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Give It Over To GOD

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

Only 20 days until departure and I could not be more excited, BUT I could not be more scared, worried about finances, nervous, and anxious about going to a foreign land trying to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. From this experience of preparation I have learn to give all y cares and worries to God and let Him take care of them for me. I know God is going to work through my team and I and I am excited to be His vessels to bring the good news to the people of Ireland.

As many of you know my prayer for the trip is that God would humble me as a student so that I may learn that which is to be learned. Also, that His kingdom come and my kingdom die. I pray that you would be in prayer with my team and I as we continue with the last few preparations for the trip.

Not only do we have 20 days until the trip, but all of my assignments are due in 10 days! Just the thought of this is stressful. Knowing that once I turn all of my assignments in, I will be preparing for Ireland, coming home for a little while, summer camp, internship, and getting ready for SENIOR YEAR!

I want to encourage you to give whatever you are worrying about, stressing over to God and allow Him to use it for His great and divine purpose. Know that He won’t put more on you than you can bare, and hey you’ve made it this far so continue to push through!


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Summer: Coming Soon to a School Near You

As the semester is wrapping up and deadlines are looming, I find myself increasingly looking forward to the the beginning of our trip to Belize. It’s only about four weeks away now, which is crazy because I feel like there is still so much left to do. I have been blessed by my family and friends giving once again to support my second trip with Jr’s Global, and have raised nearly $3,000 out of the $3,500 I will need. It’s also strange to think that it was very nearly a year ago that I was sitting in a tuk-tuk, driving through the streets of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia for the first time. Remembering my experience there and the love I found for a new land, only increases my excitement as Belize comes into sight. I have so many hopes for what I will see and learn in Belize. I can’t wait to throw myself into something completely foreign and new. But first, I need the focus and the motivation to make it through the rest of this year. Finishing fundraising, wrapping up classes, completing projects, and the most dreaded of all, getting my Typhoid vaccination. needles… eeeeeehhhh… So here is to praying that I can stick it out for the next month and finish strong. Thank you everyone for all the support, whether that be financial, emotional, or spiritual, I know that I am not alone.

 


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JG 2016 – A New Crew

Casey Roberts © 2016 for Barclay College

Casey Roberts © 2016 for Barclay College

The countdown is on! In just a few weeks, Barclay College will be sending off four Juniors Global teams to the ends of the earth to do Kingdom work. Partnering with Friends in other countries, 15 students and 4 professors will be serving and learning alongside missionaries and national leaders. The teams have been meeting throughout the spring semester to prepare for their cross-cultural experience. All teams will be departing shortly after school is dismissed May 1, and will serve on location for 3-4 weeks.

Robert Barber, Tiffany Graham, Nick Entz, and Amber Munsell make up Team Belize which is led by Derek Brown and hosted by Sam and Rebecca Barber. This team will join in the youth ministry and after school tutoring these missionaries provide to the youth of Belize.

Faith Lucas and Nate Perrin make up Team Kenya, led by Kevin Mortimer and guide, Karen Bauer. This group will return to Kenya to assist widows in the building of mud huts and other relief work. This is the second group of Barclay students to serve in this location.

Ireland is a new country for Juniors Global, but not for the team leader, Josh Bunce, who led the Saltshaker 2014 there. This team consists of Bethany Lofgren, Marcus Collick, Sharese Smedley, Amber Donaho and Chris Racchini, and will be hosted by EFM’s, Kathi Perry. The students will learn firsthand about relationship building in this culture and serve the community as opportunities arise.

Returning to Greece, is leader Tiffany VanDame. Nick Lemonds, Rebekah Palmer, and Elizabeth Herbal will serve refugees alongside Helping Hands Athens and will be hosted by missionaries, Kenn and Lisa Dirrim.

Excitement is growing as these students complete their final month of school and continue to prepare for this life changing experience of serving and learning in the global classroom.


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Giraffes and Elephants and Airports (Oh, My!)

Today’s Bucket List Check:

Feed a giraffe. (Check.)

Watch Kevin feed a giraffe by holding a piece of the feed in his mouth…giraffe kisses.(Uh, check?)

Visit an Elephant orphanage. (Check!)

Get annoyed at the woman stubbornly keeping her spot and preventing me from petting the elephants. (Sigh. Check)

Feel a fiendish delight when baby elephant backs up and passes gas on said woman. (Hehe. Karma. Check!)

Go curio shopping and bargain by myself–definitely impressive considering my previous lack of confidence! (Check!)

Nearly get lost in apparently growing maze of curio shops. (O.o maybe not quiiite so much confidence yet! Check.)

Make it through airport security so quickly, it’s actually painless. (What?! TRIPLE CHECK!!)

Waiting to board. Eager for home. (Yes! Check.)

Already missing Kenya, this incredible place that has been my home for over two weeks. (Check.)

(And double check.)

Goodbye…for now!!


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5 Things I Learned (About Traveling) in Kenya

All the Juniors’ Global teams are heading back to the States soon, and reflecting on all the good, hard, and beautiful things we’ve experienced–super important.

But sometimes we forget to mention the funny stuff.

There are many elements that I love about the Kenyan culture (like their gracious hospitality!). BUT. I’m American. And sometimes, parts of the culture strike me as even more–ahem!–different than I expected. So, here are five lessons that this very White (see what I did there?!) American girl learned on this trip! Hopefully, they’ll teach you a bit more about Kenya, and maybe make you smile.:)

1. Beware the word “program.” 

Kenyans love (and I mean LOVE) formal “programs.” This involves one person holding the attention of the entire group, formally saying a few necessary words (and a few that aren’t), and then passing it off to the next person. There’s also introductions all around. Each introduction must have a minimum of two greetings and responses before the speaker actually says his or her name. Building a house? There’s going to be a Program before you leave. Giving a few gifts to a widow? Program. Saying hi to a bunch of (adorable!!) kids in a Nursery School (aka Preschool)? Still a Program. If ever you hear this word, get ready to embrace your patient side and practice putting time with people ahead of your to-do list. (Good job, little American! I know it’s hard!)

2. Never believe it when your Kenyan guide says the road is “passable.”

Never. As far as I can tell, the Kenyan definition of this word means that at some point in the last 500 years, someone was able to use elbow grease, fairy dust, or some rather incredible luck to force their vehicle forward. In case you didn’t know, things can change a lot in 500 years. Also, you should know that Kenyans like to play a game every time they travel in a mutatu (van taxi). It’s called let’s-see-how-many-people-we-can-squish-in-here-and-still-breathe. Sometimes they’ll even leave the sliding door open with some brave soul standing inside and clinging desperately to the roof of the vehicle. A final word of advice on this subject is that you shouldn’t judge vehicles by their appearance. Looks kind of sketch? Have no fear–it will still take you anywhere you want to go…on all those passable roads.😉

3. Don’t Talk. Unless you’d like to get laughed at.

Apparently, white people (Mzungus) sound like they’re pinching their noses shut when they talk. All the time. Adults find this amusing, but are usually polite enough not to point it out. Kids on the other hand…well, at least your humility will be in good shape!

As a corollary thought, be prepared to laugh a lot, yourself. Kenyans take every chance to laugh–at themselves, at you, at each other. Seriously. The only topic that seems permanently safe from laughter is when someone is seriously ill or dead. o.O Depending on who you’re talking to, anything short of that seems to be free game. Including you!

4. Expect Christian and oddly worded phrases to show up everywhere. 

You are able to get your hair done at The Great I Am Hair and Beauty Salon (well–maybe. If you have white people hair, you might be out of luck.), buy meat at the New Classic Butchery and ride in God’s Favourite van (with original spelling). If you’re feeling adventurous, you can learn to drive–Kenyan style–at the Budget Driving School (but don’t worry. You will be Taught By Professionals). After that long day, you can go home to one of the Whispering Flames Private Houses.

Does American advertising seem this strange to people unaccustomed to it? I wonder…

5. Mealtime. Oh boy…

Rule Number One: WAIT to wash your hands before you eat. Even though they will probably set the whole meal in front of you first, you should never start eating before you can wash your hands. In Kenya, this means you scrub your hands over a bowl as they slowly pour warm water for you. Sometimes they have soap; sometimes they don’t. And don’t ask for a towel. You just let your hands drip dry. Rule Number Two: Do your best to get the salt first. With a few exceptions, salt is served in a shallow bowl. Everyone just takes a pinch when he or she wants some. Germaphobes beware…

And that concludes this brief travel guide. I’ve thought of several more entries, but I think this post is quite long enough! You’ll just have to ask one of us for more stories later.😉

Hannah


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Final Thoughts.

Tomorrow is our final day out here in the field. It seems so unreal that it is finally here.

These last couple of days have been filled with meeting some widows’ groups. As of Tuesday the 26th we officially built our last house. That itself is very unreal as well. This idea of building a house for some of these widows is such a concept of ministry that not a lot of people in Kenya understand. Being out here in the field and working and being the hands and feet of the Body is amazing.

Taking a step back to look and reflect on the people and the stories there is something much greater that we were apart of.

Pray for travel safety and mostly pray for the widows and pray for Kenya.

-Sean


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Leaving Soon

People keep telling me topics I should talk about in the blog. None of them really work. I haven’t gotten frustrated by the culture, I haven’t been homesick, I’ve found ways around the language barrier, and I don’t feel the need to compare everything here to home. I don’t feel any particular problem with being here and I haven’t found any grand conundrum to share or think about. I like it here.

I guess I can just say, that while most of the other girls are talking about feeling homesick and looking forward to getting back, I’m growing quieter and quieter as we get to the end because I don’t want to leave yet. I like it here. I like the routine I have built and the places that have become familiar to me. It’s comfortable. I like that I am beginning to react automatically to those unfamiliar social cues that I used to miss. I like the people I have just begun to build relationships with. I like walking across the street during a busy part of the day and watching the motos and tuk-tuks part around me. I like being waved at by tuk-tuk drivers who are asking if I need a ride and remembering last second that I shouldn’t wave back or they will think I’m saying yes. I like when I forget that part and they roll their eyes at me as I stutter an apology in Khmer. I like walking into the coffee shop a block away and knowing the names of the waiters who are beginning to remember my name. I like the work I am doing. I like the krama I always have around my shoulders to wipe away the sweat that I now expect to be coating my face. I like two hour lunch breaks and two or three showers a day and how an hour long meal is considered fast and shaking ants off my flip flops every morning. I like my tan line. Even the parts that have turned into heat rash.

There are so many other things I like about this place. So, I don’t have anything big to share with everyone. Just a lot of little things. I’m not ready to leave. Especially when I think that it’s very possible I will never be here again. This is me. Not ready.

~Tiffany

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