Trip Start Feb 05, 2010
Trip End Feb 20, 2010

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Flag of Kenya  , Nairobi Area,
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today the team had the experience of visiting some of the public schools in the village of Banana as they visited WAPIS, headed by Pastor Peter Kamau.  Dr. Stanko could not go, so the team was under the capable leadership of Karla Byrd.  When Dr. Stanko greeted the bus when they returned this evening, they all shouted, "We were celebrities.  The children came running at us and it was frightening!"  Well, let's let the team tell you about it in their own words:

"Today was such a life-changing experience for me.  It opened my eyes once again to how much we take for granted but still complain. Those kids were so overwhelmed to see visitors and to meet new people. I felt like I was a celebrity or something. We all used our celebrity
status though to go in and preach about God in the public schools.  How great that was!" -- Brandi Cadamore

"Being in Kenya has been a blessing.  It is so beautiful here. The bright sun and the beautiful trees speak to God's provision. Today I sat with an orphan, I ate with an orphan, I played with an orphan.  When I look into these children's eyes, I see hope, I see Jesus.  I have been touched by Jesus today." - Marsha Boyce.

"Today we were in a small village called Banana. It certainly was an incredible experience visiting the local schools.  The children were prepared for our arrival the team watched in amazement as hundreds of students came rushing at us!  There were three schools and this happened all three times. As we all took turns speaking to the groups, we reminded them to rely on Jesus to guide them through the coming years, to stay in school and to study hard. The older children were encouraged to make good choices with their bodies as they move into their teen years. My favorite part of today?  Those beautiful faces! There is no photo that can capture the hope and joy seen in them.

"Our team has been incredible! We work hard, cry hard, and laugh hard every day! John is an
excellent task master and has chosen our experiences to cover our view of a great Lord!" - Marsha Merryman

Since Dr. Stanko did not accompany the team today, he has pulled pictures out of his archives from the place where the team went today.  He promises that these pictures are exactly what the team saw today, because it is like that every time you go.

We are not sure what kind of Internet access we will have on safari, so you may not hear from us for a few days.  We are off to the Masai Mara tomorrow, a four-hour drive, leaving at 7 AM so we can get there in time for lunch.  Then we will do a game drive tomorrow and Dr. Stanko has us primed for great things.  We promise to share pictures when we can.

Till next time, keep praying! (Make sure you click on the pictures to read the captions.)
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Linda Rinchiuso on

Really enjoying your wonderful recaps of trip. Yes, Dr. John is correct it is like that every time you go. I made three trips to Kenya and at each school the beautiful children overwhelmed us when we arrived. (pics could be from one of those trips). We left so blessed by them. Have fun on safari, check cameras because you will not want to miss one shot!

boo on

hi bran-bran
dont know if you are getting any of the things ive posted. when i looked back i didnt see them. anyways hug the children from me. you know if i were there i would be givin them lots of lovin'.God bless all of you and may your trip be safe and rewarding.bran-bran we are sooooooo very proud of you. we love you.

Mrs. shoaf's class on

We enjoyed seeing what you are doing in Africa. We learned how different life and school is there.
Heidi - We miss you in gym class. Hope you are back next week. What you are doing is a great blessing.
Nick - It looks like you are having lots of fun.
Chelsey - I like seeing you play with the kids.
Sarah Affrica- Don't forget to wear your sunscreen!!.
Deidre- I like seeing your pictures.
Mrs. Hoscheid- You are in for a climate shock when you get back!!!
Zachary - We hope to see your safari pictures.
Mrs. Shoaf - It is a joy to all you and the team are doing. Looking forward to seeing your pictures when you return.
We love you and miss you.

Aunt T on

Good Morning Brandi & team - Happy Valentines Day!!!!!!!!!! I think you should be back from your safari by now?? Hope all went well. Have a great day. Prayers are with all of you. Take care & I'm sure I don't have to say to give the kids lots of lovings - you're doing very well on your own. Again, you will change their lives forever (yours will be also). Keep up the good work honey. Luv you.

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