Team Blog - Last Day - Spinning, Laughter, Tears
This is the day all the Grade 6 students have been waiting for….a day at the Two Rivers Amusement Park. This is their prize for graduating and working hard for 8 years. Thank you to all the sponsors who paid for this special day. Wish you could have been here with them and see them with unending smiles and laughter. None had ever been to this amusement park or ever hoped to be able to come.
The Zipper .....
.... Would you want to ride this?
Water Log Ride!
Ready to get Wet!
Team Blog - VBS Day 3 - Let them Grow!
Team Blog - VBS Day 2
These little ones just continue to blow us away. Tomorrow I am going to record them all opening the program with reciting the Lord’s Prayer including the little Pre-Primary 1 class. They memorize verses with ease and sing and dance with all their being.
Team Blog - VBS Day 1
Mateo leading the kids in songs and dancing! Suzan was in the back getting jiggy with it!
Arlene teaching God's overflowing love for us!
Denise did a great job on coloring on the ornament.
Students enjoy crafting and always enjoy when we visit. Love them so much
It started with a downpour and changing into boots to make it up the path to the school with all our supplies. We had to get some of the older boys to help us carry our bags up the sloshy path to the school.
Children made Christmas ornaments with their picture on the front and their personal drawings on the back.
Earning charm and bracelet for saying their memory verse Roman's 5:5
Team Blog - Day 5 - Christmas Carols in November
Today was such a sweet time. We arrived to the school all decorated with white, red and green balloons and the kids singing Christmas carols in the big meeting room. When we stepped in to the room all the kids were crammed in and wearing paper crowns they had decorated. You couldn’t help my laugh and smile and know the next 2 hours were going to be very special.
Just before the program was about the to start we were swept away tp the Grade 1 class because they had a “special gift” they had made for us. Teacher Lucy explained that she has been teaching the children to knit and they had knitted themselves blue beanies. It was amazing they had accomplished a task that many of us would never figure out. Then they decided it would be great to make us Santa Hats. Well, we were so excited to have our own Santa Hats that we have agreed they will be part of our Christmas outfit for years to come. We wore them all through the program
After our little side trip we were back to the program that was introduced by Grade 6 student Noah reading Luke 2. The Grade 4 students began by marching in singing “Little Drummer Boy”, followed by reciting Luke 2:1-7 and ending with “Gloria”. They left the room to go prepare to be in the Nativity skit. Then the PP1 students marched in singing “Serve Him, Love Him” and stole the show as usual. They recited Luke 1:26 & 27 flawlessly. Hopefully, we can attach them singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. The classes continued one by one singing a Christmas song, reciting full Bible passages and a Christmas carol.
After all the classes finished their presentations came the much awaited Nativity skit. It began with Mary being visited by an angel announcing she would be the mother of the Messiah. The angel then visited Joseph to tell him he was to take Mary as his wife and go to Bethlehem. We had to laugh as they disappeared behind a curtain as Mary cried out and then what was a baby crying. The curtain opened and there was Mary holding the baby (doll). You haven’t seen real Christmas sheep till you see three boys crawl in wrapped in rice sacks and baaing while the shepherds dressed in Kikoy cloths chase after them and then skip out shouting “the Messiah is born” leaving the sheep behind. During all this commotion a boy tried to come in unnoticed so that he can pull a string and have the “Star” lead the 3 wiseman to see Jesus carrying baskets of lollipops. I can honestly say that was the Best Christmas Skit Ever!!! There was just one thing that had Arlene, Jadyn and I concerned that didn’t seem to concern anyone else. It was when in the beginning two teachers moved the table with the manager forward and then put straw down on the floor and then LIT TWO CANDLES NEXT TO THE STRAW! Through the whole skit I had my water bottle ready to throw on the flames when one of those sheep knocked over a candle and Arlene and Jadyn were ready with the tablecloth to run forward and smother the flames. Thankfully, God takes care of these things and we made it through although the candle was knocked over but was grabbed up quickly.
Team Blog - Day 4
"I'm Kinder, I'm Stronger, I'm on My Way!"
Those were the opening words of a song by our Grade 6 graduates. They and the Pre-Primary 2 graduates were the stars of the a ceremony filled with songs, recitations, and lots and lots of pictures. It all started with singing the Kenyan National Anthem and the the HHS School Song, “Jesus Loves Me”. That simple song says it all, Yes! Jesus loves them all!
Arlene & Jadyn given PP2 graduate a piece of cake
Cultural dancing is always a beautiful experience!
Suzan with G6 graduates
Jadyn with G6 graduates
Happy G6 students!
Team Blog - Day Three - Tour MOHI & Meet Teachers
Tomas letting us know he loves his new Apron!
MOHI Office, School, & Clinic
Peter, Lucy, Tomas, and Samson modeling their aprons. These were made by Arlene's family as gifts for the teachers.
Today took us in two different directions. We were invited to visit a mission organization called Mission of Hope, International or MOHI in Pangani, Nairobi. The mission was started in 2000 by a Kenyan woman named Mary Kamau who felt led to help children get an education who live in slums. Interestingly, the CEO of MOHI is Tim Tobey who grew up at North Albany Baptist Church.
Sad Basketball Hoop .... we may need to provide a net for this don't you think?
Look at these beautiful children. Don't you wish you were there?
Team Blog - Day Two - First Day at School
We arrived at the schooln to all the students standing on the stairs and balconies singing and dancing welcoming us. Three students were selected to present us with a bouquet of flowers. It was so sweet to be in their presence again and see the joy they have.
Team Blog - Day 1 - Unpacking & Acclimating
The 300 lbs of things they brought for the school, which included 20 bibles for the graduating students.
They Made It!
They made it to the Airport and into Nairobi!
Suzan, Arlene & Jadyn made it to Nairobi. As usual, it was an adventure leaving Albany at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and arriving at Heart Lodge at 12:30a.m. Kenya time. They traveled 30 hours which included layovers running, sitting, enduring horrible airplane food, and wondering if they were going to make it with 300 pounds of luggage plus another 150 pounds in carry-ons. They say they need more than two old ladies and a 25 year old.
They were blessed with kind men that took pity on them and helpled with the last leg of their flight. Nairobi makes it difficult as you have to go down stairs to the tarmak and then bus you to immigration (two floors up stairs) and then down again to gather the luggage. This took them 2 1/2 hours from landing to get to the car. Even the Kenyans were complaining about the long lines to wait as two officials slowly checked their papers.
Thanks to you who prayed about getting through customs. Normally they don't like to get help from the youn men because they ask for money but this time they agreed and God sent them the right young man. After he helped lug our luggage onto the the trolleys he then stayed with them as they went through customs and when the official tried to grab Suzan's suitcases the young man said, "No, I've got it for them" and they went through without problems. Thank you Lord! The tip they gave the young man was worth every schilling. They got to the lodge and collapsed in bed.
Upon waking, they had a wonderful breakfast and got ready to unload their 300 pounds of luggage. They are looking forward to seeing the kids, especially Jadyn since this is her first visit. The ladies have decided that Jadyn will be in charge of the electronics as this is what young people do best.
The team leaves on Nov 4th and arrives in Nairobi on the 5th
Come back and see what's going on at
Huruma HOPE School