Thursday, May 21, 2009

Getting Ready to Go!

The seeds for this trip were planted more than a year ago, when Craig Wood and Travis Woodard visited Craig's niece, a student at American University who was doing a semester abroad. Part of her term was spent at Ray of Hope, a clinic and learning center in one of Nairobi's poorest slums. Craig and Travis were deeply moved by what they saw, and wanted to find ways to support Ray of Hope and the children it serves.

When they discussed this with Glide pastor, Dr. Karen Oliveto, a dream began to take root. Thinking about the work that Glide has done in San Francisco, the trio began to wonder how Glide could develop a relationship with Ray of Hope. Plans for a mission trip were drawn, and an invitation was extended to the Glide community.

In the end, eight Glide members heard the call to serve in this way. Together, they raised funds to provide scholarships for those who would otherwise not be able to afford the trip. The Glide community supported the trip by providing donations (and bidders!) for a silent auction, as well as contributing supplies that were needed in Africa.

On Friday, May 22, the group begins a journey of more than 20 hours to arrive in Nairobi, where they will be staying at the Methodist Guest House. Your prayers are welcomed by the group as they go to learn and serve.

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