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.