Samburu Friends Mission

July 6 – July 12

Visit the churches, schools, and ministry projects of Samburu Friends Mission, one of the fastest-growing Friends communities in Africa. Learn how Friends are ministering in this remote location among a pastoralist (semi-nomadic, animal-herding) people group who have had very little access to education until quite recently. Experience the vibrant worship music and traditional worshipful dance of Samburu Christian culture. See the health center, primary school, nursery schools, and income-generating projects of the mission. Meet some of the girls who have been sponsored through the “Education for Esther” program, and learn about the Rescue Center for girls who are escaping child marriage. Visit Samburu Friends’ innovative “shepherd school” program that provides evening classes for children who are occupied during the day with tending the family’s herds.

For participants who would like to, we will arrange a homestay experience for one or two nights.

You will visit Thompson’s Fall in Nyahururu on the way from Nairobi to Samburu and will spend one night in Nakuru on the way from Samburu to Kisumu. You have the option of a game drive in Nakuru National Park, famous for its bird life and rhinos. On Sunday morning, worship with Nakuru Friends before driving to Kisumu in time for the Triennial registration.

Note that this trip involves long drives on rough roads.

Start date: 6 July 2020, departing from the airport hotel in Nairobi in the early morning

End date: 12 July 2020, arriving at the Triennial venue in time for registration

The latest date on which you should plan to arrive in Nairobi is 5 July 2020.

Cost: $580

Cost includes:

·       Ground transportation from Nairobi to Samburu and from Samburu to Kisumu

·       Five nights stay in Samburu and one night in Nakuru

·       All ground transportation while in Samburu

·       All meals

·       Bottled water

·       All activities

·       All tips

Cost does not include:

·       Offerings at worship services

·       An optional game drive in Nakuru National Park on Saturday afternoon July 11. Plan on $80 in US cash for the park entrance fee.

Lodging: Seasons Guest House, Maralal town (or similar). (Don’t be fooled by the descriptions of “luxury” on the website – this is a simple, clean guest house.)

Leaders: Sammy Letoole and Shawn McConaughey

Minimum/maximum number of participants: no minimum, 20 people maximum

To learn more, view a 30-minute video made by Emily Provance (FUM Board member from New York YM) as part of her Living Letters visit to Samburu in 2018.

Register here