Working in the Slums of Nairobi Kenya
A team of ten students and five adults from Pacific Hills Christian School were profoundly touched by a mission visit to Nairobi at the end of 2011. The team achieved an amazing result in such a short visit. The visit focused on helping the African Evangelical Enterprise. Activities included the following:
1. The Korogocho slum
Korogocho slum houses some 120,000 dwellers crammed within one single square kilometre. We visited orphanages and built cement hand washing basins outside previously dug toilets to improve hygiene among the children. We read stories to the children or at least they read to us. This was a special time together at St Tereasa’s Orphanage.
2. Kibera Slum : HIV/AIDS Home Care visitations.
In pairs, with a local volunteer and a security guard we visited the homes of Aids patients and their families. We took a small food hamper provided by funds raised at PHCS and helped with simple domestic duties that needed attending, We also had the privilege of spending time praying together.
3. Soweto Kayole Clinic feeding program
Our new partnership with the clinic provided a range of activities for our team to get involved in. One of the most impacting was helping with a pre-school feeding program. The only hot meal they receive is at school so during holiday periods many don’t get fed. The clinic allowed us to purchase food that should last a couple of weeks until school resumed. We joined the staff, fed the children and shared a meal together.
4. Dorna Education centre: Kayole Slum
We spent 2 days at the school completing a number of maintenance tasks set aside by Pamela. We refurbished the Principal’s office with new walls, book shelves and a desk. After a fresh coat of paint the office had taken on a new lease of life. We painted the front gate with a new logo and were able to give a gift of one month’s salary to each of the 16 staff members. We also provided three laptop computers for use in administration and for student activities. (these were donated by PHCS and Morling College).
5. Soweto Kayole Clinic
Ambulance After nearly 12 months of prayer and crazy fund raising we arrived at the clinic with a set of keys and a Nissan van, which was to be used by the clinic as an Ambulance. There was singing, dancing and more speeches than a political rally. This was a wonderful celebration of God’s grace and it was such a privilege to have played a part in His glorious plan.
6. Donholm Youth Camp
We were invited to attend and assist at the Church youth camp after we presented there in January. They were so excited that we actually fulfilled our commitment and joined them for two days. We led games, worship and used our time to build relationships with our Kenyan brothers and sisters
I feel incredibly blessed to have had such a wonderful team to serve alongside. God gathered together a gifted group of people who served with great energy and compassion. Some of the best times were during devotions where each one shared openly and honestly about their personal journey and why they had felt called to go on mission. Many tears were shed during the trip which only served to bond the team together and highlighted our need to rely on God’s strength and not our own when life gets complicated. We have established a strong relationship with the team from AEE, which should be nurtured in the future
A Prayer Request
Two weeks ago we asked for prayer for a Filipino child that Ingrid ten Hoopen one our Effective Teaching Series Trainers in Cebu working with the Christian missionary Foundation in Cebu Philippines was helping. She said “This morning we rescued a severely malnourished, starving 12 – 16 month infant who has been taken to our Mission House for urgent treatment. Please pray that the child will respond to treatment and that the mother will accept the help given by the medical team.
An Answer to Prayer
I would like to thank people for praying for the severely malnourished infant that we rescued. The child is responding well to treatment and is gaining weight and strength and is now able to drink milk. Praise the Lord for the healing of this young child and the help given to the mother to help her child.
Funeral of Christian School Pioneer
On the 3rd March the funeral was held of Noel Cannon, Pastor of Redemer Baptist Church and past Principal of Redeemer Baptist School Nth Parramatta. Noel died aged 84 after several years of declining health. He was one of the pioneers of Christian Schooling in Sydney. He accomplished so much during his lifetime. Many people misunderstood what he was doing because he was a strong and determined man. He was however a godly and compassionate man too. The funeral service which lasted three and a half hours, was held at the school hall and involved wonderful singing to praise God for a wonderful life. The hall was packed as was an pavillion erected adjacent to it. There were tributes brought from many people from the Redeemer community. A book of tributes from his 27 grandchildren and from many other people outside the community spoke of the impact of his life.