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This world is not our home. . . .

Today we visited the Mathare Valley. . .

located right in the heart of Nairobi, the valley is about 1 mile wide x 2 miles long, and is home to over 800,000 people.

800,000

p e o p l e.

We visited Vincent’s home, and as we sat in his 8’x6′ mud room he told us the translation to a song they sang when welcoming us to the Mathare Compassion project. . .

“This world is not our HOME, Take us, Lift us up, and Bring us HOME. . .”

Here’s a look at The Mathare Valley and as you watch and hear their voices remember. . .

This world is not their HOME, Take them, Lift them up, and Bring them HOME. . .

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July 19, 2015 - 8:05 am

Adriano - I once read or heard a quote, Worse things have hepapned to better people. I have thought about this quote many times, especially when I have had moments where I felt that things couldn’t get any worse, that life seemed at an all-time low I think about this quote and it makes me think of those who have had to go through far worse things than I’ve ever experienced. It humbles me and makes me realize how good I really do have it in comparison. It also makes me think about how those people who are able to find joy, stay optimistic, have faith and keep hope even in everyday life, despite their situation- they are truly heroes and are the ones that make a difference.Thanks so much for such an inspiring post, Justin!

March 10, 2010 - 10:54 am

Juli Jarvis - Thank you so much for all the outstanding photos this week. I’ve read all the posts of the Kenya Bloggers and it’s made a big impact on me. I’m a Child Advocate for Compassion, so I have some more real-life stories to share now too.

March 10, 2010 - 7:08 am

Matthew - Thank you Keely for these pictures. Totally brought me back to a place of humility and reality for our brothers and sisters of Nairobi.

March 8, 2010 - 11:33 pm

Diane Comstock - Hi Keely – I recognized a couple of photos of my child Deborah! What a joy to see current photos! I heard the team connected with her and had lunch. I was so happy to hear that! God is good!!! Thank you for showing us the hope in the midst of such despair. Deborah always says that she believes that with God all things are possible. I was so hoping that she didn’t live in that slum, but there she is with her bright perspective in the midst of that horrifying mess. I’m starting to understand why God kept moving her to the forefront of my heart and mind: She needs my daily prayers. Thank you for this reminder.

March 8, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Johanna - Keely, your images are incredible. Their faces, their smiles, what a privilege for you to capture them.

March 8, 2010 - 7:26 pm

Lindsey Nobles - That song is beautiful…

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