I hope this letter finds all of you in good health, both physically and spiritually. I arrived Kenya on the 12th of July. After spending the first few days in Nairobi, traveled on to Kisii Kenya arriving at the Sengera House Orphanage on Sunday July 16th. I found all the orphans in good health, and doing well. This week they are taking exams, and will then break from school for one Month before they begin another term.
Upon my arrival at the orphanage, I notice a new face, a young boy 13 yrs old by the name of Manley. I was informed by Nehemiah (the eldest orphan at the camp) that Manley had just lost his Mother, and that they had been feeding him for about a week, but he was sleeping at home with his younger sister Jemimah. I asked "what about his father?" Nehemiah replied that his father had died about a year ago, and that Manley and his sister were now total orphans. I said okay, that it was good that they were feeding him. I also noticed that the boys shoes were plastic, cracked and open, so on Thursday (market day) I brought Manley to the village to purchase him some new shoes. As I began looking at "new" shoes, Manley said no, let's look at used ones instead, because they are much cheaper he said. So we bought him two pair of used shoes at $2 each pair. (He was very appreciative.) Today I was visited by Charles Mokoro, the clan elder here at the camp. Charles wanted to talk to me about Manley. He told me that the late father's distant relatives had taken over the house where the children were living, and were mistreating them, he said the two children would now become homeless. Charles said he would take them in himself, but he was already over loaded with orphans. I agreed to take the two children in at Sengera House, so we now have two additional orphans living here. I also found out today that Manley is top of his class in level 7. Apparently his Mother had been paying their school fees. (Kenyan's will starve themselves with the little money they have, and pay school fees over food in order to give them an education.) The children here at Sengera House know both Manley and his sister quite well, because that family has been members here at the Sengera church for a long time.
Brethren, it is thanks to you that these children are being helped. I may be slow at reporting what is transpiring here at the orphanage, and I apologize for that, but please understand that the funds you are sending are helping so many of our impoverished orphans, widows, and brethren here in Kenya.
What a pleasure it is to be here visiting this place, and so inspiring. Even today Friday, just after sunset, I found all the children assembled in the main house singing hymns just prior to having dinner. After eating, Nehemiah had all of them engaged in Friday night Bible study. It was wonderful, and every Scripture that was discussed was read in English, Kisii, and Swahili (the children are learning all three of those languages.) Tomorrow we will visit the Itongo church group for Sabbath, they are located at the boarder of the Maasai tribe. It's the church group were we recently dug a well for them, and have also been caring for a elderly true widow there.
Reporting from Kisii Kenya, your brother in Christ
Manley & His Sister Jemimah
Worn Out Shoes
Itongo Church Group
Harvesting At Sengera
July 4th 2017
(Brian’s Actions Brought Tears To My Eyes.)
These children living at the Sengera church orphanage are so precious, and they have Big Hearts. One of the boys, his name is Brian was suffering from a skin infection so we brought him to the City to be checked by a doctor. During the day, Brian kept asking if we could buy some used clothes for a poor child that lives in the village near our orphanage. We told Brian yes, and purchased a pair of pants, a shirt, and shoes. Upon returning, Brian went and found the boy and had him put on the new clothes. The boy was so happy and excited. (Pictured below is Brian sitting on the floor next to the young boy.)
On another trip to the City we stopped for lunch in a small restaurant. As we were eating, Brian got up, and carrying his plate walked a few tables over to where a man was sitting alone. Brian scraped half of his food into the man’s dish; walked back to our table, sat down and with no expression on his face he continued eating. (The man had a Hugh smile on his face.) I asked Brian “What was that all about?” he gently replied “Didn’t you see that man had nothing but a plate full of kale, apparently that was all he could afford, and I could see he was starving." Brian’s actions brought tears to my eyes.
As I mentioned, these children living at the Sengera Orphanage are precious to say the least. But the orphanage is being pressured by the Kenya authorities to have a vehicle; they say it’s in their constitution for all orphanages to have one in case of emergency. So we started a fund raiser at: “youcaring” to try and raise the funds for the vehicle. Please bring this important request to the attention of others who may be able to help. We at the orphanage thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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Hope everyone had a rewarding Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. Here in E. Africa the spring feast went quite well with numerous sites in both Kenya and Tanzania. There were 25 that took the Passover in Sengera at the orphanage, and 100 in attendance for the Night To Be Much Observed and First Day of Unleavened Bread. For the Last Day of Unleavened Bread we traveled to the Coast (Mombassa) and keep it with the Brethren at Shimba Hills. (the journey was a bit rough.) the road between Nairobi (the Capital of Kenya) and Mombasa is in terrible shape, half of it is unpaved and extremely rough, but we arrived safe and were warmly greeted by the Brethren. Also met with a man that we baptized five years ago at the FOT in Ukunda Kenya. He now has a congregation of 25 who meet together each Sabbath (under some trees.) I told them we will try to raise some funds for the construction of some shade for protection from the elements. As some of you know, KHOFH has funded the construction of a number of small mud or brick buildings, making it possible for our brethren to congregate every Sabbath, rain or shine.
First Day of Unleavened Bread – Sengera
Traveling around this part of the world is always eventful. We found ourselves in the midst of another riot. This time while approaching Nairobi, there were rioters just ahead of us, blocking the traffic with piles of burning tires in the middle of the road. The cars directly in front of us were all stopping and quickly turning around in fear of having their vehicles being overturned and set on fire. But our driver seemed to be fearless and instead of turning around, he accelerated and drove directly through the rioters swerving around the burning tires. Once again, we passed directly through the rioters unharmed, thanking God for His protection. (And thanks to you who are always praying for our protection.)
The well we have been digging in Kenuchi, Kenya (Maasai Border Group) is now complete. It was a tough dig, hitting much stone about half way down. The total depth of the well is 45 feet. The brethren were so excited, and grateful to finally have water, that they had a celebration. Once again, thanks to you donors for continuing to assist our impoverished brethren, we were able to dig another well, and once again assisted the widows in that area with some much needed food. (It's another area under drought and famine conditions.)
This picture clearly shows the soils and stone that was removed while digging the Kenuchi well.
In Sengera at the orphanage, the children have (all) returned to school after their winter break. Thanks to you donors, we were able to pay the school fees for all 14 of them.
During their time off from school they accomplish a few more projects at the orphanage. One was the masonry construction of a much needed clothes washing station. It's amazing how capable these boys are at working concrete. We didn't even have to calculate for them the amount of sand, stone and cement needed for the project, they did it all themselves.
The garden also continues to grow well, with maze, (corn) ground nut, (peanuts) beans, kale, okra, onions and more all doing well with favorable rain. The children really enjoy growing their own crops, and its so rewarding for them at harvest time. Once again we thank you donors who are making all of this possible for them.
Concerning donation receipts, I appreciate your patience and hope to have them out soon. Communication in Kenya continues to be quite difficult, with the network extremely slow and often times inaccessible.