Saturday, August 20, 2016

Kibera Slum Tour

Guest blog writer, Cindy Faber, shares her experience touring the Kibera Slum.

Most of us have an idea of what a slum looks like. Either because we've seen one in the city or have seen a depiction of one on TV or in the movies. But how many of us truly have seen it first hand? Have you walked through the streets and among the people that live there?

A few of us had the opportunity to visit the Kibera Slum. I'd like to share with you a little of our experience. The slum here is much different than what we see in the USA.

Kibera is a slum area outside Nairobi, Kenya and is roughly the same size as New York City's Central Park, about 1.5 square miles, but with a population density much greater than that of New York City. Kibera houses about 250,000 people and is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.

The average size of shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, a corrugated tin roof with a dirt or concrete floor. These shacks often house up to 8 or more with many sleeping on the floor. They do not have a bathroom or running water in their own home, and residents do all their cooking outdoors.

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Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage

Guest blog writer, Cindy Faber, shares about her experience at the Giraffe Center and Elephant Orphanage in Karen, Kenya.
One of my favorite animals is the Giraffe. Perhaps it's because they are so tall and graceful, yet awkward. Whatever the reason, I'm totally in love with them. Especially after visiting the Giraffe Center in Nairobi where we had the chance to get up close and personal with Eddie and a couple others.
Eddie is the Alpha male Rothschild giraffe we got to feed while at the Center. Unlike the female, Daisy, he was gentle and patient. Daisy on the other hand, was a bit of a brat. Don't turn your back to her or you will get a head-butt from her. She only wants the food you have, not your affection.
The Rothschild species are considered one of the tallest giraffes. They can be 20 feet in height and can weight about 2,500 pounds. They are also one of the most endangered with only a few hundred left in the wild.  All of those living in the wild are in protected areas in Kenya and Uganda.
Besides being an educational center, the Giraffe Center acts as a breeding program for the Rothschild giraffe with the goal of enlarging the population of wild giraffe in Kenya.







Elephant Orphanage
My other favorite animal is the Elephant. I love that they are family oriented. They live in family groups led by the matriarch (the oldest female). Touch is extremely important to elephants. Young calves and mothers will often be seen touching one another – expressions of reassurance and fondness and there appears to be a very real expression of affection – even love.

The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory, and the loss of habitat due to human  conflict, deforestation and drought.
For more information on the Elephant Orphanage, please visit http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/index.asp.











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Friday, August 19, 2016

Love & Respect Ministry Team: Behind the Scenes

Perhaps these aren't so much "Behind the Scenes" as pictures that I like and didn't really fit in any of the other blog posts. I didn't get all the pictures from the team so let's encourage them to post as well.

Together with my Aunt Jean in Nairobi at the beginning of our trip.
SOOOOOOOO happy!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Nairobi National Park

Our morning at Nairobi National Park was cool and beautiful. What an honor to experience such a place filled with wild animals with the bustling Nairobi city around all sides.



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Malindi Prison Ministry

Finally reaching the Malindi Prison, after months of letters and meetings, was a relief-blessing. When we reached there, however, we found another team of church members prepared for ministry in the women’s prison. Because our goal is to support local pastors, we made every accommodation to them with many blessings. They were incredibly gracious to allow the Cindy B, Lori L, and Pr Njuguna to serve alongside them under their authority. The kingdom as it ought to be. Unfortunately photos aren’t allowable in the prison, but the testimonies were beautiful.

The chaplain, however, was our host in the men's prison and he took a great many photos for us. Praise God.

Bill and Leslie worship in Kiswahili with the men of Malindi Prison.

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A Legacy in Watamu

About six weeks prior to departure a team member precious to us had two emergency surgeries rendering her unable to travel. Many times we were thankful that emergency didn’t arise while in Kenya. We thought of Joyce every day and truly felt her absence. To leave a lasting legacy in her honor, and in appreciation to all those who gave to support her trip, we equipped the Watamu Pastors’ Fellowship Association with all the cookware they needed to feed 100 people not only for this conference but for every conference to come.

Smiling Margaret was the co-chef.
Ruth is the delicious chapatti-maker head chef.



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The Newlywed Game

What better way to celebrate marriage than by hosting…The Newlywed Game. Despite the fact that none of the participants were familiar with the game, everyone had their fair share of laughter and embarrassment. Each location managed the closing event to their own desires but each also reported lots of fun and lightheartedness. Many thanks to the team for making this special day of fun and prizes priceless.

The Newlywed Game in Ganda

Bishop and Pr Njuguna prepared the group for what was to come.

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Love & Respect Marriage Conference in Ganda

Our schedule was complex given that two conferences were running simultaneously. Half the Love & Respect team started in Ganda and then half way through the three-day program, at lunchtime, we all hopped in a car and switched locations. Every team member had messages from the Lord to share and so we had to share team members. It's important to note that this is the first time Ganda has received a team for such a conference and we were all mutually blessed.

Mountain of Glory Church in Ganda

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