Houses of Hope
October 31-November 10, 2023
As part of a church planting strategy, houses are being built for families in need. Each mission team of 6-8 will build four houses in four days. A small team of Kenyan builders will work alongside the team. The recipients of the houses are determined by the village, working in conjunction with area pastors. Recipients are usually widows, women who have been abandoned by their husbands, or someone with a disability. Often, these families are unable to keep their houses up to safe, sanitary standards. The house building project brings the community together for service to one of its members and exposes them to the Gospel through a house dedication service. Local pastors are active in planning, conducting, and follow-up of the project. After the team departs, the pastors come back to the village and conducts a 12 week Bible study in the new homes. The hope is that out of these home Bible studies, a new church will begin.
In addition, teams will have opportunity to visit door to door throughout the village, with a translator, explaining why the team is there, sharing their testimony, and presenting the plan of salvation. Children gather at each site, curious as to what is going on. Teams can plan to gather the children to tell Bible stories, sing songs, and play games. One of the local pastors will translate.
Team Size: Because of transportation costs, ideal team size is six to eight members, but larger groups can be accommodated. Individuals or couples wishing to go may be able to add to an existing team.
Logistics: BOM will arrange airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, and other logistics for each team. A Kenyan support team will work with teams once on the field, including skilled laborers for construction.
Costs: Exact cost of the trip will depend on current airfare rates, but will be approx. $2400-2900 per person. This will include airfare, food, lodging, in-country transportation, orientation, and insurance.
Other: Trip cost includes a one night, two day visit to the Masai Mara National Game Reserve, one of the premier animal viewing experiences in all of Africa.