December our annual journey to Ruiru Kenya was postponed to refocus and re-fire.
It brings tears to my eyes to read below and know we will not be there this year to celebrate the accomplishments of the year as well as Christmas outings and dinner together. We won’t get to hug them look into their eyes and tell them they are loved. We can only do it from afar this year.
Things are changing and the children will all be placed in a different school this coming January as the new government requirements require a dining hall and a certain number of students in the school among other things. The Father’s House High school is not able to meet at these requirements time. In truth they are in need of an entire new facility housing and school. We are committed to make sure they receive their education through High School.
Last December in Kenya we spoke with each child who attended high school. It was harder for most than what they expected but each one worked hard and they are thankful for those who believe in them enough to pay the school fees.
←Sam wrote “I was nervous at first but finally got the courage to ask for help and scored his highest scores.” I knew it was in you Sam. I believe in you!
Joyce started out in a new area of Kenya, knowing no one but made lots of friends, scored very well and endured the colder weather. God has great things for you Joyce. →
←Anne, James younger sister has struggled, she is smart but things don’t come easily. She said, “I won’t let you down. I will work hard.” We surround you with our love Anne. You will succeed.
Benta is personality plus. She wants to work in international relations. I have no doubt she will make a great mediator. She had a setback in boarding school and returned to Father’s House High School to finish her school year. The boarding school was not a constructive environment. We want them in an environment of learning and peace. You have too much to give to the world Benta to settle for second best. →
←Tom did well, made it through and is so thankful. Tom is bold and he will go far because he has hope. He has dreams. Press on Thomas you can do it!
Beatrice, my bright and brilliant star began slow but finished at the top of her class. How great is that? She is Tom’s twin sister, my inspiration. You look at challenges and laugh. Nothing is too big for you! Keep smiling you will go far. →
←Caroline, is hiding behind the scenes watching observing, laughing unsure of strangers; these funny people who come each year. Her letters reveal her heart. She says; “I am happy because you want to see us excel and succeed in life. You are part of our family in a faraway country. Thank you for being consumed with my life.” I am consumed with your life dear Caroline, be strong and courageous.
Akinyi Is full of faith, determined to move forward with her education and be all she can be. Her struggles are far more than most would endure. She has a learning disability that Kenyan teachers are not equipped to handle. But that doesn’t deter Akinyi. She will succeed, she will move forward. That is what she told me and I believe in you Akinyi! Akinyi has left Father’s House and returned to her family’s village. I pray she is still following her dreams. →
There are 14 children, some young adults, each worthy of mentioning. But the problem is, as Chuck says I make people’s eyes gloss over. When I begin I can’t stop telling you of each and every one. Their future has been given in to our hands for our joy to be full. Jesus said, “Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16:24
James put it this way. “With everything contributed, you have made dreams come alive! Every year in December, you shower us with gifts. We are grateful and our hearts are filled with joy for you. I must say, during the December period is the happiest moment of the year.” ↓
←Then there is this note from our dear Jacqueline who is attending DayStar University, her words echo some of my own feelings. “It has been another year that you have put all your efforts into not only making our Christmas great but also watering the seeds of love you have planted into each and every one of us. at times I just sit and meditate on How awesome God is for bringing both of you and your entire family into our lives. You make me feel loved and appreciated, wanted and accepted. You gave me and many more hope for tomorrow. Thank you for being there for me and us. Deep inside I will always be grateful to God for you” I, dear girl am grateful to God for you!
Each year we give to make sure the children receive their new school uniforms and a new outfit for Christmas. We are providing the children a special Christmas dinner along with the staff. Thank you to our FCF friends in Yankton South Dakota for their generous offerings that have supplied most of this need already.
Visit our website and make this Christmas special once again. www.helpsorg.com.
The younger children are not that young any more.They too are growing up fast. They are beautiful talented and full of wonder. Millicent, Joyce and Kelvin want to know there are those in the world that believe in them, they were not rescued only to be abandoned once they reach high school. We have to keep going and not give up. There are lives hanging in the balance. That saddest thing you can say is “someone else will do it”………