In August 2013, I will take a team from San Antonio, Texas on a mission safari to my village in Kenya. Gacharage is the village where I began my creative journey as a child. This team will visit and work with the Children and Youth Ministries of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Gacharage, Kenya.
Our mission is to transform the lives of children in Kenya, giving them hope and a future, while nurturing integrity and responsibility. We will provide them with leadership skills. We will also provide some basic medical and dental care.
The project was founded in 2005. Since then, we have sponsored the graduating class to a one week leadership camp. This is a life skills camp. The themes include leadership skills, study skills as well as health education. The project is geared towards preparing and empowering the youth for the challenges that lay ahead. We have also hosted an annual Christmas party for the younger children.
The team from North Central Christian Church (NCCC), San Antonio, Texas had a great mission trip in Gacharage Kenya in August 2013. The mission trip was primarily focused on relationship building between Gacharage and San Antonio, Texas. We also focused on youth leadership: working with children and the youth to empower them as they move into the next levels of their life. The team of 14 flew from San Antonio, Texas via Paris, France and on to Nairobi. I had been in Kenya and Gacharage preparing the ground the week before the group arrived. The pictures that follow record the events. It was a wonderful time, a transformative time for all and all we can do is give thanks to the Amighty.
That is me to the left sharing a joyous moment with my friend and fellow NCCC congregant, Trish to the right. In the middle is Tata (Auntie) Maggy. Tata Maggy taught me Sunday School more than 40 years ago. She has continued to teach, guide and counsel the children of Gacharage PCEA church upto today. A true inspiration, and a true respondent to the words "Let the children come to me". She coordinates the NCCC children/youth program on the ground.
Tata Maggy meets Rev. Polly Morrison. They have communicated by letter for three years and shared so much.....now it is face to face. One of my favorite pictures.....the joy, love and respect!
Texans going down the famous Murang'a slopes
A bag with school supplies for the children
The youth of Gacharage had gifts for the Texans
The mission trip was supported by a dental team led by Dr Johnson Wambugu from the PCEA Hospital, Kikuyu. The team included senior dental students from the University of Nairobi. NCCC is grateful to Dr. Wambugu and the young students for responding to the needs of the Gacharage community. This was the first time in the history of this area that dental services were available.