As most of you know, it has been an adventurous time for me while living in Dallas. What started out as a summer camp counselor position turned into a year interning with a great nonprofit organization. There was everything from community service projects with youth, to photography and design, and even helping start a church plant. Its impact on me has been so significant and I have grown so much through it. My experience would not have had the impact it did if it were not for the people I had the chance to work with and call my friends. While we served in the city of Dallas, my coworkers, John and Allison, also shared with me the passion for Kenya that God placed in their hearts. As I worked alongside them, I heard more stories about Kisumu, Kenya and the children they love. Soon these people who were dear to my friends started to mean much more to me as well. This past fall I was able to become a sponsor myself to Eunike. Eunike is 10 years old and lives with her mother and two younger sisters. Though she is old enough to attend school, Eunike has fallen behind because her mom doesn’t earn enough money to send her to school. She has only just finished first grade. Sadly, these struggles are very common for kids in this slum. Through Ndoto, however, she has hope.
Ndoto is a Kiswahili word that means “dream”, and is the name of the organization that Allison and John founded. Those working with Ndoto believe passionately in the future of Kenya and its communities, and are working to empower the youth of Kenya to change their own communities. Ndoto focuses primarily on providing student sponsorships for children in Obunga, a slum in Kisumu, Kenya. One of the great things about Ndoto is the importance placed on discipling the kids in their program, providing mentorship and spiritual growth opportunities in addition to an education. Many Ndoto students are looking forward to becoming doctors, entrepreneurs, and teachers, and Ndoto encourages them to reinvest in their own communities, passing on the blessings they have received.
Ever since I can remember it has been a dream of mine to travel to Africa. As I grew older my dream turned into a great care for the people who called Africa home. I knew one day I would go, but it would need to be as a part of something greater than just fulfilling my dream of visiting. When John and Allison invited me to be a part of Ndoto’s trip this August, I knew this was the opportunity I had asked God for. I am excited for how I can serve both Ndoto and the individuals who are continuously being blessed through their efforts. During our time in Obunga, we’ll be providing two spiritual retreats, one for primary-school and the other for secondary-school students. We will also be providing a VBS program for youth in the community who are not yet part of Ndoto. We will also spend time visiting with families in their homes, and we will be providing some basic medical care, as one of our team members is a pediatrician. I will also have the chance to photograph new Ndoto students. Overall, we will be the body of Christ as we serve together and bring His love through the relationships being built in this slum.
I could not be more excited for the future of Ndoto and for the trip this August. As I prepare for it, I ask, above all, for your prayers. Please pray for our team, that we would have safe travels, health, and guidance during our time there. As God instructs us to care for the orphans and widows, pray that He will use us to further bring His kingdom into this slum and to help lift his children up. I also ask for your prayers as the cost of this trip is $2,250, and with school, work and my upcoming move I can’t afford it on my own. As you pray, if you feel led to give towards the trip, I would be so blessed and honored by your partnership in this mission. Below I’ve included different ways that you can donate. All gifts are tax-deductible.
I can’t wait to share with you all the stories from this exciting and meaningful adventure!
How You Can Contribute:
1) Go to ndoto.org, and click on “Get Involved”
2) Choose the “One –Time Donation” option via PayPal, where you can then enter your amount
3) This part’s important! After you have made your donation, you will need to let Ndoto know where the funds will go. Please use the note I have written below to send to Allison at email@example.com
I am a friend of Michelle Nelson and have recently contributed to Ndoto through PayPal. I would like for this donation to go towards the trip taking place in August.
Donating by mail:
1) You may send donations to 2526 Rosebud Ct., Carrollton, TX 75006
2) Make sure to make any checks out to Ndoto
3) Please do not write my name on the check, but instead include a short note with the donation that will ensure that it will go towards the trip. I have written a note below that I would love for you to use.
The included donation is to go towards the Ndoto trip taking place in August. I am donating it in honor of Michelle Nelson.
Lastly, you are welcome to give donations to me in person:
1) Make sure to make any checks out to Ndoto
2) Please do not include my name on the check
3) Instead of mailing, hand donation to me.
4) Receive a loving hug from me!