Global Impact – Praise God! Kenya Team is home

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Global Impact – Kenya Team begins journey home – Pray!

ITS PRAYER TIME!!!!

This Team has been faithful to Gods call on their lives to serve our Kenyan children & families over the last 2 weeks. And now their journey home has begun. They are currently in Nairobi at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where they will be boarding a flight headed our way in a couple of hours. Now its our time to pray them home.

Proverbs 2:8-9 for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

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Global Impact Kenya Team – Catch up!

I last left you days ago… Let your mind wander back to Nyahururu, as we are on the road to returning to our love ones…
This day the team will be visiting Pastor Mugo.
If you recall, Pastor Mugo was burned out of his home during the insurrection in 2007. He found Wachira, who gave him shelter, reset him up in Ministry, and they are fellow coworkers. Pastor Mugo has purchased land, and has been building a home for 3 years. The home is nearing completion now. The team paid a visit to be welcomed by Pastor with appreciation. He prepared a wonderful meal, they sang songs of praise, Pastor retold his testimony, the home was rededicated, with the team bringing many housewarming gifts. Mother Marva gifted the family with a beautiful 25piece dining set! Other gifts were towels, linens, etc… This brought many tears of joy… A delightful time!❀❀❀❀

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

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Global Impact Kenya Team Update – WHAT DAY IS IT? & Continuation #3(I think… Could be #4πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

I am so behind in my emails to you I must first apologize. So, I’m sorry! I will catch up in this one!!
Yes, DETROIT BEAT PHILLY IN FOOTBALL SUNDAY!!!! YAE!!! (betcha I remember that day!,and Pastor Greg wearing his jersey todayπŸ˜‚)
So, where did I leave off? Graduation! The children were wonderful! And later that night we had the honor of serving them dinner in the dining hall. Some served from behind the counter, while others served the fruit and Tea down front. We spent time with the children, and helped with the clean-up. These are times that make the trip! After resting, the next day we fellowshipped at chapel together.
Kanita’s choir (as the moderator called them) sang and Tanisha’s praise dancers danced! The room glorified GOD! And, if you want to see one of the practices that went viral on Utube The song “I Believe” by songwriter Jonathan Nelson. Such worship!
The woman of the hour, used by God was Iris Griffin! She gave the flannel graph story of the life of Christ. The children (and adults) were mesmerized! She was such an animated, beautiful story teller! God was felt in that dining hall! The children loved the story! Her voice, facial expressions and soul were shown! Bless God! to be continued….πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

So, after worship on Sunday we rested by going out to dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant. The owner of the restaurant also has a flower export business – the largest exporter of roses (some which are only grown in Kenya). We returned to the house, rested for tomorrow. By the way – Brittney and Josh have both had devotional duty and did EXCELLENT JOBS! Brit spoke on fear while Josh did a short history on Abraham and his trust in God.
Monday – today. Most of the team went on Safari. They returned after 8pm, tired from the extremely long ride – but they were able to see LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ NO, not quite, but rhinos, giraffes and elephants. Of course other animals. They were happy and excited!
Those who remained at the house were able to get odds and ends done. Wachira, Paulette, Greg, David and Shahid went to deliver items to Warchira’s children. It was so good to see them! Kahakia has been a little under the weather (prayer request). We arrived back at the house, great devotion by Shahid on “encouragement”. Dinner was great!!! Special treat from Renee and Gwen… Potato salad!!! Divine, simply divine! And to top it off Glenda made DRESSING! Like wonderful, down home cornbread dressing! Yum!!!! Somebody reluctantly made gravy… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (guess who that was!) So, now I’m 5lbs fatter, 20lbs happier! And I’m all caught up! Love ya! Will send pictures…

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

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Love notes from home!! Please share these with the team during devotion

What an awesome time in the Lord! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful testimonies.

Joy Young

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Global Impact Kenya update – Great days, physical drain… Missions!

I haven’t written in a few days, and I’m physically a little under the weather (minor cough). The work of the Lord has not stopped! Yesterday there was a graduation ceremony held here on the home grounds for three classes. The Nursery children have moved up to 1st class, 8th grade to high school (its called form 1) and high schoolers graduated (they are called form 4). If you could have heard the music as they marched down the road to the area of seating! (I’m trying to send a video) Everyone marched- students, teachers and administration! They wore caps/gowns(a gift donated by Christian Stronghold). We all stood as they marched in. Sadly, the only people missing were the parents.
Wow, why no parents? The government has said there can be no public graduation ceremonies due to the mass cheating on the exams that the 8th graders and form 4 children take at the end of October. Therefore, no public acknowledgement of the accomplished works that the children have done. How sad!!! So, the staff of PACE along with help from the teams here put together a beautiful ceremony! It was full of singing, and speeches. The top children were honored for their grades, and finally each child walked across the grounds as their name was read. They shook hands with their teacher, a team member and their Principal.
Iris Griffin gave words of encouragement to the graduating class as did Pastor Alexander. Both lifted the students up in Christ. Finally, Wachira Ngamau closed the program by thanking the children for doing their best, for bringing other students to the school and for the parents being behind the children.
At the end of the afternoon, everyone was served a delicious meal – most had seconds!
The teams returned to the house for a few hours rest, because at 5pm we had another task… To be continued😊😊

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

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Continuation…

So, now we are at the point where the children are gathering for us to meet with them, and serve them a meal. They walk into the backyard hesitating a little, but warming up quickly once they see those who are sponsoring them. There was a small presentation, where the children sang and thanked those who have sponsored them throughout the year. After conversation we fed them a meal that to me was a feast! Lamb stew, cabbage, lentils, fruit (bananas, watermelon) with mandazi as dessert. A mandazi is donut like without all the sugar.
Finally, the children were dismissed to the house where they were given gifts by their sponsors. You should have seen the excitement in their eyes! Many received gifts of clothing, shoes, watches, books, pencils, paper, hygiene items etc… The little girl I stole from my brother who’s name is Sharon gave David and I a list- we gave her shoes, books, pencils, a bracelet, all hygiene items, new school uniform, etc… She was so happy! Honestly I was happier than she! We gave her a watch and she has to learn how to tell time by next year! She’s a 5th grader now… If you knew her story you would understand why she hasn’t learned to tell time.
The evening was magical! After a few hours the children had to return to school. All the items they received will be taken home after October 29th. So, they wait in anticipation. Tired, the team went out to eat as a special treat (I went to bed, sore throat trying to happen… )
I’m a day behind still, but Friday’s events I will work in on Saturday! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄
Love y’all!

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

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