Shekinah - July 2010 | Hungry For Life
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A team of 21, including some of the Shekinah Band, traveled to Kakamega, Kenya in the summer of 2010. The focus of the trip was on the Mukumu Children's Home, improving the living conditions and building relationships with the children. It also included some evangelistic/worship ministry in the surrounding areas through a crusade, and spending time serving in the local churches in the areas of Ministry to Men, Ministry to Women, Ministry to Children and Ministry to Worship Teams.

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Team Testimonials:

"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] being able to see Kenya, Africa and enjoying the landscape, trees, vines and fruit. Seeing their way of life, like the vendors and shops along the road, the people walking, and the motor taxies, was all a highlight."
"[This trip has impacted me] to see the passionate worship of the people here. It makes me want to grow closer to God."
"[The experience has changed me] by challenging me to seek God more."
"[What broke my heart was] having a boy come to the Monday meeting when we broke off into groups. He was from Siaya, his parents had passed away and he had been passed from home to home. He was wandering around Kisumu when a ‘good Samaritan' brought him to the meeting."
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] to think about and pray for the people I have met here; to talk about this trip; to think about people in Africa when I am at the store getting things and to seek God more."
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] preparing and planting the gardens, as food sustainability needs to be a priority for the Kenyan people."
"[This trip has impacted me] as I have been made more thankful for all we have in Canada."
"[The experience has changed me]. I don't think I will ever be the same after seeing the impoverished state that the people of Kenya live in."
"[What broke my heart was] giving away some of my clothes at the end of the trip. It moved me to tears. [They] have so little and I have so much."
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] considering prayerfully what I spend my money on and trying to see where I can help the less fortunate in developing countries."
"[A few highlights I experienced on this trip were] playing with the kids and hearing them laugh, as well as making popcorn in the old kitchen."
"[This trip has impacted me] making me realize again, or more-so than what I saw in the Ukraine, just how hard some countries have it."
"[What broke my heart was] the lady that invited me into her house and gave me her necklace, her gratefulness amazed me. [Another thing that broke my heart was] putting shoes on the kids during the clothing distribution and then running out of clothes for the neighbour children.
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] to thank God more... and mean it! I know that I am blessed, but I don't really mean it when I thank God."
"[The highlights I experienced on this trip were] making friends with the people of Kenya, experiencing their faith, and helping the kids at the home.
"[This trip has impacted me] to look at my faith in a deeper way. I was impacted deeply by seeing the sorrow of broken lives from bad family choices."
"[The experience has changed me] and caused me to grow closer to God. It has caused me to see people in a different way and to be bold in my faith."
"[What broke my heart was] seeing so many people living with so few material possessions but happy because they have Jesus."
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] to take more personal time with God and to be more bold with others."
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] to see the Kenyans we interacted with, smile."
"[This trip has impacted me] right to the selfish heart I think I always knew I had but needed this experience to really see it."
"[The experience has changed me by causing me] to value my family more. These children rarely get hugs and I get at least 2 daily"!
"[What broke my heart was] walking through the mud infested, garbage filled streets with a Kisumu church member... walking into her home the size of half my living room".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are], in whole, to appreciate everything I'm so blessed with in Canada, from my room to my wonderful family. Everything has so much more value to me now".
"[A few highlights I experienced on this trip was] attending Pastor Richards Sunday service. [It was] wonderful fellowship, a joy that just radiated from the people. [It was] a longer than normal service, but it didn't seem long. Another was [the] time spent with the children [at] Grace's as well as the children's ministry".
"[This trip has impacted me by causing me to be] humbled by the evident joy of the Lord in those living in poverty, [which has caused me to] see how big our God really is".
"[The experience has changed me by not allowing me to] take for granted the blessing of a family, home, food and a job; [especially] after seeing how they work to make a mere existence".
"[What broke my heart was] when we went with the people from the congregation to pray in their homes. The conditions were so difficult to see. I just felt so helpless. I will never forget the sights and smells. Eunice wanted us to pray for her and get her a bible; she gave us gifts from the little she has".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are to] make a conscious effort to consider how I spend my money and time; pray daily for Grace, the children, and the other Kenya's we have met; pray and ask God to show me how I can make a difference in this world; take more personal time with God".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] the building of a new kitchen for the orphanage".
"[This trip has impacted me by] making me realize how God has blessed me and my family in so many ways".
"[The experience has changed me] spiritually and emotionally towards the hard life people in Africa must endure just to get by on a daily basis".
"[What broke my heart was] when a little girl named Mellie. She had a bad eye and the other kids did not play with her much. I tried to focus on her a lot and it was hard as she knew absolutely no English. On the last day she allowed me to hold her hand and we walked around the yard. When we were getting ready to load the vans she allowed me to carry her. When I put her down she waved good bye to me. That was the first emotion [she showed towards] me".
"[The thing I plan to change over the next six months is to include], in my prayers, orphans and widows when I go to bed each night".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] the home visits to the Gospel Power church in the Kisumu slums; very humbling. I also loved taking photos at the crusade.
"[This trip has impacted me by] making me think about what ‘sins of affluence' I'm committing, as we experienced ‘sins of poverty'. I would like to try living differently back home and thinking thrice about what I spend my money on".
"I'm not sure yet [as to how this experience has changed me], as I have yet to live it out; but I would like to think this trip has made me less materialistic".
"[What broke my heart was] a girl getting water from a mud puddle in Seje; touring the homes behind Gospel Power church in Kisumu; and seeing the passion that Godfrey had when he came and spoke with us".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are to] be less materialistic, work harder at support team building so I can send more money to Kenya, and figure out how to get a well in Seje".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] working, in unity, with fellow brothers in Christ with different skin color and culture for the glory of Jesus".
"[This trip has impacted me by allowing me] to work and be in a "God bubble" again working to help the orphans".
"[What broke my heart was] bandaging one of the boys feet. The thought of Jesus love for us on the cross and how the Father loves all mankind".
"[I plan to change over the next six months my level of] appreciation for what God has given me".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] when we took all the clothes donated by the church and Chilliwack community and dressed the orphaned kids, as well as a few of the community kids, in them. Many of them showed up in absolute rags. Their clothes were so dirty it was hard to tell what the original color was. It was such an honour to be able to pick out pretty clothes and dress them. They were so excited to show off their new outfits".
"[This trip has impacted me] by causing me to feel this intense closeness to God. I feel like I desperately need to cling to his arms; I'm lost in the injustice of all of this. God is comforting me in a few ways; one is that I've been given verses that talk about God's love for the poor; how his heart breaks for them. I feel responsible to not look away, but to look closely, love hugely, and pray intensely".
"It's hard to know for sure how this experience has changed me as I need time and distance so God can minister to my heart. I feel changed, in a huge way, but don't have words to describe the kind of work He is doing in my heart".
"[What broke my heart was] today... today a small boy, about 5 years old started crying when one of his brothers stepped on his foot. He sat down and continued to cry. I just felt burdened to go scoop him up and check his foot. When I took his shoe off I discovered that his middle toe was broken and swollen purple. In addition, several of his toenails had been torn off. It was obvious this had happened several days ago as there were band aids on his toes. We had to hold him down while he screamed as one of the team members cleaned and dressed his foot. We then picked him up and gave him candy, and took him to the nearest town to buy him shoes and socks to keep his wound clean. I learned from Grace that he is HIV positive. He seemed sick as well. I feel helpless, as I don't know what else to do... we gave Grace money to take him to the doctor to get the dressing changed in a few days. My heart is broken for that boy".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] my appreciation for the comfort I live in, but also I need to figure out where my responsibility lies and what I'm going to do about it".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] today when a little girl from Grace's neighbourhood came and sat on my lap. She ended up lying against my chest and stroking my hair".
"[This trip has impacted me by] showing me first hand just how bad living conditions are for people on this earth. I need to re-evaluate my life. When I close my eyes I see little African faces".
"[This experience has changed me by giving me a desire] to travel more to places like this and do more of what we did here. I never wanted to go on mission trips like this where I'd have to trust God so much. It seemed scary. I think I'll start thinking of people on the other side of the world more"
"[What broke my heart was] a boy on our second ministry day, he had a big gash on his thumb and he looked so sad. It appeared he had had no love in his life".
"[The thing I plan to change over the next six months are] to spend less on myself and give it to good causes (people who need it)".
"[The highlights I experienced on this trip were] being at the church service on Sunday, worshiping with the people there, and praying for the congregation".
"[This trip has impacted me] seeing firsthand the reality of life in Africa, experiencing it with all my senses".
"[The experience has changed me] as after many years of hearing about Africa and longing to go - and feeling called to go - I was blessed by this [to be able to finally go]".
"[What broke my heart was] seeing the conditions of their homes and how truly poor they really are".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] dressing the children in new clothes and them one on one attention. Their smiles made all the travel, spiders and not so amazing food all worth it".
"[This trip has impacted me by causing me to] realize the importance of relationships. I am a "sense of urgency" type person and that is not the way here. But to know that people will drop what they're doing to say hello or invite you into their home. It's amazing".
"[The experience has changed me] by giving more of a desire to adopt, and that I will appreciate the things I have more and appreciate the people in my life even more".
"[What broke my heart was] little Ben from the orphanage hurt his toes. He'd already been treated by others on our team the day before. Today he stubbed them on a rock and re-tore his toes again. I ended up holding him in my lap while he was worked on. He was in so much pain that I practically had to hold him down. After getting his feet all bandaged up we took him to a shoe store to make sure he could keep his toes clean. After finding that this little 4 or 5 year old boy has HIV my heart just went out to him. It broke my heart even more when I've already had the desire to be a mom and what this little boy needs more than anything is a mom. Then it broke just a little more to see him cling to Jeremy as he held for the trip back to the orphanage".
"[The thing I plan to change over the next six months is] to be more patient. It's been good for me to wait 2-3 hours for food and not say anything... even if it would be said in a nice way, I now will be even more patient with everyday life... well, I'll try".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] walking through the ‘heart of Africa'. It was one thing I will never forget. Seeing what people call home and neighbourhood was shocking to all of my senses. The smell, sight, sounds... all devastating".
"[This trip has impacted me by causing me to] realize that I am a princess. I need to adjust the priorities of my reality".
"[The experience has changed me because] I am saddened by the conditions of this country; but am encouraged by the love of God that I've seen everywhere. I've been made aware of God's presence always".
"[What broke my heart was] the conditions of the orphanage and country, which cause those who can not afford shoes to get jiggers (bugs) in their feet. Watching those boys use a pin to dig them out was almost more than I could take. This is their reality... it's not fair".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] trying not to torment my family with stories of how others in the world live. I will try, however, to enlighten my family as to the conditions others live in and I will try to be thankful for everything I have and encourage my family to also be thankful. I will try to recognize God everywhere - daily"!
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] playing games with the girls and how they grabbed my hands and held them so tightly. One of the girls (Melvine) just stared at both sides of my hand and then put her hand inside mine and compared the differences".
"[This trip has impacted me in several ways.] It has made me aware of what poverty really is. In the poverty and dirt they still smile and worship and are so aware of God. I realized that we, as women, struggle with these things".
"[The experience has changed me by making me] realize how fortunate I am to live in Canada, and I am almost embarrassed at how much we have in comparison and still we complain and want more".
"[What broke my heart was] going to their homes and seeing the filth and walking in it; then seeing the joy on their faces when they welcomed us in. Inside, all I could think of was ‘how can people live like this'."
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] to be thankful and content and not complain about things that I have taken for granted".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] giving out clothing to the kids in the community of Mukumu. To see those beautiful kids walk out with a fresh set of clothing was amazing".
"[This trip has impacted me] by reminding me of the much I have and how little I actually need. My wants seem pretty insignificant".
"[The experience has changed me] by strengthening my calling to serve the widows and orphans. I am convinced that God put me in Canada so that I can make a difference".
"[What broke my heart was] one of the girls, who we gave clothing to. She undid a shoelace that was tied down her dress to keep it closed in the front. I was reminded that God cares for the least of these and I have been called to care for the orphans and widows".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] that I'm going to cook in a kitchen that doesn't fill with smoke"!
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] experiencing time with James and Freddy on the construction site. They became my good friends in a short period. I will miss them".
"This trip has impacted me in ways I never imagined. Mostly, I saw God do so many things I never thought were possible. The people of Kenya showed me what it is like to live in true happiness. They have a joy us Canadians don't seem to have, yet we have everything. They have nothing".
"[The experience has changed me in that] my prayer life is more evident to me and more purposeful. I really feel I need God more than ever. I really understand how blessed we are in Canada. I now understand how anorexic I am as a Christian in Canada. My spiritual life is lacking even though I have everything I need physically".
"Two events broke my heart. One was seeing the boy at the slum in Nairobi. It made me think ‘that boy could be my son'. Somehow I feel responsible for God placing me in Canada. For example, I need to do more. The second was visiting Quintain in her hut after church on Sunday. My heart broke for her".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] to process all [the things] I have to think about. I now feel I can't do nothing anymore because of what I have seen. I have a responsibility. The first thing I will do is give less to the local church or maybe nothing if there is a ton on money being wasted".
"[One highlight I experienced on this trip was] worshiping with music with our Kenyan brothers and sisters".
"[This trip has impacted me by making me] thankful for where I live. Also, it has shown me a need to help people in positions [of poverty]".
"[The experience has changed me] by giving me a passion to help people in other countries that are needlessly suffering. Also, it has increased my passion to worship through music because of how effective it can be to unite the body of Christ internationally".
"[What broke my heart was] when we did house calls for prayer. I saw how these people lived. They are so [reliant] on God to provide. They could be angry, or have questions of why but choose to be faithful. I could learn a lot from this example".
"[The things I plan to change over the next six months are] that I'm going to review my career to see what changes can be made to allow me to be more involved with being what God wants me to be. As for what that is, I will pray and seek his face and listen for direction".