In the summer of 2014, Kat Du Bois went to Africa on a mission trip. She came back eager to tell her experience and to describe what she saw.
Hi, my name is Kat. I love to sing, socialize, and learn. I applied these interests to something that is fun to me – traveling. Traveling is so fun to me because I get to experience things that I’ve never experienced before. When I went to Africa, I built five houses with the help of a mission group called Women Of Strength.
Our motto was “In Step with God.”
Before the mission trip itself, we went shopping and to a few restaurants.
It was a culture shock at first, but it was fun nonetheless.
After all the fun and games, we started on our mission. I worked on a build sight and at an orphanage. I also went to a day care and colored with the kids.
The man on the right was our bus driver, Bubba, and the man on the left was our guide and translator, Luke.
In the picture above, a few women are preparing bags that were given to all the members of Women Of Strength before our arrival.
Here, you can see us putting the house together.
These three pictures are from the orphanage. When we presented the dolls we made for them, the kid’s faces were priceless. They were so excited and
immediately ran up to hug all of us when they received their very own dolls.
This is a picture of all the children and all the people who were there, except for me. I was appointed the camera man duties, because I knew how to work the camera.
This is a picture of one of the children at the orphanage making a necklace that we were teaching them how to make. It is made out of five beads, and when they’re done, it forms a cross.
On the first Sunday I was there, I didn’t get the chance to go to church. The next Sunday, some of the women gathered together and all went to a church. I decided to leave my comfort zone behind and go with them. The pastor knew that we were coming, so he prepared a sermon in English and had some of the songs translated into English. I was very grateful.
In this picture, there is the youngest and the oldest of our whole group. The oldest was Betty (far left) from Oregon. She was 86 and did a great job connecting with the children in Africa and everyone on the team. Maddy (left middle) was 14 and she’s from Australia. She and I became friends and bonded through the whole trip. Pastor Noma (far right) is a pastor that the Women of Strength had built a house for the previous year. Last but not least, I’m the one in the middle on the right. I was 14 at the time as well, but Maddy is a few moths older than me.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my shortened story!