From 14 - 28 July, a number of All Saints’ Church staff are taking a group of teenagers to Nairobi to serve the work of their mission partners Harrison Mungai and Gerald and Louise Mwangi, at iServe Africa. The team will be painting the new iServe Africa premises, helping with a school CU and joining in activities at GracePoint Church. They will also be seeking opportunities to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and learn what it is like to be a Christian in Kenya. On their weekend off, the team will have the chance to visit a safari park.
The team members are: Steve (church minister), Jenny, Rosie, Molly and Winnie Rees, Adam and Sarah Thrift (church youth and children’s workers), Nathanael Longstaff (church apprentice), Teya Ashworth, Jack Holcombe, Verity Mills, Isobel Townshend and Rachel Youlton.
‘And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” Mark 16:15
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Animals, Jam Sandwiches and Maasai
Today was our day off from decorating so we began the day with breakfast and devotionals before leaving the site in order to explore more of Kenya. We all enjoyed the very scenic journey in the matatu and were able to see more of the Kenyan landscape while singing all the way. One of my favourite parts of the day was seeing the baboons on the side of the Kenyan motorway and our guides from iServe saying that they are as common as seeing foxes in England.
Our first destination was the elephant orphanage park which was absolutely incredible. The baby elephants walked round being fed bottles of milk and large branches which was so cute to watch. They then walked past us (or pushed in Molly's case) and we all got to stroke them which felt so surreal.
After the elephant park we got back into the matatu and drove to the giraffe park which was also amazing. We all got the oppotunity to feed the giraffes which felt really strange as their tongues are so rough. Some people also tried holding a food pellet between their teeth and allowed the giraffes to take it - ewwwww!
After the giraffe center we drove to a park where we enjoyed jam sandwiches, crisps and bananas which we had brought from the side of the road.We then drove further into the center of Nairobi where we went into a very european shopping center and then went up to the maasai market. Walking round at first was terrifying for some us as each stall was so desperate for us to buy their products. Eventually, with a lot of assistance from Leah and Grace, we all tried bartering. We bought keyrings, model elephants, pots and maasai shukas (blankets).
After what was a hard but really exciting hour in the market we drove back to the iServe center. One of my favourite parts of the day was just seeing the difference between the way people live as we drove through the busy streets.
After a very long day it was so nice to come back to a delicious warm meal. After tea we had our Bible Study where we looked more at the book of Jonah and chatted about how we sometimes feel like Jonah and run away from God. Exhausted from our day we had a short game, reflected on the day and then all climbed into bed for an early night.
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