What can you do..?

PRAY

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians4:3 (NIV)

Prayer is essential to the work God does in the world. One of the best things I do to keep up with what different missionaries is read their stories. It used to be you had to wait till they came back from a long term trip to hear the stories and see pictures. Now with today’s technology, email and blog pages give us instant updates. Follow missionaries’ prayer email letters or visit their blogs and find out what God is doing in other countries. Pray for their specific needs.  Another thing you can do is stay updated on current events in the world.

SEND

And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15 (NIV)

Missionaries were sent at the time of Paul. Sending missionaries to the mission field involves giving financially. That is why prayer and support letters are given out to those who send. It gives you the opportunity to be a part what God is doing in the world, especially if you are not able to go yourself. Another part of sending missionaries is writing encouraging letters. It can get lonely out there and reading emails and letters can really make a different in a missionary’s long term stay in another country.

GO

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NIV)

A small but powerful word. Go! It involves stepping out in faith. Even though it doesn’t always make sense on paper, just know God will provide a way when you obey. He will use your gifts and talents. And if going long term doesn’t fit in your plans, try a short term trip. Find out what trips your local church has planned and get a glimpse of what God is doing in the world.  Then take that experience and pray and ask if he is speaking to you to do something more.

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The Slums

 

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.

– T. Timmons

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Lima Beans and Chifa

Today was a fun day. We woke up late, then enjoyed the Peruvian Zoo…full of animals, mirror houses, and of course gringo shennanigans! For lunch we feasted on Chifa: Peruvian Chinese Food. Its very similar to what we know as Chinese Food with a slight Peruvian twist.

In the evening the FH staff took us to an AMAZING water-feature park with lazers, lights, and a fantasia-like show. We are now watching Wolverine with Russian subtitles!!

150 Stories

Tonight our team met on the grounds between the school and the dorm rooms where the kids were already sleeping.  We made a circle under the beautiful starlit night and prayed for the needs we saw throughout these past two weeks.  Pastor Linn (on the trip with us) summed it up well: There are 150 Kids here at Huruma Orphanage, and at least 150 tragic stories of neglect or abuse. That has hit home with us in the past couple of weeks. It’s not the exception, it’s the rule…

Over the last couple of days, we have spent time with the kids shooting pictures, both goofy and serious, then they like to look how they come out. Samuel is a bright young man who I felt attached to right away.  You can’t help but love his infectious smile and cheerful attitude.  He is one of the few kids I’ve trusted to gently use my camera – not that it’s a real expensive camera, just that I appreciate that kind of respect as a sign of maturity.  Today, like many other days, I handed him my camera to take a few pictures of his friends. He carefully puts on the wrist strap, switches the camera between picture mode and video mode, takes some (actually cool looking) pictures, then hands me back the pictures.   He shakes my hand and says “Thank You Papa Smiley” to let me know he had a fun time.

Samuel goofing around for the camera

Samuel goofing around for the camera

Ann told me the story of several of the kids at the orphanage, she learned from some of the current teachers. I shouldn’t have been, but was shocked to learn how Samuel was found outside his home, ‘grazing’ in the field – his parents simply wouldn’t let him in the house. This boy that I had grown to Love was 12 years old but was only in the ‘Pre-K’ (before Kindergarten class) Ann and I both started to well up – we just couldn’t understand how anybody would let that happen to this special young man.

Last week we took a few kids to ‘Bonapet’, a place in Ngong Town to get ‘Chicken and Chips’.  It was a fun time to get to know some kids better and give them a little treat away from the home. At our table was Joshaphat, a shy young man of 12 years old. Ann asked if he had a sponsor, and he said he did, but hadn’t heard from him. Ann told him that if he could write the name, Ann would contact the person and have them write them. The kids don’t really care about the financial gifts, but the letters are kept and treasured, and shown to their fellow orphans. A while later after we went back to the Orphanage, Joshaphat ran out, found me, and gave me a little slip of paper with his sponsor’s name. He had remembered her name, but the sponsor had forgotten his.

As Ann and I walked through the dorm another night, a young lady ran up to Ann and told her she had a picture to show to Ann.  Ann was thinking that it was a picture she drew about something they had shared in class.  The girl had a big smile as she opened up the crumpled paper and revealed a picture of her with her sponsor family.  She was so proud she had to tell us.

Last week, a team of volunteers went into town to be with Kids who were taken to the local Aids clinic in the slums of Ngong.  One of the girls was scared, as some of her symptoms were worsening.  In a place as small as this, this fear was spreading to other Huruma kids with aids – they wondered if they were witnessing their fate.  I couldn’t help but think that all these kids really needed someone to talk to….

Tonight, Lucy told Stephanie, one of our team members about how she was upset about her parent’s divorce.  We couldn’t understand how they could separate and forsake this lovely young lady…

150 Stories – Please remember to pray for the kids at Huruma…

– Dave Smiley

Back in Lima

Hey Gang! Sorry it’s been a few days since our last post…I am feeling MUCH better now, and both Cody and I have been allowed to take off our masks and come out of our isolated rooms! The whole team feels great, with only a few coughs still left.

I have been in bed for the last three days so I missed out on the events but I will relay it as it was shared with me. The team spent our last few days in Chincha playing with the kids. Our big concert on Thursday night was cancelled due to our sickness so we will definitely rock the house when we come back next time! The team had an opportunity to help reinforce a families “home” with plastic tarp so it would be waterproof…The family was sooo grateful! 5 people were living in one small room w/ woven grass walls, moldy beds, and dirt everywhere. Nate then took a collection from our group and bought the family a queen bed, bunk beds, mattress and pillows…all from $300 (A years wages for a Peruvian family)! The family was soo shocked and extactic for this extra gift our team was able to provide. Additionally, several members of the family accepted Christ! So awesome!

Yesterday we took a bus back to Lima. We had to cancel some of our planned excursions but FH provided some alternatives. Last night we had an AMAZING dinner at San Antonio’s (soups, sandwiches, salads) and walked along an outdoor mall on a cliff overlooking the beach…It reminded us of the PCH in California…So beautiful!

Today we are going to the Lima Zoo then some Catacombs in the afternoon! We are gonna try to sneak back some Incan artifacts! 🙂

Better late than never

Well I would have put this up earlier but I’ve been at the hospital all day…and let me just say its NOTHING like the hospitals we have in the states! Here is a video update from yesterday showing the kind of work we are doing.

Driving in Kenya

We concluded our last day of VBS today. Praise God that we had around 95 kids a day show up. They loved it! Overall, it went very well. They got flip flops and sunglasses to wear. We also started painting the outside of the building where the kids sleep. It is looking great!

Painting Huruma

Painting Huruma

I also got a taste of driving in Kenya for the first time. Stephanie, Derek and I took 7 kids out to dinner for chicken and chips (fries) at the Bonapet Cafe in Ngong. I got to drive the van. Everything is backwards compared to America. The steering wheel is on the right side of the car and they drive on the left side of the street. It was quite the adventure, but we made it there and back safely. The kids loved it! They rarely get outside Huruma and have a nice dinner like this. After dinner, we enjoyed a round of Kenyan tea for dessert.

– Travis Timmons

Chicken n chips at the Bonapet Cafe

Chicken n chips at the Bonapet Cafe