CCP Staff Retreat to Mombasa
Where to begin with describing the amazing time we had this past weekend as a staff in Mombasa! The fun started even as we were on the 6-hour train ride Nairobi to Mombasa. Upon arriving and immediately feeling the temperature increase on Kenya’s largest coastal city, we were taken to Fort Jesus. All 32 of us became fascinated with the history of this Portuguese-built fortress as a guide walked us through the grounds. We took a ferry across to Diani Beach where we settled in for the next few nights at our guest house. We had an early morning the following day in order to reach Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve for a boat ride adventure to dolphin watch and visit the local islanders home for a delicious lunch. By the time we were back at the guesthouse, we had time for dinner and a fun skit activity. Each department had to act out another department to see how well we knew each other. As you can imagine there were some hilarious, spot-on impersonations! Saturday morning broke with a glorious sunrise, and the whole staff was ready for the beach. We walked the few kilometers and then were guided along the white sand by a local who spotted various sea creatures that we could hold. Once the coral bottom was behind us and we could swim freely, the fun times ensued! Quite a few of the staff were nervous to be in water, but everyone was wading in the shallow shore, even if it was their first time in the sea. The rest of the afternoon was free, so some returned to the beach after lunch, others went into town for the market to shop, and still others relaxed at the guesthouse after the exhausting last few days. We all agreed the time in Mombasa was a special gift to experience together; many memories were made, relationships strengthened, and laughs shared. Praise to God for safety, good health, wonderful weather, and awesome remembrances for everyone on the trip!
Exploring Fort Jesus
Boat Ride Fun!
Group Photo at the Guest House
Exploring the lovely white sand shores during our boat ride
Sarah and Faith loving the sea!
Group photo at the beach!
Catherine covering Peter with Diani Beach sand!
Irene, Hilda, and Irene Splashing in the Water!
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