Abby J. has gladly contributed to the blog with a list of her experiences as a global intern in Kenya. Here are her thoughts:
Q. What kind of ministry?
A. Currently, the only ministry that I am doing is teaching, along with Kelly, a Bible Club every Wednesday at a local school. This is challenging me to know the Bible more, and it is causing me to fall more in love my Lord as I teach the kids. It also challenges me to put things in simple form and yet stretch the kids at the same time. I don’t want to present Sunday school lessons; I want them to be mature Christians and to have a real relationship with God. I’m also going to teach a Sunday School at the same school for the boarding students. This will only be once a month but will allow me to spend time with the kids and talk with them.
Recently, the Lord has been putting new visions and ideas on my heart and in my mind. I am praying about direction and do not want to just do stuff to do it but want to serve and do what God has for me to do here. I am wanting to start a volleyball team with the Somali teen girls here and just hang out with them and have fun playing. I also want to go to the local hospital and see if I can volunteer there and learn. I am very interested in medical missions and hope to gain further learning about the medical field. The next ministry opportunity is completely new and totally on the prayer list. Who knows if it will work, but it’s been presented to me to start a Bible study with the women of my church and other friends. It’s still the beginnings, but we’ll see what God says.
Q. What does your housing look like?
A. Our house is so cute! I love it. We have made it into a nice little home and have made the men on our team rather jealous of the homey feel. It’s a 3 bedroom house with one bath, a kitchen, and living/dining room. Over the months, we’ve increased in decor such as pictures, curtains, wall hangings and lamps. In my room, we have drapes and pictures on the wall, and I even have a lamp and nightstand.
Q. What does communication with home look like?
A. Communication with home is sporadic. Because I have a cell phone here, I am able to text with people back home. So my best friend and I text almost everyday. It doesn’t cost a whole lot, but it isn’t free either. I text my parents probably twice or three times a week. It’s amazing how fast it is and how strong the connection is if I call them. Internet works well here, and we don’t have too many problems minus the occasional disconnected modem. But I can set up “skype dates” with friends and family and haven’t had any problems. It’s so nice having that freedom and ability to stay connected.
Q. What are the people like?
A. That is a very complex question. Lets see. Kenyans are pretty much exactly opposite from Americans! For one, they are indirect and communal in their lifestyle. People here are generally very friendly and really, really love white people because they think we have money. They are incredibly hospitable. Even when they don’t have much, they offer it to you. The people here are tough and have usually gone through so much pain, and yet they are still so joyful and full of life. People here are laid back, and life just doesn’t cause them to rush around in a frenzy. The pace here is so calm compared to America. People are more important than business or errands.
Q. What are some interesting things you’ve done?
A. I’ve ridden a camel. I’ve butchered a chicken. I’ve taught English to a class of Somalis. I’ve eaten a bowl of cereal with ants in it. I’ve had a picnic out in the bush with Giraffes in the distance.