A trip with ELI is more than the three weeks you spend in Africa. It is not for those who want to enjoy the “Africa Experience” and then go back to life as usual in the States. If this is what you’re looking for, we suggest looking for another group to go with. But if you and your church/school are looking for more, if you are willing to go deep, to seek a life of abandoned devotion to Christ, and to allow Him to make your heart beat for the things His heart beats for, then Karibu Sana - Welcome So Much! We want you to know from the start that our expectations of you are high. We will ask a lot from your team - a lot of time, prayer, reading, and commitment. But we really believe that all of this is necessary for this trip to have the impact God wants it to have on both you and the world. Please prayerfully read through our expectations below.
ELI will send each team member a required reading book to help prepare their hearts and minds for the journey. Each member is expected to prayerfully read through the book and come ready to discuss it at the team training meetings.
Attend 7 team training meetings and a team retreat before leaving for Africa, as well as a post-trip meeting after returning to the States.
Learn at least 20 phrases in Swahili before arriving in Africa (ELI will provide these in the team training manuals). Learning the language will help you better integrate into the culture, connect with the people, and show the love of Christ to those you are visiting.
Pray! During your training time, ELI will send you prayer cards for our African staff so that you can begin praying for them in the months leading up to your trip. We ask you to commit to praying for these people on a weekly basis.
Come as a servant, ready to lay down your life for those you are serving. This trip is not about you and your comfort. You will be placed in situations that will stretch you and make you feel uncomfortable. Whether it’s eating food you don’t like, working in the hot sun all day, or sharing up front at church, please be ready to sacrifice and jump into anything God calls you to.
Host a house party once you return from your trip to share the stories of Kenya, the lessons God taught you, and the needs around the world. Challenge and encourage others to get involved in God’s mission to bring hope to a dying world. ELI will send you materials to help you host this party.
Make a two-year commitment to the ELI family. This can look different for each team member. It can be a two-year financial commitment to support a ministry God puts on your heart during your time in Africa, a commitment to pray weekly for the ministry of ELI and the people of Africa, or any other commitment God leads you to. After spending three weeks with us in Africa, you are now part of our family and we want you to stay connected as a vital family member in the coming months and years.
Continue to seek God’s specific call on your life to help fulfill His global purpose. Commit to listening to His voice and direction to the specific role you are to play in bringing God’s hope to the lost and suffering. Whether you’re called to be a long term goer, a sender, a giver, an intercessor, a speaker, or a mobilizer, you are called to play your part. Whatever your specific role, commit to living it out in love and obedience once you return to the States.