This August I had the privilege of leading 12 adults to Kenya to work with our New Hope Heroes. AWESOME does not even come close to describing how great of a trip it was. God showed up in big ways, lives were changed for the better, and our children only ask that we come back for longer next year. "Three weeks next year mama! Okay, at least two weeks..."
Our team prepped for over 8 months, reading important books on Short Term Missions such as When Helping Hurts and Toxic Charity. We reviewed customs, learned songs and phrases in Swahili, built counseling teams. We designed a curriculum that used self learning lessons, art therapy, improv skits, Bible verses/stories, games and more to give our youth a week lessons regarding self discovery, emotional intelligence, and life skills. They learned how to battle fears, love their neighbors, plan for their futures.
God provided us with a ROCK STAR team of people from the US who, first and foremost, loved on our children so unconditionally that hearts of stone melted, shyness was banished, emotional wounds were healed and released.
Even little Billy, our youngest, who never says a word, was leading a Conga line and dancing by the last day.
More to come on this incredible time, but for now I can only thank the one above for loving our children so much He sent this team of incredible individuals to bond together and change children's lives.
NHC Team Members