African Mission :: Summer 2016

Posted by Brent.Barry on August 8, 2016

African Mission Group
NorthPark International Mission, Kitale, Kenya

Thursday, July 28th
An update from Rev. Brent & family:

We have arrived in Kenya after quite a journey including an extra 24 hours of travel and diversions to Washington Dulles and Paris (no time to see Paris unfortunately but the kids have now been to France!) We are completely exhausted (except for Ian – he is wide awake and ready to go having the unique ability to sleep while standing, a skill he learned in the meds line at Camp Sweeney many years ago).

With all our travel difficulties, only one tub was left behind in Dallas, which we consider a true miracle and while the trip started out really rocky with our initial flight connection being canceled (hence the diversion to Dulles and Paris), we had incredible luck processing through lines and have had a lot of help from very kind United employees. These are blessings.

So it is now morning in Kenya, and we're planning out our next few days. We'll be exploring some new mission opportunities in Nairobi for coming years to build schools and churches as well as to work with some girl "rescue" projects. We are also hoping to connect with some persons in the diabetes community in Nairobi.

Grace & peace,
Brent, Susan, Hannah & Ian

Giraffe

Sunday, July 31st
An update from Rev. Brent & family:
 

We had a long drive from Nairobi to Kitale. Today we will host the MEDS for Africa GEMs at the Eden House where we are staying. The girls will receive special instruction on healthy cooking, and we'll play some games. They will also be educated on various topics appropriate for these young ladies. We'll then meet with one of the first "Guys" for the Guys Education Mission today. Hannah and Susan will meet with a young lady with Type 1 Diabetes today who is a former GEM to see what kind of help she needs in improving her diabetic care.

Tomorrow we will meet with friends in the diabetes community in Kitale to determine a path for a camp in 2017. Cherry and David are visiting the many early education feeding programs that they sponsor in the Kitale area. Please keep us in your prayers as we explore what God is guiding us to do.

Grace and peace,
Brent, Susan, Hannah & Ian

Susan Sister Freida

Tuesday, August 2nd
An update from Cherry & David Haymes, MEDS for Africa

12 GEMS and one GUY got together today for games, to write thank you notes, to share a meal, and prayer of gratitude. Thank you, Susan, for your gifts to the girls. Thank you, Alli and Cherry, for a loving, rewarding, fun-filled day!

Haymes Africa

GEMS Africa

Friday, August 5th
An update from Cherry & David Haymes, MEDS for Africa

The girls soccer team at Kipsongo received their new uniforms today. In an exhibition game this afternoon, they beat a team of local boys! The Kipsongo fans went wild. This is an excellent example of how sports can unite and inspire a community whether it's the Dallas Cowboys or FC Kipsongo. Way to go, girls!

Africa Football Team

Sunday, August 7th
An update from Rev. Brent & family:

As part of a diabetes clinic at Tumu Tumu hospital in Kenya, 211 were treated. 50 were treated in the eye clinic. You will remember that NorthPark supported the eye clinic as a part of our 2010 capital campaign. Your gifts to that campaign continue to help those in need, and plans are now underway for a 5-day diabetes camp for Type 1 children in 2017. Thanks be to God!
 

Brent, Susan, Hannah & Ian

African Clinic



Rev. Brent A. Barry is the lead pastor of NorthPark Presbyterian Church. He encourages readers to join the conversation by leaving a comment or emailing him at the church. The Barry-Cox family will return from Africa on Friday, August 12th.

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