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Jambo! My name is
Janelle Linder and I will be a senior in the fall at Malone University where I
am the captain of the women’s tennis team and sing in the University Chorale. I
am majoring in Public Relations and have a minor in Missions and Cross Cultural
Ministries. With that, I really hope to do some kind of non-profit work and my
big dream is to create my own non-profit for those in need in third world
I just returned from Kenya, Africa, one of God’s most
beautiful countries I would argue. I, along with eight other female students
and two male professors, traveled around Kenya for just short of three weeks
for a service learning trip. Although we did not build anything or paint any
walls we did serve the people in Maai Mahiu, a truck stop town with women who
prostitute themselves in order to put food on the table and pay for their
children’s school fees, in Kisumu at the Friends Theological Studies College,
and in our hometown of Kijabe where we got to love on the local beautiful
The things that my eyes saw in Kenya were overwhelming. The
poverty was nothing like I have ever seen before. The rich and poor people live
right next to each other. My heart was touched by the younger children who
cared for their younger siblings and provided for them while their parent(s)
were trying to find work. The community that they have is incredible; everyone
cares for everyone else and they watch out for each other.
In the upcoming months I will continue to process the things
that I have seen and try to figure out why God allowed me to
see/feel/hear/taste/touch such things in Kenya. God is so infinitely good and I
am so blessed to have had the opportunity to love and be loved during my stay
at my “home away from home”.
“It may take place in a foreign land or it may take place in
your backyard, but I believe that we were each created to change the world for
someone. To serve someone. To love someone the way Christ first loved us, to
spread His light. This is the dream, and it is possible.” - Katie J. Davis, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption