runs a program for boys in Kisumu is working to help get Margaret back home with her sister…So I am thankful for their willingness to step up. Margaret will stay with me for a long time.
Well, those were the highlights! Thanks to all my guest bloggers- You were awesome!!!