Is This Really Necessary?
When I talk to people about the work we’re doing in Nakuru, I tend to get two responses. The first is from the people who live and work here and those who have visited our city. They respond enthusiastically to the idea of a coworking space. Their eyes light up at the mention of a playground for their kids. Their souls are filled with hope when they consider the possibility that there is a church in town where everyone is welcome and loved.
The second response is from those who have never been to Nakuru. They wonder about the need for the place and community we’re creating. Is this really the best way to spend energy and resources in an African country. Is it really necessary?
The two responses couldn’t be more opposite. And while I respect those who are asking tough questions, I often find myself saying, “If you came here, you would understand.” I would ask you to use your imagination for a moment.
Think about your life – all the places and occasions that make up what you call “normal”. Think of the place (or places) where you work, the numerous entertainment options available to you, the park where your kids love to play, the various activities available to enrich your knowledge and empower your life. Think about the church you attend – the community and life you’ve found there. Now imagine all of it disappearing.
Think about your life again – devoid of all those “normal” things – things you tend to take for granted.
Sure, none of what is mentioned above is required to survive. Work can happen without a workplace. You can live without opportunities for social activity. Your kids will survive without creative arts classes and playgrounds. You won’t suddenly drop dead if you aren’t connected to a church community. Yet, if you think about it, life wouldn’t be the same, would it? Something would be missing.
Now, imagine a group of people coming along to give you those pieces you’re missing. They create a workspace where you can not only pursue your vocation, but you can do so among an exciting mix of people from a variety of backgrounds and with numerous skill sets. It’s an office for those without an office – a work-home for the work-homeless.
Even as the workspace serves your vocational needs, your relational needs are also being met. Friendships begin to form among you and your new coworkers. Collaborative groups combine social and vocational opportunities, giving you a chance to put your skills to work for a greater good.
Meanwhile, your family is also benefiting from the efforts of this group of people. Your kids love the on-site playground – the only freely accessible one in town, which also happens to be the best one in town. You and your spouse enjoy the park-like setting of the playground almost as much as the kids – a place to relax, talk to other parents, and catch up on life with each other.
As if this wasn’t enough, in this same space is a church community that seems to genuinely care about and love everyone. When you visit on the weekends, you find the makeup of the crowd as varied as the city itself – rich and poor, young and old, and every skin color and language imaginable. No one is an outsider here. Somehow, everyone belongs.
This place – a place called Agora – is an oasis in the desert of your life. It’s the place you go when you want to work, to play, to create, and to believe. It’s a place where people just like you (and those very different from you) can just be themselves. In this place and around these people, you feel alive, your spouse feels alive, your kids feel alive.
You wonder to yourself, “How does a place like this come to be?”
The answer: People half a world away cared enough to invest in your life.
Invest today in the work of Trinity Kenya and make this dream a reality for the people of Nakuru.