For newlyweds, Clint and Ellen Mitchell, Meto, Kenya is really where it all began. The two had been dating for a few weeks when they realized they had both signed up for the same trip with Integrity Worldwide last summer.
In July 2014, a team of eight traveled to Meto, as well as Leboo for ministry and medical clinics. Ellen, who had just graduated from Auburn with a nursing degree was thrilled to find out Clint was also going.
“That is really the first time we really served together,” Clint said about he and Ellen working alongside each other in Kenya. “We saw each other’s hearts and we saw each other serve.”
Ellen said that side-by-side service really added a deeper layer to their growing relationship rooted in faith.
An opportunity to go back, maybe long-term
The pair has now been given the opportunity to travel back to Kenya in May and this could be their first step in becoming missionaries. The two said they have a long-term picture in mind about mission work there.
For now, the two will head to Meto May 27 along with Dr. Alan and Averee Hicks. They will help Clint and Ellen get settled in for an eight-week stay. Clint and Ellen will return Aug. 6 with an IWW mission team.
“We are just going to see on this eight-week trip if this is our calling,” Clint said.
The two said they have always felt God leading them in this direction. They are getting their feet wet now and will start by learning more about the local language, what daily medical needs in Meto are, and they are tasked with connecting with spiritual leaders in the area.
Depending on what direction God takes them while they are planted in Meto for eight weeks, a more long-term stay in Kenya could be in the future. For now, they said the timing seems right for an eight-week stint.
The two are raising money for their travel expenses, and are asking for prayer as they navigate this exciting opportunity for mission work with Integrity Worldwide. Their fundraising goal is to raise $8,000 by May 20.
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