Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Kenya Mission Experience Trip


Blessed with the Presence, Guidance, and Leadership of the Beloved Bishops
His Grace Bishop Youssef (Diocese of the Southern US) and His Grace Bishop Paul (Bishop for Mission Affairs)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

Kenya: July 2 – July 13       

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Cost: $800 per person

*All expenses excluding travel to and from Kenya and personal items.

Donations: Donations are not included in the cost. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.
Number of Participants: 35 Participants ONLY

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Age for Attendance: College Adults 18 + (If less than three months under 18, but graduated high school, parental consent form required. Anyone under 18 years of age and has not yet graduated high school, must be accompanied by one parent).

Registration: $400 must be paid online with registration until all spots are filled.

To register, please click here.

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Payments: - 50% nonrefundable paid at time of registration
- 50% remaining balance by March 31, 2013

Bible Study: The First Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
Spiritual Contemplation: "From Darkness to Light: How One Became a Christian in the Early Church" by Anne Field.

What did new converts learn about the Faith in the early centuries of Christianity? The Early Fathers of the Church, theologians such as St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, and others speak on these and other timeless topics. A priceless aid for any Christian who wishes to come to a deeper understanding of his or her own faith.

Book can be purchased online from St. Moses Bookstore:
Spiritual and Fellowship Program: Every morning, our day will begin and end with prayers and praises.
8:00-8:30 AM

Agpeya Prayers and Morning Doxology
8:30-9:30 AM

9:30-4:00 PM

4:00-5:00 PM

5:00-7:00 PM

Quiet Time/Rest
7:00-7:30 PM

Agpeya Prayers
7:30-8:30 PM

Bible Study and Reflections
8:30-9:00 PM

9:00-11:00 PM

Free time and Fellowship
11:00 PM -> Lights Out

The Coptic Mission on Africa: Please read more:
Kenya: Kenya is located in Eastern Africa. Its Indian Ocean coast lies between Somalia to the north east and Tanzania to the south. Its other surrounding countries are Ethiopia and South Sudan to the north and Uganda to the west.

Although one of Africa's more powerful economies, Kenya is still a developing country, and so certain aspects of the country's society and infrastructure may come as a shock to some visitors from developed countries who are unfamiliar with the poverty and poor quality of life experienced by many Kenyans. HIV AIDS has recently caused some major sociological upheaval, and orphans to the disease can be found all across the country.

Although made up of many diverse ethnic groups and tribes, Kenyans have strong sense of national pride which may be due in part to unity in the struggle for Uhuru (Kiswahili: "freedom") – independence from British colonial rule, achieved in 1963. Most Kenyans seem optimistic about the country's future. Kenyans understandably pursue the business opportunities offered by tourism with a zeal that may be off putting to some visitors, but are usually open, talkative and friendly once business matters have been settled.

Although foreign visitors are now a common sight in many parts of the country, there still exist vast areas off the beaten track where a white or yellow face will attract cries of "Mzungu! Mzungu!" (Kiswahili: "white person") from local children. Visitors to these areas should think especially carefully about the long term effects of their visit on the local community, and should for example avoid giving out sweets or money without restraint – merely playing with children, or talking to and helping villagers will yield far better results than merely giving out handouts.

Hominid fossils of significant scientific interest have found in the Rift Valley area, and it is often believed that this area of Africa is where the human species originated from.
Climate: Kenya has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. The country receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. Also given that Nairobi is at a high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August. The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August. The annual animal migration - especially migration of the wildebeest - occurs between June and September with millions of animals taking part. It has been a popular event for filmmakers to capture.
Language: English and Swahili are the two official languages. You can get by with English in the larger cities and when dealing with those connected to the tourism industry as well as the well-educated upper class, but, outside of that, a few words of Swahili go a long way. Tribal languages, such as Maa spoken by the Maasai, are commonplace in more remote areas. You will still usually be able to find a local who can speak Swahili — although in such areas a guide will be indispensable. Sheng (a slang of English, Kiswahili and local languages) is spoken mostly by urban youths.

Hepatitis A:

Two (2) doses - 6 months apart - if you are not immune
Hepatitis B:

3 doses needed over 6 months - if you are not immune
Typhoid One Injection:

At least one month before travel
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella):

Booster shot needed - if you are not immune
Polio One-time Booster:

Recommended for adults (if not taken in the last 10 yrs.)

Start prophylaxis one week before travel
Travelers' Diarrhea:

Start prophylaxis one week before travel
Tetanus-Diphtheria Re-vaccination:

Recommended every 10 years
Yellow Fever:

6 weeks before travel

VISA: Visas can be obtained at your country of residence. To save time, it is advised you obtain your visa prior at your country of residence. Check for dates for when Visa must be obtained prior to travel.
Currency: 1 US Dollar ~ {80 Kenyan Shilling} Approximate pocket money to bring = US $300.00
  • Medical (general)
  • HIV Clinics
  • Pharmacy
  • Education
  • Women's Ministry
  • Men's Ministry
  • Orphanages
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Other
*(Services will depend on the participants’ specializations and interests).
Items to Bring: *Passport *Holy Bible *Agpeya *Hymns Books *Psalmody *Gifts *Print-outs *Tunic (deacons) *Scarves (women) *Personal Items *Basic First Aid Kit

***Additional Items to Bring ***

- 1 jar peanut butter
- 1 can family size tuna
- 1 lb lentils (brown)
- 1 lb lentils (yellow)
- 1 large can beans (medammis) snacks (any amt)

(Apostles’ Fast: All food & drinks will be fasting. Please check that snacks do not have any dairy, whey, or caseinate products).