When we arrived to the girls boarding school in Joska, they greeted us with many smiles. It was amazing to see how glad they were to see us. We had a tour of the facilities, they are sitting on around 20 acres and have farms to provide some of their food. Throughout the tour we went into the classes and they all had a song for us. And they wow-ed us (a way to show thanks and honor) in different ways. We also planned a movie night and treats with the girls, so we began to help pop the popcorn with the teachers after lunch and a home visit. All the girls were excited to have soda and popcorn. It's eye opening to see that something we can have everyday is a special treat to them. Everyone was very kind and loving, which made it difficult to leave.
We took five soccer balls, 2 ball pumps, and a stack of cones to donate to the Joska boys school. We had the opportunity to play a full game of soccer with them. The boys we played with were middle & high schoolers. They were really good players! They had amazing ball skills, and they were really fast! Jennie & Nakia played with the 4th & 5th graders, and Emily, Hayden, Robert( my dad), and myself played with the older kids. Emily scored one goal, I scored two goals! The four of us were on the same team. The final score of the game was 3-1, the team I was on won!! But, it was a really good game!
Image 1: Today we got to meet our Sponsor Child Seveline. She is turning 9 later this month and her favorite subject is Math.
Image 2: She loved the gifts we got her including socks, stickers, and other knick-knacks, and she became a Portland Trailblazers Fan today. Giving her gifts was very heartwarming but not as heartwarming as the hugs and smiles she gave us!
~Hayden & Jennie
After our orientation and learning the background of MOHI (Missions Of Hope International), we headed out on a walk into the slums. What we saw was very eye opening and really made us appreciate what we have. Seeing how happy all the kids were and how content with their lives they were was so great. They all smiled as we walked by or even came up to hug or highfive us. The kids were playing lots of different games, one girl had tied some stings together and had her own jump rope. We also passed a few who were playing checkers with bottle caps. It's crazy to see how they used their resources.
Before we went into the slums, Rafeal told us a few facts about MOHI. They started in the year 2000 with only one school room and around 50 kids learning about the Lord and getting an education. Now, almost 16 years later, MOHI has around 13,000 children and multiple centers and school. Besides teaching and feeding the children, MOHI is very good at including the community. MOHI helps fufil the communities needs with out it being a handout. For example, the toilets are ran by the people themselves, not MOHI. This helps keep the bathrooms cleaner and not rundown because the community knows it would be their money fixing them. So the community runs the bathrooms instead of it being a handout from MOHI that would be not used to their full potential.
~Hayden & Jennie
After getting breakfast we headed to the MOHI center for orientation. After meeting a couple of the staff we got to meet our sponsor child. What we hadn't realized was that Isaak (our sponsor kid) had actually greeted us as we got there. It was so great to be able to meet him after so long of writing letters back and forth. We brought Isaak a soccer ball, along with a bible and a couple other little things.
We finally arrived at our destination in Nairobi! There was a long wait through customs but it will be worth it. The grace house is a very nice facility, they even saved a dinner for us at midnight! There was no doubt we all slept just fine because anything is better than a cramped airplane seat. Today we go off to training, and to meet our sponser children and their families. It should be fun. Its 7:40 am on July 7th. Crazy!
p.s. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!
We landed safely in Dubai a couple hours ago, and have spent these last few hours exploring. Our flight went very well, we even had 2 meals and a pizza as a snack. One of the best things about the airport was getting to swim with our own private pool, jacuzzi and changing/shower area. We will post as much as the wifi in Nairobi allows us. Thank you for your prayers. -Em
While everyone else got through the security line without any hassles, I was the lucky recipient of a bag check! So we had to wait as they searched my bag and jokingly took the snacks. But no worries, we are all safe and sound, waiting to board the plane!
Confidence Is Key
Staying Positive for a safe flight. Contemplate the Planes in your own life and how God has been the "Pilot" of your own Mission of Life!