“I eagerly anticipated meeting the children of Kenya, but it was so much more than I imagined. They are loving, open, happy, polite, curious and eager to learn. I experienced unconditional love. Being with them was heart-warming and heart-breaking. These children will always be in my heart.”
Kay Griffin, short-term missioner
More than a Mission Trip
Mission trips have come under fire in recent years as a minimally impactful, self centered way to give back. The term “Voluntourism” was coined to describe people who were more interested in seeing the world, rather than giving back in meaningful ways. At P82, our mission trips are a vital relationship connecting piece of our community and ministry.
Relationship Building and Meeting your sponsored child
Our most important goal during our trips is to build relationships. We encourage all our sponsors to visit our communities, at least once! Our children love to meet their sponsors. They are proud to have the support of an International family and they feel valued and believed in. Can you imagine the excitement of a child who has their sponsor come from across the world to meet them?
As the Bible says, whenever two or more are gathered in His name, as we come together as an international family to worship and serve, God is with us. We know that the Holy Spirit is working within us during the trips to meet needs and serve others.
Serve the staff and caregivers
We have an incredible staff of loving care givers. We are proud of our low turnover rates; 0 at the Neema house in the 5 years since it has opened. Our staff is dedicated! And, we like to care for them during our trips. Our staff participates eagerly and often in training for trauma, nutrition, and child care. Trip participants will act as aunties and uncles for the children, so that the staff can have a free day to attend training, work together at a staff retreat, or have fellowship together. Because our children have consistent care year after year, these short term missionaries are not stepping into the position of being a mom or dad. Rather, our children have a firm and stable home, and mission trip participants are stepping in as a babysitter for the day.
For different reasons, certain supplies are not always available in Kenya. Baby wipes are often sold out around the country. Recently, infant formula was not available. You can read the story of how our mission partners and friends worked together to provide infant formula from 7,000 miles away. While we source as much as we can locally and work with the local economy, our mission trips serve to bring in vital and unavailable needs of our community.
Gospel Sharing and Discipleship
In partnership with local churches in Molo, each mission team will focus on spiritual growth and discipleship of those we serve and the greater Molo community. Spiritual Development and Discipleship: 2 Day Revival in the Molo Community.
If you’re interested in joining us on a short-term mission trip, please contact us here and a Project 82 representative will contact you shortly.