The first Paradigm Build team traveled to Eburru in February. Included in the 14 member team was the Gresham family with their two kids, Matt and Emma. This was not the first time parents have brought their kids along on a mission trip; a family team regularly goes each spring through David’s Hope. What an incredible opportunity for kids to experience another culture and to see missions firsthand. Matt and Emma were eager to share about their experience. They worked on two of the house projects, attended school with kids their age, and got to visit in several homes of the students and other villagers. They even went on safari before returning home. Here is what they had to say:
2020 Build Team
Matt enjoyed his time at school with Teacher Benson, learning grammar, science, social studies, agriculture and more. He made lots of new friends and he learned how to paint. He learned that people have JOY, even when they have little. Emma really enjoyed her new friend, Linet. It was fun to visit at her house and see her cows. She also loved painting at Martha’s house. Her takeaway lesson was to be grateful for the things she has, because not everyone has the things that we often take for granted. How fun to see a trip through the eyes of the next generation. “One generation shall commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts. ” Psalm 145:4 We hope to see Matt and Emma and other kids on future trips.
Camp Brethren Ministries & David’s Hope hosted seven trips of volunteers in Eburru ranging from full time missionaries, to building homes, providing for children with disabilities, building a library/meeting space for the Primary School, a nursing team that provided school physicals and vision testing, setting up athletic spaces, leadership training for the teachers, providing dental services, and supporting CBM’s annual pastors conference.
October 2019 – A team of 14 spent 11 days in Eburru serving the local community. They conducted 6 full days of medical and dental clinics, serving 273 clinic patients and 525 dental patients. When they were not conducting clinics, they were able to participate in multiple church services and home visits. Through the many varied avenues of service 930 people heard the gospel and 17 indicated a first time decision to follow Jesus Christ. The team mantra was, “If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong!” The team was truly blessed to be able to serve along side Camp Brethren Ministry.
In August 2019, a team of 7, including 5 men, from MBC Arlington campus went to Eburru to conduct a Pastor’s Conference. Many obstacles stood in the way of this conference but the team persevered and the conference was a blessing to all who took part. It was a daily reminder that “The heart of man plans the way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 Many prayers were answered over the course of the time the team spent at Camp Brethren. The team attended a revival and was inspired to see the Lord worshiped through the eyes of another culture. Many opportunities were had to minister to the men of the community through volleyball and soccer games played, the gospel shared and teaching on what it means to be a man of God. Vacation Bible School was also d along with a retreat for the teachers.