As I sit and reminisce about my time in Kenya, faces stand out to me most, and the personalities that accompany them. The people I met at the clinic touched my heart. The work they perform inspires my soul. And the laughs we shared will be remembered always.

It was a refreshing reminder for me. Despite any cultural differences that exist, people are people the world over. They laugh, they cry, they hurt, they heal, they offend, they forgive and they forget. As human beings, far more unites us than divides.

This fact is yet another reason I love reading biblical passages…the universal appeal. No matter who we are or where we’re from, it cuts through the layers and speaks to the divine imprint we all share.

A month into my stay, one of my favorite clinic employees, Carol, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Before I left Kenya, staffer Maureen (bottom-left) escorted me to Carol’s house for a visit with her family.

My time in Kenya reminded me that I have a true family throughout the world. It reminded me that my brothers and sisters are out there doing what so many prefer to pay mere lip service. My Kenyan compadres are bearing fruit, and it’s ripened to perfection.

God only knows if I’ll ever make it back to Nairobi, but I can’t wait to see my siblings again, even if it’s in the Great Beyond, which will likely entail a much better reunion party anyway.

I just hope it includes mandazis and chai.

Faith in the Land of Lions

These are folks who embody the call to be God’s eyes, ears, hands and feet here on earth…

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A Dirty Indictment

She caressed their heads. She spoke tenderly to them. She picked them up and inspected their sores. There wasn’t pity in her eyes. There was loving kindness.

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The Difference of a Day

With little more than a solemn expression, Winnie gave me a healthy dose of reality, and to my surprise, I was long overdue.

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This Little Light of Mine

Criminals own the night here, and no one is immune.

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Food Poisoned by a Free Lunch

It seems like every time I turn around, I’m hearing about how much someone needs.

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Photo Gallery: Realities

While bellies may not always be full, people find help through that interdependence.

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Change From Within

Malaria, typhoid and yellow fever are like common colds to them. Yet they still find the ability to treat every patient like a VIP…

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About the Author: Stephen Crane is a year-long fellow with World Next Door. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from Calvin College and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!

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  1. Dana said... 

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    August 18th, 2011 at 5:49 pm  

    “…people are people the world over. They laugh, they cry, they hurt, they heal, they offend, they forgive and they forget. As human beings, far more unites us than divides.” So very true! I really enjoyed reading all of these stories over the summer. Thank you for sharing your words. I can’t wait to read about your next trip.

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