We’re Home! Incredible Trip!!! ….Post #11

We arrived home on Saturday afternoon and share the view that we had much more than a great trip.   We were blessed to be exactly where and do exactly what we were supposed to.  It is hard to explain in a few words just how we know that things could never have happened like they did under our control so all I’ll add to this brief summary and few photos for now is PRAISE GOD!

We did witness God’s will in making a new well come into completed existence despite our belief that it was not possible to even start it. 

We did witness God’s provision by making it possible that all the right people, organizations, equipment, supplies, skills, time, funds, weather, and timing was just right to make this large project get completed in less than 2 weeks.

We saw several other projects come to fruition to support the home and even harvested honey from the hives started last year.  Terri was the right person at the right time to fill in for an absent Nursery School teacher and Dorothy who just had a baby.

We witnessed the power of Jesus’ name in seeing people …. praise Him in faith and joy while in desperate situations we couldn’t imagine before, love one another in a selfless way, dedicate themselves to spreading the Good News of Salvation, give their lives to Him and be baptised, and see a demon cast out of a young teenaged girl.

We witnessed God’s compassion by placing us in the right place to provide help with food, medicine, emergency dental service, love, and encouragement.  We received His joy by being His hands and feet!!!!!  God brought Dorothy’s daughter, baby Stephanie into the world while we were there.

Thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement. More to come…… 

Completed well water project at the LSH and Liyavo community

Completed well water project at the LSH and Liyavo community

This is the first Merry Go Round in the area that I know of...

This is the first Merry Go Round in the area that I know of…

That look says it all!!!

That look says it all!!!

Terri and here class of kids who could not understand a word she said :-) but loved her time.

Terri and her class of kids that could not understand a word she said but did understand her love and time.

Worshiping with Pastor Isa's church in Uganda

Worshiping with Pastor Isa’s church in Uganda

Fetching wash water with the children at the orphanage in Uganda...

Kids from Pastor Isa’s orphanage in Uganda fetching wash water

It is amazing the help people crave that we just take for granted.

It is amazing the help people crave that we just take for granted.

Was it the bandaid or the hug Noah got that made it all better?

Was it the bandaid or the hug Noah got that made it all better?

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Jambo, Makote Yevasewe, Shalom/Salama…Post #10

It has been a few days since posting. Greg and I have been on the move. Here is brief summary…
* Left the Lord’s Servants Home Friday with all our projects done!
* Drove to Malaba, Kenya and had a conference for a seminar that is training Pastors to reach out to the Teso people group in western Kenya. The Teso are relatively unreached.
* Drove into Uganda to visit the Stream of Hope for the African Child ministry orphanage and church. We brought medicine and treated for worms, bought school supplies so they could start going to school, bought about 2 weeks of food, and spoke in the church.
* Arrived in Jerusalem after over 30 hours of traveling on Tuesday for a 3 day visit.
* Jerusalem is incredible. We are staying in a 400 yr. old hotel in the old city. I slipped a prayer on a piece of paper into a crack in the Wailing Wall and saw Christ’s tomb today. It was empty. Praise God.

Thank you for your prayers. I’m having a great time but miss my Wife. I’ll write more as I can. (I’m on a hotel PC and can’t download photos…the sunrise over the Dome of the Rock is awesome!)
Shalom,

PS. The title is greetings in Kenya, Uganda, and Israel.

Hey Honey… Post #9

We serviced the bee hives tonight and established a 4th one.  In the process of correcting an error, we harvested about 20 pounds of honey.  I assisted and enjoyed it a lot although it is a thing to get used to…having thousands of bees on you.  They may be African Killer Bees but the honey is really good.

At the hive site at Lord's Servants Home

At the hive site at Lord’s Servants Home

 

Honey from your own hive is extra good.

Honey from your own hive is extra good.

 

Diana and Catherine with mail from the US

Diana and Catherine with mail from the US

 

Water is life, a Kenyan saying.  A shower is good life.

Water is life, a Kenyan saying. A shower is good life.

 

How many kids does it take to help you assemble a Merry-go-round?  3 times this many.

How many kids does it take to help you assemble a Merry-go-round? 3 times this many.

 

 

 

 

Praise God…flowing water. Post #8

At about 6:00 pm today, we watched water first being pumped out of our well, through our pipes and fill the main tank and bath house tank, and run through all the faucets.  To God goes all the glory.  The entire water system was initiated and executed in 1 1/2 weeks.  Making this more amazing is the fact that prior to leaving for Kenya, despite our best efforts and pushing, we accepted that drilling the well was not possible during this visit due to red tap, questionable drilling contractors, and confusion.  We had hoped to just get some prep work done.

Right now in fact, Greg is in the shower and water is spewing out of all faucets and the top of our tanks to flush the system.  All the kids are watching water cascade 25′ down from the top of our 3000 liter tank.  This is really exciting and humbling that God allowed us to be part of his work here.  Don’t get me wrong, we have a few leaky pipe connections to fix but that is for tomorrow.  We have had this project on our plate for nearly 2 years and tonight it is real.   It is also better designed than I planned, better performing than I hoped, and under budget.  Thank you to all the people who have supported this project and prayed for it!!!!

Today we met with the Area Chief (Like a county Mayor) and the village elders to discuss Mission Servants vision of blessing the community in addition to the orphanage.  We informed them that clean healthy water will be available to the community within 2 weeks (after testing and addition of the chlorinator) and asked their help to manage and administer it so the community is responsible.  They were very excited and appreciative and consider it a huge blessing.  Clean drinking and cooking water is going to be provided to a thousand people, an answer to one of their two largest needs.  Thank you Lord.  (Education is the next largest need and a subject for one of the next posts).

I’m going to take a shower now.

Inserting the pump into the well, 35 meters down.

Inserting the pump into the well, 35 meters down.

Water coming from the faucet on the kitchen building on the left.

Water coming from the faucet on the kitchen building on the left.

The Area Chief, Job, viewing the community access point.

The Area Chief, Job, viewing the community access point.

Making contact and a difference. Post #7

There is no greater gift to a child than time.   Here is an except of an update from Tony and Terri about some time spent with two of the kids……..

When we arrived at the Lord’s Servants Home, we briefly made contact with the two children we sponsor. Elizabeth is 8 and Austine is 13. Elizabeth was fairly quick to warm up to us but Austine appears to have a learning disability and was somewhat withdrawn. We had to make an effort to find him to spend time with him. We prayed about what we might do to break down this barrier and asked for advice from Bob and the local Pastor. We decided to take the two children into town for ice cream and a trip to the store for some new clothes. I also bought a spoke wrench to try repair a bike which Austine indicated he wanted repaired. Thursday afternoon Terri and I took the kids to Khetia’s (The local Super Store). We bought them some shoes and clothes then stopped by the snack shop for ice cream cones and a cold soda (Terri and I initially skipped the cones). It became clear that neither of the kids had ever eaten an ice cream cone. I then got one and ate it. After watching me they quickly got the hang of it. Austine began to open up at this point. Yesterday (Saturday) morning Austine didn’t have school so I asked him to help me with my pipe work. We seemed to hit it off pretty well after that. I helped him fix the bike last night. Austine also helped Terri with her duties and so we are excited that these breakthroughs will present more opportunities to encourage and support these two children going forward. Elizabeth always wants to hang around Terri now and always wants another picture taken. We spent some time with the kids this evening (Sunday) and began to say our goodbye’s. We were surprised when Austine left in tears. We have had some good talks and hopefully have had a positive impact on his life. We will continue to pray for both of these children and support them as the Lord leads.

……..Tony and Terri

Tony showing the kids how to do it,,,

Tony showing the kids how to do it,,,

Terri with the kids

Terri with the kids

The slides we installed are favorites.

The slides we installed are favorites.

Noah could be pushed on a swing all day long.

Noah could be pushed on a swing all day long.