Kenya Mission Trip 2020

THIS TRIP IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (April 9, 2020)

Partner Organization: David’s Hope International (DHI), Eburru, Kenya
DHI supports Camp Brethren Ministries, which is made up of a local African Inland Church (AIC) and its community outreach and care ministries in the impoverished farming community of Eburru, Kenya located about 2 hours northwest of Nairobi.

Camp Brethren has been sharing the gospel and love of Christ in this community for 15 years, and the impact has been transformational. Pastor Steve Njenga leads the Jerusalem AIC church in Eburru and is a regional leader for AIC’s District Church Council in Nakuru County. Camp Brethren hosts and Pastor Steve leads an annual pastors conference and lay conferences for men and women to help enable and support the gospel message. The Jerusalem Church has a discipleship program, which includes certifications, and has a long-term goal to operate a Bible College in the region. Camp Brethren conducts many evangelism and outreach ministries, including a home building program for the most impoverish families, alcohol addiction rehabilitation, and various life skills training programs. Camp Brethren also operates a medical clinic that sees over 4,000 patients and delivers up to 100 babies each year.

In addition, Camp Brethren runs two schools (taught in English): a primary school with over 400 pre-K to 8th grade students and a partially finished high school with about 150 students. The schools, which include both paying borders and charitable day-school students, are schools of excellence scoring in the top 5% on the annual national exam and producing future leaders and servants that will embody the school motto “to lead and to serve.”

Who is leading the trip?
Pastor Nate and Shannan Keeler. Ten years ago Nate and Shannan led a 12-person trip with DHI to Eburru Kenya and have been partners with DHI ever since.

How many people can go?
Up to six families OR 12 adults and 12 children of any age. Accommodations are modest but do have electricity and plumbing.

How will we serve?
There is great flexibility of serving opportunities depending on the make-up of the team and the number of families. Some considerations and opportunities are:

  • The children can have a unique impact and connection with the students in the school and in the community and are able to communicate well as the students are taught in English.
  • Ministry opportunities include sharing the gospel with the students and families in the community. Programs like Awana have been brought and are used in the school and teams will support Awana as well as daily chapel hours, Athletic camps (soccer, basketball, volleyball, other), and provide specific parenting training to parents in the community.
  • Serving in the Medical Clinic or leading a mobile medical clinic in a needed area.
  • Biblical training of leaders, families, CBM Staff.
  • Justice and Mercy Ministry

What are the requirements?

  • All interested team members must fill out the BVBC Volunteer Ministry Application. Included in the application is agreement to BVBC Doctrinal Statement, References and Above Reproach Agreement.
  • All team members are required to fund their own trip (either through support raising or self-funding).
  • All team members must attend the team meetings
  • Great attitudes, flexibility (TIA “This is Africa”), teamwork, communication, conflict resolution.

What about logistics?
DHI trips are fully “turn-key.” Teams do not need to deal with finances, logistics or food while they are on the ground in Kenya. DHI/CBM picks up at airport, coordinates all ministry, lodging, food and R&R (safari) so teams can focus entirely on serving the ministry.

What does it cost? (estimate)
$10,000 for a family of four for 10 days on ground to include safari
$3,000/adult and $2,000/child under 13

Cost Breakdown:

  • $400/adult or about $40/Day Food/Lodging in Eburru
  • $200/adult for transportation (10 days)
  • $500/adult for ministry support/project supported during mission trip
  • $150/adult for 1 or 2 nights lodging & food in Nairobi
  • $400/adult for safari
  • $1,200 to $1,500 for flights in summer (Emirates recommended due to schedule/price)

What is the travel schedule? (estimate)

  • 4 July a.m. travel to Kenya from Philadelphia
  • 5 July p.m. arrive in Kenya, overnight Nairobi
  • 6 July travel to Eburru, orientation and initial service
  • 7-13 July serve in Eburru
  • 14-16 July safari
  • 16-17 July travel to Philadelphia

What about Fundraising?
All contributions are tax deductible and payable to David’s Hope Int’l (DHI). Each team member is responsible for funding their own trip and expenses. We recommend sending support letters to family, friends and church members. Our team can decide to do fundraising events at BVBC, local business, etc.

Timeline:
March 29: Application deadline (Volunteer Ministry Application on file)
April, May, June: Three or more team meetings (Sunday afternoons, TBD)
April-July: Fundraising
April 30: Passport application deadline (if necessary)

FAQ:
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Eburru is a hilly, farming area around 3,000ft above sea level in the Great Rift Valley area. The days are hot and usually dry with low humidity. The evenings are cool.

Q: Is it safe?
A: Anytime you travel to Kenya there is inherent risk involved. The trip will NOT be near any increased risk areas of Kenya. Eburru is a very safe area. DHI and CBM have hosted many American church trips for over 10 years without incident and they take safety seriously. See travel.state.gov for current information.

Q: Are shots necessary?
A: Be sure to be up-to-date on all routine vaccinations. See www.cdc.gov for recommended vaccines and medicine.

Camp brethern ministry school campus. Show are several large building including two two-story buildings. Children are playing in some of the outside areas.