This past week, our home church, First Presbyterian Church of Rome, Georgia, sent a team of women to serve alongside us here in Nairobi. This has been a dream of mine for YEARS and it finally came to fruition…our FPC and Bluesky worlds collided! It was truly a blessing to have the seven ladies visit our homes, partner with Bluesky and get an experiential glimpse into our lives and ministry!
The week was jam-packed and flew by in a blink. We wanted the team to experience as much of Kenya and Bluesky as they could throughout their brief time here.
Here are some fun events that were on their schedule:
Attended an ICF Sunday morning service
Baked desserts and participate in “Trivia & Treats” night for SUMMIT youth group
Shared testimonies at ICF Women’s “Testimonies of Thankfulness” event
Climbed and bouldered around at Bluesky’s climbing gym
Tried a yummy Indian dinner at Maharaja restaurant (one of our favorites!)
Lead a full day of VBS games, Bible lessons and crafts at The Ark School in the Kariobangi slum
Stretched out of their comfort zone and tried Kenyan “nyama choma” (goat)!
Visited Kiambethu Tea Farm in Tigoni and tasted one of Kenya’s main exports…TEA!
Taught helpful lessons on proper heart posture for Bluesky’s first ever Women’s Retreat
Learned about SERGE’s medical ministry in the slum of Eastleigh
Tasted a new cuisine at Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant….and devoured it!
Went on a morning safari drive and kept high spirits despite the unfortunate circumstance of getting stuck in the mud for 4 hours!
Toured Amani Ya Juu, a local non-profit that hires and teaches refugee women sewing skills
We are so thankful for the time we got to spend with each of the ladies. The week itself and the planning beforehand took quite a bit of energy (especially at 34 weeks pregnant), but we ended the week feeling so refreshed and energized! It is truly something special to have your hometown folks sacrifice a week of work/family/life to travel across the Atlantic and experience your life and ministry first hand !
My prayer for dear Sally, Melissa, Kinslee, Gina, Abby, Lisa and Wendy is that their eyes and hearts remain tender and open to God’s global work. …and that they may now be a “window” for other members of FPC to catch a peek into what is happening here in Kenya!
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What a great experience for you, Shanna! I’m sure you are super tired after such a full week. Hope you can get some rest. Blessings on you all as you await the arrival of that new addition. I am praying for you. G. Reid