A Slice of Sumpter

Habari friends and family back home. Today we had the joy of getting to spend time with some of the children that our contacts Walter, Edward, and Dennis coach/mentor from the slums of Mukru. The program that they have created is a futbol (soccer) academy that brings together children from different types of neighborhoods and teaches them leadership skills as well as trains them to become better futbol players. Edward brings kids from both rich and poorer neighborhoods together, with the common ground of futbol, to help them learn to love each no matter what background the kids come from. Before we meet the children we went to the local Nakumatt, Kenya’s version of Walmart, and bought some essentials to help bless the families we would meet. Next we meet the children at a nearby church and followed our hosts into their maze of a neighborhood. Most of the kids were naturally shy and reserved. Bare in mind most of us are twice their size and in Phil or Fred three times. By the end of our time together we had to pry most of us away from our new found friends.

Walking past vendors, smelling the fresh produce, dodging mud holes, and evading the occasion rogue chicken really gave the group and myself a glimpse of the what life was like for the students of the academy. Most of the homes were made of four metal pain walls with a roof. Occasionally there was a blanket to divide the sleeping area from the sitting/guest part of the house. There was no running water, electricity, or indoor pluming. Most of us wore the outdoor pluming on our shoes for the rest of the day. My heart goes out to those families’ who have so little compared to what we have at home. Their willingness to invite close to nine strangers into their small homes and briefly share their lives with us has inspired me begin to bless people with things that I am a steward of, on God’s behalf. Each family we met radiated joy and conviction to seek God in their lives. All the parents we met were so thankful for the service that Walter, Edward, and Dennis provided for their sons. They said that futbol keeps the children out of trouble, provides an escape, and even gives them an opportunity to improve their lives by becoming a professional futboler. After chatting for 10 to 20 minutes we gave the families the bag we had purchased from the Nakumatt, prayed, exchanged hugs, and went on our way through the maze of shops and homes to our next destination.

On my way back was walking side by side with this little fella named Hassan, he was about 8 years old and spoke limited English. Our conversation was spotty however you don’t always need a common language to love on someone. Like most little kids all you need to do is hold their hand, give them a piggyback ride, or a hug. And that’s all the communication Hassan and I needed for the time we spent together.

After we had trekked for some time we returned to the church. We said our goodbye’s to our friends and made pledges to see each other on Sunday for a friendly (futbol match). Next we drove to meet up with some folks closer to our age for competition. We played basketball, futbol, and handball. Handball is a blend of lacrosse, basketball, and soccer. I’m happy to say that we represented American well and went 3 for 4 in our competitions with the Kenyans. Following each game we prayed with the teams we had scrimmaged. Getting to compete was a nice way to help us swallow all that we had experienced that morning because it wasn’t easy. I can only hope that tomorrow will be as eventful and moving as today was. Shout out to the SOS family, miss yall and cant wait to see you! Until then peace and much love to ya.

Andrew Sumpter

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lance Sumpter on May 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Andrew it is great to hear from you. I pray daily that the team will have many opportunities to impact the people of Kenya during the missionary trip. I know the trip will have a longlasting effect on all of the participants. Remember to make the most out of the opportunities God presents to you during this trip! God Bless You!

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  2. Posted by Kiley on May 19, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    I’m so proud of y’all!! Have so much fun. God bless y’all and the vb players 🙂

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  3. Posted by leah capps on May 19, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    I can’t believe y’all got to walk through the slum!! Keep up the good work! We’re praying for y’all back here. =)

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  4. Posted by Terri Moran on May 19, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    What an amazing day! You will forever be changed by all that you experience on this journey. My thanks to your leaders Wes and Kim for helping make this ministry a reality!!!!!! Adios,

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  5. Posted by td on May 20, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Sounds like yall are impacting so many lives already in your short time there. Love yall and am praying for each of you!
    td

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  6. Posted by Melanie Smith on May 20, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    There is nothing more humbling than walking through a slum, especially Kibera. You will never be the same and you will always remember those sweet innocent faces of the children. Memorize it!

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  7. Posted by Nicky on May 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Fred, thank you so much for posting that video on FB! I teared up watching it- I miss you all so much and am moved beyond words to see what ya’ll have been blessed to do already. Keep loving on those kids– believe me when I say, they will NEVER forget you 🙂

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  8. Posted by Christina Sumpter on May 22, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Habari Andrew! It was great to read your post on the first day! God is providing you all with some challenging opportunities every day. I pray that he will give you strength, compassion, and love as you interact with the Kenyans and with your team. He will be glorified and lives will be saved! Love you.

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  9. Posted by Mykala Ford on May 23, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Andrew it’s nice to hear from you! I’m so glad that your helping kids from Kenya and impacting thier lives. I’m praing everyday for you and you team and i hope your having a great time! I miss you and cant wait to see you when you come back! I love You and Miss You! God Bless You!

    Your Little Cousin,

    Mykala

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