Lydia and Dan journey to a refugee camp

Lydia and I enjoyed the day together on yesterday’s flight to Kakuma in Northern Kenya. Kakuma contains a Refugee Camp of 179,000 people whose inhabits primarily hail from South Sudan. However, people from Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda also live in the camp. We flew a small team up from Nairobi that was surveying the camp for future ministry work. With extra space on the flight, Lydia jumped at the opportunity to learn more about life in a refugee camp. Once inside the camp, our first stop was actually lunch, devouring a wonderful Ethiopian meal at a hole in the wall restaurant. After lunch, we enjoyed walking through a small part of the camp, visiting with people as we went. Many people wanted to know where we were from as they graciously greeted us. We shook hands with curious children over and over again saying hello to them, unable to speak Arabic, but always able to communicate with a smile in the language of love.

On our way back from the camp, we met a Turkana man named John who walked with us for about an hour, explaining life in the camp. He became our tour guide, for which we became especially grateful.

Life in the camp is difficult as freedom is naturally restricted. Visitors can come to the camp until 6:00pm. Residents can leave to enter the adjoining town, but travel beyond that requires special approval with signed papers. The camp was established in 1991, with many of the residents now born into refugee camp life. Those born in the camp are stuck in between two worlds, with an unknown past and an uncertain future.

Flying back home, I was overwhelmed with gratitude to our Father. He blessed us with an incredible day. Lydia and I enjoyed a wonderful day together, learning about the refugees while spending precious time just having fun. What a blessing to share my ministry work with her on an adventure to Kakuma and back.

Kakuma sign

Welcome to Kakuma

 

Lydia helped me with the many details of getting the aircraft ready for departure

Lydia helped me with the many details of getting the aircraft ready for departure

Location of Kakuma Camp in Kenya

Location of Kakuma Camp in Kenya

 

An aerial view shows recently constructed houses at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya Rueters

An aerial view shows recently constructed houses at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya – photo credit Reuters

A taxi drove to the remote location delivering two drums of Jet Fuel

A taxi drove to the remote location delivering two drums of Jet Fuel

Lydia and Papa enjoyng Ethiopian Food In the Refugee Camp

Lydia and Papa enjoyng Ethiopian Food in the Refugee Camp

Ethiopian food is amazing

Ethiopian food is amazing

Many UN vehicles passed us by as we enjoyed our walk from the camp

Many UN vehicles passed us by as we enjoyed our walk from the camp

The Camp has many Ethiopian Refugees too An Ethiopian Orthodox Church was built for them

The Camp has many Ethiopian Refugees too, an Ethiopian Orthodox Church was built for them

We had a lovely hour walk from the camp to our aircraft

We had a lovely hour walk from the camp to our aircraft

Waiting for our passengers to return to the aircraft we enjoyed the shade of the airplane's wing in the triple digit heat

Waiting for our passengers to return to the aircraft we enjoyed the shade of the airplane’s wing in the triple digit heat

Lydia flying with Dan as co-pilot

Co-pilot Lydia takes us back to Nairobi