Counseling Center Mondays

Babies crying.
Kids playing (I mean screaming), as they run back and forth right in front of the center.
A drunk pregnant lady stumbles in uninvited, demanding counseling services (which we politely decline for those who are not sober).
The loud bass from our neighbor’s music blasts in the background.
The clanking of dishes from our other neighbor makes piercing noises as water makes its way into the room where our counselor is meeting with clients.

This is our counseling center on Black Street.

I vacillate between total peace and visible unrest.

Olive, please go out there and tell those kids to go away.  I love kids.  I do.  But please tell them to leave or stop making noise.  Tell our neighbors to stop washing dishes and to turn down the music.  Quiet!  We need quiet! This is supposed to be a counseling center!

Despite the chaos, our counselors continue to see clients with a variety of issues:  a young man with anger so intense he beat up his brother, a young woman who is struggling to leave her abusive boyfriend, another young girl whose staying in unsafe conditions with her alcoholic mother.

Kenyan’s have this incredible ability to maintain laser focus on the person in front of them despite noise and distractions.  It baffles me.

Is counseling really going to help?

Someone politely asked me the other day.

I don’t know.

My overly honest, borderline pessimistic self didn’t know how else to reply.

I have moments where I think this counseling thing with alcoholics and prostitutes and pregnant teenagers and school dropouts and street kids is the most ridiculous idea I could have come up with.

In my small mind, I think everything needs to be perfect in order for healing to take place.

And then my small mind, takes a few minutes to remember the BIG things God is doing . . .I have witnessed the positive impact counseling has had on the Empowering Lives Children’s Homes . . . I have seen how much counseling has helped our BEAM kids . . . I have experienced the impact of counseling personally.

Every Monday our Kenyan counselors come to the center on Black Street to offer services to our friends in the slums.  Every Monday we meet someone new, see something new, and learn something new.  Amidst the noise, chaos, and unrest, we believe our vision is unfolding.

With love and lots of gratitude,


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  1. Helen Gichuhi says:

    He is Faithful! And you are LOVED!!!!!

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