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Journey of Hope
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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 ballerinas.”
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.

Book signing at Keswick at Portstewart

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