Kenya Blog Post #1

 

The 2019 team has been meeting since June learning about the people we will meet, the items the hospital has requested that we bring, and even learning a little Swahili! Here are a few of the basic words:

  • Yes = Ndio
  • No = Hapana
  • Please = Tafadali
  • Thank you = Asante
  • And the very important, “Wapi choo?” Where is the bathroom!

A list of items that the hospital has requested is attached to the brown and yellow donation box located next to Earthglow. Feel free to take a copy.

One of the most important aspects of any mission team experience is team building. If you are going to spend two weeks in close quarters, it’s probably a good idea to form some kind of relationship! To see what we have in common, to learn surprising things about people we just met and to form a bond in Christ asking that He guide us and protect us. Oh, did you think I was talking about the 13 people from Servant? Well, yes, but also the many people with whom we will interact while in Kenya. It’s not just about building a house for a family devastated by AIDS. The Kenyan construction team can do that without us. It’s about blowing bubbles with the children and grandmothers who come to watch the house go up. It’s about sharing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with Charles and his building team. It’s about taking pictures and then showing them to the children. The teen-age girls point and giggle; the small children smile shyly and the “mama’s” (polite term for older women) cover their mouths and laugh. It is also measuring and sawing wood with hand saws and hammering into some of the hardest wood you can imagine.

A team building exercise is intriguing to me. I don’t really like to participate but afterwards, I realize that I had a good time and laughed a lot. In that exercise is an opportunity to practice being present to your group. ‘Being present’ is a term used a lot today and is hard to do when you try too hard. But looking back at building a tower with marshmallows and straws, it was easy to be ‘in the moment’. Hopefully we can be fully present in Maua, Kenya.

 

 


Kenya Mission

Donation List for 2019

A team of thirteen Church of the Servant members have signed up to go to Kenya in February, 2019!  That means this team can take along with them 13 suitcases, each containing 50 pounds of donated goods to help the Maua Methodist Hospital.  A donation box has been placed in the mission area of the Concourse next to Earthglow Gift Shop so that you can help in providing the items currently needed and specifically requested by the hospital.  The list may be found HERE, or by going to the Missions page on our website.  A printed copy is also available at the Welcome Center.  In making your donations, remember that simple is better.  While you might be tempted, for example, to purchase a backpack with all kinds of zipper and pouches, remember that Kenyan school children will be thrilled with a very simple backpack.

Link to Donation List for 2019 is HERE

The generous contributions of our Servant family make a significant difference in the lives of our friends in Kenya.  Thanks for your help!


Preparing for A New Tradition

Servant 5.0 will be a season where Church of the Servant celebrates our past and prepares for our future together. One way I want to celebrate is by beginning a new tradition at Church of the Servant surrounding Veteran’s Day.

On Sunday, November 11, Church of the Servant will celebrate and thank our veterans, and we need your help! We would like for every Veteran to share TWO pictures: one in uniform from when he/she served and one current picture in civilian clothes. Email your pictures with full name of veteran to Heather DeShazo, Director of Communications, at hdeshazo@churchoftheservant.com. If you do not have digital pictures that can be emailed, drop off your original photos to Heather DeShazo at the church office; she will scan your photos and get them back to you very quickly. We will be producing a wonderful slideshow with these photos, and we want every veteran to be included in the slideshow. So please don’t delay! Send your photos today!

Deadline to submit photos is Sunday, October 21. On Sunday, November 11, we will also have a parade of veterans at the beginning of the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. Bag Pipes will kick off the parade! You will not want to miss out as we say THANK YOU to all those who have served our country.

Beginning Sunday afternoon, September 23, join us for “Servant 5.0: Preparing for Our Future” vision meetings with Dr. Matthew Mitchell, Senior Minister, where he will share exciting future plans for our church! No registration required. Mark your calendar and plan to attend ONE of the following:

Sunday, September 23 (4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 3 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
Sunday, October 14 (4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 17 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)