Kenya Mission Trip
August 10 – August 21, 2016
Team Leader: Emily McDermott
For the last six years, First Methodist has been actively involved in supporting approximately 250 orphans and vulnerable children in Kianjai Village in Meru, Kenya. Our relationship with these children is a result of our ongoing relationship and support of Revs. Stella and Daniel Mwiti, two Methodist ministers that first met Dr. Tim Bruster in Kenya in 2008. Since 2010, a team has traveled to Kenya to provide support to these children and provide them with educational experiences that would be impossible without our love and generosity. Unfortunately, the 2015 trip was canceled for security reasons, but our goal is to travel again in 2016, and our support for the children is more important than ever.
Click here to download a PDF of the trip itinerary. If you have questions or would like more information about Kenya, please contact Emily McDermott, Chair of the Kenya Mission Board (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 817/689-0913.
Trip Itinerary and Costs:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Depart DFW — Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Return DFW — Sunday, August 21, 2016
The team has typically traveled to Nairobi, Kenya on KLM Airways with a layover in Amsterdam. Tickets for the trip are typically purchased in March. The cost of airfare is considered your down payment with the remainder due by July 1.
Thursday, August 11
Arrival in Nairobi where we are met by members of our Kenya team who provide transportation to the Methodist Guest House in Nairobi where we will spend our first night.
Friday, August 12
Breakfast at Methodist Guest House and then travel by van and/or automobile to Kianjai Village in Meru. The trip from Nairobi to Kianjai takes approximately 5 hours. Accommodations in Kianjai are at the Bishop’s manse which is directly across the road from Kianjai Methodist Church where all of our activities are centered. Our Kenya team provides us with 2 – 3 house staff who prepare all of our meals, keep the house clean and do laundry.
Saturday, August 13
9:00 am to 3:00 pm — Our first day is devoted to the secondary school (high school) students. Most of these students have been in our program from the beginning so we spend a lot of time catching up with the students and finding out how they are doing in school. The older students have been invaluable to us as they serve as translators, musicians, actors. Because the Kenya team is typically quite small, the service and leadership of the older students has been instrumental in the success of our efforts.
Sunday, August 14
Sunday is devoted to worship and fellowship and rest. Worship will take place in the morning — ladies must wear dresses/skirts and a shirt and tie is recommended for men. It is very common for many of the local church members to visit the team throughout the day.
Monday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 17
8:00 Devotion & Breakfast at the Manse
9:00 All students gather for Vacation Bible School
11:00 Break for tea at the manse
11:30 Return for Vacation Bible School
1:00 Lunch at the manse
2:00 Return to Vacation Bible School
4:00 Return to Manse
5:30 Rest, Dinner, Reflections and Preparation for Day 2
The Kenya team prepares for the trip by selecting a specific theme for our time with the students. Our theme guides our choices for scripture, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. In addition, some of our past efforts have been to schedule special speakers to encourage and motivate the children as well as providing educational movies to help broaden their perspective of the world. Movie time during Vacation Bible School is a not-to-be-missed experience!
Thursday, August 18
8:00 Devotions and Breakfast at the manse.
9:00 Our final Vacation Bible School with the students. Usually devoted to finishing arts and crafts and finalizing musical presentation to the guardians and parents.
11:30 Final preparations for community celebration.
2:00 Community celebration
Each year our church raising funds for gifts that are purchased in Kenya and presented to the children and their guardians at the celebration. Past gifts have included shoes, mattresses, sheets and blankets, school uniforms and back packs. The local community honors us with a great deal of singing and dancing.
4:00 Depart via van for Safari. All safaris are arranged by Lindbergh Travel out of Nairobi and we have stayed at different lodges located within an hour’s drive from Kianjai. All lodges provide excellent food and accommodation.
6:00 First game drive
Friday, August 19
Game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon as those times provide the best opportunity for seeing the animals, especially the large cats. In the past, we have seen lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, baboons, gazelles and many more beautiful animals. Lindbergh Travel uses enclosed vans with pop up tops, and the game drives provide excellent opportunities for photographing the animals. All game drives are included in the cost of the trip.
Saturday, August 20
7:00 Final Game Drive
11:00 Departure for Naiorobi with souvenir shopping and lunch on the road.
8:00 Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Intl. Airport for departure to DFW via Amsterdam Schiphol
Sunday, August 21
Contact information while in Kenya:
Cost for the trip is $3,800 (excluding the cost of immunizations for first time travelers)
The airfare is purchased in late March and this is considered your down payment. The remainder of the payment (Safari and accommodations) is due no later than July 1.
Please write your check to First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth with, “2016 Kenya Mission Trip” in the memo line and bring to the Main Office of the church, Attention: Dr. Mike Marshall (our clergy liaison) or send to Dr. Mike Marshall, 800 West Fifth Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport and your passport number with your first payment. We will have complications at the airport if the name you give them when we book your ticket does not match your passport, so please double check this information.
Remember that flexibility and new unexpected cultural and unique spiritual experiences that might emerge on the trip are always important to consider with our proposed itinerary!
If you have questions or would like more information about Kenya, please contact Emily McDermott, Chair of the Kenya Mission Board (email@example.com) at 817/689-0913.