Dear Friends & Family,
I hope this letter finds you well! Life has been full of a lot of things for me lately. I’m currently in my junior year at SPU as a Global Development major, serving as the administrative assistant on the Sharpen ministry team at SPU (Sharpen is a hospitality ministry tasked with creating opportunities for community for off-campus students at SPU), working as a barista at a South African café by the name of Cederberg Tea House (Come visit me at work for some good eats and drinks!), and now preparing to serve with Africa Inland Mission this summer in Nairobi, Kenya!
I have a strong love for the people of Africa, their unique stories, and their cultures. At this time it seems that God is allowing me to serve in Africa for my second time before I’ve begun my full career. When I was in high school I had an opportunity to serve on a team with Adventures in Missions in Swaziland. Now I’ll be serving in Nairobi with Africa Inland Mission alongside local missionaries and one other short term missionary from the US.
My primary ministry will be taking on a discipling and mentorship role for young men going through a vocational training program put on by the Africa Inland Church. For many participants, this program is the only chance at a life outside of poverty. Also, many of these young men have aged out of an AIC orphanage and struggle with identity issues, having no family or tribe to identify with. Not only will I provide companionship, discipleship, and counsel, but I’ll also learn plenty myself from these men. This will be an opportunity for me to grow and learn alongside young men whose own spiritual and physical conditions are also being nurtured.
My secondary ministry will be serving in the Kibera slum alongside the organization Spur Afrika. My tasks will likely vary widely, but I will likely be working with youth primarily (through sports if I’m lucky!). Kibera.org says of the slum, “…money cannot help without people to direct it – all the organizations require assistance. They all need intelligent, keen, willing, and compassionate people to help…Many could work in Kibera, where they would achieve a real sense of doing some good. Kibera is crying out for people to help.” I hope to be able to fill some needs in whatever ways God leads while I’m ministering in Kibera.
As I prepare for this trip, I have needs that I would appreciate your assistance in! For one, I could definitely use your prayers! Please pray for the following:
– That God would prepare me spiritually, physically, and mentally for ministry in Nairobi.
– That He would guide me in my preparations for the trip and keep things smooth as I take the necessary steps to make this trip happen.
– That He would prepare hearts and minds for the works and words that my mission teammate and I will bring.
– That He would teach my teammate and myself many things before, during, and after our trip.
– That He would open hearts and bring all of the financial support needed by myself and my teammate.
– And that He would make his name glorified through us.
Also, I need to raise $3,600 more by May 2nd for this trip! Two weeks to go! Whew, we’re on a crunch! If you have even $5 that you can donate I would greatly appreciate it. You can donate to my trip and help establish God’s work by going to aimint.org/usa/, clicking on “Online Giving” under the “Giving” tab, and finding my name under “Missionaries (from USA)”. You can also give me a written check or cash to put towards my funding. All donations are tax deductible; and all checks should be made out to Africa Inland Mission. Please do not place my name anywhere on the check – instead use the included form. All checks should be sent directly to me, so that I may record them and then pass them on to AIM. All donations will be incredibly appreciated and will be blessed by God above (2 Cor. 9:6-15).
I will periodically provide updates on my preparations and then hopefully on my trip itself on my blog. I hope you all have a pleasant spring and remember me in your prayers!
P.S. Some fun facts about where I’ll be serving:
- The 14th largest city by population in Africa, Nairobi is known by much of the world as the hub of East Africa.
- A neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kibera slum is the second largest in Africa, with anywhere from 200,000 to one million residents.
- The Economist published an article in 2012 suggesting that Kibera “may be the most entrepreneurial place on the planet” and that “to equate slums with idleness and misery is to misunderstand them”.