Serving Like Christiansons

Jambo family, friends, and supporters!!!

Today was a very heart touching day. We started out getting up around 4:45 to head out to the streets of downtown Nairobi. Boniface was the man that we had the honor of talking with and getting an up close and personal view of his day of ministering and caring for streets kids and other men. There were boys as young as ten up to much older men and women. These kids have come from a range of backgrounds of well off families to even being born on the streets. The older men, Boniface said, came to the streets giving up on hope of getting a job or any way of supporting themselves. Boniface brought some milk and bread and we all sat with someone and talked to them to learn their names, age, and maybe even the cause of why they were on the streets. We heard stories about how they were too old to be at home, at age 13. Another was like said above, just on how they have given up hope. Let me remind you this was all around 5:30 in the morning. These kids and men mask their pain by sniffing glue! We saw many bottles hidden in pockets and sleeves and even saw a few sniffing the glue as we were standing there watching them walk away. The group of kids a few of us were talking to we’re already close to being high. Three of the five were not even able to make much of a conversation. We asked a few of them what there day was like and what they do, sad to say majority of them do nothing. They walk ten miles from where to a near by town to sit, sleep, or mask their pain. Before we left we sat with the people we talked with and prayed for their troubles. Personally, it was very hard to go from seeing these kids have nothing to back to our accommodating hotel were we walk up and get a buffet of endless good food, a nice place to shower, and sleep comfortably and safely. We’re not in America anymore!! We’re stuck in our little bubble mindset of we get what we want when we want it. A few of us were talking yesterday, Americans are so lazy in the way we live our lives. This afternoon we went to Boniface’s house to help do yard work. Talk about tough!! Us girls planted trees while the guys “mowed the lawn.” Yet it wasn’t American style sitting on a lawnmower sipping a ice cold drink. The way they cut grass here is with a long, curved tip machete. Let’s just say it took about two hours to cut grass that was knee high in a half-acre area. Today was a great day of seeing God’s work on the streets by using Boniface and getting to see his home were he houses ten street kids that he has helped put into school and given a home to stay in. We have learned a lot and hard work truly does bring people closer.


Ashlie Christenson


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Denise Salubi on May 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    You guys look so happy!!! Being a part of such an important ministry will bring Blessings to you and to the people you are serving.

    This will change your life.

    Also, Jarred please call home.


  2. Posted by Jim Barnes on May 20, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    We are thinking of all of you. Thanks for the updates and enjoy every moment.


  3. Posted by Tanna on May 21, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    LOVE it!!! That was one of my favorite days last year…completely broke me and it sounds like Go is already doing some serious work in your hearts. Keep pressing forward. It’s hard to see such brutal reality when we are used to our safe bubble. I pray God will continue to give y’all strength and discernment in how to respond in these tough situations. Love y’all!!!


  4. Posted by Miss Molly on May 21, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Hi Brooke, Your mission trip sounds amazing, as I am sure it is. I am praying for you all and know the Holy Spirit will open your hearts wide to the work He has planned for you to do. What a life changing experience. BLESS YOU AND ALL YOU TOUCH!
    Peace, Miss Molly


  5. Posted by Kim Christenson on May 24, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Wow, Ash you blew us away! What an opportunity God has blessed you with and we know you made the right choice by being apart of this amazing experience. We are so proud of you and your team! Love you and miss you!


  6. Posted by Melanie Smith on May 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Loved the morning I had two years ago on the streets with Boniface. Praising God that ten of the boys took his challenge to grow in Christ and kick the glue! Your work is honoring the Lord and serving “the least of these”. You are in our prayers and we are so proud.


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