27 June 2010

Nairobi and Me

After 30+ hours of travel, our team finally made it to Nairobi.

We landed at 6:30am, strolled through the shortest visa line I've ever seen, grabbed our luggage and heard screams, whistles and cheers. The Nairobi students (and a few leaders) had met up (at 5am!) to come and welcome us at the airport. They gave each of us gifts (two scarves) and then carried our luggage out for us!We are filming a video for Kenyan MTV while we are here--a Real World, of sorts-- (Crazy, right? More on that later) so they were at the airport to catch our welcome and team introductions.

Each of our students from Mariners has been paired with and is rooming with a Kenyan student. They have been sitting together on van rides and at meals...and it's been very fun to watch friendships develop so quickly.

After a quick stop at the hotel, we headed to Mavuno Church. We attended two services this morning, the first was the youth service: Teenz Konnekt.

The DJ for the service
Maureen and Michelle
Natalie and Jaya
Ryanne, Courtney and Zury
Emmanuel (E-Mach), Preston and Max
Zury, Angel and Cindy

After three or four worship songs, a guy got up and declared it "Holy Spirit Party Time" and lead the room in about 20 minutes of straight dancing. It was really, really fun...and instantly negated the work the shower had done for me only an hour earlier...

Matt and Bianca dancing
They also had a Mime Team (which I will call the Mimestry) who preformed a mime to "Turn Around, Bright Eyes"

After the Teens service, we took tea together and then walked over to the adult service. It had been a LONG journey and we hadn't yet recovered, so we had some sickness and a lot of sleeping in the service...but we ended with some more singing and dancing, which makes everyone feel better!

We drove back through Nairobi (most of us asleep on the bus) and made it back for an afternoon of relaxation (and bathing)!

Once we had recuperated a bit, we sat down for dinner together...and then a quick leaders meeting. I was a little distracted during the meeting because I could see the students hanging out together through the glass wall: the Kenyan students teaching the Americans to dance...and everyone laughing about just how white we are. I love those simple moments. I love laughter.

Our devotion time tonight was filled with get-to-know-you questions (including "When was your last relationship?" which lead us to discover that two of our students are dating and not even Pastor Grace knew about it!), three of our leaders shared their stories, we spent some time processing and journal-ing about our own story so that we might be ready to share this week.

We ended with a reading from 1 Samuel 3.

10 And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel.

We ended the evening by praying that God would speak to us...
We are open...nervous, but excited, about the shocking things God is going to do in our hearts this week...

You can pray with us here.


Cathi said...

Praying for you guys tonight- you've been on my mind all day. Can't wait to hear all of the things God is going to show you. Miss you!!

Julie Hibbard said...

I feel like I was there! Soooo happy for ALL of you! Enjoy and share and dance and laugh!!
I love you!

PETE Di LALLO said...

We're praying for you every day and thanking God for all you do...
having time to laugh is a good thing...