Kenya Day 7: Rest and Ready

Our team has enjoyed a slower pace for the past two days. We joined our brothers and sisters at Mavuno for worship yesterday, and did a little shopping at the local Maasai market. Today was a day to complete a few unfinished tasks around the Beacon campus, following up on some of the student issues identified on our medical exam days, continuing work in murals, and reorganizing and documenting our remaining medical supplies in preparation for upcoming visits to some local informal schools. We also enjoyed a brief break to attend the midday feeding at an elephant orphanage just up the road. That was a treat. Tomorrow we will be back to normal with a full day of medical work with local students. We have enjoyed such wonderful unity on and community with each other and with our partners at Beacon during our time here. In response to that one of our team members, Lorene Tripp, wanted to share some of her thoughts on the beauty of community. Her letter is attached below…

I have been thinking a lot about the importance of community. The communities that are impacting me right now are the community we have formed as a team, the Beacon of Hope community and our CHBC community.

I want to start first with our CHBC community. First of all, thank you for sending us! We have been blessed beyond measure. Our team would never be here without your support. The cost for us to come was significant, $2,500 per person. We are a 30 member team. We want to reassure you that the investment has been clearly worth it. LeeAnne has shared with you in previous blogs all that God is doing here. We have met such beautiful people here. Those at the school and at the medical camps have expressed their gratitude for us coming. It is hard to put on paper what we have experienced here. How can you describe what it means to meet the mom of your sponsored child? I had that privilege today.

I am so grateful to meet my sponsored child’s mother and to understand a little more of what life looks like at home. One of the families we saw today was unable to pay the rent of 20 dollars a month for the last 4 months. Soon the family will get kicked out. Beacon of Hope works with our sponsored families to help meet these kinds of needs.

Our team wants to thank you for sending us. We couldn’t do this without you. Besides the financial support, you have supported us in prayer. That is unmeasurable. We certainly as a team have sensed your prayers. We have experienced an amazing unity and love for one another as a team. We have also experienced a oneness with our Kenyan brothers and sisters at Beacon of Hope. Keep on praying for us.

The Beacon of Hope community has been a united team. All team members are unified in the vision to glorify God in this community. We are humbled by the way they have served us. One of the housekeepers has been getting up at 4 am to supervise the kids on the bus to Beacon of Hope. She then comes here and cleans. She has been leaving around 9:30 pm to go home. With a smile on her face she says how much she is going to miss our team. It is very humbling to be served. She has been working 7 days a week while we are here. There are many others who have been working this hard with such joy on their faces. They are not one to complain. The medical team at Beacon has been such a blessing to our team. This community has been an example of how to love other team members and those they are serving. When a community is unified in their vision and purpose, the impact is much greater. Thanks to the Beacon of Hope staff being an example to our team. They have loved us well. They frequently talk about their vision to glorify God in all that they are doing. We are a stronger team because of their love and example to us.

Lastly, our team has formed a close community quickly. We are a diverse group with teens, college students, couples, singles, and grandparents. We have enjoyed getting to know one another. Every night during our devotional time we pick three team members to pray for. We can only hope that our unity as a team will not only be used while in Kenya, but will impact the CHBC community when we return.

One of our hopes as a team is that more of you will consider sponsoring a child at the school. Many more sponsors are needed. We have much to share with you when we return about how God is using Beacon of Hope to bring a change in this community.

Matthew 25:37-40 “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

It is a privilege to serve Jesus out of the love he has given us. Jesus is the reason we are here. Thanks for your part in this.

Lorene Tripp