Mission Trip to Kenya
We would like to share some highlights with everyone from the three wonderful women who attended our November DCH Mission Trip to Kenya. We have two partners in Kenya and one of them is Lances Deaf Orphans (LDO), where we JUST finished the construction of a new dormitory and classrooms. In fact, the missionaries were there for the completion of the building and the ribbon cutting too and got to experience that excitement with students and staff as they entered the building for the first time. We interviewed the three women about their experience, and here is what they said.
Because of the financial stability from DCH, Lances Deaf Orphans is not just surviving, but thriving.
Deaf Child Hope is the invisible life and breath behind the physical location of LDO.
Observing a new culture and environment, eating delicious food, and finding a wide array of amazing animals on the safari were all incredible aspects of this mission trip, but none of that could compare to the fulfilling time spent at Lance’s Deaf Orphans. I enjoyed forming relationships with everyone on campus over the course of our time there, which led up to the greatest highlight: celebrating the dedication of the new building on our last day with LDO. The celebration was filled with so much excitement and anticipation, and it felt really good to be part of that. The family-like dynamics between the students and staff were especially evident at this event, which was really special to see.
2. What did God open your eyes to, while on the trip?
The mission trip left me feeling so full and blessed that I came home without any predominant lows! However, throughout our time in Kenya, we witnessed quite a bit of class distinction. This was very sad to me because it often prevents “higher class” individuals from recognizing the value and potential within the “lower class.” It was discouraging to recognize that the lower class are forced to fight for themselves in so many areas where there could be support and partnership.
As we returned to our lodging across open grasslands for our last night spent in Kenya, God gave us the most incredible magazine quality sunset (almost like He knew that sunsets are my favorite). We rode in relative silence, admiring God’s handiwork and feeling full from the memories and insights over the previous two weeks. I thought about just how much God had blessed me by making this trip possible. Many desires that I have had for years and years, some that seemed entirely insignificant and even self-centered, turned from wishful dreams into reality while I was on this mission trip. Staring into the sunset and feeling a new kind of contentment that night, I felt personally that God loves to make our wildest dreams come true. When we come to Him with open hands and submissive hearts, He always responds with confirmation of His goodness and sufficiency. Whatever I may sacrifice in my attempts to say “yes” to more of Jesus is always repaid above and beyond what I could ever ask or expect. Just because He loves us enough to say “yes” to us, too.
3. What do you recognize as important about DCH’s involvement at LDO?
I am certain that Deaf Child Hope does so much for LDO that is never visible from mere observance. However, I noticed almost immediately that LDO is entirely dependent on DCH for financial support. All supplies right down to curtains and beds are only made possible because of DCH providing the funds. Without DCH, Lance’s Deaf Orphans wouldn’t be reaching deaf children in Kenya because it couldn’t even exist. Deaf Child Hope is the invisible life and breath behind the physical location of LDO.