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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Global Impact Kenya update – FULL!!!!!

Today was full!!!! Early breakfast with devotion from Tanisha. She spoke on passion- Our passions and Gods passions. Thought provoking and mindful. We then set out to the city of Shalom, which started in 2006 as a IDP camp (internally displaced people, from the small internal rebellion) Our visit was to the school. So many children are now attending that it made my heart glad! Kanita and Tanisha started a drive to make sure every girl would be able to attend school during their monthly. They collected sanitary pads, and purchased brand new underwear for the girls!!! What a joy to see the happiness on the faces of the young ladies, knowing they can attend school uninterrupted. Many team members spoke with the children, the children sang for us, we played games with them, and then sadly said goodbye.
Upon leaving we drove to Goshen to spend time with the Seniors. This personally happens to be one of my favorite times. The Seniors are so precious! I was beyond joy seeing a woman that I have spent time with for years. She is beyond 100 years old (they don’t know exactly) The special treat was that Iris Griffin told the gospel story with flannel graph! They were mesmerized! Through the interpreter they said”Amen”, clapped and just worshipped God with them. Later we served them soda, bread and a high protein drink called “Ugi(pronounced oooh-ghee). The medical team took blood pressures, and worked with them concerning senior concerns. After leaving the Seniors we came back to PACE for a quick lunch, then off for gender panel discussions. Shahid and Joshua handled the boys while the women took questions from the young ladies. We prayfully answered their many questions and Iris closed the panel with a clear plan of salvation. The day has been long, but beyond glorious. As I write this, both Nurses are with high school children who have medical issues. The work in Christ has no time limits. Pray without ceasing… Today has been humbling.
❀❀❀❀ Love you!!!!

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

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Global Impact – Good day!!! Bye bye sorrow, bye bye pain!…

Today was FULL! Breakfast devotion was inspiring testimony from Dorris. Followed by great conversation and breakfast. The team started by deworming the Nursery, Baby class and Nursery. So many of the children have colds (big prayer request for healing). Getting the children to take medicine became an art by our two Nurses – Renee and Madea (just a spoon full of sugar…πŸ˜‚) Watching these two work their God given talents was a joy! One little one was so ill they administered medicine, held the baby, prayed for the righteous healing of Jehova-Rapha,. The team also gave shoes, and an outfit to every child. Parents will be so happy when those babies return home today with blessings!
After lunch, the routine of deworming was taken to the 2nd – 8th grade classes. This involves more, because blood pressures are taken also.
Iris was able to do a flannel graph story to the children in the library and this was wonderful! The children were intrigued! Others on the team were with the high schoolers, playing chess, etc…
Later Kanita and Tanisha worked with the choir and I was able to watch! WOW! Listening to the young people learn songs, sing, and harmonize was amazing!! That’s why the title of this email. One of the songs says, bye bye sorrow, bye bye pain!!! Oh to watch the children sing and dance!

There was so much more going on in our day… These are just a few events… Shahid helped tremendously with the medical assisting today. Madea used many talents, from Nursing, to cooking and bringing a thought provoking evening devotion.
We are in good health, thanks to the prayers of the Saints… Continue…

Loving being here! On behalf of the team…❀

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

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Global Impact – Sunday update and prayer request

Our day started with wonderful worship from the students at PACE. They put together Chapel service every Sunday. What a refreshing time to sit in service and listen to beautiful voices blending full worship songs with prayer and dance. And to listen in English and Kiswahili, how beautiful! We were also ministered to by a guest Pastor. Some of his congregation attend PACE as students. His sermon was on “Not conforming to this world”. He spoke in extreme animation which held the complete interest of the children and teens! What a scene!

Later after lunch some of the members went to mingle with the children who are boarding. The library was open, so books donated were given.

This evening after a great meal (cooked by David, Walter and IπŸ˜‚) the group sat and went through formal introductions and told of their passions. Great way to end the evening.

For the team, God be Praised.

Sybil Paulette Cross-Nelson

*continue to lift Glenda. She remains on bed rest, but is improving.❀

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