News from Kenya

I’m writing this from Kenya were a few of us have been since Friday. We’ve spent the last three days with our friends and partners in ministry at Gospel Centres International. Tomorrow we will travel to Tania Centre and spend a couple of days with them before heading home late Thursday night.

Here in Nairobi we partner with GCI in a ministry called The Embakasi Children’s Project. You can read all the details about the project here. Since our role in this project is financial we require an onsite audit every two years to see how the funds are being spent, to ensure they are being managed well and to determine if any changes are necessary. We are also here to continue the long-term relationship we’ve had with the leaders and folks at GCI.

We spent four hours this morning hearing detailed reports on each of the 10 children in the program, viewing financial reports and documents and discussing varies aspects of the program. But the highlight was hearing the stories of how well each child was doing and the incredible progress they are making in their education, now that they have been given an opportunity to attend a quality school.

For me it was an emotional day as we saw pictures, heard heartbreaking stories of the things these children have had to deal with at very young ages and then celebrated where they are now and how much brighter their futures are. Each child in the program is an orphan, having lost one or both parents.

On Sunday I spoke to the congregation and reminded them of the power of partnerships. I also told them that while our church and Side By Side Ministries are providing financial support to the children, the people of GCI are the real heroes because they are the ones investing in these children on a daily basis. They are coming along side single parents, grandparents, older siblings, and aunts and uncles who are raising these children and giving them emotional, spiritual and in some case hands on, physical support.

We can’t wait to tell you more of what is going on through this incredible ministry. Please pray for the children being helped, pray for their guardians and pray for the leaders and members of GCI as they support all of them.

When you receive this on Thursday, since we are eight hours ahead of you, we will be getting ready to board a plane for our first of two flights back so please pray for us as well as we make the 25 hour journey back home.

See you Sunday.

P.S. – If you have not yet signed up for our Hypothermia Response Week, please do so ASAP. We launch that program this Sunday.