Mission Trip 37 – Kitale, Kenya. Update 1

Currently Team 37…. Tony, Eldon, Phyllis, Sherry, Raymond, and Pete are visiting the Lord Servants Home in Kitale, Kenya for over a week and serving the resident children, the Bridgeway Hope Academy Primary School, several affiliated churches, and the community of Lyavo. There are repairs being made to the facilities, sewing, Children’s Bible, and Pastor’s classes being taught. All High School and older children are being visited and accessed regarding how we can help get them started into a productive and independent adulthood. Community projects were initiated to upgrade a well with a hand pump at a school, repair a bridge, and replace one that was washed away during the historic flooding this past year.

Most importantly on these trips, we pray to be used by the Holy Spirit and that usually comes in an unexpected form. Unfortunately a young boy named Amos from the 8th grade at the Academy and a resident at the Lord’s Servants Home, fell sick, was taken to the hospital, and passed away in the first few days of the trip. Incredibly sad as this is…. God’s timing is perfect, Tony and the team where there at this specific time. They are there for the family, teachers, fellow students, and staff to help and pray for God’s peace in this time. Please join us in prayer.

Amos. Too soon.

Ray, Pete, Sherry, Phyllis, Eldon, and Tony.

2022 MSM Year End Report

We thank God for the exciting work that He has done through us in Africa this past year. As always, I feel that I am only capable to share a miniscule amount of the Help, Hope, and Love of Jesus Christ in a tangible way that is provided…It is just a fraction and I am a fortunate one indeed that gets to see it fully first hand.  An open invitation is there for you to be more involved and even join us on a trip.  Please contact me with questions or ideas.

The 2022 year end report has been archived to the website and can be linked or downloaded below  Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, involvement, and support.  It is an honor to work with you all and a privilege to serve this mission.

Stay tuned for news of the current Kenya mission trip and exciting things that will be happening.

2022 Year End Report

Christmas Blessings for the Kids

The Mission Servants Ministry Christmas tradition is to have a special love offering for the kids in our homes, and for the guardian families for our older sponsored kids from Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya and Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda. All of the MSM sponsored kids that are living at the homes, living with guardians or at school, and are in college were reached with a Christmas gift of clothes and/or food…and chickens, or small cash. The idea is to bless the kids as well as the guardians and extended families that are also helping them. Merry Christmas all that have loved and prayed for these kids and MSM. We love you and pray for God’s peace for you.

Lord’s Servants Home-Kenya

Child Redeemed Mission Home – Uganda

Sharing-work Needs many Hearts…

A few years ago when I was changing careers from Business Owner to focusing as a Volunteer Director of Mission Servants Ministry, I chose as my centering Bible verse, Hebrews 13:15-16 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Best move ever.

MSM has been blessed since 2007 to do that (Sharing) with orphans, widows, sick, disaster struck, and poor as well as schools and medical operations. I’ve realized that “Share with others” doesn’t only mean blessings of funds and services to the needy, but also “Share with others” the opportunity to be a blessing. I’m going to do that now with a list of projects and needs on the current plate of MSM that will make a loving impact to the needy children and people we serve in Uganda and Kenya in the next several months. These are all the same sort of things that we have been doing for the last 15 years and funded purely by donations from individuals lead to “Share”. If any of these projects touches your heart and you would love to “Share with us” please follow the links or methods to donate at the end. Money is an incredible tool that we know how to use efficiently. 100% of donations will go to these efforts directly. Thank you for praying about this and to those that have joined with us to date.

Current MSM Projects and Needs

Requirements, fees, clothing, bedding, etc…to bring 6 new vulnerable kids from the Kamuli district into the Child Redeemed Mission (CRM) Home in January.

Expanding work with our older sponsored children from the CRM home in Uganda and Lord’s Servants Home (LSH) in Kenya to assist them to obtain higher education, skill training, or start small businesses so they can be productive adults.

Assist the Kasolwe Medical Clinic (small village clinic) to obtain relatively basic equipment like microscope, and sterilization equipment, to serve the village as well as establish a service for the kids at the CRM Home.

Rebuild a community well in Liyavo district, Kenya and install a hand pump to provide a safe and sanitary source of water. There are several projects like this being requested of MSM. We funded 8 such projects in 2021 and 2022.

Footbridge construction to replace a wooden structure washed away in this years flooding. Three such projects have been completed since 2018.

Purchase 1.15 acres of land offered by a bordering neighbor of CRM Home to serve as garden and animal support property for the children to learn those skills.

Complete the gate, guard house, and fence around the Promise Primary School (PPS) property that was 90% completed in 2022.

Build a dorm building at PPS to house 75 boys and 75 girls which will open up two classrooms that are currently being used for dorms. PPS has rapidly grown to capacity of 550 children due to it’s superior performance and God’s grace.

A solar or grid power solution for PPS to allow the installation of security lights, building lights, and a water pump with a chlorination system. All for the goodwill and safety of the kids and staff.

Church partner projects to build and repair homes for widows or extremely needy families with young children. Six such projects have been completed since 2018.

Repair the fence at CRM Home and relocate the gate, guard house, and playground away from planned road construction access.

Many other smaller projects to maintain the facilities at the CRM and LSH homes as well as cover operating cost and raising of the resident children.

How to Help…

All of these projects can be started immediately and many are simply waiting for God’s provisions of funding. Donations can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, stock transfer, or least cost method by check mailed to Mission Servants Ministry, 4550 Lochfoot Dr., Charlotte, NC 28278. Please contact me with any questions at 704-576-4646 or bob@missionservants.org or learn more about MSM at http://www.missionservants.org or Mission Servants Ministry on Facebook.

Prayer Answered, Trip 36 Report

We found the facilities at Child Redeemed Mission (CRM) Home in good shape except for the Solar Power collection and distribution system. We had to leave it at 50% capacity after our February trip due to battery supply issues and an apparent possible lightning strike/wiring failure in May caused enough damage to disable the system until we arrived on this trip. We brought with us spare parts and upgrades and on our way to CRM, obtained the needed batteries to return the system to 100%.

Solar Power storage and distribution system at CRM
Replaced switch, wiring, and added fuse block

The staff, kids, and church adapted over the last few months to using the generator and solar flash lights but restored power was very welcome. One main area that was especially welcomed was the evening movies the kids enjoy a few times a week using a projector and DVD player. The projector was also broken and we brought a new one. We provided one to Promise Primary for education use and entertainment as well.

This is High Def in these parts.

OK, I’m getting to the “Answered Prayer”……We also repaired a number of failed switches and lights and realized that one of the 8 batteries was in a weakened condition. Our source was unable to find one additional battery and had tried all week long. We needed a 150 amp hour solar duty battery. On my last full day of the trip, becoming desperate to not leave CRM in a less than 100% state, I traveled to the larger town of Jinja to try and make it happen with our source. Finding out that he had given up on us, I did the American thing….Googled: 150 ah solar battery supplier Jinja. Well that was silly and useless! I was with my main helper, 12 year old Joram. I said to Joram, “all I can think to do now is pray for God to lead us to find a battery”. I told God that I had no idea where to go and only have a few minutes to spare to look before needing to begin the 1 1/2 hour trip back to CRM. I’m not sure what Joram thought of that but after the Amen, I drove a few blocks one way, a few another, and saw a small electronics store. Greg had asked me to find a couple battery clips for him and I thought I might as well get them there. After paying, I showed the woman store owner a photo of the battery I hoped to find. She promptly pointed at me. I showed her the photo again and she pointed again. I cought on that she meant for me to turn around. Across the street was a solar store, I parked almost in front of it. Jinja is a big place with a thousand small stores spread over several dozens of blocks. I expect God to answer prayers but this was dramatic….almost really so…the store was out of the battery but called someone and directed me just one block away to someone that had one. This all took 5 minutes total. God is good! I made sure Joram understood what just happened. We left CRM in great shape after installing that battery. Praise God….I love that feeling.

My main “Handyman Apprentice” Joram.