we are a team of people working together, I will talk about "our" mission
trip. It can’t happen without the garage sale monies and other fund raising
events. Others who have given monetary gifts are a big part of this effort.
The ones that take care of things at the church when I can’t be there to
help are also a part. And what about those who fed the fish, checked the
house, watered the flowers and kept me informed of the goings on at home.
Oh, I can’t forget the prayer warriors; I rely on you so much. Let’s also
recognize all those hosting me everywhere. Therefore, "our" mission trip was
It started in Germany for six weeks working mostly with Methodist
Churches, youth groups, Kid’s Clubs and Wesley Scouts. I also presented for
about 35 Chinese engineering students at a bible study, five church services
and worked with a Methodist Chaplain in the US Army. A highlight was a
weekend workshop with youth leaders from inside and outside the Methodist
church. They really grasp the concept of String Ministries and want my new
book to translate and print in German.
I am indebted to my friends Kevin and Carol Seckel who are missionaries
to Germany. Their home was my base of operations in Frankfurt. I also got to
stay with Mary Leonhart one night and we went to dinner and a play. I had a
great visit with her.
I spent ten days in The Netherlands and Belgium giving a spiritual
weekend retreat on the coast of The Netherlands and working with people in
both countries. I also made some good connections for another trip. Altitude
there is below sea level.
God works in mysterious ways and I ended up in Kenya, East Africa for an
additional ten days on my way home. "It is kind of on the way home." When I
was in Nairobi I stayed in the Seventh Day Adventist guest house. It is so
good to have safe and reasonably priced places to stay in some of these
countries. Nairobi altitude is one mile.
I worked with some groups in Nairobi and then went north about three and
a half hours to Nyahururu where I stayed in a L’Arche home. It is a home for
mentally challenged adults where they live with full time volunteers. It is
an amazing situation and there are about 150 such homes around the world. I
had nice guest quarters and they were free since I was working with the
folks there. One of the residents amazed her friends by showing me a new
figure that I had not seen before.
Sometimes we sell people short.
About 20 minutes from there was Thompson’s Falls. The river below the
falls is where the elephants come to drink and the lake that is about 10
minutes above the falls is where I saw at least five hippos. I also saw
baboons, zebra, Thompson’s Gazelles, Dik Diks, and eland. Altitude is two
miles. Walking was difficult…pant…pant.
also worked with kids in a home for the homeless. They can’t have a garden
because the monkeys from the forest come in and destroy it.
They were pleased to show me that they each had their own towel. (Are you
appreciative that you have your own towel?) There was another drop-in center
where new street kids come for 3 weeks to 3 months to learn how to get along
together, eat with some manners, and generally become social beings.
There is a home for AID’s orphans that had about 80 kids. They were so
receptive to the string games. They were orphaned because of AID’s and many
of them also have the condition. I found out that was one reason each had
their own towel.
In The Netherlands I stayed with a man who is a vegetarian…I am a
carnivore. When I got to Kenya I found out that the Seventh Day Adventists
are also vegetarians…and they do no coffee or tea. Culture shock. In
Nyahururu the shelters, homes, and orphanage only serve meat once a week
because they don’t want the kids to get used to it.
Do I need to say that when I got home I have enjoyed meat? I have also
enjoyed my car keys and the privacy of my own home. It was a great trip and
I thank you all for helping make it happen but I am glad to be home for a
while. - Dave Titus, December 2012