Since I landed back on American soil, I have been struggling to form the words to describe my experience in Kenya, but I will do my best to share the life changing things that God revealed to me using our limited, earthly descriptions. So get ready, grab your safari hat, buckle up, and let me take you down the bumpy, pot-hole filled dirt road that took me to the beautiful country of Kenya.
So if you didn’t see the video I posted in my last entry, you can watch it below.
So I should start off by giving you some background on my amazing team. My experience would not have been the same without my team; God really knew what He was doing when He put us together. There were 14 of us: 12 college students and 2 leaders. We came from several different colleges: UNC Chapel Hill, NCSU, Meredith College, Elon University, and NCCU.
Back Row, Left to Right: Reed, Carly, Katie, Jason, Graham, Devon, Kristen, Renette. Front Row, Left to Right: Rich, Lin Lin, Jordan, Madi, Alexis, Sydney.
While we were all part of City Project this summer, we did not have much time to get to know each other before we got to the airport, but we all bonded so quickly! It is so amazing how the love of Christ can unify people who barely know each other. This team became my family, and I love them all dearly! God truly answered our prayers for a unified team!
Kenya get there?
So as some of you may have heard, we had a little trouble getting to Kenya. Our first flight out of RDU was delayed 2 hours. When we landed in JFK we sprinted to the other side of the airport to discover our flight had left two minutes before we arrived. We went to the customer service desk, and we were ecstatic to find out they could get us tickets with another airline in order to make our flight from London to Nairobi. When we finally got to the other airline’s terminal, the ticket desk told us we didn’t have tickets, and it was too late to get new ones. We drudged back to our original airline’s customer service desk to find out the line was exponentially longer than before. While Renette (one of our amazing leaders) went to stand in line to figure out our ticket situation, Rich (our other amazing leader), realized he lost his passport and wallet. As Renette was sorting out a new plan with the airline; some of us took shifts watching everyone’s bags while the rest of the group scoured the airport, the tram, lost and found, and security for Rich’s lost passport. Without it he couldn’t get on our next flight.