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A group from 4 different US cities will gather together at the Project Lucas Center in Ruiru, Kenya on July 12-28, 2019 to love and ministier to the precious chidren and families that are involved in the Project Lucas Sponsorship Program and Project Lucas Academy. As they say on Law and Order "Here are their Story..." (drama music)

 

Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:16 PM

Thoughts from Amanda

Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:16 PM
Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:16 PM

Jambo! (Hello)

Jina langu ni Amanda. (My name is Amanda) I am from Chesapeake, VA and this is my 3rd trip to Kenya with Project Lucas. I have absolutely loved returning year after year to see my sponsor child, Michelle, and the various ways that the Lord works through this organization. I didn’t know what to expect from Him this time around since I’ve been a few times now, but in the few days we have been here God has already been present blessing me personally in ways He never has before through a Kenya trip. Isn’t He wonderful??

After yet another amazing breakfast prepared for us by the Heart House Lodge staff, we headed to the Project Lucas Center for a long day of productive work. Back home, I am a 2nd grade teacher, so this week I’ve been spending a lot of time in the classroom with our Project Lucas Academy students and their head teacher, Isabel. I met her two years ago here, and that itself was an unexpected blessing for me. We instantly hit it off and had several worthwhile conversations about education, and I began to realize how very similar we are as teachers even though we teach in two very different countries. Teaching is teaching, and God has given both of us a passion for it. Seeing her now, two years later, and being able to strengthen that relationship has been very special for me (and I think for her as well). Today I helped Isabel give some English tests where some kids read sight words and sentences aloud. That was SO fun for me! I was very impressed with the students I tested (2nd grade- 8 years old), partially because they know three languages (Swahili, their tribe tongue, and English!). They learn their four core subjects as well as Swahili and Bible. I’m amazed at how much these kids learn, and you can really see how much they truly value education here. It is their way out of poverty and hope for a better future. That blesses my teacher heart!

After they finished school for the morning, several of us from the team began some craft stations for the kiddos. Edie, Robin, Andrew, and I each had a table and we made bracelets from plastic straws, thumbprint drawings, and had inchworm/cotton ball races. They have been having a blast with each of the simple games/activities we plan for them!

For lunch, we enjoyed a traditional Kenyan lunch at a restaurant in Ruiru, Kenya. We were able to bring along most of our Project Lucas workers and bless them with a special meal. I know that meant a lot to them.

The second half of the day was busy, busy, busy! Several people played with/loved on the kids. Maddie led a devo on David and Goliath with help from Dylan and Gary to play the respective roles. We also had fun playing games in a giant circle and singing various songs. Our kids sure can dance! Those who were doing laborious work continued painting walls, doors, and the Project Lucas hand on our entrance gate (shout out to Amy!). Rebekah and I were painting pillars by the front gate and two 6th grade boys in our sponsor program came up to us and immediately started painting alongside us! They were so sweet with their willingness to help. How neat is that- these kids have so little, we come here to help bless them, and they WANT to work with us. They take pride in the center where they spend their time and want to be a part of making it beautiful.

Thank you to those who have been praying for our team and our kids/staff here in Kenya during this trip. Please pray for us tomorrow as we pass out backpacks to 700 students in poverty and share the Gospel with them!

Kwaheri! (Goodbye)

-Amanda Buck

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