Interns: At-A-Glance

Greetings All,

This last week has been a world wind, in a good way!

The Lord blessed our Interns with safe travel and arrival to Kenya.  And we are grateful!  On behalf of Omega, Onnica, Nakisha and the two of us (Rev. Sonia and Rev. Sonji) thank you for your prayers!

Karibu Kenya!
Onnica and Nakisha arrived on Fri., June 14th from the US.  At the point of this photo it had not yet set in that they were actually in Kenya.  We all were still processing the reality of the dream and vision God planted several years ago.

Interns and Texas Mission Team members.
Sunday we attended services at Ridgeways Baptist Church, where Pastor Elijah is the Senior Pastor.  We worshiped at Youth Church and Onnica and Nakisha shared their testimonies, along with these beautiful ladies, from Texas, USA.  As a matter of fact, they traveled with Miss Black USA 2010-2011.  It was a pleasure and an honor to be in the same service; to encourage and support one another,  while doing the same for the youth at Ridgeways.

Karibu Kenya!
Omega arrived on Sun., June 16th, from China.  She arrived early in the afternoon and still had energy to spare.  Karibu Kenya, Omega!

First day of Swahili classes.
Last week the Interns began Swahili lessons at The Language Center, in Nairobi.  The school is approximately a two-mile walk from our home.  They will attend classes three days a week.  They LOVE their Mwalimu (teacher) Linah.  And if you could sit in just one of her classes you would fully understand.  She's an absolute delight and makes learning fun.  Can you tell we she was our teacher also?  Hahaha...

All smiles from Titiyo.
The ladies traveled with us to Nyahururu, which is about three hours outside of Nairobi.  We visited our little boy Titiyo, at P.A.C.E. Academy.  You might remember Titiyo from one of our communities in Isiolo.  Missionary Janice and Dr. Dorris introduced us to P.A.C.E. and we are glad about it.  Thank you!  Because of "one" sponsor in the US Titiyo is now receiving a quality education.  Praise God!  We ask that you pray for Titiyo because he is having some difficulty in school.  This is mainly due to the fact that he began school so late so he's a little behind.  BUT God!  We are grateful for the wonderful staff at the school, especially his teacher, who goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide tutoring, outside of the normal school hours.  It is our prayer that God will bless his Mwalimu, and restore all that she has given as a sacrifice to ensure Titiyo's success in school.

Pastor Mugu led us on a tour of the academy.  But, in these photos you see Titiyo proudly giving us a tour of his classroom.  He's also sharing his Exercise Books and classwork.  We are not sure who was more proud, Titiyo or us.  What a major testimony to the faithfulness of God!
Pastor Mugu and Titiyo.

An added bonus to our time in Nyahururu was the time spent with Dr. Dorris and her two Interns, Ebony and Alyse.  Special thanks to Dr. Dorris for welcoming us into her home for a meal.  We all had a great time sharing stories, eating and just plain old fellowship.  We look forward to seeing these wonderful women of God before they leave Kenya.  Group photo!
Our visit with Dr. Dorris and her Interns from the US.

This short clip gives you an idea of how rough the roads were  as we traveled to and from Nyahururu.  Believe it or not....there was actually pavement on the road.  Ken-Ya Believe It!

Last week the Interns visited Marurui Primary School in Marurui Slums, to meet the director, the teachers and students, whom they will be working with for the summer (in the US) and the winter (in Kenya).  Yep!  It's winter here.  Pretty chilly at night.  Omega, Onnica and Nakisha are excited about their assignments.  The areas of focus are Christian Religious Education (I.e. Bible Study, English and Mathematics).  We serve an amazing God!  The school has given the Interns the freedom to serve "outside the box" as God leads, to ensure that they, the students and staff get the most of our the experience.  Amen!
Students at Marurui Primary School.
Last Saturday, we hosted a Welcome Sleepover for Interns.  Eleven ladies from our "Reformed" Bad Girls Bible Study attended.  The afternoon was full of fun, food, fellowship and LOTS of laughter!  Many of the ladies were up until weeeeeee hours of the morning while others turned in early.  The evening ended in true Kenyan style.....we went to bed with no power and awakened to no power.  It comes with the territory!  However, everyone was dressed, fed and ready for church, ON TIME.  Only God!
"Reformed" Bad Girls.

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Rev. Sonia and Rev. Sonji

Welcome Our Interns to Kenya!

Ken-Ya Believe It!  The time has arrived for us to host three Interns in Kenya this summer....and we are sooooo excited about their arrival.  Two of the Interns will arrive on Friday, June 14th and the other on Sunday, June 16th.  Yep!  ...this coming weekend.  (


Nakisha DeShields, Charlotte, NC.  Nakisha has served on three previous Kenya Mission Teams.  Her love and passion for Christ shines through in everything she does.  However, youth hold a special place in her heart.  Below, Nakisha gently washes the head of an infant, as she prepares to see the medical doctor.  This photo was taken during the medical camp in the Loruko Village, Isiolo, Kenya.

Onnica Gildersleeve, Charlotte, NC.  Onnica has served, previously, on one Kenya Mission Team.  She too has a passion and heart for Christ that is exemplified in the way she ministers to young people.  Below, Onnica is loving on an infant at ABC (The Abandoned Baby Center) at Feed The Children in Nairobi, Kenya.  (

Omega Tennant, Nashville, TN.  Omega is an Anthropology Major at Vanderbilt University.  Her love for Christ is demonstrated by a genuine heart to love God's people.  She has served as a Cross - Cultural Worker in several countries.  She will join us in Kenya after having served eighteen weeks in China.  We met Omega during The Mission Society's (our mission agency) training in Huancayo, Peru.  This photo was taken as we visited some of the ancient ruins in Peru.

These three beautiful young women will serve alongside us with several ministry partners; including local churches, youth ministries, church planting ministries, orphanages and more, in Nairobi and Isiolo.  Ministry opportunities will include teaching, leading Bible Studies, assisting youth pastors, sport and film evangelism for children and young adults.  They will also facilitate Kamp Kenya.  Kamp Kenya is an international mission opportunity for youth, from the United States, between the ages of 13 and 18.  Eight youth and two chaperones from our sending church, The Park Church, under the leadership of Bishop Claude R. Alexander, Jr., Charlotte, NC, will join us in Kenya for two weeks.  Nakisha and Onnica are both active members of The Park Church.

Nakisha, Onnica and Omega attended Exploring Mission Training, at The Mission Society, Norcross, GA.  The training is "an introduction to discipleship and cross-cultural ministry".  It is under the leadership of Darrell Whiteman, whom we affectionately call "Uncle Darrell".

Please join us in welcoming Nakisha, Onnica and Omega to Kenya!

Stay tuned for updates on these wonderful women of God!  God seeks to use them, individually and collectively, in unique and powerful ways in Kenya, this summer.


Rev. Sonia and Rev. Sonji

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