Gospel Safari

THE PURPOSE

Why Gospel Safari exists

The purpose of Gospel Safari is to create discipleship opportunities for Kenyan local churches in public and private schools in Kenya and to instill in believers worldwide a burden for reaching others with the gospel.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

MATTHEW 28:19

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

MATTHEW 28:19
THE CHECKLIST

The 9 steps to get you to Kenya

We are excited about how God will use you in Kenya. Thousands will hear the gospel every week of gospel safari. You will make that possible. And our prayer is that this trip would be a spiritual retreat for you; that Gospel Safari would revive you and strengthen your faith so that you are ready to return to your home communities and continue discipleship work there. Thank you for being interested in Gospel Safari. These 9 steps are designed to guide you every step of the way and will prepare you for the journey you are
about to begin.

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THE HOW

The 9 steps to get you to Kenya

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“Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:20

“Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:20

1. Prayer

Prayer is often viewed as a precursor to ministry. However, that isn’t the Bible’s portrayal of prayer. Prayer is ministry. It is core to the success of any ministry endeavor. Here are some thoughts on prayer:

1. Prayer is the right way to start. If you are not praying about Gospel Safari, it is doubtful you will come. If you start in prayer but do not continue in prayer, it is doubtful you will truly succeed.
2. Prayer preserves the mission. Prayer is fuel for ministry.
3. Prayer purifies the motive.
4. Prayer brings God’s blessing.
5. Prayer is how you call for protection. Call repeatedly. We are waging war.
6. Prayer is powerful when done by the righteous. Holy prayer is the most effective type of prayer.
7. Prayer is a valuable spiritual commodity for ministry. Raise lots of it. Do whatever you can to get more prayer.
8. Prayer invites an omnipotent, omniscient God to work through you.

2. Advice

One of the most dangerous and foolish things you can do is remain in a proverbial echo chamber of counsel. People who represent themselves in the court of law without outside counsel usually lose. People that are not in the habit of getting advise from others who are older, wiser, and in positions of spiritual authority over them, tend to make a lot of mistakes that could have been avoided. Here are some of the benefits of consulting others:

1. It gives you another perspective on your decision.
2. It will prevent you from doing something that could be damaging.
3. It brings safety. This is an assurance that you are doing the right thing.
4. It allows God to speak through other godly people and verify His leading.
5. It begins to make potential sponsors and prayer warriors aware of what you are praying about doing.

Search God’s Word for His desire in the area of missions trip. What does God have to say? Consult godly people that care and will pray. Consult those who are older and have been on a missions trip before. And pray that God would speak through the counsel.

2. Advice

One of the most dangerous and foolish things you can do is remain in a proverbial echo chamber of counsel. People who represent themselves in the court of law without outside counsel usually lose. People that are not in the habit of getting advise from others who are older, wiser, and in positions of spiritual authority over them, tend to make a lot of mistakes that could have been avoided. Here are some of the benefits of consulting others:

1. It gives you another perspective on your decision.
2. It will prevent you from doing something that could be damaging.
3. It brings safety. This is an assurance that you are doing the right thing.
4. It allows God to speak through other godly people and verify His leading.
5. It begins to make potential sponsors and prayer warriors aware of what you are praying about doing.

Search God’s Word for His desire in the area of missions trip. What does God have to say? Consult godly people that care and will pray. Consult those who are older and have been on a missions trip before. And pray that God would speak through the counsel.

3. Fundraising

Money is often the reason people do or do not commit to a mission trips. Money is often the 2nd biggest mental barrier for people coming on a Gospel Safari. In our experience and more importantly, according to God’s Word, He always provides. God never invites you to partake in ministry without providing a way to pay for it. Do not let money get in the way of ministry.

If you are interested in coming and you can more than pay for it on your own way, then great! You may even want to sponsor a few others to come with you.

If you are interested in coming and cannot afford it on your own, there are a few steps you can take:

1. Pray for God to provide.

2. Ask your pastor if he has any ideas about what you could do to raise some funds.

3. Assemble a list of 10 – 20 people that you think would be interested in helping you get to the mission field. Write a letter about the opportunity of taking a gospel safari, asking them to invest in you going. If you want to see a good sample letter, go to our website kbmgo.org and check out our sample letter under the gospel safari tab. You are more than welcome to use it and amend it as you see fit.

4. Do not go into debt for a missions trip. Much more could be said here, but I think, hopefully, we all get this.

5. These are the costs for your Gospel Safari:

  • $1000-$1300 for a round trip ticket to Kenya. If you are having trouble finding a low fare, please contact us at info@kbmgo.org. We would love to help you find a low fare.
  • $50 for your visa
  • $200 per person/week. That covers all food, housing, and transport.
  • $100 for a trip to a safari park in Nairobi. (Optional)
  • Cash for souvenirs (Optional)

Both your gospel safari and the optional animal safari need to be paid for before you come, through our website. If you click on the get involved button and then click on the give button, it will take you to a PayPal page where you can pay your fees. Just be sure to type in the memo line (before you submit the payment) your name and the names of those you are paying for as well, what you are paying for whether gospel safari, animal safari or both, and the year that you are coming.

Remember, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He can provide. Have faith in Him. Faith is acting as if something is real whether or not you can see it. Faith is not saying to God, once you give me the money I will commit to this missions trip. Faith is saying, God I know you are leading in this direction. You have given me the burden. You have spoken through wise counsel. I am going to commit to this, believing that your invisible hand of providence is a very real thing.

4. Application

While it is our desire to see as many come as possible, we would be foolish if we did not stipulate the parameters for those coming. You must be older than 10  years of age. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You should be in reasonably good health. There is little enforcing of the disability act in Kenya unfortunately. Wheel chair access is not possible many places. You need to be part of a church of like faith and practice. And most importantly you need to be a believer of the gospel of the New Testament.

The gospel is the chief indicator as to whether or not you will be permitted to come. In the application, we will ask you to explain the gospel according to the Scriptures, the Bible. We also want to know your salvation story. We must be on the same page concerning the gospel. And you must be a new creature in Christ. Our goal is not to demand that everyone to be exactly like us in every way. Rather, we want to be sure you are a member of the family of Christ. Also, you may want to read our doctrinal statement and decide if you are comfortable with our stance. Again, we understand that you may differ to some extent. But our positions ought to be comparable. If you have any question,  please email George Binoka directly at gbinoka@kbmgo.org. Lets talk before we assume.

Apply for a Gospel Safari on our website.

  • Go to kbmgo.org
  • Click on Get Involved button in the top right corner
  • Scroll down to the Panel with Pray, Give, and Visit side by side.
  • Click on Visit.
  • You will then fill out the Jot Form you have just landed on.
  • If you have any questions or need help, please contact us at info@kbmgo.org
  • We will approve your application between one to two weeks.
  • Please do not complete any of the following tasks until you receive that approval.

You should apply one year from the desired summer you would like to visit.

4. Application

While it is our desire to see as many come as possible, we would be foolish if we did not stipulate the parameters for those coming. You must be older than 10  years of age. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You should be in reasonably good health. There is little enforcing of the disability act in Kenya unfortunately. Wheel chair access is not possible many places. You need to be part of a church of like faith and practice. And most importantly you need to be a believer of the gospel of the New Testament.

The gospel is the chief indicator as to whether or not you will be permitted to come. In the application, we will ask you to explain the gospel according to the Scriptures, the Bible. We also want to know your salvation story. We must be on the same page concerning the gospel. And you must be a new creature in Christ. Our goal is not to demand that everyone to be exactly like us in every way. Rather, we want to be sure you are a member of the family of Christ. Also, you may want to read our doctrinal statement and decide if you are comfortable with our stance. Again, we understand that you may differ to some extent. But our positions ought to be comparable. If you have any question,  please email George Binoka directly at gbinoka@kbmgo.org. Lets talk before we assume.

Apply for a Gospel Safari on our website.

  • Go to kbmgo.org
  • Click on Get Involved button in the top right corner
  • Scroll down to the Panel with Pray, Give, and Visit side by side.
  • Click on Visit.
  • You will then fill out the Jot Form you have just landed on.
  • If you have any questions or need help, please contact us at info@kbmgo.org
  • We will approve your application between one to two weeks.
  • Please do not complete any of the following tasks until you receive that approval.

You should apply one year from the desired summer you would like to visit.

5. Logistics

Once you have begun praying, have consulted your pastor and other godly prayer warriors, and secured your funding ($1500-1700 depending on how long you are staying and whether or not you are going on an animal safari), it is time to arrange the logistics of the trip.

1. You need to consult the Safari Guide at your church when you have received approval of your Gospel Safari application. The Safari Guide at your church will be able to guide you in this process. They are Kenya Baptist Ministry’s point of contact within your congregation. They are trained on this process and have a direct line to us. Find out who that is and make sure you know the dates that your group is coming. If you are traveling solo, without anyone else from your church or from a church that is not a part of our Safari Guide program, we are your guides. Please connect with us at info@kbmgo.org to begin arranging the logistics of your trip. We will let you know the dates that you can come and help you the rest of the way.

2. Pay Your Safari Fee

  • Go to kbmgo.org.
  • Click on Get Involved button in the top right corner
  • Scroll down to the Panel with Pray, Give, and Visit side by side.
  • Click on Give.
  • Pay $200 for every week you are going to be with us.
  • Pay $100 if you are going on an animal safari with us.

3. You need to apply or renew your passport. If your passport is within eight months of expiring from the time of your return flight, it needs to be renewed before you come. To renew your passport,

  • Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
  • Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. …
  • Have a passport photo taken. …
  • Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
  • Calculate your fees.
  • Go to a USPS office or city government office near you where they offer passport services.

4. Using your valid passport, purchase a round trip ticket to Nairobi. Kayak.com and other similar sites are good places to search for cheap fairs. We recommend British Airways Flights. BA flies a route from Phoenix to London, and then London to Nairobi. Phoenix is easy and cheap to get to from most any major city in the western US using Southwest. Delta and American also fly to Nairobi. Emirates fly to Nairobi East to West unlike the others. They fly from Huston to Dubai to Nairobi. They are a bit costlier, but they have excellent customer service and excellent flight service.

If you need help booking, please contact us at info@kbmgo.org. We can connect you with an excellent travel agency that can do all of this for you. And we will do what we can to help you as well.

5. After your passport and flight are taken care of, you will need to purchase your visa. You can purchase your visa online at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html. Follow the instructions on the website to obtain a single entry visa. It costs $51. Once you print your visa PDF, you will take that same document with you to Kenya. If you cannot obtain an eVisa, you will have an opportunity to purchase one at the customs desk in Nairobi’s airport for $50 (you will need cash in exact change).

6. Obtain any of the desired vaccinations you and your doctor determine you need before you go. The state department has recommendations at the following page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/kenya. My wife and I do not get any vaccinations when traveling besides the ones we recieved as kids, and we do well. Yellow fever is not an issue here. Malaria is non-existent in Nairobi due to the elevation. We will provide malaria pills on the ground when you get here for when we go outside of the city. Please do what you believe is right.

After all of those boxes are checked, you are now logistically ready for your Gospel Safari. All that is left to do is pack and come.

6. Packing

In addition to what you need to bring, there are some things that you should not bring. Please do not bring those things. Pack a carry on with a set of clothes just in case your checked luggage gets lost. There are many things you will need that are better to obtain in Kenya. Expensive jewelry should be left behind. Leave room in your bag for souvenirs. Weight your bag to make sure that you are under 50 lbs. If you have any questions on concerns, email us @ info@kbmgo.org.

Gospel Safari Packing List:

  • Flashlight
  • Bible (KJV, NKJV, or NASB)
  • Mosquito Repellent (40 deet or higher)
  • Toiletries
  • Passport
  • Customs Entry Visa or Exactly $50 in Cash
  • 220 Volt (UK) Plug-in Converter for Electronics
  • 7-8 days’ worth of clothes: (5 School Days; 1 Church Day; 1 Tourism Day, extra in case of spills)
  • Comfortable Shoes (Formal and Non-formal Pair)
  • Business Casual Wear Matching Kenyan School Standards (Men: Collared Shirt and Slacks or Khakis; Women: Blouse and Skirt that is below knee-length or longer)
  • Casual Wear for Weekend Outings and House Setting (Men and Women: T-Shirt and Jeans)

Recommended but Not Required:

What We Provide:

  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Shower Sandals
  • WiFi
  • Malaria Pills (If necessary)
  • Housing, Food, Transportation

6. Packing

In addition to what you need to bring, there are some things that you should not bring. Please do not bring those things. Pack a carry on with a set of clothes just in case your checked luggage gets lost. There are many things you will need that are better to obtain in Kenya. Expensive jewelry should be left behind. Leave room in your bag for souvenirs. Weight your bag to make sure that you are under 50 lbs. If you have any questions on concerns, email us @ info@kbmgo.org.

Gospel Safari Packing List:

  • Flashlight
  • Bible (KJV, NKJV, or NASB)
  • Mosquito Repellent (40 deet or higher)
  • Toiletries
  • Passport
  • Customs Entry Visa or Exactly $50 in Cash
  • 220 Volt (UK) Plug-in Converter for Electronics
  • 7-8 days’ worth of clothes: (5 School Days; 1 Church Day; 1 Tourism Day, extra in case of spills)
  • Comfortable Shoes (Formal and Non-formal Pair)
  • Business Casual Wear Matching Kenyan School Standards (Men: Collared Shirt and Slacks or Khakis; Women: Blouse and Skirt that is below knee-length or longer)
  • Casual Wear for Weekend Outings and House Setting (Men and Women: T-Shirt and Jeans)

Recommended but Not Required:

What We Provide:

  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Shower Sandals
  • WiFi
  • Malaria Pills (If necessary)
  • Housing, Food, Transportation

7. Take-Off

This is such an exciting day. But just remember, Satan does not want us to do what we are doing. You may feel extra resistance on this day. Pray a lot. Here are a few tips for your travels.

If you are with a group, your Safari Guide will be in contact with us about arrival and logistics. If you are traveling alone or part of a church that is not participating in our Safari Guide program, we will be in contact with you the day before you travel.

Arrive to the airport 3-4 hours ahead of time. International travel can be trickier than domestic travel. Give yourself plenty of time. You will have a lot of time on the planes. There will be a screen in front of you loaded with movies and shows and games. It is not bad to relax, but we recommend you take part of these eight hour flights to spend extra time in the Word and in prayer. Also, drink a lot of water, sleep, and try to get up and walk for 5-10 minutes once an hour.

When you arrive, go to the customs desk. If you do not know where that is, follow the herd of people or ask an employee of the airport. Once at customs check point, you will need to stand in the eVisa line if you have already secured your visa. Have your eVisa and passport ready. If you are getting your visa at the airport, you will need to located the document desk where you will fill an entry application. Once that is filled, get in line. Have your passport and $50 in cash ready in exact change.

You will then progress to baggage claim. If anyone outside of your group offers to help you with your bag, decline. You will go through one more security check point before you exit outside. Our Gospel Safari Welcome Team will be there to greet you. Look for the large Gospel Safari poster. Our team will take you the rest of the way.

Welcome to Kenya!

8. Safari

It is always helpful to have an idea of what to expect before you go somewhere new. We cannot take the time here to tell you every last thing about Kenya. But we can give you an idea of what it will be like to a large degree.

When you get here, you will be very tired and jet lagged. We try to help you beat jet lag by running you hard the first day so you do not fall asleep till the sun has fallen. Here are somethings you will do one the first day:

  • You will be able to exchange currency once you are here.
  • You will be outfitted with a Gospel Safari shirt and a journal. The journal will be for you to record the things you see God do on your trip. You will forget so many of the details. It can be helpful to write these things down. There will also be an opportunity to share your reflections in a group testimonial time at the end of your trip.
  • You will take a tour of the city on which we will orient you to Gospel Safari.
  • You will visit the Rift Valley where we will bathe the Safari in prayer.

You will spend the weekdays at schools, Lord-willing, two schools a day. On some of the week nights, we will be joining local churches for prayer meetings. On the evenings where nothing is planned, we will be doing group Bible studies and group prayer. Local church groups will be able to customize this part of the Safari to do something to their liking.

On Saturdays, there will be three options: rest, animal safari ($100), or participating in youth camp. On Saturday, instead of going to students, we bring them to us using one day youth rallies. You can keep ministering by being a part of these.

On Sunday, your group will be at Kenyan churches, ministering. If your group has musical talent, please prepare songs or instrumentals ahead of time. We will have pianos at most of our churches for you to use. If you are not musical, we love you just the same! Any musical specials can be used at churches, youth rallies, and the schools.

That is pretty much your week. If you are staying more than week, you will just be repeating the same schedule but at different places.

If you have questions or concerns about anything else, please contact us at info@kbmgo.org.

8. Safari

It is always helpful to have an idea of what to expect before you go somewhere new. We cannot take the time here to tell you every last thing about Kenya. But we can give you an idea of what it will be like to a large degree.

When you get here, you will be very tired and jet lagged. We try to help you beat jet lag by running you hard the first day so you do not fall asleep till the sun has fallen. Here are somethings you will do one the first day:

  • You will be able to exchange currency once you are here.
  • You will be outfitted with a Gospel Safari shirt and a journal. The journal will be for you to record the things you see God do on your trip. You will forget so many of the details. It can be helpful to write these things down. There will also be an opportunity to share your reflections in a group testimonial time at the end of your trip.
  • You will take a tour of the city on which we will orient you to Gospel Safari.
  • You will visit the Rift Valley where we will bathe the Safari in prayer.

You will spend the weekdays at schools, Lord-willing, two schools a day. On some of the week nights, we will be joining local churches for prayer meetings. On the evenings where nothing is planned, we will be doing group Bible studies and group prayer. Local church groups will be able to customize this part of the Safari to do something to their liking.

On Saturdays, there will be three options: rest, animal safari ($100), or participating in youth camp. On Saturday, instead of going to students, we bring them to us using one day youth rallies. You can keep ministering by being a part of these.

On Sunday, your group will be at Kenyan churches, ministering. If your group has musical talent, please prepare songs or instrumentals ahead of time. We will have pianos at most of our churches for you to use. If you are not musical, we love you just the same! Any musical specials can be used at churches, youth rallies, and the schools.

That is pretty much your week. If you are staying more than week, you will just be repeating the same schedule but at different places.

If you have questions or concerns about anything else, please contact us at info@kbmgo.org.

9. Goodbye

And just like that, before you know it, the Gospel Safari will be over. It is time to say good-bye. But before you leave, here are some tips about your trip back.

You will get to the Nairobi airport far ahead of your departure. That is because traffic is heavy going toward the airport, and getting to your gate can take two hours or more depending on busyness. Once in the airport, please do not exit the terminal.

On the flight back, we hope that you can rest. If you cannot, we pray that your would use the time to retreat with the Savior for an extended period. Pray for us on the flight back. And do not forget to drink lots of water and walk for 5-10 mins every hour.

When life gets back to normal, don’t forget to wear your gospel safari shirt and tell everyone you know about what God did in Kenya through you. If you benefited from the trip, tell your friends and family about it. Praise God in your Gospel Safari testimonies.

If something spectacular happened on this trip, we would love to post your story on our website and social media accounts. You can write your Gospel Safari testimony and send it to us at info@kbmgo.org.

Thank you for having an eternal mindset. Thank you for being interested in Gospel Safari. God Bless!

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