OKAY!!! We’re back online and we’ve officially started camp. We went for a brief 2 day Safari out in the wild of Massimara. Let me just say that we had some very interesting adventures along the way, but, we made it and we saw 4 of the big 5 animals in the African wild (the only one we didn’t see was the Rhinoceros). We were stunned by the community that can be found in creation. We watched as Zebras and Wildabeasts grazed together by the thousands. We saw a pack of Cheetah’s hunting and doing life together. We saw a pride of Lions eating a couple different times and we watched as vultures came in as the clean up crew. It was fascinating. The safari was a clear picture that life around us was created by God and in within all the living creatures created there is always some form of community and we saw that come alive in the wild. Absolutely breathtaking.
Camp Huruma is underway and the team has done an amazing job pulling it together. We’ve had to get very creative with resourcing the camp, but, it’s really coming together and the kids are loving it!
We kicked the morning off by welcoming the kids through a dance line of the Cornerstone team cheering/yelling/high fiving/etc.. and you should have seen their smiles. I’m pretty sure they felt like rockstars. Have I mentioned that the Kenyan people (specifically kids) have some of the most captivating smiles in all of the world? Well, it’s true and we all love to see their hearts come alive and their smiles bubble to their faces.
After welcoming them we had a couple skits, including Joel England coming out of the ‘The Incredible Enlarging Machine’. Hopefully we’ll get some video of this one for you. The jist of it is that you throw something in and it comes out bigger (i.e. toothpick goes in and comes out as a stick, a baby accidently goes in and out pops Joel in only a diaper). HAHAHAHA!!! The kids were belly laughing, it was great fun.
- Joel also spoke this morning and talked about the heart. He asked the kids to do a bit of inventory as it related to their relationship with God, trusting/obeying God and being humble. He did a great job and he could verse Linn Winters in the pulpit any day. 🙂 Great work Joel!
Some specific prayer needs:
1. Pray that God would use camp to spark fresh unity amongst the kids of and around Huruma.
2. Pray that God would use this team to be listening ears, encouraging spirits and chain breakers in the lives of these kids. Almost every kid in this camp has some sort of a horrific story that would bring tears to your eyes if you could hear them. Our prayer is that we would be able walk some of them one step further into the journey of restoration and transformation through Christ.
3. Pray for our team. We are at the leg in this journey where we’ve traveled a ton, worked really hard, slept little, eaten many meals out of our norm, held/hugged/loved on sick kids and given all that we have. We know that the last leg of this trip will have it’s best results as we depend on God. We need His life, His heart, His compassion, His grace, His unity, His comfort, His rest and His Spirit to carry us. Many of us our on the verge of getting sick. We’ve been kinda passing a cold type thing around and it’s just a deterrent in the aim of our goal. We recognize this and we ask you to join us in asking God to keep our bodies over these next few days. We’ve got the Zicam, Tea Tree Oil and Vitamin C flowing over here and it’s all good!
On behalf of the team…THANK you again to those of you that made it possible for us to be here. I just spoke with our head cook at Huruma and she just grinned with her Kenyan smile and said…’THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. You have no idea what it means to these children who don’t have and it makes me smile knowing that I’m cooking for the ones who are reaching out to the needy!’
What else is there to say…God is certainly on the move. We miss all of you at home. but, we know that God will keep you as we anticipate our return home at the weeks end. Much love from the team at Huruma!