When did you first want to go to Kenya?
I never wanted to travel the world. I was content in the US. After watching a few videos with Kenyan kids signing at my church in 2007, I could not stop crying and crying even though it was the same video week after week. Then I knew I had to look into going. That is not even the half of the story – to get the full story and hundreds of others, read From Lawyer to Missionary.
What brought you back to Kenya?
I was so moved when I went. I couldn’t reconcile how I lived here in the US with how most people there lived. It was not fair. I knew I would never be the same and I had to go back. Didn’t know when or how that would transpire. I have been back one to three times a year ever since.
Who has gone to Kenya with you?
My then 13 year old son, my husband, my then 13 year old daughter, my mom, friends, lots of friends, and many others.
What have been some of your favorite moments in Kenya?
Walking into an orphanage with 10 babies laying on the floor playing and being able to help them work on sitting up and playing with them.
Seeing the look in the eyes of teenagers and adults when you simply wave at them from your passing vehicle. They are forgotten by their government and by the world the simple smile and wave reminds them, they are not forgotten. Their eyes dance and their steps are a little lighter.
All the amazing hugs and smiles at our Operation Give Hope schools when we arrive and their beautiful singing.
What breaks your heart when you are in Kenya?
To hear and see the extreme poverty. To hear women ask how to be better parents. Then you offer some tips and they indicate their kids don’t sleep as they rock back and forth all night long crying of hunger and there is no food in the home to feed them with and no money coming in.
To see kids walking around the village when they should be in school. Seeing a 10 year old girl that cannot write, but only scribble as she walks around with a baby on her back all day long.
To know that children are going to bed at night and will not get up the next day because they don't have proper water and food to keep them alive.
What are you doing in Kenya?
Operation Give Hope is supporting 5 schools and feeding centers and churches in Mombasa, Kenya as well as a medical clinic.
I personal am currently working on raising funds to build a pregnancy crisis center (none exists in Mombasa currently).
How long does it take to get to Kenya?
It takes about 21 hours or longer to get to and from Kenya. Two eight+ hour flights and layovers usually. Sometimes at 10 hour and a 6+ hour flight if fly into Turkey.
What is the temperature like in Kenya?
The equator divides Kenya in half just about. I am in the Southern Hemisphere in Mombasa and Nairobi. Hot and hotter in Mombasa. On the coast lots of humidity. 80’s are cool in the winter (our summer) and 100’s in their summer (our winter).
Temperature changes quite a bit when you move inland to Nairobi the Capital and it can get cool into the 60’s.