NAKURU, Kenya – After months of planning, fundraising and prayer, the Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministry of Indiana and Kentucky embarked on its largest ministry outreach this past August, this time halfway around the world to Kenya.
Sisterhood has been featured in Together stories the past few years highlighting their successes with local programs for “at risk” youth at Brightwood Center in Indianapolis; women and girls in prison; conference, district and state meetings of United Methodist Women; local church performances; and outreach events in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Kenya volunteer mission team included Nora and Alan Pritchett of Sellersburg UMC, Peggy and George Young, Sandra and Ron Hartlieb; and some talented friends including Cindy Holloway, Robin Knowles of Old Bethel UMC in Indianapolis, plus Jackie Duerr and Joe Jones from the Indianapolis and Louisville areas.
Traveled to Kenya
The team traveled to Nakuru, Kenya, north of Nairobi, to spread God’s Word, train adults in drama and music, host a vacation Bible school children’s program and feed hundreds of adults and children during their two week stay. From the first worship service in the small church and with only a few hours of sleep, the mission team said they knew this trip was a “mission from God.” During the next nine days their tasks continued to grow.
The church floor, pitted with holes and loose gravel that it unsafe for children and adults, was patched and sealed. The men’s team used primitive tools to clean, fill and smooth the concrete. Walls were swept and doorways repaired.
Adults invited from the community and area churches attended drama and music workshops. Children laughed and danced at a high energy VBS telling the stories of Moses, the Prodigal Son and the Feeding of the 5,000. The children performed for their families at Sunday worship and filled the surrounding neighborhood with dancing, billowing cloths, ribbons and drums to “Rains in Africa.”
Hardly anything will surpass the blessings Sisterhood received as they served these loving people nourishing food each day. Sisterhood could not have provided meals without the help of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), local congregations here, sponsors and the prayers of their supporters.
Thanks to UMCOR
Sisterhood thanks June Kim of UMCOR, the many churches in Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky., the personal sacrifice of individuals with gifts of $1 to $1,000 and the long list of those who prayed and lifted the team each day the team was in Africa.
Because of bad water, poor dental and medical care, famine and hostility the people of Africa rarely live past 50 years of age. Sisterhood was saddened to see the condition of their homes, the lack of running water and poor diet forced on these loving people. Everyone can make a difference.
The sisters invite you to visit their Web site (www.sisterhoodfour.org) to see pictures of their trip and read more about their experiences. Sisterhood welcomes the opportunity to visit your church or organization so you can hear firsthand about the challenges God has for all of us to spread the word of Jesus Christ regardless of age or talent.
For more information about the Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministry, visit www.sisterhoodfour.org, or call 502-939-5520 or 812-546-1057. In Indianapolis call 317-546-1057. Write to them at Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministry, 9001 Fern Creek Rd, Louisville, KY 40291.
Nora Pritchett serves as a member of the Sellersburg UMC and one of the sisters of the Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministry.
The mission team said they knew this trip was a “mission from God.”
The Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministry, including Hoosier United Methodists, ministered to these children of Nakuru, Kenya, this past August with food, VBS, dance, love and care.