Do You Want to go to Kenya?
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
Do you have a passion for overseas mission work?
Do you work in a medical, mechanical, or administrative field?
Do you want to see God’s love carried to the most downtrodden citizens of a developing nation?
Do you want to work as part of a multi-national mission team?
Do you want to see miracles happen before your eyes?
If any or all of these sound like you, then we’ve got an opportunity for you! Luke 14 Ministries will be making our annual Wheels for Kenya mission trip from May 25-June 7, 2019! Over two weeks, we will distribute over 200 wheelchairs and other mobility aids, and provide basic medical care to those receiving wheelchairs!
We are currently in the process of forming the team that will be going on this mission trip, and wanted to provide some information for those who were unable to attend our organizational meeting. Given the medical nature of this trip, we have a special need for physical and occupational therapists, but there are other roles available.
Given the strenuous and mentally-challenging nature of the trip and the long-term goals of our ministry, all participants must meet the following requirements:
Participants must be followers of Christ
We are undertaking this trip in the name of Jesus and in response to Christ’s commands (Matt. 28:19-20, Matt. 25:40). While our ministry will serve those of all faiths who have a need, our team is going to be the hands and feet of Christ, and show his love to a marginalized population in a developing nation.
Participants must be involved in our pre-trip study
We will hold six two-hour meetings beginning in March to review Helping without Hurting in Short Term Missions and the films produced in support of the book. While we are flexible in terms of physical presence, and offer the chance to participate in our meetings via video chat, participating in this study is not optional.
Participants must be team players
The goals of this trip will not be possible without everyone working together. Participants must be able to take instruction from team leaders to help meet project goals. At the same time, participants must have the maturity to recognize needs and take the initiative to meet them in a timely fashion.
Participants must contribute a needed skill
As previously stated, while there is a need for physical and occupational therapists, roles on this trip are not limited to medical roles! Mechanical and administrative skills are also required, and there may be other skills we haven’t realized we need! If you are concerned you don’t have a needed skill set, contact our team leaders just to be sure!
Participants must be able to raise or pay for the cost of the trip
Individual costs for team members will be approximately $3000, and a firm total will be given to you upon being confirmed as a team member. A deposit of 10% of the total trip cost is due on January 15, with an additional 30% due on March 15 and the balance due on April 15.
While the amount can seem intimidating, there are numerous options for fundraising! Our team leaders will be glad to work with you to help you develop a plan for covering the cost of the trip.
Participants must be in reasonably good physical health
Our trip will involve a number of physical challenges, including moderately strenuous days, working long hours, constrained diet choices, limited rest, 7 hour jet lag, intermittent access to electricity and hot water, and a primitive medical care system. While we don’t want to scare you off, we want you to understand the challenges this trip will involve. We are travelling to a developing nation to carry out a physically demanding task, and we don’t want you to push yourself beyond your physical limits.
Participants must be in reasonably good emotional health.
The challenges of our trip are mental just as much as physical! Trip participants must be: teachable; willing to reach out to those in a different culture with a heart to learn from them and appreciate their strengths, assets, and beauty; flexible in working in an unfamiliar environment and culture; able to handle changed plans on short notice; able to work with leaders who will make mistakes; able to witness extremely difficult circumstances without shrinking back, willing to have a spirit of adventure; and able to be content no matter the circumstance.
Participants must have a passport and visa
You have to be able to leave our country and enter Kenya legally. If you do not presently have a passport, you must be able to apply for one as soon as you are accepted as a team member, and be eligible to receive a visa to enter Kenya. It is worth pointing out that if you have been convicted of certain crimes, such as felonies or drug-related offenses, it is unlikely Kenya will issue you a visa to enter their country.
We don’t want you to be overwhelmed by the trip requirements: this is an incredible opportunity to see God at work in one of the most difficult environments you will ever encounter. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. This is a life-changing trip, as any of our former team members will be quick to tell you.
If you are interested in participating, please download an application form on the Wheels for Kenya page and send it to one of our team leaders.
Even if you cannot travel with us, we encourage you to join our team by praying for the success of our trip, contributing financially, or assisting with pre-trip preparations. There are so many ways you can help us without travelling to Kenya, and we encourage you to participate to the full extent you are able.