Burundi is a very small country in central Africa. War ravaged, this country for years and has left the people hurting and afraid. The streets of this country are filled with children who do not have homes and/or food.
They are known as street kids and they sleep wherever they find space and live off scraps. They have all been affected by the war and are desperate for hope. We will run programs for these kids that include games, worship, activities, meals, and teach various skills in hopes to raise their self esteem and help them find the hope they are looking for in Jesus Christ. Another group we will encounter are the future leaders of Burundi. These are high school/college students who are preparing to take positions of leadership in their country. They need a lot of encouragement and direction.
Day 1 Arrive in Burundi (shooo that was a long flight) Explore the airport for 30 seconds (that is all it will take…smallest airport on earth) Drive to ministry site and hotel (45 minutes…5 miles…just a lot of traffic) Rest
Day 2 Explore Bujumbura and see how the street kids live/make friends
Day 3 (Saturday) Host a soccer/football game at our ministry site. Serve lunch.
Day 4 (Sunday) Church/meal with congregation/hang out with new friends
Day 5 Visit various schools and talk to classes/facilitate the curriculum that is already in place.
Day 6 Hang out/make crafts/teach skills. Host a night of worship/prayer
Day 7 Visit various schools and talk to classes/facilitate the curriculum that is already in place.
Day 8 Hang out/make crafts/teach skills
Day 9 Visit a nearby village and give out food
Day 10 Say good-bye
The Conditions: Roughing It
We will sleep at a hotel. Don’t get too excited, hotels in Africa are different than hotels in America. There are toilets and cold-water showers though. You will have a bed and 3 meals a day.
The Cost: Moderately Expensive
This trips cost $800 plus airfare.
The Focus: Primarily Outreach
This trip has a primarily outreach focus.