Tom just returned from a phenomenal experience of taking a mission trip to Africa with our church and several other churches that belong to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I am going to attempt to share their experiences and show you some of Africa. I may not do it justice since I am relaying this secondhand, but maybe you can ask any questions and Tom can jump in here to answer them for you. I will have to break this up into several posts, so please stay tuned.
Here are the six people who went from our church. They headed out of town and met up with the rest of the group in another state. There they caught a flight and headed to the Netherlands where they then flew on to Kenya. It was a very long flight and took them about 24 hours to get there.
This is the map of Kenya. They flew into the capital of Nairobi. It is a packed city with the largest slums in the world. You can see the one road that goes down toward the coast to Mombasa. That was the direction their journey took them throughout the ten days they were there.
When they arrived, they had lost 8 hours and it was evening there. They were taken by the Missionary that they met up with, Sam Harrell, to an old Catholic mission/motel place to stay. The accomodations were very modest. Tom has some funny stories about their first night and I will let him share them if he wants to.
The next day they headed to a place called Amani ya Juun (not sure of the spelling) that is a place for refugee women to go. It is translated “Peace from above”. These women come from all over sometimes walking for weeks to get to this place. Many women have been mutilated, abused, lost their families and have nowhere to go. They find out about this place and come here to find work and a place to stay. They are taught to sew and they have turned this into a place of business that will then care for these women. These women really do find peace here. This picture is where they make quilts.
While they were there a disturbance arose outside and they found that a monkey had come in. It hopped down off the roof and came and sat at Tom’s feet. He got this picture of it. He said they are sort of like the chipmunks in Colorado. They are a nuisance and are not to be fed. They also know the difference between men and women and don’t seem to have any respect for women. Tom could scare them away but they annoyed and chased the girls. He said they are bold and will come up and take a sandwich right out of your hand.
The women also have a sort of restaurant where you can order off of menus and eat outside. So they had lunch here and Tom said the food was phenomenal. In Africa they have Coke in glass bottles everywhere. It is made from sugar and not the high fructose corn syrup like here. Tom said it really brought memories of being a kid and drinking Coke from bottles for him. He said it was more thirst quenching than our coke. They also drank bottled water while there along with other different types of drinks. They didn’t have any problems with anyone getting sick while there.
They also visited an orphanage this day. These babies are ones that are found in dumpsters, left at hospitals or abandoned at other places. These babies are given up by mother’s who know they cannot care for their children and most of them have HIV. However, they are discovering that after caring for them and as time goes by, they no longer have HIV. This is something they are studying. These children are also being adopted out by many people around the world. You have to be in Nairobi for three months in order to adopt a baby.
More to come…..