Caring volunteers from a Leeds church are getting ready to jet to Africa to help transform the lives of people living in local villages.
A team of 15 members from Moortown Baptist Church are packing their bags and travelling to Kenya for two weeks to take part in three different projects.
The volunteers will help to run a holiday club on the notorious Mombasa Road in Nairobi, which is one of the most dangerous roads in the country because of the number of road deaths in recent years.
They will also support a 50-strong medical mission based close to the Kenyan and Ugandan border.
The team, who are aged between 16 and 61, will also install solar panels in a remote village school which is 350 miles from the country’s capital.
Rev Graham Brownlee and Minister Glenda Down will lead the group who are set to fly out from Manchester next Friday.
Rev Brownlee told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The idea of visiting Kenya came out of a desire here to establish a cross generational partnership with an overseas church.
“Several of our members have family links with Kenya and it was through talking with them that the idea of forging a partnership with Parklands Baptist Church in Nairobi came about.
“We have been planning the trip for over a year now and the whole team is raring to go.
“The projects we will be involved in are incredibly varied; at Loongeiwuan, for example, we will be helping Parkland’s missionary Doreen construct a permanent activity marquee, offering training and support to both pupils and staff at a local school.
“By installing solar panels we are not only helping to provide a source of power but opening up a small but precious funding stream as that power is then used to recharge a whole raft of portable devices.”
The team includes two ministers, teachers, engineers, students, administrators and a consultant paediatrician.
Rev Brownlee added: “Our medical team, which will be led by Glenda Down, will be concentrating on health education as well as assisting pharmacists and arranging hospital appointments.”
The team are hoping to post regular blogs about their work during their two-week stay overseas.
* To follow their progress visit: www.moortownbaptistchurch.org.uk