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Kenya Mission Team A, Day 6

We spent today in Zone 3, the furthest area from the center of town.  It is about an hour away from the Inua office in Naivasha.  It is a more rural area, scattered among large, internationally-owned, flower farms.   We gathered at a church in the DCK neighborhood with seven youth and one mentor as well as two missioners from Minnesota (courtesy of Ivor and Mary Scott Singer) who were joining us for the second half of our week. 

This area appears to have the greatest need in terms of access to water, education, etc.  Even so, their faith and joy remain high.  It was a blessing to hear the youth speak with enthusiasm and confidence about their futures.  We went to see a few of their businesses including Beth’s hair salon, called “Smart Saloon”, Ben’s Poultry Farm which sells eggs, chickens, and chicks for breeding and Vivian/Cynthia’s hair salon, where a few of us were able to purchase headbands and hair ties.  While there, we ran into Abraham, a Cycle 2 graduate who is now a tour guide at Hell’s Gate National Park. It was so uplifting to see the growth and smile on Abraham’s face!

After our visits with the youth, the Kenyan office staff gave us a tour of the Inua Farm, currently brimming with corn. The farm is used to train youth about safe agri-business while increasing food security. It is an important part of the program, one which we are working to expand.   We (all 15 of us – 5 Kenyans and 10 missioners) enjoyed a late lunch at Ken Gen before the rains came pouring down.  We made it back to the hotel in the late afternoon for a few meetings about the new mentor training program and graduation prep.

The youth are growing nicely. The crops in the farm are growing nicely. Our team, our understanding of this mission and our vision for Inua is growing nicely.  

God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.