Praise God for a safe and mind boggling trip. As I review what was done, I get more amazed. I hope this brief summary and photo gallery gives you a good feeling for what happened. All the glory is God’s!
Our Goals were to….
•Make a spiritual impact on the orphanage, community, and supporting ministries
•See major projects completed
•Implement Home improvement projects
•Make a connection with the kids in a way to benefit them long-term
•Discuss future objectives and set direction
Here is a brief summary of the things that God worked out on our trip….(click on a photo to start a gallery showing)
•12 People including 6 newbies
•Over 5 week span on the ground
•3 Churches given messages
•3 Schools visited
•Over 1000 pounds of stuff brought and left.
•6 Major projects finished
•Many small projects and improvements finished.
What we brought with us…..
•Custom Dresses and shorts
•Soccer jerseys and shorts
•Underwear and socks
•Swings and tetherballs
•Washboards and wringer equipment
•8 computers and peripherals
•Digital projection equipment
•Digital audio players for Bible groups
•Digital media with Jesus films and Bible
Translated in Swahili and other dialects
•CDs and DVDs for kids
•Tools and repair parts
•Candy, treats, toys
•Sewing supplies and patterns
•Art and craft supplies
•Clothes, shoes, towels
The people doing the hard work are the Pastors (Moses, George, Protus, and Ken), Caretakers (Rose, Bonn, Caroline, and Eunice), and Social Worker (Dorothy), plus the church members at Liyavo Bible Church, Sarura Bible Church, and Kwanza Bible Church. We are very grateful for them and pray for their continued energy and dedication.
The ground breaking for this project was in mid-February and in less than 6 months we will have completed the move in. That’s excellent progress anywhere. This project also includes rainwater collection, extensive rainwater runoff grading and culverts, electrification, security lighting, new beds and furnishings, a walk-under to the dining hall, and concrete aprons completely around both dorms. The existing dorm building is also being painted and repaired. This project has improved the proffesional looks to the orphanage immensly. It was a real blessing to have the funds, timing, and people to make this possible. Pastor Moses and his team delivered ahead of schedule and to budget. All of this for $50,000. Praise God!
This new building already served as an impromptu hostel for about 100 out-of-town guests to Mama Pauline Mudenyo’s funeral a few weeks ago and will now allow the separate quarters for the boys and girls and additional room for 20 more children. The boys will occupy this building as well as the resident caretakers, and several guest and sick rooms. All the moves are planned for this coming week.
Check out more photos here.
All 12 of us that made the trip to The Lord’s Servants home are back in our own homes. Six of our group made their first mission trip. All together we had people on the ground for over 5 weeks, we brought and left over 1000 pounds of supplies, we gave messages over 6 weekends to 3 different churches and encouraged schools and other groups.
Trip review details will follow. Here are a few quotes from Mike and Tom, both who made their first mission trips…
This was the trip of a lifetime for me. Many folks who I talked to before we left told me that the things which I thought to be important on the day I left would not be the things I thought to be important on the day I returned. They were absolutely right. The people in Kenya have given me some insight on many issues I struggle with here in the US. As a general rule, all the people I met had very little by way of worldly goods, but they were way much more happy than many of us who have much by way of worldly goods and possessions. Eunice kept telling me how blessed she and (Pastor) Ken are, and actually asked me what she could do for me because they had so much. I am still reduced to tears by the love and caring demonstrated by the people I met. They have touched my heart in a manner which I did not think was possible. ….. Mike
Thank you for the note. I can not tell you how much our trip to Kenya has meant to my family and I. We were very humbled by your service and ministries. We would not have traded our trip for anything.
My wife and daughter are already discussing a return trip in 2014. Many of our friends saw our pictures and heard our stories and they too were very humbled and encouraged by how God is using you in a great way…..We will continue to support, encourage, and pray at our church and through the work of Lord’s Servants Home ministry. May God Richly Bless You! Tom