Kenya Mission Trip
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Kenya Mission Trip (January 14-30, 2020)
Kenya Mission Trip (January 14-30, 2020)
Tara Fritsch greeting a giraffe.
We are grateful to the Kenya Mission team led by Rev. Christian Choi. Team members include Dr. Jane Arbuthnot, Jen and Dr. Marc DeJong, Tara Fritsch, Bob Fox, Harold Hale, Mary and Charlie King, Drs. Todd and Judy Knox, Kevin Milward and Mary Ray.
In preparation for faithful cross-cultural ministry and because mission begins at home, in December the team participated in a local community service cleaning the public areas of the Brighter Tomorrow Sober Living House in December.
This is Westminster’s first full-scale international mission trip as we partner with the Outreach Foundation to fund, construct, and dedicate a church and classrooms for the Presbyterian Church of Kenya. $15,000 from WPC’s Mission and Benevolence Endowment Fund is making this possible along with the dedication and generosity of the team members. Special thanks to the anonymous member who donated $10,000 in scholarship funds and to all who contributed the gifts the team will bring such as Bibles, banners, a communion set, school supplies, soccer balls, and reading glasses. Additionally, pocket crosses cut from Westminster pews by Bob Fox will be presented to our Kenya friends.
Kenya Mission Trip Itinerary
- Tuesday, January 14 - Travel day
- Wednesday, January 15 - End of travel
- Thursday, January 16 - Day in Kenya - tours
- Friday, January 17 - Church workday 1
Christian's email report for this day: Today, we have met our brothers and sisters in Christ here in Kenya. Their hospitality and warmth reminded me of the people of Westminster! With bright smiles and open hearts, we were invited into their church.
On the first day, we have worked alongside the Kenyan church members who has already finished the frames and foundation of the church. By the end of the day, majority of the metalsheet sidewalls were adhered to the skeletal frame and made huge progress in painting the building.
We are confident that we will be able to finish the church tomorrow, with banners and cross that will be mounted in the sanctuary.
- Saturday, January 18 - Church workday 2
Christian's email report for this day: Today was an awesome day as we wrapped up our work at the church worksite.
We met with the congregation members and worked alongside them to finish the church for the dedication service tomorrow.
Overall, Westminster Kenya mission team was responsible for painting the interior side walls, painting the window frames & doors, and put up the metal sheet sidewalls of the church. We are proud to paint the door with ‘Presbyterian blue’.
We finished today by hanging the cross in the sanctuary along with the two banners Westminster have gifted to the church.
We look forward to the dedication service tomorrow. It will be a celebration of God’s grace!
During the evening devotions, it was clear that our greatest building we achieved is not the completion of the worship space (not to dismiss the importance of its work), but building of relationship: with one another among the Kenya mission team and with Kenyan brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our focus of devotions was Imago Dei: Image of God. Along with the Ephesians passage in the devotions, we celebrated Galatians 5:22-23 – the fruit of the Spirit. Pray for us, as we dedicate the church tomorrow and that we may yield the fruit of Spirit to the people who will be worshiping and present with us tomorrow.
- Sunday, January 19 - Church dedication
Christian's email report for this day: We have successfully concluded our dedication of the Gathiriga Church. There were 300+ people (adults and children) at the church's dedication, and only about 250 were inside. Others had to look through a window.
This church is located in a small village called Mirangine, outside of nearest city of Nakuru. Worship service was 3 and half hours, filled with singing, laughing, and lot of dedication liturgy in Swahili. It was blessing and a joy to be there with them and once again, we thank the Lord and Westminster for this opportunity and new brothers and sisters in Christ. We are currently traveling back to our home base in Nairobi. Please pray for the safe journey back and to prepare for what is to come next.
- Monday, January 20 - Comet House Boys Home Day 1
Christian's email report for this day: Today, we spent our day at Comet Boys Home. Comet is a combination of childcare center and early learning center for the community near Stu's compound where we are staying. Its focus is to provide care to the children of single-mom or struggling families, to teach the young children English so that they do not fall behind in education.
Comet boys house is a vision of Annie's mom (Annie is Stu's wife). We have spent time with 3 & 4 year old children today. Our team divided into 2 teams: demolition team and painting team. Demolition team took down couple of walls to make a big dining room for the kids, while painting team painted tables and chairs that the kids will study on.
Kids faces were full of smiles and had a great time playing with the kids until they had to go home. We are spending rest of our day relaxing and preparing for our second build starting tomorrow. Thank you for all your prayers and walking this journey with us!
- Tuesday, January 21 - Comet House Boys Home Day 2
- Wednesday, January 22 - Old People's Home
- Thursday, January 23 - Canaan School Workday 1
- Friday, January 24 - Canaan School Workday 2
- Saturday, January 25 - Canaan School Workday 3
- Sunday, January 26 - Safari: Fig Tree Day 1
- Saturday January 27 - Safari: Fig Tree Day 2
- Tuesday, January 28 - Safari: Fig Tree Day 3
- Wednesday, January 29 - Rescue Center and Karai Orphanage
- Thursday, January 30 - Home
Members may also view a Facebook page created for the mission trip by searching Facebook for WPC_kenya_mission_trip.
|Follow the Mission trip by reading the Daily Devotional prepared for the trip by Rev. Choi.|
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Our safari, in the Masai Mara, is approximately a 4 hour drive west of where we will be in Karen.