Day 4: Elephants, giraffes, heartfelt goodbyes

Our experiences in Nairobi have been overwhelmingly filled with the Lord’s grace and enough joy to cover the world. As we leave tomorrow, I am consumed with gratitude and love for the experiences that we have had here.

By Eliza Fulton

NAIROBI, Day 4

Our last day in Nairobi started early this morning with a group breakfast and devotional on gratitude and joy. We loved discussing how we can bring the joy and love that we have experienced here back to the USA.

Our first stop was the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant and rhino orphanage, where we were blessed to see the side of Africa that we haven’t yet experienced, the wildlife side. It was amazing to learn about and play with these beautiful animals. For most of us, it was our first up-close interaction with an elephant and it truly was an unforgettable experience. Some of us were able to adopt an elephant at the orphanage and will be able to “tuck them into bed” later in our trip. 

Next, we headed out for lunch and had our first experience with a Kenyan outdoor market. There was a lot of negotiating for lower prices on wonderfully iconic African pieces. 

The Giraffe Centre was our next stop. We had the wonderful privilege of getting up-close and personal with the giraffes as we fed them. Most of us put the food in our hands. However, those who were more brave fed the giraffes from their lips for a nice giraffe kiss! Any encounter with the Lord’s creation is beautiful, and the ones we had today were extra special!

Our day ended at Children’s Garden, where we were able to wrap things up from our time there. We dropped off loads of donations, including pencils and toys for the kids to enjoy for their upcoming school year. Like we did yesterday at Maji Mazuri, we collected the kids' fingerprints labeled with their names on 2 beautiful platters. 

We finished up our time there with heartfelt goodbyes, the exchanging of Polaroids and notes, and a wonderful feeling of peace over our time spent there. Today gave us the opportunity to witness so much of the Lord’s beautiful creation, His wildlife and His children. 

Our experiences in Nairobi have been overwhelmingly filled with the Lord’s grace and enough joy to cover the world. As we leave tomorrow, I am consumed with gratitude and love for the experiences that we have had here.

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Eliza Fulton is a sophomore Communication Disorders major at the University of Arkansas, a member of the Arkansas Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi, and the Volunteer Action Center on campus. 

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  1. Wendy Fennell on January 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I am enjoying reading about all your experiences during your time there. You all are amazing!

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