Bishop Tom and I had collaborated on this trip for several years. I think it
was postponed about three times and so to finally land in Kenya on September 11, 2008 was quite a joy for me! I'm
always excited to meet pastors and their spouses whom I've corresponded with and have spoken to over the phone for several
years. It's like meeting an old friend all over again!
After the initial greetings and the luggage was loaded into the car we were on our
way. It had been a long trip to get here, and I was glad to be headed toward a place where I could finally lay down
and have a few minutes rest before the real work started. I had left North Carolina on Monday and now it was Thursday
morning. Of course, the seven hour time difference had jumped me ahead a few hours, but my body felt every hour of travel!
One of the first things I noticed on the trip to the Anglican Church Guest House was the huge birds sitting in the trees along
the roadside. It looked as though they were waiting to swoop down and make lunch of anything smaller than a Volkswagon!
We arrived at the Guest House and I was greatful to see
that it was going to be a comfortable stay.I immediately felt at home in Nairobi, Kenya. We planned for Bishop Tom and our
ground coordinator, Pastor Musyimi, to return later that afternoon. We would engage in a strategy meeting, and then I would
take the rest of the day to recover from my travels.
After a brief rest, and a refreshing shower, I met up with Bishop Tom and Pastor Musyimi
in the downstairs lobby. We went over my itinerary and discussed the plans for the mission. My work would begin with a trip
to the bushland near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. We would meet with a Maasai Tribe and their Chief. We would leave early
Friday morning. Saturday I would lead a women's Conference in Mathare in Nairobi at the Evangelical Methodist Church pastored
by Bishop Tom. After the women's conference I would meet several pastors and take a quick tour of Kibera. I wanted to
see where Bishop Tom and the pastors were ministering in the world's second largest slum. Sunday I would preach again
at the Evangelical Methodist Church and then at Pastor Musyimi's Church, I would also meet a few more pastors. Monday
and Tuesday I would lead a Pastors' training conference and Wednesday I would visit the Children's Center in Mathare
which is overseen by Bishop Tom and his wife Nancy. I would depart Wednesday evening, and while my flight would not leave
until 9:00 PM I would have to leave for the airport at 4:00 PM to be able to beat the rush hour traffic. Otherwise, I might
have still been in Nairobi! My itinerary was full.
My days would be 20 hours long and I would need to be ready for a wide variety of circumstances,
from the big city of Nairobi to the bush-lands of Kenya! My ministry would be to college professors/Bible School professionals,
Bishops, Pastors, women, Maasai warriors, chiefs and tribal women to Professional clergy and business women, homemakers
raising orphans and their families. Then there were the children, orphans and street kids and kids from homes who struggle
daily to feed not only their own children, but also orphans and waifs. I certainly had a full plate set before me, and I was
going to enjoy every flavor! I knew that as diligently prepared as I was, nothing could prepare me for the week ahead.
What an understatement that was!
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