Mission Trip 2016
On Friday 12th August a team of 24 from Northern Ireland travelled to Kiambururu in Kenya on the 2016 vision4kids mission trip. A mixed team of youth to seniors provided a great range of experiences which would be put to good use in the village.
The aims of the visit included:
- Repair and maintenance activities at Blessed Hill Academy and to clear a section of land at the site for the new school.
- To hold children’s meetings with Bible lessons, singing, crafts and games.
- To encourage the local vision4kids team of Samson, Monicah, George, Ruth and Bob.
- To progress the design and next steps for the new school.
- To visit the sponsor children and bring letters and gifts from the families in the UK.
- To host the 4th annual inter-schools football tournament competing for the Kiambururu Shield.
- For those first timers to experience the beautiful country of Kenya.
The variety of activities meant an exciting itinerary for the week which didn’t leave much time for rest and relaxation. The team engaged well with the local children who were super excited to see some Wazungu (white foreign) children within the vision4kids group. We were blessed to have seven young people all under 16 within our team (travelling with a parent) with each of them proving their worth through the week and leaving their own mark on the children of the village.
Each team member embraced the tasks they were given with some praying, speaking, leading, singing and sharing in public for the very first time. This type of mission trip is a great way for all ages to get involved and experience first-hand what it takes to work on the mission field and what it means to share the gospel with the children.
We have been deeply encouraged that through the week God moved amongst the boys and girls with many putting their trust in Christ as their personal Saviour. This is why vision4kids are working in Kenya. Not just to support education, sponsor children, provide meal and medical programmes but that through all these things the good news of the gospel would be shared with the children and their daily lives. To God be the glory for what He has done on this mission trip.
The vision4kids Board would like to express their sincere thanks to all the members of the mission trip team. They worked so hard fundraising before the trip and were exemplary ambassadors for vision4kids while in Kenya; we couldn’t have asked for a better team.
We couldn’t have visited Kiambururu without the expert help of the Adventure Alternative team. Based in Portstewart in Northern Ireland, the safari company have teams across the globe and over the past few years we’ve come to know and love their Kenya team. We were well looked after by Kelly, Eva, John, Beatrice and OT who set-up camp, drove, cooked and made sure we were very comfortable on site. We couldn’t have done it without them. The fact that there was no sickness within the team is testament to their professionalism and expertise.
We are also thankful to have such a great vision4kids Kenya team who translated, organized and kept us right throughout the trip. Please continue to pray for Samson, Monicah, George, Ruth and Bob as they work daily with the children of the village.
Thank you to all our families, friends and supporters who donated, prayed, encouraged, called and texted while we were away. Everyone in the team appreciated your help and support.
Most of all we give thanks to God. Without Him the trip would not have been possible. We are even more excited to see what He has still to do with the children of the village. Please continue to pray that God will move in a mighty way.