After a full week of serving the women and children of Maisha, our entire group was sad to see our journey come to an end. Throughout the course of the week we were able to work with three different ministries within Maisha International that allowed us the opportunity to see a wide spectrum of the need in the Kisumu area. We worked with the orphanage, the prison, and the slum/home visit ministries. Our hearts were touched by the many people that we had the honor to serve and pray over. It was a general consensus among the team that one of the most awesome things about the people of Kisumu is their joy in the midst of sorrow! It is a deep joy that resonates so strongly that you cannot help but desire that same passion that they have for God. It is truly a beautiful thing to listen to small children who have nothing, tell you that we must be strong and patient and wait on the Lord. This joy was also very evident in the lives of the people who keep Maisha running. The men and women who take care of the children and cook for them never stop working and giving. They live out the call of Christ in the way they give and sacrifice for so many. I was so blessed to serve alongside some amazing women in the kitchen. We shared tears of sadness, joy and laughter that I will treasure forever.
On our last night at Maisha, Mama Grace, stood before us and told us how much she appreciated us. She then proceeded to present each of the members on our team with bracelets that looked like the African flag and another one that had our names on them. It was a very beautiful and humbling moment for our team. Along with Mama Grace’s words, many of the Maisha workers stood up to share their appreciation and offer words of prayer. It was a very emotional time as we sat and reflected on the week’s events. We were each blessed by many special people who will forever be held safely in our hearts!
Praise God for what He is doing and how He is working!
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you and satisfy your desire in a sun scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:10-11