Friday, February 8, 2019

Bega Kwa Bega 2019

After two solid months of training and preparing, the expanded UniShow team has hit the road! On January 11th, the four of us waved goodbye to Minnesota for a few months and headed west to California to catch a flight to Kenya. We failed at our few tourist attempts since we hit historic Mt. Rushmore just after dusk only to find out that the government shut down also meant electricity shut down so the usual lights were off. We also finally came across buffalo at dusk so they we're only a silhouette.

Once we arrived in San Jose, we parked our truck and trailer at the school we will present at immediately after returning from Kenya. Three flights later, totaling 20 hours airborne, we arrived in Nairobi Kenya.

This was our fourth time joining Grace Church serving Bega Kwa Bega (Shoulder to Shoulder) with their sister churches. We spent the first part of the week working with Athi River Baptist Church presenting in schools, churches and in men's and women's high security prisons. The second part of the week was partnering with Haduma Church in the Kawangware slum. Haduma means "to serve" and that is just what we did as we shared the love of Jesus in many ways.

Our Grace Church team of 50 distributed food and essentials, treated hundreds of patients in medical clinics, led kids clubs, marriage seminars, pastors training, women's business training, carpentry workshops and, with the creative team, we presented 22 UniShow Universe outreaches for almost 10,000 people.

The Guest House lodging had a gym with trainers who led us in some killer "So Easy" workouts!  One of the trainers, Jamal, was also a dance choreographer who taught us some new moves to incorporate into the UniShow.  David invited him to perform with us for our final Grace My Story outreach in Kawangware.  Jamal came and threw down some incredible flips and moves that wowed the crowd.  Then he listened intently to Dustin's testimony and Gospel presentation and others' stories and drama.  David talked with Jamal at length afterward and in the end, Jamal decided to surrender his life to Jesus!  The next day he thanked David for introducing him to Jesus saying,  "I feel so good and free!"

Our Grace team saw over 1,000 people indicate decisions to surrender to Jesus through the outreaches! God was at work and it was a privilege to be part of it!

We managed to squeeze in a morning Safari at the Nairobi National Park and saw an amazing amount of God's beautiful creation and creatures including Rhino, Hippo, Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, Impala, Antelope, Ostrich, Crocodile, Baboons, Lions, crazy looking Secretary birds and finally in broad daylight Buffalo!

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