Reflections on Kenya

Reflections on Kenya

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last month, a total of 12 Belmont student-athletes and staff travelled to Nakuru, Kenya to work with a local ministry, Streets of Hope. Streets of Hope provides former street boys with a home, food, education, Christ-centered spiritual guidance, medical care and hope.

"Being able to partner with Streets of Hope was such a joyous experience for us," said Jordan Holm, Belmont's Coordinator of Academic Services and Sports Ministry.  "We were able to engage with boys that had been living on the streets just two weeks prior to our arrival. We also were able to interact with boys from Streets of Hope that have graduated from college and now hold steady jobs, including one who is a radio DJ and had us as guests on the radio! Being able to see the full spectrum of the journey these boys are on was such a testament to the redeeming love of our Savior."

Twelve Belmont student-athletes and staff were took part in the mission trip to Kenya.  They included:

Seth Adelsperger – Men's Basketball
Dan Brown – Men's Soccer
Ellie Ivancich – Volleyball
Elliot Jones – Men's Soccer
Kyle Malden – Men's Soccer
Alexa Nichols – Volleyball
Allie Svoboda – Women's Soccer
Lauren Thompson – Women's Basketball
Sydney Zinser – Women's Soccer
Jordan Holm – Coordinator of Academic Services and Sports Ministry
Mark Price—Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Here are some reflections from some of the student-athletes who took part:

"During our time there, we got to experience all that Streets of Hope offers the boys in Nakuru. We had the opportunity to simply spend quality time with the boys and truly show them how much others outside of their community cared about them. Our week was filled with playing soccer, worshiping God and meeting some pretty amazing people." -Alexa Nichols

"While it was heart wrenching to say goodbye, there was also joy in the knowledge that we were able to get to know everyone so well, grow friendships, and share the Gospel." -Seth Adelsperger

"Kenya pushed me to think about my relationships with others. The boys (of Streets of Hope) reminded me of how powerful it can be when you fully buy into the community that is the Kingdom of God." –Ellie Ivancich

For more information on the trip, check out the links below:

Kenya Mission Trip Website

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