It’s 8:00 AM in London’s Heathrow airport. Most of my team is sacked out on benches after the warm, bumpy flight from Nairobi. Some slept, some didn’t. I guarantee you though they’re all ‘empty’. After our day on Mt. Elgon Thursday we got up Friday morning and flew back to Nairobi. We spent the afternoon with many of the members of
Pastor Harrison’s church from the Mathere slums of Nairobi. This is always one of my most favorite moments of this trip. Kenyans and Americans huddled together to discuss discipleship and business. Our 83 year-old matriarch Frankie was surrounded by Kenyan women who soaked in her wisdom. Dana and Rachel had some ‘all too real’ discussions with another group of young women. Mike D, Josh and Emory spent time mentoring a couple of young men trying to get their small
businesses going enough to support their family. It’s these kind of real-world, non-hypothetical conversations that will leave a lasting impression not only on the Kenyan men and women, but on our team as well. Our team now knows specifically how to pray. These men and women from the slums now know they have people praying for them. Those prayers will now contain names and faces and concrete problems.
Saturday morning we began our ‘longest day’. We got in the vans at 5:45 to head to the Nariobi National Park for our Safari. God’s creativity is most on display on Safari. God
showed us regal lionesses with 7 cubs! We saw something called the ‘Secretary Bird’, which is probably one of the funniest looking creatures I’ve ever seen. We saw Cape Buffalo and crocodiles, white and black rhinos and hundreds of zebra, gazelles and giraffes. These game drives are always a reminder to me that the God who designed and created all the animals also designed and created us. Nothing is a surprise to God, nothing is a
mistake. He has a plan and a purpose and when we follow his plan he meets our needs.
After the safari and dinner we headed to the airport for our 11:15 PM flight to Heathrow. We have another 8-hour flight to Charlotte and then our last leg into Memphis arriving around 7:00 PM. Thank you for your prayers for this trip. Keep praying as we make these last flights and then as the team tries to process all they’ve heard and seen over the last week. The mission trip may be ending, but the mission goes on. To God be the Glory!