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During our ‘Lost Crusade’ series at Cornerstone today, Pastor Linn spoke about impacting the Kingdom beyond our short time here on earth. God wants us to leverage the resources that He has given to us to impact other lives. Here is a video of the different stories from those who have been impacted by your generosity:

One way you can make an impact is by sponsoring a child through one of our three focus countries. Cornerstone offers child sponsorships through Food for the Hungry (Peru), Huruma Children’s Home (Kenya) and Harvest India(India). For just over a $1 a day, you can make a difference in a child’s life, their family and the community.

Today was an amazing day as several people stopped by the child sponsorship booth to sponsor children.

We were also blessed by a visit from Mama Zipporah from Huruma Children’s Home in Kenya. Mama spoke from main stage on how the generosity of the people of Cornerstone have impacted the lives of the 140+ orphans at Huruma. She then took time to visit with those that sponsored children at the booth and the team headed to Kenya in August.

Pastor Linn and Mama Zipporah

Caroline, Mama and Sylvia sing Kenyan songs to the August team going to Kenya

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The Slums

Walking to Ngong

Walking to Ngong

After church service, we all took about a mile walk to Ngong. It was nice because it gave us some last minute quality time with the kids. We were headed to the slum area of Ngong. It is a very poor and desperate area. The kid’s situation at Huruma didn’t even compare to what the kids were experiencing there. Mama Zipporah actually started her ministry out of the area. This personally was an eye-opening experience for me. I was blown away seeing first-hand the poverty situation of these people. Mama, Joseph and Linn spoke some words to the people. The Huruma gospel dancers and the acrobat team performed for them. One by one people came. A little girl walked up to me and wanted me to hold her. Seeing this part of Kenya was a very humbling way to end this trip.

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We then handed out bread and milk to the kids. For most of these kids, it will be the only meal they will get today. As I was helping, a gentleman came up to me and ask me if I would pray for him. I asked him what he would want me to pray for. He ask me that I would pray that he would receive salvation. I put my arm around him and prayed. I spent the trip back to Huruma in silence. I couldn’t put into words what I had experienced.

 

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We had church outdoors today . Part of Kenyan culture is to honor the guest before they leave. Many of the kids displayed their talents with singing, dancing and acrobats. After Pastor Joseph’s message, we were called up on stage. Mama Zipporah and the kids presented us with gifts and clothes. It was a very humbling experience.

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This is Moses. He is deaf. He is also one of the sweetest, most loving kids here at Huruma. We’ve all fallen in love with him. I had a chance to spend a little time with him for the last time today.

We have one more day before we leave. It was a good day today. Some of the older girls came up to me today. They generally look at me and snicker. But a group of them decided to spark a conversation with me. They wanted to know why I am so quiet at times. I told them that I like to think a lot. They said being alone is not good. I laughed because I’m generally pretty social at home. This then sparked a huge conversation about the differences between Kenya and America. I then began to realize how selfish and materialistic we are. It was a good talk and I made some new friends. They told me they would miss me.

We then headed to the Kazuri Bead Factory. At first I didn’t want to go, but I eventually gave in. I was actually very impressed. They gave us a tour of how they make all the beads and pottery. It is a very nice facility. We had a great cup of coffee in their coffee garden. Then we headed into town to buy groceries and have lunch.

Kazuri Bead Factory

Kazuri Bead Factory

Enjoying a coffee in the Coffee Garden

Enjoying a cup of coffee in the Coffee Garden

After we got back, I packed up my things. Then I spent some time with some of the kids. It hit me that today would be the last time I get any quality time with them. I played with Moses a bit and then I walked around Huruma. I wanted to take the experience in one last time. Some of the kids were helping set up church tomorrow. I goofed off and took pictures with them for a awhile. I also had a quick chat with Mama Zipporah. She told me that when I come back that I need to have a wife with me.

Hanging with some of the Kenyan teachers

Hanging with some of the Kenyan teachers

Lisa invited me to see the homes of some of the older Kenyan teachers. These are the guys who left Huruma to go to high school and now are back teaching the kids. They are an amazing group of guys. Some of them are looking into full-time ministry. They all live in these ‘apartments’  down the road from Huruma. To most of us the houses look like sheds. I personally thought they were cozy. The cool thing was that they were just happy to have their own place. I really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them. These guys are the future of Kenya.

My last African sunset

My last African sunset

For dinner, we had chipati bread. It is kinda like a Indian fry bread and it’s good. We then had our last debrief. Everyone took turns sharing their experience from the past two weeks. We all know we played a small part in an amazing story that is going on here at Huruma. God has truly blessed this place.
Chipati Bread

Chipati Bread

As a joke, we gave Pastor Linn a bumper stick that said “My other car is a matatu”. Matatu are vans that are used as taxis. He had quite the experience driving around them in Nairobi yesterday. After that, a few of us went out to the middle of the field and prayed over Huruma. It was an amazing God-moving experience under the stars.

We leave tomorrow night and I will post our final day here at Huruma when I get home. We have church in the morning and then a ceremony after that. Then we are headed to the slums to feed some of the children there. Thank you so much for your support and prayers while we have been here. It has been an amazing experience. Please keep us in prayer as we head home.

Something cool to check out..

Our very own Promise Tangeman-Wurzell and artist Barton Damer have been collaborating on an artwork piece for Huruma. The proceeds will go to the Huruma Children’s Home. Check it out here.

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Painting day. Many of the team were watching kids as the teacher’s had a conference with Pastor Linn. I opt to help paint the building. I really enjoy painting. I can’t tell you how much better the wall looks now. We surprised Mama who didn’t know we had done it. She loved it!
Touch up work

Touch up work

Mama likes her new wall

Mama likes her new wall

We had a fun night out after a long day. We all went into Nairobi to eat at Carnivore’s. It is a popular restaurant that is any meat lover’s paradise. They serve all different types of meat Brazilian style. Waiter’s come to your table slicing chicken, lamb, pork or beef off a skewer onto your plate. They even have exotic meats like crocodile and ostrich. Unfortunatley they were out of crocodile meat, so I went to town on the ostrich meatballs. Micah was our meat eating champion for the night as he kept the food coming. Mama Zipporah and some of the older Kenya boys joined us as well for dinner.

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Slicing some meat

Slicing some meat

Hanging with Mama Zipporah

Hanging with Mama Zipporah

I entitled this blog ‘Bump n Bond’ because of the bumpy ride to Nairobi on the mini Huruma Children’s bus. I don’t think that thing has shocks on it. And of course the roads are bad in Kenya too. Pastor Linn drove and the ride back wasn’t fun because we all had full stomachs. But we laughed and had fun. It was a good bonding night for our team.

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We wasted no time getting to work after breakfast and chapel.  Linn, Ken and Dave started the sidewalk building project. The girls that came up to teach went to their classrooms and the rest of us sorted the supplies we brought up. Micah and I then went and visited the school.  We sat in on a kindergarten class and helped the kids with their schoolwork. Then it was picture time. The kids love to get their picture taken and then look at it on the camera. This goes on for some time. It is a great way to get to know them. It amazes me how happy most of these kids are considering most of them were abandoned, lost their parents to HIV or tortured.

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The rest of the day was a more little laid back. There were issues with the construction project that put it on hold. This is where the flexibility part of missions comes in. So Caroline (Mama Zipporah’s daughter) took us on a tour of the surroundings of Huruma. It was neat to see a little more of Kenya. Such a beautiful country. That evening we got the team together to do some devotions and share about our experiences.

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Mama Zipporah spoke out of Proverbs 1:33 this morning. “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” God takes care of us when we are obedient. He will never give us a task that we can’t do without His help. It doesn’t mean it goes the way we want it to. But He is always there when we seek His will and listen.

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Arriving in Kenya

Arriving in Kenya

We arrived safely in Kenya after a five hour flight from Dubai. We were the first team here not to have missing luggage. Mama Zipporah and some of our team that came early greeted us at the airport. We traveled a bumpy ride through Nairobi, Karen and Ngong until we arrived at Huruma Children’s Home. We were surprised when 100+ kids were screaming with excitement at our arrival.

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Our warm welcome

Our warm welcome

I was pretty tired from the flight and wanted to take a nap, but we had church service right away. The room was full of energy as the kids were singing and dancing. I’ve never seen anything like it. And it seem like they would never stop either.

Mama Zipporah brought us up in front to introduce us to the kids. We then had a prayer session for Kate McRae – the little girl back home suffering from a brain tumor. It was powerful. Pastor Joseph (who now has taken over the speaking now that Pastor Isaac has left us) finished up with a sermon.

Huruma kids praying for Kate

Huruma kids praying for Kate

I took a long nap after lunch. I wasn’t feeling the greatest after the long flight here. Mama gave us a tour of Huruma and then we headed off to dinner. Chicken and chips were on the menu for the evening. My evening was capped off with a nice conversation with Pastor Linn about church. I’ve really enjoyed catching up with him and sharing some stories about what is going on in my life.

Huruma classrooms

Huruma classrooms

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It is June 4th and I leave for Kenya in one month. I am so excited for this opportunity that God has opened to me. I’ve always dreamed of visiting Africa. I have heard so many stories of what God is doing and listened to many testimonies of good friends that have visited Kenya. I feel blessed to play a small in this. Below is a tribute to Pastor Isaac of Huruma Children’s Home. He passed away late last year. God is present and doing amazing things in Kenya.

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What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.    James 2:14-18

I had a pretty amazing weekend hanging out with some amazing people. My church is blessed with so many awesome people and ministry opportunities.

Saturday night I hung out two of my favorite guys – Steve Johnson and Keith Page. Steve was one of the founding Pastors of Cornerstone. Keith was the founding Pastor of Rock Harbor church and has an incredible ministry that I’ve been plugging into called Rock Bottom ministries. Both guys are so encouraging to me and two of the most real down-to-earth Christians I know.

Also present was Suresh Kumar and Mama Zipporah. Suresh is from India and has an incredible ministry of planting churches and starting Bible colleges in India. He’s doing incredible things there. I’m looking forward to the possibility of visiting India sometime. Mama Zipporah runs a orphanage in Kenya. A large group of people are heading there from our church in a couple of weeks. She too has a huge heart for those kids and has an amazing ministry. I was blessed to be in both of their presence. They spent the evening talking about having big dreams of what God is going to do in their respective countries.

I had a long mission’s board meeting Sunday afternoon. All of these people came in front of the board to speak to us. A couple that went on my Tijuana trip – Jon and Andrea Hoeffer also came in front of the board. They were just accepted to New Tribes missions – an organizaion that send out missionaries. I’m so excited for them and amazed how fast God has called them to the mission field.

I also found out that I will be co-leading the trip to Belize in October and the possibility of leading another Tijuana trip. I am also going on a vision trip to Cambodia as well. I’m pretty excited and blessed for these opportunities.

Church service that evening was Pastor Ron Merrell’s last time speaking at our church. He is leaving at the end of the week. Mama Zipporah was also interviewed. An amazing slideshow followed on missions. Most of the church was in tears. It was amazing, yet very emotional. Ron gave me a hug which teared me up. Reality set in with me that he was leaving..my mentor. I’m so excited for him though. It was quite the day to be around these awesome people.

http://www.rockbottomministry.org

http://www.harvest-india.org

http://www.hchngong.org

http://www.ntm.org

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