the title track, "one more step" is about lindsay's dad, who passed away a couple of years ago. it's a beautiful song, and i tear up every time...
so so proud of lindsay & this record -- go get it & show your support!
• How was the decision made? The decision was made collectively after discussions with several of Mocha Club’s partners on the ground in Kenya, as well as Mocha Club’s U.S.-based project managers who travel to the area frequently. Travel warnings from the U.S. Department of State were also taken into consideration, as well as each team member’s personal feelings towards the situation.
• So what happens next? We fully believe the Lord has a plan for the week that allows us to still celebrate the students and teachers at New Dawn from the United States. We are fully committed to traveling to New Dawn when conditions permit in the future. In the meantime, please continue to follow along to learn more about New Dawn and discover opportunities to support the incredible work being done. ￼￼
• Why was postponing the best decision? The goal of the trip was and is to share the stories present at New Dawn – several of which were made possible because of the dedication of Purpose Project and Mocha Club supporters. We feel that were the trip taken as planned, those stories and our ability to share them with you would be marred by questions of why we went, what was happening regarding the attacks and subsequent security alerts, and ultimately – fear. The students of New Dawn deserve full attention, both ours and yours. We would rather wait and tell the story right than go and relate a story peppered with fear or uncertainty. We’re still incredibly excited to share with you and bring you along on our journey – it will just be at a time other than next week.
• What can I do? Please join us in prayer – for peace in Nairobi and the surrounding areas, for safety to all those we were planning to spend time with while on the ground, and for the planning process as it begins again with rescheduling the trip. There will also be opportunities to support New Dawn and other education projects in Africa throughout the next week
• What exactly is going on in Nairobi? Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab has threatened Kenya for years because of Kenya’s involvement in Somalia. Tensions existed long before this past week between the Kenyan government and Somalis living in Kenya (largely in Nairobi neighborhood Eastleigh) out of fear of ties to al-Shabaab. The twin bombing in the minibus and market in Nairobi on Friday has not yet been deemed an act of terror and al-Shabaab has not yet taken responsibility for it. As such, security is heightened as uncertainty grows.
• Is New Dawn in danger? New Dawn is located in the Huruma slum outside Nairobi. The school is near the U.S. Embassy, U.N., and several other well protected and respected locations. Mocha Club and the leadership of New Dawn agree that there is no direct threat to the school or nearby grounds.