Journey of Hope
gripping stories of courage from Africa
Samburu Education Project
Exciting news! We have now set up the Samburu Education Fund to support
education and awareness-raising among young people in northern Kenya.
If you read Kasoni's story in Journey of Hope you will have some idea
of the physical, mental and emotional effects of female circumcision or
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as it is commonly known. Kasoni has now
finished her training and is back in Samburuland getting the education
programme off the ground. She is starting from scratch and taking on
the cultural challenges of helping young girls see how they can stand
against this practice and find new life in Christ. If you would like to
support this very worthwhile project, please get in touch
Rob Parsons writes in the Foreward to Journey of Hope:
I have only just finished reading “Journey of Hope” and fittingly
enough I am in Africa. I know nobody who has travelled to this
mesmerising continent and seen some of the things that Jean Gibson
talks about who has not been changed forever. This remarkable book will
allow you to take that journey.
It would be good for each of us to take some time to walk the dusty
roads that “A Journey of Hope” takes us along. But be careful: you will
have to dodge the goats, chickens and bicycles stacked with huge bags
of grain or tobacco. And keep your eyes open not just for danger but
for beauty – “hornbills perched in trees, yellow bustard swooping
overhead…tiny dikdik with their large dark eyes danc[ing] like dainty
Welcome to Africa – and to the lives of Africa.
But if you are looking for an easy read – a satisfying travelogue to
while away a lazy Sunday afternoon – perhaps it would be best to take
the book back to the shop whilst you can still find the receipt.
Because in many ways this is a disturbing book – some scenes will not
only move you, but haunt your memory.
Back from her travels and safe in her warm home, Jean ends her book
like this: “Small inconveniences fade into insignificance in the face
of the tragedies we have witnessed.” As I turned the last page I felt
the same. And yet my main memory of the book is not of tragedies, but
of laughter, endurance and… hope.
In spite of all you are about to see and hear, I think you will enjoy this journey.
Click here to buy Journey of Hope
Book signing at Keswick at Portstewart