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!
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.
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.
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 CSTfrom 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!