Building on a 35+ year history, Kenya GP students (including NURSING STUDENTS) will experience first-hand what God is up to in this beautifully diverse and complex part of God’s world. It is a nation of EXTREMES: Extreme spiritual thirst alongside extreme spiritual lostness. Extreme poverty alongside extreme wealth. Evangelistic and service opportunities are EVERYWHERE. God’s heart for social justice in Kenya is constantly on display, and GP students will be exposed to the intersection of AIDS, Poverty, and Orphans. After a week of orientation, students will travel to 3-week ministry assignments which will include living with Kenyan families and working alongside village or urban churches, teaching in schools and/or serving in orphanages--and (for nursing students) serving in hospitals. The final 3 weeks will include team service in slums of Nairobi and an introduction to Hindu and Muslim outreach, followed by debriefing and re-entry training
Hundreds of students have benefited from the life-changing experience of participating in this short-term program to a country with one of the world’s fastest growing Christian populations! There will be 2 teams serving together in Kenya---one consisting of students majoring in nursing (see “Qualifications for Applicants” below) and another for students in other majors.
SITE AND PEOPLE:
Kenya is located in a region known as East Africa. It lies on the equator and borders Lake Victoria to the west and the Indian Ocean on the east. It is a country of striking contrasts and incredible diversity. Conspicuous wealth can be seen side-by-side with desperate poverty. Increasing urbanization and technology, widespread corruption, crime, large numbers of refugees from neighboring countries, one of the highest rates of population growth in the world, a majority population under the age of 15, and a high incidence of HIV/AIDS are creating spiritual, economic and social challenges. Kenya has a strong history of missionary outreach, though there are still many unreached people-groups within its borders. Christianity in Kenya is the predominant religion, though much of it has been described as “a mile wide and an inch deep”. English and Kiswahili are the national languages, though many still speak their tribal languages exclusively.
PURPOSES OF THIS PROGRAM:
One primary purpose of this program is to introduce students to some basic cross-cultural ministry skills critical for any missionary. While it is difficult to make a substantial long-term contribution toward the missionary effort in Kenya during a short-term program such as this, Kenya is an excellent place to begin to learn how to minister in a cross-cultural context. We will focus specifically on:
* learning to observe cultural differences
* learning to cope with cultural differences
* learning to bond with a different culture
A second purpose of this program is to serve and encourage Kenyan churches, hospitals, children’s homes, and schools. Kenyan Christians benefit from their exposure to their brothers and sisters from across the globe. We bring fresh perspectives and try to challenge them toward deeper discipleship in ways that will supplement the work of local ministers. Also, in contrast to our own culture, many non-Christian Kenyans are very receptive to hearing the gospel. God willing, many students on the team will experience the joy and privilege of leading Kenyans to Christ.
A third important dimension of this program is its strong emphasis on discipleship and spiritual development. The exposure students have of working on a team, living and working alongside vibrant Kenyan Christians and facing the challenges of serving as a missionary in a developing-world context tend to bring out issues of faith and Lordship as well as the critical importance of prayer, scripture and healthy conflict resolution. While we intend to make a contribution to Kingdom work in Kenya, students planning on joining this program should realize that we are not going to Kenya with the unrealistic expectation of trying to change Kenya in 6 weeks---but to instead let God change us through Kenya.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPLICANTS:
Students who go to Kenya need to be ready to offer the hope of the Gospel through verbal witness and service. Student applicants need to be able to clearly articulate the essentials of the gospel message. Qualities sought in applicants include spiritual and interpersonal maturity, teachability, flexibility, and the ability to work on a team. Little language preparation is needed as we will typically use translators where English is not spoken. A brief introduction to Kiswahili is provided during orientation. Preference will be given to students who come with one or more other students from their campus (Limit: 7 per campus).
Student nurses need to be going into upper division nursing courses and NEED to have had at least 1 semester of clinical experience through their nursing program before June, 2018. Contact Debbie Lee (Kenya GP nursing director) for clarification (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Two ministry teams (nursing and non-nursing students) will include university students from across the United States (2-4 Kenyan students may also join our team).
After a joint cross-cultural orientation, groups of 2-4 students in non-nursing majors (though nursing majors can choose this option as well) will have the rare opportunity to live in the homes of Kenyan pastors and other ministers (scattered throughout Kenya) and serve under their leadership for 3 weeks. Ministry assignments may include: Working with churches, schools, and children’s homes. Ministry may include preaching, giving testimonies, teaching, sharing the gospel, child-care, prayer ministry and visiting church members.
Students on the nursing team will be placed in a missionary hospital for 3 weeks. Ministry will consist of serving the medical staff in any way needed, including limited patient visitation and care. Students will have opportunities to observe medicine as it is practiced in hospitals in a developing country.
After 3 weeks of ministry, all the students will come together in Nairobi for 9 days. This time will be spent telling stories from the 3 weeks away as well as getting exposure to ministry in the Nairobi area (which may include a work day in a Nairobi slum, prayer walks through Hindu temples and a mosque, service in a Mother Theresa orphanage, and a discussion led by a panel of foreign missionaries).
ORIENTATION AND RE-ENTRY:
Students will be equipped for cross-cultural ministry through 9 days of training near Nairobi at the beginning of our time in Kenya. We will spend much of this time growing together as a community through worship, Bible Study, prayer, and recreation. While overcoming jet lag we will learn to minister as a team and discover the culture of Kenya through guest speakers, cross-cultural simulations and “hands-on” exposure before entering into our ministry partnerships.
The final week in Kenya will focus on debriefing and re-entry training. We’ll discuss what we learned, pray through the applications for our lives and for back on campus and prepare to re-enter American culture.
SCHEDULE (subject to change):
June 3---Join teammates in a U.S. city for introductions
June 4---Leave for Nairobi
June 5-June 14---Orientation in Nairobi
June 15-July 2---Ministry assignments throughout Kenya
July 3-July 11---Back in Nairobi for story telling and ministry exposure
July 12-17---Re-Entry Training
July 18--Leave Kenya
July 19---Arrive in U.S.
PROGRAM DIRECTORS: BRIAN AND DEBBIE LEE
Brian and Debbie have co-led the Kenya Global Program for the previous 20 years. Brian has been on staff with InterVarsity for 33 years at the University of Montana. Debbie is a Registered Nurse and will be helping to lead the nursing team.
Phone: 406.239.5629 (Brian’s cell); 406.239.2340 (Deb’s cell) Email: Brian.Lee@intervarsity.org
More information: http://gp.intervarsity.org/where-go/kenya-0 and http://gpkenya.weebly.com
APPLICATION & INFORMATION:
(Students are urged to apply on or before February 6; Team member selection will be finalized by approximately March 1).
You can apply online at http://gp.intervarsity.org/gp-and-trek-student-application?programid=256&program=Kenya
ESTIMATED COST: $4,995
(Cost covers international departure and return flights, additional travel around the program site, room/board [including orientation and re-entry], and other on-site program costs. Cost does not cover visa, domestic travel, immunizations or passports. Cost subject to change due to international airfare, foreign exchange rates, and other budgetary variables)