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Weekend Update

Quick update…
Monday- Sarah and I worked at Kosovo. I worked with the pre-unit, class four and five (equivalent preschool & 4th and 5th grade). I got to draw diagrams for the little kids about clean water and help grade their homework. For class four, I got to teach a Christian Religious Education class. We went over what it meant to be a Christian leader in your community and how you can be one today. To be honest the class went fine, but it was a little stressful because I was given the class material while I was eating lunch and had maybe 5 minutes to prep for class. Still, I had a blast reading the Word in front of them and getting them to think. In the class 5, I got to do art with them..I was all for this! I had them sit in rows of three and each child had to draw a part of the body (the face/shoulders, torso, hips/feet) and they had to do this without seeing what the person before them drew. The pictures turned out great and all the kids laughed at their crazy drawings.
Hands down best part of the day was teaching the children Red Light/Green Light which turned into a game of capture the mzungu (white person). Sarah and I would point to each other and tell the kids to get the other teacher..which was scary when you were being chased by close to 150 kids. Loved every moment.

Tuesday- I worked at the main centre, in the Spiritual Development Department, helping out with VBS. It was a lot of fun. I got to help the kids make necklaces and learn a Bible verse. Later on after Chai time, the church that was leading VBS, taught a Bible story and songs…the kids loved it. In the afternoon Kylie, Melissa and I worked on creating devotions for the pre-units for the following term. Low key wonderful day. Picture to the right is some of the kids after VBS.

Wednesday- Sarah, Emily and I worked at Bondeni. We spent most the day observing. I got to draw a diagram of a person and the different body parts and write up a list of opposite words (ex he…she). Favorite part of the day: teaching a pre-unit class the Month of the Year song. For those who weren’t in my class this year, it is the months sang to the tune of Michael Finnegan with the hand motions of the Macarena..it was fantastic ūüôā (Side note: Today was one of the coldest days since we been here. It was around 65 degrees, which meant all the kids were wearing their winter coats and hats.)

Thursday- Sarah, Emily and I worked at Area 2. Hands down my favorite school to work with thus far. The school only goes up to class 2 (equivalent to 2nd/3rd grade) so I got to work with the little kids! Side note: Don’t get me wrong I love working with older kids…but the little ones are just so precious. I worked in class 1 helping with math and homework corrections. It is incredible what those kids are learning at such a young age. Some of them aren’t even seven yet and they are learning two languages and doing double digit subtraction/missing box equations (ex. 53-___=21). After we were done teaching in the classrooms the head teacher called a meeting with all the teachers we had worked with to ask if we had any recommendations for them. I didn’t have anything negative to say.. I think the teachers there are doing an amazing job. The teachers I observed were dedicated to their kids success and took time to help each child. The teachers have a genuine desire for the children in their class to know the material and succeed in the education. It was inspiring.

Friday- We all worked at Kiamaiko. This day was harder than the rest. My roommate and I have decided to start the mornings off reading one of Max Lucado’s devos before walking out the door…just to start the day off right. I left for the center feeling at peace and ready for the day. As we all walked to the school I was approached by a man. I tried to ignore him at first but he was persistent. He told me I wasn’t a child of God and that I didn’t love God nor did He love me. He walked next to me the entire way saying profanities and ended with telling me my days were numbered. There is no other way to describe this encounter other than an attack against my faith. I’ve been told where God is persistent and present so is the devil. There is a spiritual battle going on here and today was the first time I saw it. My soul was unsettled after that. We spent our first few minutes at the school in prayer for our group and this community. Guys, I know the Lord is my father and that I am His child…but how many adults in that community know that? Walking back at the end of the day was just as hard. Even though we weren’t approached the air was thick, your heart felt heavy, and you could just feel darkness. I thought I was the only one experiencing it, but we all felt it. Please pray for this community.
Even in the darkness…light is present. God is here and He is moving in big ways. Pray for the continuing growth in believers and for people to seek Him in their dark hours.
I love and miss you all!
Until next time…God Bless

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Weekend update with Katrina Myron

Hey Everyone!

Oh goodness..where to begin?

The journey here…
As some of you may already know, getting to Kenya took us a bit longer than we expected. For those who don’t know..here’s what happened. We arrived at the Indy airport at 3 on¬†Tuesday¬†to catch our 6:30 flight to Chicago, only to find out at 6 our flight was canceled due to maintenance problems (counting that as a blessing from God that they found that out before). ¬†Anyways, thanks to one of our awesome team leaders, Scott, we were able to get a flight to Chicago later that night…but we would still miss our connecting flight to London so we had to stay the night in Chicago. The airline put us up in a hotel in Chicago and I got to have my first real deep dish pizza. ūüôā The next day we flew out bright and early to London only to miss our connecting flight to Kenya…so again the airline put us up in a hotel and we got to spend a whole extra day in London. After 3 days of travel and 3 different time changes we finally arrived in Nairobi, Kenya at 8 am Friday..it felt good to be on solid ground.

We didn’t slow down…
To help us adjust to Kenyan time, which is 10 hours difference from Oregon, they wanted to keep us awake all day. Well…that didn’t work.. at lunch I fell asleep at the lunch table while orientation was going on. Once we got up and moving to see the different departments and kids I was awake. MOHI¬†is incredible!! All the kids want to say hi or give you a high-five. Everyone is so welcoming and loving. We got a chance to go out and do some home visits in the slums. I was introduced to a woman named Nancy who lived in a small house with 10 other people (mainly children). She was so appreciative of us visiting and she was so proud of all that she was blessed with such as food, shelter, and God…this was humbling because it’s all things I take for granted. She has so much strength, faith, and trust in the Lord..it’s beautiful. After visiting her, I honestly wondered who was going to be taught more this summer, me or them? Guys, their love for the Lord is incredible and inspiring! They are grateful for everything! Yes, there are some who are not…but for those who have Christ..you see where their joy is. They¬†see things as eternal…these struggles¬†are only temporary to them. This gave our team a lot to think about as we headed back to our dorms.

This week in a nutshell…
Last weekend we enjoyed a wonderful day out with some of the locals who work at MOHI. They took us by all the areas we could go..and those few areas we should avoid.¬†We enjoyed the sunny weather and the local market. Later on that evening, we all went to Mary’s house¬†for a delicious dinner ( I think chapati¬†may be my new favorite food).¬†David, their son, was wonderful entertainment. He¬†was singing¬†and dancing for us..such a ham! The following day we went out to Joska¬†to church. SO many kids there…heaven. We got to sing, dance, and praise¬†Jesus with them! ūüôā¬†They worship so freely..with their entire body. Doesn’t matter if you can’t sing or dance you do it anyways. I love it. We spent most of Sunday looking at¬†the school’s new additions and taking pictures with the kids. I got hold the sweetest/calmest baby – such a bundle of love. ¬†After Joska,¬†we got some much-needed¬†down time to catch up on journaling and sleep before¬†we started work Monday. I could already tell¬†then this summer is going to be one of incredible growth and understanding in Christ.

So¬†Monday/Tuesday were¬†orientation days. Monday was incredible. My group got to tour around the slums with the spiritual development department and talk to new believers. Again my heart broke¬†because these women have so little and moving up to them in the slums meant not living near sewer. They all say the same thing…God must have a reason for this and they are going to trust in His plan.

Sidenote: You can see the positive impact MOHI has had on the slums. They have brought hope for a better future to the children and faith to the adults. They even have a clinic set up that is free for families to come get medical attention as well as provide information on HIV/AIDS.

…so by Monday evening many of us were emotionally drained. I also started to feel a little under the weather and by the time Tuesday came I was really¬†sick..I’m not sure if it¬†is due to lack of sleep and¬†poor adjustment or nuzzling those kiddos¬†at Joska¬†(I’m going to go with the first)..but I was down.¬†Wednesday came and went..and I¬†was still sick along with¬†6 other team members. By Thursday I was done letting my body get the best of me so I went..best decision!¬†Emily and I got to go work at another school teaching different grades. She worked with 4th¬†grade (called class here) and I worked with nursery (kindergarten) and first grade. LOVE IT!!! I taught the first grade cursive and helped them with math. I also got to correct their work books and they all swarmed to show me their work, so I had to sit down. While sitting down I had a little girl become intrigued with my hair and when she thought I wasn’t looking she touched my hair. I couldn’t help but laugh and grin at¬†her.¬†I honestly could have stayed there all day…they were sweet and loving…and they WANT to learn…it’s a privilege to go to school here.¬†Some classrooms have no lights and so the kids have to hold up their homework to try to get some natural light¬†to do their work. Multiple kids were sharing pencils and there was¬†one eraser for every¬†five kids. These young kids are learning multiple languages and travel far distances to get an education.

They honest to goodness WANT to learn and because they want to, I’m motivated to teach them to the best of my abilities.¬†I ended my afternoon working with kindergarten..what a hoot! There was this girl that I kid you not was me as a child. Such a riot.¬†She was all smiles and cracking jokes during drawing time. She kept talking to me in Swahili and giggling. The teacher said she was telling me that she¬†liked my drawings. Oh yes..I drew for the entire class. I drew a beach scene then I drew in 20 little drawing¬†books a picture of a table, chair, and bed for kids to color. While I drew on the board the entire class starting singing..the song went¬†like this…

I am coloring
I am coloring
Look at me
Look at me
Can you do what I do?
Can you do what I do?
Color Color Color
Color Color Color

..LOVED IT!
Well I’m sorry to cut off¬†right now..but the internet cafe that I am at is closing, so¬†I must go. I shall try to finish this sometime in the next few days. I LOVE and MISS you all!!¬†Mungu¬†Akubariki

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It’s Time!!

Guys please if you could send up¬†prayers for all the teams that are flying out today. It’s been joyful goodbyes..because we all know this is what we have been called to do and we will eventually be reunited.

¬†SO¬†EXCITED FOR ALL OF US!! God is going to do some AWESOME things this summer! ūüôā

P.S. just got word that I can receive text message free of charge while in Kenya so please if you have my number use it (but not to call..lol)! It does cost me a little bit to return a message so please don’t be offended if I don’t text back every time ūüôā

Love and miss you all!! See you in 2 months!

Katrina

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ON MY WAY!!

As I frantically pack and get last minute things ready I have to stop and say THANK YOU. Thank you everyone for being so supportive and loving…I’m blessed beyond belief. Thank you LORD for bringing me to this point in my life and leading me to serve. I’m excited for this epic summer of growth.

First prayer request:
Help my heart be open and prepared to grow and stretch. Help me serve…let me be Your hands and feet.

Contact info while In Kenya

Katrina Myron
PO Box 59322
00200 City Square
Nairobi, Kenya
East Africa

I love you all! See you in two months!!

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