Reflections

After five full days of work we used Sunday to worship and rest. We went to church with Walter at the International Christian Center and heard a challenging message.

Afterwards we went to the Carnivore Restaurant and ate meats of all kinds of wild game and enjoyed sharing and laughing with each other. Some of us went out to the Massai Market to barter with local merchants for crafts they had made before coming back for our team meeting to plan for this week.

Here are some Sunday Reflections

In looking back at the time we spent with the “Street Kids”

Hanna Gilmore: “It’s amazing that they are called ‘takataka’ (which means trash in Swahili) by the local people, yet they are so accepting of us.

Dana Larsen: “Yea, one of the boys I met had more questions about me than I asked about him and seemed and wanted to know more about me. One thing that hit me was when he introduced himself the first thing he said about himself was that he believed in Jesus. We say where we’re from or what sport we play but his relationship with Christ is what defined him.”

Larissa Campos: “Michelle (Hagen) and I were trying to talk to one boy and had trouble getting a conversation going but as soon as we asked him if he played soccer he just lit up and began sharing about his favorite team and how excited he was to play with us that Friday. It’s cool how sports can bring people together. I was so inspired by their passion for God and the faith and dependence they have in Him for everything.”

Jarred Salubi: “It’s hard to get out of your comfort zone and speak to people you don’t know who are in tough circumstances but I enjoyed seeing my teammates do that.

Hanna Gilmore: “I’ve just been thinking about the impact that Boniface has had on their lives. Just a man that was willing to serve God and love people who has changed so many lives and is helping so many others.”

Carlie Davis: “I don’t know how to word it. Their conditions are so sad it leaves me with a heavy heart. It makes you thankful for what you have but then again I kind of envy what they have. I ‘have’ a lot more, but then I think they have a lot more than me.”

Lanear Sampson: (on the sports clinic with the street kids at City Park Friday)

Usually we only get to see the kids on the street early in the mornings and only for a little while but when they came to the park they were so excited. Even though they are homeless and dirty, their faces lit up and they ran around and had so much fun. We’ve never gotten to see them like that and it brought so much joy to my heart.”

Natalie Woodham: I think one of the things that stood out to me when we got to meet the street kids at City Park was that I saw some of them put down the glue bottles and just play and kind of forget about sniffing glue and just have fun with us. They were just so happy and it was one of the most fun games I’ve ever played just seeing them have so much fun. There was an infectious joy everywhere.

On rebuilding a home and community center after the fire in Makuru Slums:

Andrew Judy: “It was kind of like a mini extreme home makeover. Just to go in one day and give someone a new home, even though it was just a place made out of tin. It was amazing how others wanted to still keep the old tin that had been burned in the fire to use for other people who still hadn’t rebuilt.

Lanear Sampson: It was so different for us to get to be a part of a project like rebuilding a house for a family. As we worked people began to come around and watch. It was interesting to see how they reacted to us building for one of their neighbors. They seemed kind of amazed that we would do that. We saw the man who we had built for two days later and he had such a big smile on his face. You could tell how excited and joyful he was to see us and how grateful he was for what we had done.

Jennifer Gueldner: I thought it was amazing how people can live with so little and have so much overflowing faith. They rely on God and prayer for almost all of their needs and it seems like the miracles flow generously here.

Troy Baker: “Walking through the slums really is one of those things you will never truly understand unless you do it yourself. It was tough just seeing all the children hang over makeshift fencing to just try and touch you. Then when we arrived to the area we worked on building a “house”, we learn that it costs $1,000 to live in the slums when they are no better off than any homeless person in the U.S. It’s just surreal to think about so many people living in such conditions and paying to as well, when back home we worry about pointless things that in the overall mean absolutely nothing.”

Saturday we did a volleyball clinic, a basketball clinic in conjunction with the Kenyan National Basketball Federation and 2 soccer clinics. Here are some thoughts from those.

Melissa Jones “I was so very impressed and quite intimidated of how many people showed up for the basketball clinic. I think we were expecting 60-80 children, so when 200+ showed up, it was a huge shock but we also realized what an opportunity this could turn out to be. That’s exactly what happened too! We were all able to come together and share about God, all through basketball. It was an incredible atmosphere that turned out to be one of the best times of my life.”

Jordan Rice: “Sharing the experience of working a clinic with my teammates was an awesome opportunity. We had the privilege of working with the Kenyan Volleyball Federation and when they saw us walk up the kids and the coach’s eyes lit up. Their passion for the sport helped remind me why I love playing and that we are all playing for the same Audience of One. There is nothing better than sharing the love of God through something that you love!”

Taylor Heatherly: Personally for me it was really eye opening to me to see what a lasting impact the team members before us had on the lives of the children of Makadara who they had worked with before. Not only were they so eager to learn soccer but also to learn the colors on the ball that we used to share the gospel.

After we left balls for them to use for their league this year they had their captains present necklaces to us that they had worked on since last year to show their appreciation. It really touched our hearts!

Alyssa Dibbern: “The thing that stood out to me the most is how the children are so grateful for the simplest things.”

Caitlin Fennegan: “One thing that really stood out to me would probably be how little the kids have and yet how much they appreciate what we do. I was talking to one buy who didn’t have shoes yet didn’t let what he didn’t have affect him. He had such joy.”

Bryan Swindoll: “Every year I return, Walter’s ministry has grown tremendously. God has taken our small offerings and multiplied them like the bread and the fish.”

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan Douthit on May 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    So many smiling faces !!What an opportunity for you all to give and to grow. As a Baylor alum class of ’78, I look at these pics and say,” Now that’s Flinging Green and Gold afar in a mighty way with a higher purpose !!” How blessed us ” Baylor old timers” are that each of you chose Baylor to achieve your educations and share your God given talents. You represent Baylor and our Savior very well..Be safe, healthy and motivated..Last week…FINISH STRONG !!

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  2. Posted by Missy Wells on May 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    It has been such a powerful experience reading your blogs each day, thank you for sharing your journey with us! God is working through each of you in a very special way and as you have each said it is evident in the beautiful smiles of the children! Keep up the great work and we will be praying for many continued blessings!

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  3. Posted by Tanna B on May 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Ok, first of all I’m sooooo jealous y’all got to go to Carnivore…that place is amazing!! Secondly, hearing your responses to the things you’ve witnessed and experienced in just a few day gives me those Holy Spirit chills! I’m so pumped for all of you to continue on for the next week because I really know (from experience) that God will continue to rock your minds and hearts…let Him!! This short two weeks of your life will stay with you for a long time if you just surrender all of yourself and let God do what He does best with you. I’m so proud of all of you and can’t wait to hear more!

    “Coach” Tanna 🙂

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  4. Posted by Sam on May 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    i know its wrong that i’m absolutely green with envy, but wow, guys, what an absolute blessing to be apart of something like this. Enjoy it and continue to surrender yourself to God’s Will. praying for you all!!

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