In Dallas

Just letting you all know we have successfully landed in Dallas. Now just customs and we’re done!

Danny Huizinga and the Baylor Men’s Choir, signing off.

Memories from Dubai

We landed in Dubai! Now a two hour layover then a 16 hour flight home.

On the flight here, the flight attendants surprised us and wanted a group picture! We wrote them a card too. It was really fun- definitely an unforgettable memory!

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Last Full Day in Kenya

Today was our last full day in Kenya. It is so difficult to say goodbye after making so many new friends here, but we did so with celebration!

This morning, we went to a Maasai church with Zippy and Daniel Sindiyo, our gracious hosts for the entire trip. We were treated to a beautiful example of Maasai culture, including an invitation to join in and dance! Afterwards, we went to Zippy and Daniel’s house for lunch, where they had generously prepared a giant meal for us and their friends and relatives.

It was a day full of colors, smiles, singing, dancing, and gratitude. What a perfect way to end the trip. Tomorrow afternoon, we head to the airport to board the plane and begin our long flights back across the globe. I’ll send an update when we’re home so you know we’re safe.

To all of you who kept up with this blog during the two weeks, thank you. We really appreciate your love and support and look forward to spreading more stories from the trip in person!

In His service,

Danny Huizinga

 

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Holly Widick & Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Holly Widick & Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Best Safari Pictures

Check out the best safari pictures from some of our awesome photographers!

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Matt Oberhelman

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Chris Pillsbury

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

Photo / Stephen Mulkey

 

Camping Out

I now have a free chance to attempt to capture the wonderful experience we had on Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday, we woke up early, at 6:30am, to watch the sunrise at the Tocco’s. It was absolutely stunning. After eating a quick but delicious breakfast, we embarked upon a 5-hour bus ride to a village of the Pokot tribe. They are a smaller tribe in Kenya, and the village was tucked away near a lake in the middle of mountains. The view was gorgeous (see some pictures below and on the previous post).

When we arrived at a school in the Pokot village, we quickly realized that the children could barely understand our English. That was no problem, however, as we soon found how easy (and fun) it was to communicate with smiles and dancing. Even after it began raining, we played soccer, football, and volleyball with the kids. After we sang a bit, they taught us some of their songs as well!

For dinner that night, we were very honored to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by some of the Pokot women. We sponsor an education for six girls from the tribe, and their families were very grateful to us. They killed two goats for our dinner, a great honor. That night, we set up a large screen and showed the “Jesus” movie to the entire tribe (translated to their language). It was clear from their reactions that they were extremely captivated. I cannot even begin to explain how beautiful it was laying out and looking at the clear sky, full of stars. Before we went to sleep in tents in the village, we sang a concert in the dark. It was so difficult to tell who was who, but everyone was dancing, smiling, and singing in Swahili. It was truly an unforgettable moment in which we all felt the power of God.

When we awoke in the morning and climbed out of our tents, the grass was fresh with dew and the sky was glowing with new sunlight. The women prepared breakfast for us and took us around to see their homes. They were very proud of their families and we loved to meet them.

The entire experience was likely the most challenging, yet most rewarding few days of the trip. It is hard going a night without a bed or shower, but we gained so much from the experience. Best of all, we were not swooping in to this tribe and imposing our beliefs. We were understanding their culture. Because we had already developed a relationship by sponsoring some of the girls, they were so grateful to have us as guests. The entire experience was a beautiful example of how God can demonstrate love through “mzungus” to a small Kenyan tribe hidden away in the mountains.

If you know one of the guys on the trip, I would encourage you to ask them about their experience. We all have some wonderful stories to tell. Reflecting Tuesday night, it was clear that we saw God in many different aspects of this trip.

Today, we drove for most of the morning and arrived at Masai Mara, the safari. We are staying at the beautiful Keekorok Lodge and already performed a concert for the guests in the lobby. We have already been on one game drive and have scheduled many more for the next few days. We plan to post the best of the safari pictures on Friday night (Friday afternoon for you), so look forward to those!

Thanks again to all of you for your prayers and support. It really means a lot to us, and we have felt it as we have become closer as a group, making a difference in the lives of those around us.

Thanks to Matt Oberhelman for all the beautiful photos below!

In His service,

Danny Huizinga

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Busy Day of Singing

 

We’ve had an extraordinarily busy two days of singing, likely resulting in the most memorable experiences of the trip thus far. Because we have to wake up very early (5:45) tomorrow morning to start driving to Safari, I’ll save the summary for tomorrow. For now, feel free to enjoy all of the beautiful pictures from the last two days. (All pictures thanks to Chris Pillsbury)

Looking forward to writing a full update tomorrow!

In His service,

Danny Huizinga

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