On Friday the team traveled bumpy roads through the sugar cane fields to Masai land. They saw a new fresh water well & worshiped outdoors under a shade tree on a hill - God’s sanctuary!
Saturday was an exciting day as the team started with a gospel walk through the streets of Migori town to invite families to attend the Youth Rally in Migori. There was preaching, dancing and hundreds of voices singing to the glory of the Lord! Our team provided lunch for the youth rally – full bellies, full hearts!
Sunday the team participated in services at the Migori Side-By-Side Church, before heading to the airport in Kisumu for their return to Nairobi.
They will visit Teen Challenge on Monday and begin their journey home on Tuesday.
Please pray for the team as they process what they’ve seen and heard. We pray for safe travels on their way home and for this experience to start a fire in their hearts for change, not only in the communities they’ve visited, but back in the U.S. as well. We thank God for the lives that were touched this week through the sharing of the Word and we are grateful that our team was able to minister to His people in Kenya!
Hi from all of us on the team! This has been a blessed trip, every moment, Yesu opaki! (Praise Jesus!)
Tuesday we met with Migori schoolteachers. Men and women of God, educating the children in faith and practical knowledge with no pay and very little materials. We listened, shared, encouraged and prayed for and with them.
Wednesday we met with Agongo schoolteachers, then the teams split up to visit homes in the village. Beautiful country, lovely, hospitable people amidst abject poverty. We blessed them, prayed for them, and laid hands on the sick. There but for the grace of God…
Thursday, our last day in Agongo, we had a celebration! We sang, we danced, we prayed, we gave treats to the children, including the rainbow bracelets, which were a big hit!
That’s it for now, of course there is MUCH MORE to share!
The Kenya team has arrived safely, praise God, and are off to a busy start! On Sunday they traveled to Agongo, and dedicated the church building in the village. Monday, the team lead a leadership seminar where they broke off into two groups, one for men and one for women. They were able to get into some deep discussions, allowing a spirit of openness and vulnerability. With some heavy rain overnight the team was not able to head back to Agongo on Tuesday, but spent time at the Seed Academy of Migori where they were able to encourage their precious, faithful staff. They had a busy day of home visits scheduled throughout the community for Wednesday. We pray for stamina and discernment as well as rest as they prepare for their next day. Below are some photos from the past week. Check back for more details, updates, and pictures of their trip!
The Agongo Church Building Dedication.
Solar powered mp3 players were donated and uploaded with sermons and the Bible in Swahili, Lua and English.
For the Freshman trip, 22 students went to Calabassas. We took away cell phones so the kids could experience authentic community and they loved it. We were blessed to be able to stay in an enormous house with a beautiful view of the canyon. Students spent time in the morning participating in spiritual disciplines and cooking breakfast with one another. Saturday consisted of a refreshing hike on the Malibu Creek trail. After a long days hike, students got to relax back at the house, followed by a great dinner at an Italian restaurant. Our last day was spent on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica were the students ice skated in 80 degree weather and enjoyed the food and sights.
This weekend our Junior Highers went to Forest Home for Winter Camp. While they were there they zip lined, climbed the rock wall, drank Forest Home’s famous milk shakes, worship God with 300 other kids their age, built relationships with each other and their leaders, and learned what a LOUDER life for Christ looks like. 4th-6th graders from St. Andrew’s attended Junior Winter Camp at Forest Home this weekend as well.
Thanks for your generosity this Christmas! Through the giving hearts of the St. Andrew’s community, we helped bless families in Costa Mesa, men in recovery in Santa Ana and an entire community in Agongo, Kenya! The Mika Christmas store served 871 kids Saturday, December 21. A special thank-you to those who donated a gift or served at the store. We are also able to bless Pastor Joel and the community of believers in Agongo, Kenya with the monetary donations that will provide food and other basic services. Thank you!
Check out some highlights from the Mika Christmas store!