KENYA MATHARE 2018 EASTSIDE BEYOND BORDERS|Joanna Solis

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Dear Friends and Family,

I wanted to share some exciting news with you! Eastside Christian Church has planned a global compassion trip for this coming summer and I will be serving as part of the team! My team will be traveling to Kenya on June 20-July 2 where we will be working with children through Missions of Hope, passing out solar lights to families without electricity, sharing our faith stories and the Gospel, and hosting a women's conference! We will also teach parents of children with disabilities different developmental activities that they can do with their child. We will also deliver home cooked meals and dishes to families affected by wildfires and build a playground. I will also be able to meet the child that I sponsor! I felt a strong desire to be a part of this trip because I want to help show God's love and compassion to some of the poorest people in the world. The people of Mathare make about 0.80 cents to $1.50 per day. I feel blessed and excited to have this incredible opportunity to help others and know there is a lot of work ahead as we begin to prepare. I could use your help!

First, I would be honored if you would pray for us: for preparation, for our journey, our ministry and for the spiritual battles that come with working for God's Kingdom. Secondly, I'd like to know if you would contribute to the work we are doing by covering part of the cost of the trip. Any amount is very helpful to sending me to Kenya!

Each team member has been entrusted with raising an equal share of the total cost to send us. The amount I need to personally raise is $2900 and it's due by June 10th. If you would like to to partner with me in this ministry please click on the “GIVE NOW” button to donate. (There is an option to cover the cost of the credit card fee that you can opt out of if you prefer.) Or if you prefer to give a check or cash donation you can make your check payable to “Eastside Christian Church” and note my name and "Kenya Mathare 2018" in the memo line and mail/bring it to the address below. Contributions to our project are tax-deductible. Your involvement in this mission trip means a lot to me. Thank you for considering being a part of my team. If you have any questions I’d love the opportunity to tell you more so just call, text or email me!

-Joanna Solis, joannasolis8@csu.fullerton.edu

*All donations are given to Eastside Christian Church and a tax-deductible statement will be issued to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Eastside Christian Church has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds; they may be used for other participants, other mission trip expenses, or for future mission trips. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors.

Eastside Christian Church 3370 E Miraloma Ave. Suite 101 Anaheim CA 92806

Greg Chrysler
Joanna as I have wanted to go and serve in an outreach mission for Jesus a good portion of my life it just didn’t happen in another country. God has used me right where I am at. So as with your commitment-“Here I am send me”. I Thank the Lord that he has allowed me to participate with you in contributing the resources we all need to be the team to see the great things God will do in Kenya. God Ble
$240.00
Franco Watts
May Jesus invite you into more intimate communion with His Sacred Heart! Have a great trip! :)
$50.00
Christine and Javier Solis
We know you will savor the experience. We are praying for you and the team!
$100.00
Lori Felix
blessings and safe travels!
Marisa Sherb $50.00
Essential Oil Sugar Scrub Sales
Thank you to everyone who purchased sugar scrubs!
$255.00
Sabrina Diaz
L Hooks
Enjoy your Journey Joanna :)
$25.00
Terri Olson
I can’t wait to hear about your experience! Please keep me in the loop for prayer needs before and during your trip
Shawn & Kris Doyle
Thank you for being the hands and feet of God! Godspeed and we will pray for you.
$250.00
George
May our Lord reward you in Heaven
$100.00
Alex Muir $50.00
Greg Chrysler
Joanna-As I read about Alex Garcia’s trip to Africa before and again and reading the description of what you will be doing. Being in the Electric field and doing solar power-brought a shared passion. I really like that your passing out solar lights to those you can and share God’s love and tell of Jesus Christ being the light of the World. As a follower of Jesus Christ myself I will commit to pray
$500.00
Jessie Bird
Goodluck, wish you the best :)
$40.00
Anonymous
God bless
Andrew Bartels $50.00
Jackie Wallace
God bless you on your mission trip
$10.00
Mallory
GO GET IT GIRL
Jonny
Anonymous $100.00
Anonymous
Super proud of you for following what God has placed on your heart. God is going to use you in huge ways and like always I will be praying over your transition out of college. It's no JoKe.
Sam Bent $15.00
Amanda Hughes
You're an inspiration to anyone you meet <3 so proud to watch where life and God takes you!
$30.00
Nicholas
Christine and Javier Solis $50.00
Alonzo Solis
God bless you
$50.00
Lydia Solis $100.00
Anonymous
God bless!
$50.00
Javier and Christine Solis $100.00
Dennis
Praying for you, little! Love you and be safe!
$100.00
Anonymous

August 30, 2018 9:14 PM

Hi Team!

I just want to send a correction on the time for the Beyond Borders Celebration this Saturday September 1st at Eastside Anaheim (3330 E Miraloma Ave., Anaheim CA 92806).

5:30pm- Free tacos on the lawn!

6:00pm- The program starts in the main auditorium!

I hope you have had a great week and that you can make it to celebrate all that God did in the summer mission trips!

Sincerely,

Joanna

August 22, 2018 6:04 PM

Hi Team!

I hope your summer has been great! I want to thank you so much for your donations to make this mission trip possible. This experience has left me for a loss of words.

I will tell you a little bit about Kenya here but I would love for you to come to the Beyond Borders night Celebration so I can share more of my experience with you. This is a night for our entire team to come together, those who sent and those who were sent, to celebrate what we all accomplished. This will take place at Eastside Anaheim (3330 E Miraloma Ave., Anaheim CA 92806) on September 1st at 6pm in the main auditorium. Their will be free tacos for dinner! I hope you can make it so I can thank you in person and share more of what happened in Kenya! Until then, I want to share with you a couple highlights that come to mind!

My team was split into small groups of about 6-8 and we would rotate through projects throughout the week! My team spent one day constructing a playground for Bondeni School, which was affected in February by a fire. Many of the surrounding community was burned down including one of the school’s buildings. What’s crazy is that Eastside planned on building this playground during this missions trip last year, but the supplies were lost in the airport and never found. If this playground was built last year, it would have been burned in the fire. Gods timing is so perfect, and he has a plan even in the obstacles. A couple days before the day we worked on the playground, I was at Bondeni visiting homes of fire victims and during my break played with some of the kids during their recess. I taught them songs from a kids camp that I volunteered at and played with them in an empty lot in front of the school. I noticed a lot of kids were holding concrete blocks that they found. What struck me was that this was their recess. They had absolutely no equipment besides what they scavengered. I couldn’t wait to see their expressions when they had a playground. We brought a class with us during the grand opening ceremony of the playground. I can’t even begin to describe their reactions when they ran inside. I have never seen so many kids go down a slide at the same time, one after another. This was the first time these kids have ever had a playground. In the middle of a community recently hit with devastation, the playground, built by the hands of those who follow God, stood as a symbol for hope and restoration.

Another day, I was apart of a team of three Eastsiders and two translators and we visited shanties in Baba Dogo. Light is a luxury here. Most homes are dark or just lit by a candle. Today our mission was to bring the light, both spiritually by delivering the message of Jesus and physically by bringing solar lights. The very first home that we visited, we met Daniel, a widowed man with 6 children, all in missions of hope schools (which were the schools we worked with). He was looking down most of the conversation, still engaged, but he just looked defeated. We got to know him a little bit. He is a casual worker, which means he goes out each morning and tries to find work for the day. It’s very common here. He was familiar with Jesus and use to go to church but has never accepted Jesus into his life. We talked to him about how we love him and how God is watching over him. Then we presented to him the solar light and started explaining it to him. He was so grateful. We told him that at any point he can always accept God into his life and start that relationship with him. He said he wanted that! My team member, Victoria, led a prayer of salvation, repeated by the translator, repeated by Daniel. Daniel accepted God as his savior! Then we prayed together over him. Daniel asked for prayer for his hurt foot and for better finances since he was struggling keeping his children in school. His demeanor changed. He smiled more and later when my team saw him in the streets he still looked so happy.

We had one day of special projects and I was apart of the Special Needs Training team of four. We did a lot of prep leading up to our departure including driving to Walmart’s all across OC to gather 53 Mr. Potato Heads, since the toy is so good for developmental practice. We hosted 53 parents of children with disabilities which is more than we expected but we had just the right amount of supplies. We first addressed why their child is disabled. None of them knew why. In this community, people with disabilities are seen as cursed and that the parents did something wrong. We explained that is purely medical and went through all the different medical reasons that cause disabilities and we looked a bible versus to show that children are made in detail by God and they are not an accident. We went through developmental techniques and speech therapies with the parents. They were so receptive to the translator and would ask so many questions. They were engaged. This is a breakthrough for the community because these parents are accepting that they can do something to help their child rather than just label their child as “dumb” which is what the community does.

These are just a few of the many stories that happened in Kenya, and I hope to see you soon so I can share many more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending me on this mission. So much good was done on this trip and I am so happy that we were all apart of making it happen.

Sincerely,

Joanna

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