This is the post I was both anticipating and dreading.
The two days we spent here were simultaneously a highlight of our time in Kenya, as well as the most difficult and heartbreaking.
Kibera is an informal settlement in Nairobi, located approximately 3 miles from the city center.
Covering an area of about 1.5 square miles and home to an estimated 250,000 people, Kibera is the third largest slum in the world.
HEART operates a WEEP center in Kibera, and we would be spending two days here, meeting with the women and doing home visits, joining their weekly Bible study, and doing some painting. This was the group of women I had heard so much about from my dad, the women who were praying for my mom and I to come to Kenya. Monday night during our debrief for the day, we spent some time talking about what to expect. The team members who were returning for their second year spoke about how their time in Kibera was a highlight of their trip, and that they were excited to return. Our team leader (my dad) warned those of us who were going for the first time that nothing could prepare us to walk into that slum.
He was right. continue reading…