East Africa: Ministering To Children Through Music!

---Arrival---

Our team is here! We departed at 3 pm ET and arrived 24 hours later, 10 pm here and it was a full 24-hours of good times.

The team is tired but in great spirits. God continues to answer our prayers with the latest answered petition being a pushed back start time tomorrow from 7:30am to 8:45.  We are all thankful for a little bit more time to ease jet lag ease.  

We met our beloved partners tonight who were kind enough to meet us at the airport and patiently waited for a slow baggage process. We are all very excited to see what the Almighty has in store for tomorrow.

----May 13 update---

What a great day the Lord had in store for us today.  Our team split into two groups with three of us focused on training 110 teachers in Teeny Tykes and Tunes (gospel centered music curriculum for kids). That training lasted most all day with a couple of “tea” breaks and lunch in between.  

The 2nd group was deployed to Mathare Slum comprised of ~500K people and ~70K of those are children. We met about 150 of those children in cramped classrooms but were amazed at their enthusiasm and joy in engaging with us.  The words of the day were “How are YOU!” as that seems to be the most common English phrase picked up at a young age.   After holding Teeny Tykes classes with the children, our team led ~50 teachers in training of the curriculum and we pray many seeds were planted in both the teachers and children.

I think we all commented today on how beautiful all of the children are and also how much joy they have. It’s amazing to see how African children and American children are just that – children. And so understandable why our Lord said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”