I’ve decided to declare a brief moratorium on my gross neglect of my blog long enough to share this bit of info. 🙂
Today I am headed to Africa with a team from my church, Cross Point. Specifically, we will are headed to Nairobi, Kenya.
It has been 4 years since I was last in Africa, but this will be my 4th trip to the continent. Between 2006 and 2008, I made 3 other journeys there, spending time in both Nigeria and South Africa. They were work trips for concerts and events with the artists I worked for at that time. I’m very thankful to have had that opportunity but I’ve always said those were very “padded” experiences. We stayed in nice hotels, had security, etc. You name it. The works. This trip will be quite different.
Nairobi is home to the second largest slum in the world. While there, we will be serving the people of both the Kibera and Marurui slums as well as the Jacaranda Ministry, which is a kids outreach in the slums that also teaches the impoverished women how to sew handcrafts so they can earn money.
This experience will stand in stark contrast to the comparatively posh experiences I previously had in Africa. But I’m ready. I want it and I need it. It’s the next chapter in my story, a narrative I never would have written for myself but am so thankful for. I know this experience will be the latest in a series of opportunities to chip away at my heart, removing what doesn’t look like Jesus.
My heart and head are full right now. I don’t know what to fully expect so I am expecting the unexpected.
There are 15 of us on this trip. Please pray for us. Pray that God uses us, pours us out and that we would reflect Him well.