It is truly hard to believe we have been here for five days. We truly miss our families and homes, but the time has flown by!
Thursday was our final day working for the church on their bench refinishing project, and while we were not able to complete the project we did accomplish a great bit. We also helped create a momentum among the people in the church that should carry them through the completion of the project. In fact, by the time we quit for lunch, they had enough people that they had put most of us out of job!
Five of the guys went to a children’s home and painted for them.
Lunch today was a much welcomed change in pace, Pastor Joshua took us to a Chinese restaurant that was absolutely amazing!!
I discovered something today that I hadn’t realized before. The church where we have been spending most of our time is on an Island. The island is the main body of Mombasa and is called Mombasa Island. Our hotel is on the mainland in Mombasa East, and this evening we journeyed off the island to Mombasa West.
We had only a short break break at the hotel to get ourselves cleaned up before we were off again. This evening we visited a small school in a slum. The children were soo excited to see us! As soon as they saw us they came running up, greeting us and holding our hands. Unfortunately we only were able to spend 20 minutes with them, but we had a great time. They sang some songs for us and we played with them. When we left they children followed us back to the van and waved good-bye till our van was out of sight.
From there it was only a short drive to the church, which meets in a classroom of a public school. The people greeted us warmly and ushered us in giving us seats of honor in the front of the church. The people glowed with joy. Ian shared his testimony, and then I preached. Pastor Chris closed things out. We prayed for the Pastor and his wife, as well as the church as a whole.
We traveled from there to the children’s home where the guys had painted earlier. There are 36 children in the home. They sang and danced for us, and even got Pastor Chris to dance with them !:-) Pastor Chris shared a short devotional with them, then we spent some time just talking and getting to know them.
We then drove/walked up the hill to their sister (brother??) home where a group of teenage guys live. Many come from abusive backgrounds. They were also very welcoming of us. Derek shared a challenge with them, then we laid hands on and prayed for them. We only had 20 minutes to spend with them, but many of us were able to able to meet and connect with someone there.
We arrived back to our hotel just before 9:30, just in time to get dinner. Following which most of us crashed. Tomorrow is our day off. Looking forward to catching up on some sleep and buying gifts for our loved ones.