These are exciting days for us as Go near launches our new website to better communicate our vision and invite you to be a part. We are driven by the call of God in James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” Our vision is to see communities transformed by mobilizing people and resources to bring God’s hope to orphans, widows, prisoners and the poor. More succinctly, our mission is Mobilization. Empowerment.
After the kids and I had decided to come to Kenya, we found out that June 23, is International Widow’s Day. We decided we needed to do something special for them. Yesterday, Nikki, Jennifer, Tracy and I (and others on the Go Near Trip) went to a local market and bought pounds and pounds of fresh produce to give to the women in training. We had so much fun imagining how surprised the women would be when they were told they would get to fill their bags (donated by Kathy Hudson) with the produce!
There are no words to begin to describe our experience on Sunday at a Maximum Security Prison but I will try to convey what I can. Unlike the prison we had visited the day before, security here was tight. Once all documents were inspected and permission granted for us to proceed, we made our way through one locked steel door after another until we arrived on the inside. The first thing that hit me was the smell. It was a strong mixture of dirt, sweat, body odor and sewage. As we continued