13 August 2008

I Went To Bosnia Today

Today, Steve took us to an IDP (Internally Displaced People) Camp called Bosnia (and, funnily enough, it's next to another camp called Chechnia).
This camp was opened during the beginnings of the clashes in Mt. Elgon, in 1992. A man bought 5 acres and gave a small plot to each family. These families, since, have lived on this land and struggled to make ends meet. Since they don't have enough land to grow crops, and share a kitchen, these families depend on each other, and on God to survive. 
The camp is a little way off of the main road, and the ground was slightly muddy and the van got stuck. Here's Stonic trying to push it out...awesome.
They invited us in to their chapel to introduce ourselves, hear from their pastors, share a few songs, and hear a bit about their life in Bosnia. We found that they are large families...the younger generations can not raise the money for school funds, so they drop out. Without education, they can not get jobs. Without jobs, they can not move out of the camp. So, families have anywhere from 3 (newer families) to 31 people living in one room (like this woman pictured). We left the chapel and toured a few homes, listening and praying.Here are a few other people we had a chance to pray for:




Oh, and my new boyfriend.
I talked to this woman and her baby...
We assessed the situation. Steve did some shopping and we're going back tomorrow to give them out (water jugs, soap, etc). We're also taking Sister Freda so she can give out medicine (de-worming, malaria...to name a few).

After lunch, we headed to a girl's Bible Study for 6 or 7 teenage girls from Oasis of Hope. It's a study about abstinence...our second session is tomorrow (twice a week for the next three weeks). I think it will be a little overwhelming (considering the amount of physical abuse and child molestation here). But, I love to work with teenage girls...and I love Oasis, so I know it will be great.

3 comments:

Julie Hibbard said...

Wow...wow...wow...
I am glad you didn't go to Bosnia today. You obviously made a much bigger impact on many lives right there in Kenya...
What great things you guys are doing! How blessed those people are!

Your new boyfriend is darling. Looks like a happy man too!

Tell Stonic I said hello!

PETE Di LALLO said...

Holy Mackerel Alli!!!
What a difference you and the team are making in their lives...

Jess said...

I love the picture of you talking to the baby...awesome!