Hillside Community Church - October 2013 | Hungry For Life

October 2013: ,

Hillside Community Church travelled to Seje, Kenya to participate in building improvements and maintenance on the Seje school. They worked alongside the Gospel Power Church in Seje, and spent their time with the 176 school children enrolled there, providing and distributing new shoes to all of them, and running a kid's carnival!

Read the trip blog.

Community projects: 
Additional items accomplished: 
  • Seje School building painted inside and out.
  • Concrete flooring and sidewalk repairs completed.
  • Back exterior wall of school repaired.
  • Desks repaired and training given along with a repair kit to older students.
  • 2 large latrines built, totalling 8 doors.
  • 176 pairs of shoes fitted and delivered, and measured for 80+ more pairs.
  • Kids carnival with 300+ children.
  • Sunday services: kids programs, worship leading, preaching and testimonies, home visits
  • Feminine hygiene training
  • Dinner with Siaya orphan home children.

Team Testimonials:

“[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] how I connected with the older boys in Seje. By the end of the trip, they felt like close friends.”
“A highlight for me was giving shoes to the kids in Seje and seeing how excited they were. It was great to give them something that will benefit them and their health.”
“I feel like I’m more aware of the suffering and pain. It has made me want to help more and give more. This trip has changed the way I live.”
“I have gained a perspective on how the poorest of the world seem to have a wealth of faith, friendliness and joy/gratitude in simple things.”
“I learned much about myself and my dependence on the safety net of my culture. I was much more willing to try the out of the ordinary events.”
“I became a Christian on this trip—that was a big change.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] morning worship; God told me how to live a valuable life.”
“[The event that deeply affected me was] seeing the mentally disabled young adults in Siaya and wondering about their situation—[that] broke my heart.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to put more of what I know into action—step out in faith more and trust more.”
“[One thing I am going to change in the next six months is] to be cautious of how I spend my time and I want to focus on relationships more.”