Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kenya Travel Update

2017 Mission Trip
On Sunday, our team split into three groups to visit three separate churches. When they arrived, anxious and welcoming adults and children were awaiting them outside. Services are a jubilant occasion in Kiu and marked by scriptural readings, testimonials from congregants about the role Jesus plays in their lives, a sermon, requests for prayers, status reports on the sick and dying, community news, dancing, full-throated singing and, of course, the passing of a collection basket. Like much music in Africa, the style of song is “call and response,” thus making it easy for our team members to join in. As for musical accompaniment, look no further than the young man or woman rhythmically beating on drums.

At Nativity, we have four Masses on a Sunday and each is timed carefully to fill an hour. That is not the case in Kiu. Churches have only one service on a Sunday, but it is “over when it’s over.” Last year the mission team attended St. Benedict Catholic Church. Since a priest is only able to visit the village once a month, a catechist is in charge on the other three Sundays. That was the case when our team visited. Although there could be no Eucharistic celebration, the service still took three hours and ten minutes! The walls shook with all of the fervid singing and dancing, and our team members easily joined in this joyful noise in praise of the one, true God we all have in common.

There is one lesson that all mission members quickly learn. You don’t have to worry about taking God to Kenya. He is already there.

Tomorrow work begins in earnest at the medical clinic. Please continue to pray for the safety and success of this most worthy mission.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
~ Jeremiah 17:14

2016 Mission Trip 
2016 Mission Trip

7 comments:

  1. Praying for your safety and success today as you visit the medical clinic.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful mass yesterday! Great to hear you are all enjoying the wonderful praise and worship! Many prayers your way as you begin your first day of clinic. Blessings!

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  3. What a blessing to celebrate mass with our bothers and sisters on the other side of the world!! Even though you didn't receive Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ is alive and real in all of you. Continued prayers that you receive your daily bread through the Holy Spirit. Given the time difference, right now you are well into your first day of the medical clinic! Praying for healing and for the people of Kiu who are so blessed to have you there. Love to all!!!

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  4. What a gift to CELEBRATE Mass!!
    Lots of love to you my beautiful Haiti Momma Paula and Hugo, and my confirmation buddy and BC homie Maddi! Trust God that where you are is where He is too. And right where you are is where grace abounds and blessing overflow. I am praying for you and holding you three and your whole team close in my heart! TRUST also that you are LOVED! and that the LOVE you have to give and the ways you give love are WORTHY of being received by others. Much love and gratitude for your 'yes' to God,
    Kalie Paranzino

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  5. Praying for Jesus's healing hands working through you all. Your presence there alone is an instrument and I am sure it is good food for their spirits. Cherish all the experiences and know that your Nativity family is praying for all of you.
    Enjoy the music, the food, and the culture. These memories will remain with you forever.
    God bless,
    Gin Gin Diokno

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  6. What a joyful way to spend Sunday! Can't wait to hear about the first full day in the clinic! Love and prayers to all of you.

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  7. Oh wow! What a day! Praying as you all start your time at the clinic!
    Kate Saunders

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