A Good First Day

Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
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Trip End Feb 20, 2010


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Flag of Kenya  , Nairobi Area,
Sunday, February 7, 2010

We arrived last night and were greeted by our travel agent, Pauline Ngigi.  For the first time in all my travels here, we were expedited through passport control.  What's more, every one of our 48 bags arrived with no damage and we got them through customs with no questions.  Then it was time to load them all on a bus, along with our carry-ons and head to Nairobi City Centre and the Hilton Hotel.  It took a while to unload our bags, get our rooms and sort them out, but we were settled and in our rooms by 11 PM, which is nothing short of amazing.

The team slept pretty week last night and this morning it was up and at 'em early to get to church.  We attended services at Harvest Church in Kangemi and Pastor Stanko spoke at both services. The people were gracious, the worship was lively and wonderful (lots of dancing), and everyone was impacted by the enthusiastic participation of the Kenyan believers.  Pastor John spoke on purpose (what else?) and the team and the congregation received a Word from the Lord. 

Then it was back to the hotel for some lunch, rest and an evening meeting with two of our hostesses for the week here in Nairobi.  One was Margaret Oketch, director of the SARAH Network here in Nairobi, and Dr. Stanko's friend, Kentice Tikolo, head of corporate communications for the Kenya Wildlife Service.  Both Margaret and Kentice gave the team some personal background and helped the team understand the critical needs here in Kenya for educational material and educational reform.  We cannot begin to understand what the people go through here with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and poverty, but there were many tears shed in this evening's meeting as people talked, asked questions, shared stories and listened. 

The team asked questions, gave the two ladies some of their own background info and then we set our schedule through Wednesday for here in Nairobi.  Dr. Stanko presented $3,000 to Margaret from the Sophia Fund to be used for feeding orphans and widows.  Tomorrow the team will visit the Each One Touch One Orphanage, on Tuesday Upako Centre and on Wednesday WAPIS.  Dr. Stanko also has some surprises (good ones) planned for the team, so the next few days will be exciting, exhilarating, and a learning experience. 

Please help us spread the word about this blog site and tell everyone who may know any on the team that all are really doing well. We understand Pittsburgh had quite a bit of snow.  We had temperatures in the high 70s today.  Oh well, serving Jesus does have its benefits.
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Kelly Cadamore on

Love that you can keep us posted on your trip! It is an awesome thing you are all doing, and I am especially proud of my niece, Brandi- what courage and drive you all have! God Bless you all!

Andrew Cooper on

Thanks for keeping me posted. I'm also excited about your Christian mission, even as I lanquish in Pittsburgh in the frigid weather & ever increasing snow! Keep preaching Pastor Stanko, and tell my friend Marsha that Andrew said Hi. God bless & keep praising Jesus!

Karen (Starr)Tucker-NIBBS on

Wow!... I'm so excited & happy 4 ur arrival to Kenya.
We send our love from ACAC, & Pastor Stanko's Sat. Growth Group. Technology can be so wonderful when it's used to help benefit others. Thank U Lord!
Hey, thx 4 keeping us updated on ur daily events, and how things are going. I can't wait til next year when DCP is over & I 'm able to fly with the Stanko Kenya Team.
Our love & Blessings 2 the 2010 Kenya Team & the Kenyan people...especially the orphanges & care givers. Tell Marsha...Starr says, "U Go Girl."

GINGER MARABLE on

GOD BLESS YOU PASTOR ,STANKO FOR THE WONDERFUL MINISTRY YOU ARE DOING I PRAY GOD"S MIGHTY BLESSINGS AND STRENGTH UPON YOU ALL AS YOU WORK IN HIS VINEYARD. MARSHA WE LOVE YOU AND ARE PRAYING AS YOU MINISTER TO GOD'S PEOPLE LOVE YOU BERNARD AND GINGER MARABLE

Leslie Monteiro and Family on

My family is totally enjoying the priviledge to be apart of this experience from so far away. My husband preached a sermon on the "God of Africa" . He spoke about the sincere praise and worship found in Africa among a people who appreciates the presence of God and His blessing. This experience, your experience has given me an opportunity to introduce foriegn ministry to my children, thank you all. May God bless and keep you until your safe arrival home and beyond.

Cadamore family on

Brandi, we all love you and are praying for you and those you will be ministering to. We know they will be blessed and you will be as well! To you and Deanna as well as your whole group, God bless you!
Uncle Brian, Aunt Jen, John, Matthew and Benjamin
P. S. From John: we have about 8 feet of snow here!!! Sledriding when you get back, ok? Matt: Good luck! Ben: Love you!

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