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2011 – Kenya

Part II: Passing the Baton

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Right now, the team is thinking of all the tasks that are before us when we get home – picking up life and all of its responsibilities, challenges and opportunities.  But I just want to say thanks.  Thanks to Tim and Diane for sharing their home and their lives with us.  Thanks to the students for entering into this loosely defined course with such openness, honesty and vulnerability.  Thanks to the hundreds of people we met – mostly Kenyans – who likely will never have the opportunity to get on a plane and come to Canada, but who nonetheless welcomed…

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Part 1: Baton Moments

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About 10 years ago I was at a leadership conference and one of the speakers talked about the importance of transferring leadership to the next generation.  I remember thinking that I was not ready to pass the baton just yet – actually I wasn’t even sure that I even had the baton!  It seemed like I had just begun to have a tiny bit of influence and it seemed a little premature to be thinking of sitting on the sidelines. As I thought about an analogy, I thought of relay races and about the timing for a smooth transition of…

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Learning from Africa

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We wake up at five a.m., stumbling through breakfast and into the vehicles, some of us more conscious than others.  Without really knowing what we were in for, we travel silently to a school to “help put the kids in buses for their day in Nairobi”.  It seems like a nuisance to be doing this on what could have been our only day off, but we’ve already committed to it.  We arrive and are immediately ushered into a room designated for teachers.  As there is nothing else to do while we wait, we pick up the hymnals in front of…

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An African Tapestry

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On February 28th we were soaring through the skies on KLM airways, our travel time was coming to a close and it was time to start our descent into Kenya. This descent was accompanied by the sheer beauty of an African sunrise that was climbing up beside the heights of Mount Kenya—a warm welcoming for our SSU team traveling to the foreign (to us) lands of Eastern Africa. This  would be our classroom for the next two weeks. In my undergraduate degree, I have studied books that explain certain practices and principles for effective international development. But in Africa, these…

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For the Children

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Saturday we visited the Musoko School for Handicapped Children in Muchakos approximately 30 minutes southeast of where we’re staying at Tim Bannister’s.  We went there with the plan to simply show up and help get a couple hundred handicapped kids on buses by which they would be taken to Nairobi for a fun day.  We have developed a simply acronym since arriving here to explain away the unexpected, TIA – this is Africa.  So we had a TIA moment when we arrived on time and the buses weren’t there.  What we thought at first was merely a delay became a…

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TIA

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We have been in Kenya for about 5 days now and it is absolutely amazing. We spent the first few days of our time here at Heart House in Nairobi and have now been on a game reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi for about two days. We are staying at Tim Banister’s house, an CBM employee, and will be spending the remainder of our time here. The reserve (also known as the ranch) is absolutely gorgeous with open Savannah as far as the eye can see; Zebras, Giraffe, Wildebeests, Gazelles, Ostriches, and a number of other animals are a regular sight…

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this grateful pilgrim

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I was struck with gratitude tonight. Like, really struck. Surprised, even, by the… powerful swelling of honour and gratitude.  I sat amongst friends and teachers at a long bamboo table, and realized, that by the end of my time at University, SSU will have brought me to three different continents, and countless countries within those continents (not counting Borneo and the Philippines (are they their own continents? I should know this). As I snuck some downtime at the Bangor Airport (Bangor – Detroit – Amsterdam – Nairobi), a janitor came by to dust the pay phone booths I sat near, commenting on Geoff’s charger in the…

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You’re Invited to a Lobster Dinner Fundraiser

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On November 20th there will be a Lobster Dinner and Auction fundraiser at St. Stephen’s University! What are we raising funds for? As part of the International Studies program at SSU, senior students have the privilege of assessing various missionary and NGO partnerships in and around Nairobi, Kenya – trying to understand principles and practices for effective development in the majority world. Itinerary The Lobster Dinner and Auction fundraiser will be held at St. Stephen’s University, beginning at 6pm with appetizers and a silent auction (with numerous items on display for viewing and silent bids) and concluding with a live…

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SSU is heading to Africa!

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St. Stephen’s University (SSU) and Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) have combined for a 2 week travel studies program to Kenya, Africa!! On February 25, a small group from St. Stephen’s University (six people) will be traveling to Kenya for a two week travel study program along with Lois Mitchell, a professor at the university and the Justice Initiatives Coordinator at CBM and her husband Dale. The travel studies program will not be a mission trip in the traditional sense, but  students will be combining what they have learned in the classroom by observing and critiquing development initiatives and experiential learning…

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