Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kenya Travel Update

On Saturday, our Kenya missionaries enjoyed an amazing welcome ceremony in Kiu with students, teachers, parents, pastors, and the leadership council. They also took a tour of the village, met with the leadership council, and had a strategic planning session at the clinic.

Now for some background. “Kiu” means “thirsty” in Swahili, and the town derives its name from the semi-arid climate and geography. The people are members of the Kamba tribe, the fifth largest in Kenya, and by adulthood, many can speak Kamba, Swahili, and English, the latter because Kenya was once a British colony. The village doesn’t show up on most maps, but if you consider Nairobi’s location as “12” on a clock, then Kiu is roughly at the “5” mark. Kiu is 59 miles from downtown Nairobi, though our crew is staying just thirteen miles from the village in the ACK Guest House, run by the Anglican Church.

410 Bridge, the sponsoring organization for our mission, first dug a bore hole or well for Kiu to give the community a source of clean water. Nativity complemented this by funding another well, a water tank for storage, and a water distribution system that our team visited on Saturday after meeting with the leadership council. Then in 2011, 410 Bridge built the medical clinic we will be temporarily staffing with our team.

In the hilly outskirts of Kiu, there is a significant Maasai tribe presence. Traditionally, the Maasai are nomadic herders, and church leaders have been attempting to unite the community by reaching out to them.

The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; in his illness, You restore him to health.
~ Psalm 41:3
Comment below with prayers for our team as they do amazing things with the community of Kiu! Head over to our Facebook page to see a a video clip from the welcome ceremony. 
















6 comments:

  1. Love the pictures and stories of your welcome experience. Praying for all of you as you continue serving our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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  2. Thanks for the update on the clean water project!! We are so blessed to be part of a parish who gives graciously and generously to help our brothers and sisters across the world! Continued prayers for the opening of the medical clinic. Love and hugs to all of you!

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  3. Great pictures & update on the water project! Thinking of you and praying for you constantly as you attend church today and get ready for the clinic tomorrow. Sending prayers & love!

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  4. You are all blessed and a blessing! Prayers for a safe and successful trip!

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  5. Looking at our beautiful sunny day here in Maryland and knowing this sun warmed all of you today in Kiu, keeps us close in light and in prayer. God sends rays of blessings on you.
    Dori

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  6. Wow! What a welcome! Praying for your time there ❤️
    Kate Saunders

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