Busy Days

Trip Start Mar 04, 2011
Trip End Mar 19, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The team has been busy since Wednesday when they took a 45 minute drive to the town called Banana to visit a community development organization called WAPIS.  The Wholeness Among People Project (WAPIS) is a community based organization based in Kiambu District and registered in 2006 with the Ministry of Culture and Social Services. Their mission is to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS especially among the most at risk public transport operators (taxi drivers, conductors and touts).

WAPIS works with the van drivers and touts in the Banana area educating them on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse, guiding them to seek counseling and testing services and adopt and maintain healthy behaviors to avoid contracting or spreading the disease. The organization supports formation of HIV+ and Recovery support groups for those addicted to substance abuse and or infected by the virus. WAPIS also refers them for treatment. The organization also conducts community outreach activities that educate community members on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

This was a different day for the team as they got a chance to wander through a community, meet the people, visit some schools and be led by an outstanding young pastor, Pastor Peter, who is the head and founder of WAPIS.

The team visited some schools and there is no political correctness here. They were able to pray and witness openly in the public schools, sharing their faith and testimonies. Pastor Peter fed them and then gave them a tour of his new church building, which has been under construction for quite a few years.  The pictures indicate the quality with which they built.  While there, the team met Pastor Peter's assistant, Pastor Samson, and they had a chance to pray for him and also bless him with a financial gift, for which he was quite overwhelmed.  The team also presented $1,000 from Pastor Stanko's Sophia Fund for feeding programs under Pastor Peter's oversight.

That night the team came back to the hotel and left right away for dinner at a Brazilian restaurant out by the Nairobi airport.  They got to experience Nairobi rush hour firsthand, as a 20 minute drive took 60 minutes.  The food and fellowship was good, but then it was time to go back to the hotel to pack for the trip to the Maasai Mara on Thursday.  Pastor Stanko stayed behind to speak to a group who assembled at Nairobi Pentecostal Church to hear him talk about purpose, while the team drove the five hours to their lodge at the Mara.  Pastor Stanko will join the team on Friday and then everyone will head over to Bomet to be with Chuck and Amy Bemm on Saturday.

This will probably be the last post for the next 4-5 days unless we can get Internet at the Mara, and Internet and electricity at the Bemm's.  If you don't hear from us, don't panic. We are fine, but will be in west Kenya away from the city and the conveniences thereof.  If you go through withdrawal from this blog, you can go back and read last year's entries to have an idea of what we will be doing.  Until then, take care and keep praying. We appreciate all the comments you send, which Pastor Stanko reads on the bus while we are stuck in traffic.

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Marge Coker of CUBM on

Hi all,
I look forward to reading the entries every day. It reminds me that the earth is
the Lord's and the fullness thereof. You are building lifetime relationships as
you travel, provide much needed items, time, and your love with those that you come in contact with. It is a two-way relationship as all give and receive.
Deb and I traveled to Geneva College this week and at lunch time we were able to share some of your stories with the staff in the Black board training group. They were amazed at what the Lord is doing. Our prayers are with you.
Thank you for sharing

Lynn Friedberg on

To live is Christ...
I am missing my sisters, but seeing the two of you in the thick of being poured out and refilled each day to overflowing delights me. The beauty of God's wild creatures, in the wild, must be an awesome sight, but I know that it is the beauty of the children's faces that has compelled you to return to Kenya.
Keeping all of you in prayer as you 'grow through' week two of your journey. Looking forward to the next posting!
Love you,

Mernie Rozmus on

I have been following your journeys & am eager to hear what you'll be doing next. I know God is blessing you abundantly, but I am praying for you anyway. :)

Donna, you look like you're having way too much fun! Can't wait to hear all about your experiences. God bless!

Linda P on

It has been quite an experience on this end as well following your journeys. There will be lots more to tell when you return home. Godspeed.

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