Friday, August 17, 2012

Getting Ready for the Journey--Ray of Hope 2012

On Thursday night, the 2012 Ray of Hope team left for Nairobi, Kenya, to work at the Ray of Hope Learning Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The team is taking a night flight to Washington, DC. From DC the team will fly to Nairobi via Ethiopia.  The team will arrive in Nairobi Saturday afternoon.

This trip is the result of many months of planning, organizing, and fund raising. We are grateful to the GLIDE community, our family, and friends who have helped make this trip possible through financial gifts, supply donations, support, and prayers. We couldn't do this without you and we carry you with us as we go!

We have joked with one another that the biggest challenge has been packing. To bring the maximum amount of supplies we can, each team member commits to limiting their personal items (two weeks of clothing, toiletries, and other items) to just a carry on so that our checked baggage can be filled with supplies. As a result, we are bringing 800 pounds of supplies to the Ray of Hope Learning Center.

Team members being warmly welcomed aboard by Virgin America: Pastor Karen Oliveto, Classy Martin, team leader Craig Wood, Kwame Evans, intern Angela Brown, Kirsti Tcherkoyan, Christina Severson, Robin Ridenour

Ray of Hope team alum member Travis Woodard helps send us off!


  1. Karibu Kenya and enjoy yourselves!You are a blessing to the needy and less fortunate among us.

    If you get time pass by our school and church.We value you all.

    Anne from Children of Africa Hope Mission School.

    1. Asante, Anne! Unfortunately, this trip is not going to be as long as previous trips, so we will not have time to get to the school and church. We are disappointed but carry you all in our hearts and prayers!
      Pastor Karen