It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later…

As Dr. Seuss has famously stated: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. This is how I am approaching leaving Light of Hope (LOH) and Kenya after this amazing, inspirational and life changing trip. Given my extended time at the school, I was able to experience two other groups leave the girls before me – those goodbyes are filled with tears, tears and some more tears. Some of these girls do not show full emotion while you are there – probably given their non-emotional upbringing – but it all comes out when goodbyes need to be said. The other Christa – Christa B – who was visiting the […]

Ten Surprising Things – Mission Trip

Ten Surprises  on Light of Hope Mission Trip. Joanne Esser went on a summer 2014 mission trip to Light of Hope.  She wrote about ten things that might surprise visitors to Kenya and Light of Hope: 1.  It is not hot and it is colder than you might think. 2.  Small girls can eat an amazing amount of food! 3.  The girls' favorite game is soccer (football). 4.  It is dark at night by 6:30 p.m. and light in the morning about 6:30 a.m. year round - dinner by candle and lantern light! 5.  The road to Light of Hope turns from a solid dirt road to slippery “muck” after a few [...]

Peanut butter and jelly – Light of Hope

Peanut butter and jelly - Light of Hope. Christa Zambordino, a 2012 fundraiser for and visitor to Light of Hope writes, I only hope that after you read this, you will think twice then next time you eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and appreciate the fact that you can enjoy this more often than many others...  The conversation turned into a discussion about the food that the girls eat at the school on a daily basis. Read her article, published in the Huffington Post, "Peanut Butter and Jelly".