Advice Before You Come to Kenya
You can use your credit card at any reputable grocery store, restaurant, or beach hotel. If you bring cash, bring bills that are NOT older than 3 years, to get the best rate in exchange. Carry US Dollars or a credit card with you while you are travelling, as you never know when you might need money. It’s wise to notify your banks that you are travelling.
Mosquitos in Mombasa potentially carry malaria. We advise you take a malaria profilaxis, bug repellent for skin, and use a mosquito net at night. Mosquitos bite the most in the early morning and evening hours.
The sun is intense here as we are close to the equator. Certain malaria preventatives also can make you more susceptible to burning. Bring sunblock or a hat, especially if you are outside or at the beach in the middle of the day.
When you are working at Lighthouse proper attire is scrubs or semi-casual attire. This means long pants and a shirt with a collar for men. For women, we recommend a skirt or long pants, keeping your shoulders covered. When visiting town, wear the same modest clothing as there is a large percentage of the population is Muslim. If you are going to the beach hotel, you are free to wear normal beach attire, and you can wear whatever you want, within reason. If you go to Nyali, City Mall, restaurants, or the park long short or capris and sleeveless tops are ok.
Be Willing to Let God Move You
You are already allowing God to bring you to Africa. We recommend you come ready to let God do amazing things which may take you out of your comfort zone, stretch your skill set, or upset your carefully planned schedule. We guarantee you will be blessed if you keep your heart inclined to His during this time.
How Can Family Get involved?
We strongly encourage our volunteers to bring their families along, as the shared experience can really bring the family together.
If you are interested in hearing about some of the service opportunities for non-medical family members, you can contact Josh Ghrist, the Assistant Mission Director.
More than just building church buildings, we seek to train up the church through conferences. Volunteers can plan conferences hosted at Lighthouse, at a Lighthouse partner church, or at a camp facility. Lighthouse will coordinate housing. Volunteers will plan and bring materials to hold a 3-day conference for 100-150 people. The cost for each conference varies, but typically costs $1200, provided by the volunteers. Additional costs include airfare for the US pastors, $40/day for room and board, and any additional expense for tourist activities.
We want to offer these conferences to our pastors for leadership and pastoral training, to women for building up their identity in Christ, to married couples through Biblical foundations for marriage, and to youth leaders for raising up a generation that knows God by running a fun, engaging, and meaningful annual youth camp.