East Africa: A Great Work

In our devotional this morning Debbie A. shared about how focused Nehemiah was as he carried out the work of the Lord in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  When his enemies tried to trap him he did not get distracted, telling them   "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down."  (Nehemiah 6:3).  Our time here has already had some distractions but we have stayed focused on the work God has called us to do.

Today we worked with the ladies from Kibera Slum at Sew4Life.   These ladies left the slum, where there are 1 million people living in a 1 square mile area, to spend the day learning some new sewing and crafting skills.  They were hard workers, patient, cooperative and a joy to teach.  At the end of the day they had learned how to make place mats (that they can sell if they want to) and all of us learned to love and respect these ladies.

Yes, there were distractions yesterday and  today.  From a downpour as we waited outside the airport to an unexpected power outage, last night was somewhat of an adventure.  Today during our time at Sew4Life some of the babies were fussy or needed attention from their moms.  Some of the pinking shears were dull and could not be used.  We had to send out for some additional irons.  But we were focused on sharing the love of God with these special women.  And we all did a great work today together!

Kibera Slums - where 1 million people live in a 1 square mile area

Kibera Slums - where 1 million people live in a 1 square mile area

The ladies at Sew4Life were proud of what they made today!

The ladies at Sew4Life were proud of what they made today!

Learning to count to ten in Swahili ... Moja, mbili, tatu, nne, tano, sita, saba, nane, tisa, kumi!

Learning to count to ten in Swahili ... Moja, mbili, tatu, nne, tano, sita, saba, nane, tisa, kumi!

Sewing with a baby on her back! 

Sewing with a baby on her back!