Myself and Jenni Lawrence spent a brilliant 6 weeks out in Kenya, living and working with our Brothers and Sisters.
I am a teacher at home and wanted to spend a little time working in a different culture. We were really well looked after by Christadelphian Brothers and Sisters and had the chance to work alongside them supporting their projects.
For the first three weeks we lived with John and Jennifer Tekka and worked in Nalondo School started by John and funded by the CBM and Meal a Day.
The school is for handicapped children and has children from nursery age all the way through to secondary age. The school was started by John when he noticed the need for a handicapped school for children in his area and is doing remarkably well; they compete well both academically and in sporting events with Schools across Kenya. At the end of our stay the sports teams were off to the second round of a big athletics competition for the local handicapped schools having flown through the first round.
John had us working hard, we tried to teach as many of the classes as we could and did two assemblies a week based on bible themes, hoping to encourage the children and teachers to share our excitement about the bible.
We taught English, RE, art and craft and music lessons to as many classes as we could fit in each week!
We tried to fit each lesson around bible stories and worked with the older children on things like prayer. With the much younger children in the nursery classes we spent whole lessons crouched on the floor tracing over spirals, letters and zig zags helping them with their handwriting.
We spent a few sessions working with the children in wheelchairs playing balloon games and giving them much needed time out of their chairs.
On Sundays John took us on tour to several of the local Christadelphian ecclesias (churches) where we would teach the Sunday schools in the morning and spend the day with our Brothers and Sisters. We went to several new ecclesias and a few larger ones which have been established for a while and are flourishing.
For the second half of our trip we went to Kimbilio orphanage and worked in Lela with the nursery children.Kimbilio and Lela is a big project started by Justus and Annette when they took in their first orphan Mary and they now have two sites with dormitories for the 100 plus children they have adopted since. We spent our days at the Lela home teaching in the nursery school run for local children and our evenings with the older children in Kimbilio.
In the nursery school we taught bible based lessons and tried each day to make a big picture illustrating our lesson. With the older children we played a lot of volleyball and spent our evenings studying the bible with them.
I feel very blessed to have been able to spend time out in Kenya with our Brothers and Sisters, getting involved in their projects and building friendships with them. It was such a privilege to teach the huge Sunday schools and the children in both schools.