The BCM/D has partnered with the Kisii Baptist Regional Convention, part of the Baptist Convention of Kenya, for 2019-2021. Our three-year partnership will focus on strategic areas in Western Kenya, especially Kisumu and surrounding areas, including Bunyore, Kisii and Koselli.
Opportunities for service include:
- Pastor Training
- Discipleship Training
- Orphanage Ministry, including working with children, providing respite for full-time workers, and infrastructure support
- Outreach in Schools
Times of Service and Team Size
There will be two arrival times, and three departure times. Participants can arrive on June 24 or July 1, and leave on July 1, July 8, or July 16. MD/DE Baptists will have the option to be on the ground in Kenya for 7, 14 or 21 days. The size of each team will be limited. If you are seriously interested in serving, please communicate your desire as soon as possible.
June 24 Arrival: Depart Dulles in the evening of Sunday, June 23 and arrive in Nairobi in the evening of June 24. The week will be spent in Bunyore and will have opportunities to interface with Christians from Uganda. [No orphanage work this week.]
July 1 Arrival: Depart Dulles in the evening of Sunday, June 30, and arrive in Nairobi in the evening of July 1. The week will be spent in Kisii and Koselli, and will have opportunities to interface with Christians from Tanzania.
Optional additional 7 days, beginning July 9: Participants in these additional days will have an extended opportunity to serve in Nairobi and participate in a safari excursion.
July 1 Departure: Return to Nairobi and depart for the United States on the evening of July 1. Arrive in Dulles in the evening of July 2.
July 8 Departure: Return to Nairobi and depart for the United States on the evening of July 8. Arrive in Dulles in the evening of July 9.
July 16 Departure: Depart for the United States on the evening of July 16. Arrive in Dulles in the evening of July 17.
Mission Trip Preparation List
We’ve compiled a list that will be helpful if you are preparing to join the BCM/D on the upcoming mission trips to Kenya.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months following your intended date of exit from Kenya and should have at least two blank pages. The U.S. Department of State provides online instructions for obtaining or renewing a passport. The process of obtaining or renewing a passport involves multiple steps and is time consuming. It is important to initiate the process well in advance of your departure date.
Kenyan Immigration requires all visitors from the United States to have a current visa and recommends applying for this document using the country’s preferred online system. A single entry visa is appropriate for the purposes of the trip and detailed directions are available at the above website. As the passport and visa requirements are specific, be sure to read and understand the guidelines thoroughly before applying.
The Kenyan government requires that inbound travelers obtain a yellow fever vaccination and present proof of vaccination at the border. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that travelers be current on all routine vaccinations and consider other special vaccines corresponding to diseases found in Kenya. A list of suggested vaccines is available on the CDC’s website.
Kenya’s major cities offer adequate medical services for most conditions. However, medical options are very limited outside of these urban areas and it is not uncommon for medical facilities to refuse U.S. insurance plans. The U.S. Department of State advises travelers to review their insurance plans for coverage of international travel, particularly medical evacuation, and if necessary, to purchase supplemental insurance.
The U.S. Department of State is currently advising travelers to Kenya to exercise increased caution, due to instances of terrorism and crime. U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid certain volatile areas of the country, particularly the northeastern and coastal counties, and certain neighborhoods in Nairobi and Mombasa. More information is available on the Department of State’s Kenya Information Page.
A round-trip ticket from Dulles to Nairobi costs about $1,400 to $2,000, depending on the airlines’ rates. The total in-country costs can be calculated by multiplying the per diem cost of XXX by the number of days of service. This amount includes housing, food, and the cost of any events which BCM/D will host. The per diem amount is the same for all travelers, regardless of dates of travel or choice of service option.