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Pictured: Student Tracy Njeri at our birthday celebration. 
Did I sign up for this? Greetings again to those who love street ministry for homeless children. We have re-worked our mailing list for the email newsletter due to a glitch that lost some of our addresses. Included now are Charles Coulston's peronsal contacts. If you are one of those who does not want to receive this, please feel free to opt out by pressing the unsubscribe link found in the footer of this newsletter.
Kamulu's newest intern Annie, headed from teaching to jewelry making. 

It's Internship Season! 

To be honest, it's always internship season at MITS. Apply by Nov. 1. 


Welcome to October! After visitor season and anniversary celebrations come to an end, MITS experiences a relatively "calm" time. However, MITS is an organization that does not sleep. Preparations are always in the works in order to make each year better and more fruitful than the last.

Right now that means that we are on the grand search for our next super-interns. Are you a college-age person who has a place in changing the world for the better? Do you have a very particular set of skills that you want to bring to the global table? Do you love having your hair played with (read: pulled, with love).  

If you answered yes to the above, or know someone who would, then please head on over to our Internship page here because we've got a place for you. Whether you're a social media guru, a photography junky, a road-trip fanatic, a merchandising nerd, or anything in between, we would love to see your applications by November 1st (one month from now!). Oh, you happen to be an adventure-hungry grad or gap year kid, and also love serving the Lord through transformed street children? Then check out our long-term internship of Student Sponsorship Program Coordinator.

If you have any questions about internship opportunities, feel free to contact Cecily Breeding, our Director of Development at cecily@madeinthestreets.org. If you want to hear from a current intern (Photojournalism and Student Sponsorship Program) shoot an email to Safeena Padder at safeena.padder@gmail.com. We can't wait to hear from you!  

A Kenyan in the States
Moses' account of his mission in the US.


"Having the opportunity to travel to the US is always filled with anticipation. Will I create a connection by which they will understand my mission trip, or will they see my trip as a means of just being on vacation? The goal was to spread MITS to new congregations who have heard of us but needed to know more.

On the flight, I sat with a guy who was also was on a mission to meet his board members. We shared the strenuous episodes of how we both acquired our visa; it was exciting talking Swahili with a plane full of foreigners. I’m not sure why people always complain about food served on the airplane, but having chicken with mashed potatoes, salad, and a beverage sounded good to me! Western security is a bit different from what I’m used to, with TSA asking you to remove your shoes, electronic devices, and get rid of all liquids that exceed a certain size.

Being in the US was a wake-up call and a time to strengthen ties with people who love MITS. A wake-up call in realizing that culture is wide and people are different. Time management is key and things are done with precision. I’m not sure whether to say the West has become a slave to time or that time is a slave to the West. No one walks the streets as freely as in Nairobi; personal space is important and always smile at strangers. No one jumps the line, and decency is key (depending on where you are).

They drive on the right side of the road and we supposedly drive on the ‘wrong’ side. The parking lots are full of cars– you might think it’s a dealership lot. Your phone can speak to you so you can direct ‘Siri’ to any address. People pump their own gas and credit cards are used more that cash.

There is an articulate way of ordering; when you are at Starbucks sizes are named differently. For instance Grande Latte, which is simply large. TexMex is a big, authentic Mexican food, spicy, has to have beef, guacamole, and some veggies. Then there is shrimp! This seafood amazes me, it’s tasty and has be eaten just right. Different terms are also used to describe things. We would call a truck a lorry, an overpass a flyover, french-fries as chips, chips as crisps, restaurants as hotels, faucets as taps, a line a cue.

Being asked to speak in classes and church services kept me on my toes. Becoming a small time lecturer and walking the halls of Lipscomb and schools in different states was nerve-wracking…but the news of MITS had to be spread somehow. I was a witness to the first ever instrumental worship service at Otter Creek church, and it was a blessing. Being hosted by friends of MITS was more than humbling. They fed me, asked me life questions, asked about the kids and team, and took me out on adventures. I met families that were happy and filled with such love that you could feel their warmth.

The anniversary dinner was well attended. The appearance was just dazzling. After that dinner we had the opportunity of being housed in one of the nicest log cabins in Nashville. It was so big and warm that the board decided to have it meeting there. This was the first time all the members have been under one roof. I had corresponded with most of the board members on email and other social media, but it was finally time to put a face to a name. I’ve never seen a group that expresses its love for the team and what MITS does as a mission. I was privileged to be in a room that discussed, and articulated with caution and care on the next bold steps MITS was going through. I was encouraged to see the openness, and interest they have. Progress and discipleship are key.

Vision on Ethiopia, the campsite at one of our property, and other constructions were approved, and we were all overjoyed. Francis and I were so encouraged to keep on serving despite all difficulties the devils presents, like our shops being torn down. God has seen to this, and we have developed relations, and something will come out of it. Something better. So we are excited about the future. I was glad I became a witness to all this.
Our trip, I would say, was a success."

-Moses Okoth, Computers & Dorm Parent Supervisor
Made in the Streets is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is run on the generous donations of individuals and churches across the United States. Thank you for loving street kids.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! "Getting washed" is a beloved b-day tradition...well, beloved unless it's your birthday. 

Students' Corner


Just as we do in Kamulu, we hope to make a space for our students to express themselves and share a piece of their stories firsthand, by poem, story, drawing, or otherwise. The following poetry is by 13 year-old student, Yvonne Karegi. 

Poetry
A tried it like a joke,
A little the first time,
More and more each day, 
Never knew how grave it was. 

My friends were there,
Especially to initiate me,
Now I am all alone,
Suffering the consequences.

Drugs will call out to you,
Just don't answer the call.
Let us not all suffer
The consequences of lack of reason. 
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A Word from Charles

September 2015

 

"We are well into out 21st year now. The celebrations at Kumulu and Tennessee were great. Our Board has approved the first year of preparation for assisting Ethiopians to develop a street ministry in Addis Ababa. We want all who pray for us to know that we have no lessening of commitment to Nairobi.

In fact, we have plans and dreams to reach more and more street kids in Nairobi and enable them to have a new life. We want to rebuild the shops in a better place. We want more space for the Literacy Program, so we want to build an office for administration on the same acre. We will send more team members for additional schooling. We will continue to have visitors come who can train and upgrade our Team. We will put even more effort into guiding our graduates into good lives.

At the same time, the Board has approved developing a camp on our Mountain View property. This has great potential for street kids, youth groups, and churches. John Wambu and I will go there tomorrow to begin mapping plans. Thanks for helping us in prayer and finances– we still need more to complete the 99!!!"

Prayer Requests

-The country of Kenya and the political turmoil, strikes, and terrorist activity that is happening here- a constant prayer request.

-Continuation: 20 year legacy goals and the achievement of those

-Charles and Darlene are back in Kenya. We thank God for safe travels and ask for a productive time with them!

-The spiritual well-being of all our students and staff in the face of adversity

-That God may continue to shine his light on MITS runaways on the streets

-Graduates and their pursuit of a life outside of MITS and in Nairobi.
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