Today was designed to be a day of rest, allowing our team a little jet-lag recovery. We did have a fun day, but a rather long day. We visited the elephant orphanage in Nairobi. Baby elephants are very cute. We visited the Kazuri Beads factory, a fair-trade company that employs many Kenyan men and women and pays them a fair wage for making beads, jewelry, and pottery. It was great to see fair-trade in action...Kazuri is doing things right. And we did a little souvinier shopping at the local Masai Market.
I shared with the team tonight that I am excited at their presence in Kenya because of what it represents for the local churches here. This partnership started almost 3 years ago, as little more than a dream and an email. Hope for the Hungry's desire was to connect God's people with God's work in the world. After two initial visits from Hope staff, more emails, and a God-ordained lunch meeting, a partnership has begun to develop. The long-term goal is partnership for the glory of God, the stregthening of His church, and the growth of His Kingdom. It is a joy to see God's people working together toward His purpose.
Thank you for your prayers. Tomorrow we will travel to our ministry site and begin preparation for the HBC. We will have a chance to spend some time with some of the local youth and children tomorrow afternoon. Please continue your prayers for us and for the people that will hear God's Word this week.