We first presented at the elite International School of Kenya in Nairobi for middle school students. Unfortunately, our equipment vehicle was stopped enroute to the school and the driver arrested. Police said our equipment had to be presented in court. Thankfully, ISK's head of security has influence and was able to get it all released without any "fine". We had some extra rehearsal/prep time at the school as we awaited our equipment. It finally arrived at ISK 10 minutes before show time and after a mad scrambled, by God's grace we managed to start only 5 minutes late.
The next day we were back at ISK for elementary and high school presentations. Thankful we left our equipment there overnight so we had plenty of time to prep for these two shows.
Both students and teachers were gushing afterward, exclaiming that the presentation was life changing, they couldn't stop talking about it, and they've never seen students so engaged. A student said, "That was epic! No, that was more than epic!" Teachers were amazed that the students who came to talk to us afterward were the ones they least expected, noting it was clear something connected with them.
Our next stop was Eastleigh, a Somali community with a reputation as a rough part of town. People warned us against going here but we were happy it was on our schedule and had a great time presenting in this Muslim community. A family has been building relationships here through sports ministry and brought us in to boost their presence. The UniShow outreach was scheduled at a time to draw people in after they left Friday prayers at the mosque. We had a smaller crowd but the local organizer was very thankful afterward that many in attendance had the opportunity to hear the Gospel for the first time.
Cornerstone Academy was next where the school has grown out of an orphan ministry. The students were so cute in their bright blue uniforms. We had lunch with them after the assembly and many students surrounded us to ask us questions.
Kabarak's Provost concluded each event, imparting Godly wisdom in summary of each show, saying, "If God can help this man ride a 10 ft unicycle He can help you with your homework and pass your exams." He also said, "We had a world champion here, that means we are a world class school." He summed up our message, challenging the students to put God in the center of the one life they have been given.
We felt like we went back in time as we entered the gates of Pembroke House School for our last UniShow Universe Kenya event. This prestigious British boarding school looked the part with stone buildings, towers and a Shakespearean round theater where we performed. All the students and some from the community filled the stone theater and were super responsive. Afterward we heard repeatedly how "brilliant" our performance was.
It was encouraging to hear from each venue how inspired students were to use what they have to make a difference and to surrender all to Jesus. One teacher said he's sure we wonder if we're hitting the mark as we try to reach students with the Gospel and he assured us we were.
As we traversed the country on roads crazier than we've ever experienced in all our travels, we saw camel, baboons, monkeys and zebra as common as deer in Minnesota, making each trek a scenic adventure through another part of God's amazing creation.