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Recap of the Team’s First Full Day in Africa

Wapenzi Familia na Marafiki,

That’s “Hello Family and Friends” in Swahili!

Yesterday was a beautiful first day of immersion in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya in a neighborhood called Kahawa Sukari where we will spend the majority of our time doing our ministry work.

The team spent a good portion of the day with our host families who have made us feel incredibly welcome into their homes. The hospitality and love here is immeasurable and a great blessing to us all.

We met with Pastor Ezekiel at Kahawa Sukari Baptist Church and conversed with the leadership team during High Tea outlining the goals and expectations for the upcoming week.

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On Saturdays, the church offers the youth in the community Sports ministry where they can learn about the Gospel, the fundamentals of basketball, and teamwork lead by Coach Frank and Coach Chris.

A highlight of the day was when one of the kids came up to us and began sharing with us about his background. He told us that he came from Russia when he was 3 years old and is now 9. He enjoys playing basketball and soccer and is fluent in English, Swahili, and Russian.

Brian and Brian spoke Russian to one another as our Brian’s grandmother has done ministry work for many years in Russia and the surrounding region. It was a pleasure seeing them connect so perfectly in His Love.

We have learned a tremendous amount this far about the love and desire the Kenyan people have for God and it’s been both palpable and irresistible. We are excited for church service today and will have plenty more to share soon!

Blessings to you and your loved ones,

The Nairobi Missions Trip Team

Good Afternoon from Nairobi, Kenya!

Hello Friends and Family,

We arrived last night safely in the middle of the night and were greeted by Pastor Ezekiel and his team at the airport.

This will be a shorter update as we all are getting adjusted to the time zone differential as well as spending time interacting with our host families.

There will be a link below that will have a gallery of photos that will be updated periodically so you all are able to see what we see.

Missions Trip Photo Gallery

God bless you all and thank you again for all of your support and prayers!

With Love,

The Nairobi Missions Trip Team

Team Nairobi Update – 7/19/19

Dearly Beloved,

The team has successfully transitioned from the first leg of the trip and are now on the second part of the journey to Africa. We will be arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in approximately 5 hours.

Hamad International Airport is a masterpiece. The details and design are remarkable and I highly recommend spending time walking around and seeing all of the amenities. Sadly for us, we had about one hour from gate to gate and saw most of it in a rush!

We’ve been very blessed this far on our journey to Nairobi and we met a group from Wichita, Kansas that will also be traveling to the slums of Nairobi. It’s my understanding they’re on a medical mission but have done work in the past with the Southern Baptist Convention.

The outpouring of messages and comments we have received have been a great joy and comfort to us all. Even though we’re now on the other side of the world, our hearts are still connected…now and forever.

God bless you all and we’ll see you tomorrow!!!

Armitage Nairobi Team Depature Day Part II

Hello from 31,000+ feet!!!

We wanted to provide you all with an update as we’re several hours into the first leg of the trip. Check out the spectacular plane we’re flying on!

This beauty is a Boeing 777, or as Harry calls it a “Triple 7.”

Boarding the plane was quite easy and efficient. Here are a few pre-board pictures to enjoy!

All smiles on the jetway
Our leaders Harry and Kathy
Lisa, Brian and Nereida heading for their window seats!

The in-flight meal that was served was excellent and the customer service Qatar Airlines provides is top notch.

Highly recommend the Braised beef!

We are enjoying one another’s company and the flight has been smooth thus far. There has been a little turbulence but the amentities of this flight make it only a minor inconvenience.

Harry and Mike debating socialism 😅

After many hours and days of preparation this week, it’s time to relax and rest for tomorrow is another day. May the Lord bless and comfort our hearts and minds. Good night all!

Thank you all for reading and keeping up with our journey…we’ll see you in Doha, Qatar!

Armitage Nairobi Team Departure Day Part I

Hi Friends and Family!!!

We are all very excited today to leave for our overseas adventure to Africa! It is a great blessing to travel across the world to share God’s love with our brothers and sisters in Nairobi, Kenya.

We made it to O’Hare Airport without a hitch, dropped off our luggage & checked in, and had time for a bite to eat at Tortas Frontera in Terminal 5.

While in Nairobi, Mike and Harry will be leading young pastors and sharing their expertise of Biblical studies and ministry teaching experiences with them. The rest of the group will be assisting the churches and the community. We were given a large amount of donated books to hand out to the kids in city as well.

Our deepest gratitude for our friends and family who’ve supported and prayed for us all along the way. Many thanks for the love and encouragement you have provided throughout the preparation of the trip as well.

Stay tuned for our next update from the air!

Nairobi Team Meeting and Cookout 7/14/19

Greetings Family and Friends!

Today we were blessed with a day of preparation all the while enjoying laughter, fellowship, food, and most importantly love.

In both morning services, the English/Spanish language congregations prayed over us at Armitage Baptist Church and bid us farewell. Soon after, we held a meeting one last time to make sure we are ready for our departure later this week.

We were able to converse and spend the day making final preparations for our departure on Thursday at 6pm CST from Chicago O’Hare Airport. We will be taking the Blue Line train and our luggage will meet us there thanks to Nereida and the generosity of her mother’s time and effort.

Our leader Harry Walker informed us of many logistics about traveling to new countries and provided an abundance of knowledge from 40 years of him and his wife Kathy serving as missionaries across the world.

Pastor Jeremy and the Crowe family joined us as they have been a great part of the organization and planning of this trip throughout this year and last. We laughed, shared openly about our concerns about being a new country for 12 days, and then departed for the day.

We know a big challenge lies ahead of us but we agreed that we will remain faithful in God’s love and strength.

That’s all for now but stay tuned for an update later this week!

In His Infinite Love,

The Nairobi Missions Team