It’s very exciting.
I’m off with a team of 10 of us from Springfield Church to RUSH in Kenya on the 12 Feb. RUSH is a project in the western part of Kenya in the town of Kakamega. We have been supporting the project, as a church for the past three years or so.
RUSH is the key charity that we support as a church and some 25% of all the money we give to charity to RUSH. We chose RUSH because of their vision and drive. RUSH (which stands for Reaching the Unchurched with Self Help) is aimed at helping the people of Kakamega in all sorts of ways. They run a thriving school, they help people to learn a trade, help those with HIV/Aids, run an orphanage etc etc. We feel very privileged to be partnering with them.
The thing about helping an organisation such as RUSH is how feeble it makes us appear. All of this has been set-up and spearheaded by one couple – Andrew and Lucy – an amazing achievement affecting hundreds of lives. Then you compare all they have done with what we do – not a comparison I particularly wish to dwell on!
So far we have had the joy of helping them with things such as providing clean water, building a nursery block for the school, chickens to provide them eggs to eat and sell etc. Great things to help them with but we always wanted more out of this relationship.
Now we have the chance to visit them.
It doesn’t mean that we are going to change things there (I hope we don’t have the hubris of one church I went to where it was announced that there were only two weeks left to change Vietnam – where a team from that church were visiting). But I do expect the experience to change us. I believe that this experience can help us in building strong relationships and give us a greater hunger to feed the poor and clothe the needy.
Anything we DO there will be a bonus.
I’ve had all the jabs. Now I have to start thinking about all the stuff I need to get together to go.
Also, they’ve asked me to do a sermon at their church – told that 45 mins to an hour will be fine!!! Now I’m not a 10 minute person but even I baulk at 45 mins to an hour.
But anyway the feeling will pass (presumably after the event) and there is so much to look forward to.
Virgin have been incredibly helpful and have given us double the normal baggage allowance to allow us to take out things to help the people at RUSH. We are still looking for glasses (1.5, 2 or 2.5 magnification), Wallington High School for Girls uniform kilts and multivitamin pills. if you are able to help with any of these then please do contact me or the Church Centre (Address and tel no. on the Church website)
Indeed we are planning to blog each day of our visit to let you, dear reader, experience our daily experiences. Once we get to Kakamega we will be involved in different areas of the work there – car mechanics (you will be pleased to know that that won’t involve me), teaching, painting, visiting the widows etc. and we want to be able to record our experiences. We hope we may even be able to put some video clips up.
All of this is depending on getting a reasonable internet connection – but we should find one!
So from the 12th Feb onwards we will be blogging daily our trip to Kakamega!