I am a thinker.  I like to read, and study, and analyze.  My friends will tell you that I love having deep conversations about all sorts of things: politics, theology, history.  I’m one of those people who actually enjoys research papers!  So whenever I thought about social justice issues, it was mainly just that…something I thought about.

Surrounded by kids in Huruma Slum.

But in the process of seeing the stories I did this summer, something changed for me.  I started to believe that I could be a part of real change.

So now rather than just thinking and learning about social justice, I am discovering what it is to own these issues.  Not because I should.  But because, in God’s kingdom, I can.

What’s in a name?

On my first full day in Kenya, I learned that, despite a world of differences, a name can build a bridge…

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A Proper Burial

By attending the funeral of an unwanted man, I saw how Karura Chapel is restoring dignity to their community in a radical new way.

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Following Susan’s Lead

Ever since meeting Susan, a poor widow from the slums, my ideas of power and influence have begun to change…

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Culture Guide: How to Learn Swahili

I may not exactly be qualified to TEACH Swahili, but I am getting the idea of how best to LEARN it…

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A Chain Reaction

At Karura Chapel, Pastor Evans is using soccer balls to start a chain reaction of positive change that is transforming this community…

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Obama Country

What do national holidays, Nike shoes and matatus have in common? Barack Obama!

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Stethescopes and Smiles

For families living in Huruma or Githogoro slums, any medical care is rare. But what about free, high-quality medical care for the entire community?

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Photo Gallery: No Easy Answers

When I toured the remains of a slum the day after it was bulldozed, I witnessed a kind of perseverance I still don’t fully understand.

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Kibera After the Violence

Over a year after the post-election clashes, Kibera is slowly rebuilding…

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Culture Guide: Roadtrip!

On my road trip through the Rift Valley, I discovered some essential items to take along, and some basic necessities you can leave at home.

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Retrospective: Owning the Issues

Witnessing real transformation in Kenya is making me think about social justice in a whole new way.

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About the Author: Jessica Shewan is a journalist with World Next Door. She graduated in 2009 from The University of Evansville with a bachelor's degree in History. She loves making new international friends and is passionate about seeing the global church pursue justice and peace!

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