August 26, 2002
|WAYLAND STUDENT Mike Smith of Kingwood (left) plays the guitar while leading worship for a boys' Bible study session at Nyeri Baptist High School. At right, Wayland students mix up concrete, water and dirt to build a sidewalk on the grounds at Nyeri Baptist High School in Kenya, one of the places the group of 13 Texas students served this summer on a Kenyan tour. The sidewalk will provide a mud-free path from the school building to staff housing units. Shown are Krysta Williams of Lorenzo, Adam Gibbs of Canyon, Donna Gleason of Albuquerque, N.M., Mike Smith of Kingwood, Kaci Risser of Matador and Jodi Henderson of Lubbock.
In Kenya, Wayland students learn as the world turns
___By Teresa Young
___Wayland Baptist University
___PLAINVIEW--The world looks a little different these days for Lindsey King, a sophomore at Wayland Baptist University. And the change has nothing to do with her eyesight.
___King was one of 13 students from Wayland who joined Baptist Student Ministries Director Donnie Brown and science professor Vaughn Ross on a three-week mission trip to Kenya in July. The group did some construction projects at Nyeri Baptist High School, worked in several orphanages in the Nairobi area and did evangelistic work with members of the Samburu tribe in the village of Marala.
___"Overall, I feel like for the entire group, the trip gave us more of a world view," explained King, an Amarillo native. "We've never seen anything from any other point of view than American.
|KRYSTA WILLIAMS, a Wayland Baptist University student from Lorenzo, blows up balloons for eager children at the Baptist orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. She was among 13 Wayland students who spent three weeks in Kenya this summer performing a variety of ministries.
___"And we learned that there really is such a thing as an unreached people group. They've literally never heard the gospel before."
___King was struck by the poverty of many people the Wayland students encountered, yet their spirit also impressed her.
___"There's something they have that we don't: The kids have such a hunger to know," she said. "When they know, they're excited about it and joyful. They are satisfied with so little. Being over there made me realize what a need there is over here."
___For the most part, the student missionaries worked alongside missionaries currently serving in Kenya on projects that were fairly well established. But students also got a glimpse of new efforts during the last week of the venture, when they broke into small groups led by missionaries and shared their faith door-to-door with the Samburu, considered an unreached people group in Africa.
___"That's where I really saw us making a difference," King said. "In the half hour we did that, we visited three huts, and five people were saved. At one hut, I just started talking about my testimony, not really knowing what to say, and the lady's face lit up and she started clapping. The eagerness just blew me away."
___In total, the group saw two students at the high school profess faith in Jesus Christ, while at least 20 in the village of Marala came to know Christ through their witness.
___The experience also impacted sophomore Adam Gibbs, a native of Canyon. Witnessing among the Samburu affirmed his call to vocational missions, he said.
___"There are so many people out there who haven't heard and just don't know," he explained.
___And like King, Gibbs gained a new worldview, he admitted. "It really hit me when we went to help out at an orphanage, seeing the kids that were dying of AIDS and the struggles they go through. It really changed my perspective on whatever suffering I end up going through."
___Brown said the students "realized how blessed they were to be Americans and, on the flip side, how much we waste and take our freedom and abundance for granted. Their view of God was stretched, too, because they had to process all the extreme poverty and extreme wealth in the world, yet we have the same gospel.
___"That caused a deeper compassion for those in need and a desire to see people come to Christ."
___Wayland students mix up concrete, water and dirt to build a sidewalk on the grounds at Nyeri Baptist High School in Kenya, one of the places the group of 13 Texas students served this summer on a Kenyan tour. The sidewalk will provide a mud-free path from the school building to staff housing units. Shown are Krysta Williams of Lorenzo, Adam Gibbs of Canyon, Donna Gleason of Albuquerque, N.M., Mike Smith of Kingwood, Kaci Risser of Matador and Jodi Henderson of Lubbock. At left, Wayland student Mike Smith of Kingwood plays the guitar while leading worship for a boys' Bible study session at Nyeri Baptist High School.
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