Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Trip - Day 6

Today was similar to yesterday for the youth team. We started off this morning helping the construction team again. It’s very rewarding to do this kind of service work. I love seeing how the young guys work until their faces turn red, and without complaint. It blesses me every day. After that, we went to another school to perform dramas and share testimonies; you know, the typical mission thing. This was another place we were able to share a gospel message. There is only one disappointing thing about this ministry. We go places and share with the people, but we have to leave to go to the next place while in the middle of making connections with them. It can be frustrating at times, but you learn to give it to God because He’s ultimately in control. And for tonight, revival service again. Tonight, some of the medical team came to the service. It was nice to be able to do things with them. When you prepare as a team and split when you enter your line of service, you learn to treasure the times when you can serve together. They end up being the most memorable. - Andy

Yesterday, the medical clinic was set up in the middle of a small village, a 20 minute drive from town, and we saw a group of 200 people change from being afraid of us to, at the end of the day, being open and playing and laughing with us. Today was a different. The medical clinic was at the fairgrounds in town, and the people had to walk farther to reach us. We didn’t have lines of mothers and their children waiting to receive care, which had given us a chance to spend time with them. Today I had what I felt was a less important job than yesterday, and I didn’t get much of a chance to converse with any of the patients. However, God still taught me a lot today. My favorite moment was when our first patient after lunch showed up—a Muslim woman with 4 children. She spoke very little English, and I speak very little Swahili, but in a half hour, I felt as if we had become close friends. She even honored me with letting me take her picture with two of her sons, something almost unheard of in their culture. God showed me today that although we think of miracles being things like healing the sick and feeding five thousand people, they can also be as small as the connection between a Somali mother and a young American girl. - Hannah


  1. Sweet...

    Hannah. Thanks for sharing. I have tears. :)


  2. I was sad when a whole day went by without any blogs! I realize you are busy yet it sure means a lot to me to see how our prayers are being answered. I also have tears in my eyes as I hear how God is working through you missionaries. I am a proud parent and wife of your team members! Lori

  3. Words cannot begin to describe the blessings you're pouring back on us here through these blogs. This is our third mission experience as a family and we've never felt so much a part of what you are doing. Thank you for taking the time and enduring the headaches of writing about your daily experiences. It means so much to us back here at home! May God bless you manifold for all you are doing with His grace.
    Mary D.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the time you've spent sharing your experiences. You all remain in our prayers. Thanks for taking the Good News to Garissa.

  5. Thank you all for posting almost daily about your days in Kenya. It is great to know what is going on. Are there any specific prayers requests that you might have? It is wonderful to hear the stories of the many ways that God works and moves. Such encouragement! Please tell Joel that I miss him and love him very much!
    Laura Bosacki

  6. We need to have prayers for physical and spiritual strength. We are all pretty beat after this week.

  7. Michelle - MMUMCJune 22, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    In our thoughts and prayers... thanks for this site... many can keep up with what you are doing!!!

    Michelson Memorial UMC