Therefore I am so grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this trip to Kenya and Maisha. Probably the main thing I learned about is the true love of one another. Now don’t get me wrong, there were some very unloving situations, but the Maisha kids showed the other kids at the school and our ‘Run for Life’ team great love. Some of the younger kids couldn’t even understand a word I was saying, yet the same little munchkins came to find me every day.
Before I went to Maisha, I underestimated the love to be shared by a simple hug or the grabbing of a lonely hand. Now coming out of an experience where people had trouble understanding my ways and my language, I know realize how simply acts of love can be shared.
The way the children helped and cared for each other really amazed me. I witnessed the smallest of children carrying their younger, but not by much, siblings to and fro, tiny children bathing each other, and children putting extra food in their pockets for people who needed it at home or maybe a snack later. That really broke my heart because for most kids, the meal at Maisha is the only meal they will get to eat all day.
I am now inspired to really focus on people and not get so caught up in things that do not really matter. Once again, the children at Maisha mainly taught me how to love others through actions and not so much words. I am so grateful to have been included in this trip! I am also looking forward to going back as well!
Words will never do this experience justice, much less text. I truly believe God put this trip into my life at the perfect time. With high school coming up for me and all of the challenges that it will bring, I feel that this trip and the ones to come will help keep me grounded and focused on what really matters! I had an amazing and educating experience on this trip and I hope that this will only be the beginning of many to come!