Trip 25 – Kenya, Update 4

Final update from Kenya, from Tony….

Thursday evening, we had a nice time sharing and getting to know the staff better. We were wishing we had done this earlier in the week but it was great to get to know a little bit about them. Friday morning Bobby, Charlie and Ed went into town to get a new generator to replace the existing one which could not handle the load of the well pump. They purchased a nice generator and put it right to work filling the tanks when they got back. Now the facilities will have water even when Kenya Power is out for extended periods.

We did a lot of tidying up around and put the repaired tanks all back in place. We caulked and patched the few remaining gutters that needed repair and hooked them back up to the tanks for water collection. The home now has a more than sufficient amount of water storage available to handle extended dry periods without power.

Ed took the time to show several local pastors how to fit and distribute reading glasses. This was a need pastors had indicated would really help their members in Bible reading and study.

We took time to play with the kids and visit with sponsored children. The children at the school gathered together and sang several songs. There were probably about 100 kids and that was a real joy. As the evening wore on we received numerous notes from the kids thanking us for the work we had done and imploring us to come back again. The joy in their hearts is really a blessing. We should learn to be so thankful for all the Lord as given us.  Quilts made by the ladies in the Quilting ministry at our church were handed out and appreciated.

Dad did some additional carpentry repairs and built a few boxes to store tools in. They were inventoried and stored so we know what will be available when we return.

We had a wonderful meeting with several local pastors in the evening. We spent a couple of hours discussing their needs and then shared a meal together. It is very clear that the church in the area is desperately seeking teachers to train and teach their church leaders. Although discussions of improving facilities was discussed briefly, the overwhelming request of all the pastor there is that the church in the US send people who can train local church leaders. There is a passion to learn the word of God in these men that I only wish I could emulate. We will begin to see if there is a way we can meet this need going forward in some way.

Saturday morning, we caught the flight out of Kitale to Nairobi and will spend the day here in the Hampton House. We will leave tonight and be home Sunday morning. It has been a wonderful trip and as usual we leave feeling blessed. Thank you for your support.

Ed, Bobby, Charles, Eldon and Tony

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip 25 – Kenya, Update 3

Tony, Bobby, Charles, Ed, and Eldon are on their way home after a great week of work repairing and updating the Lord’s Servants Home facilities and fellowshipping with the children, High Schoolers, Churches, and ministry workers and partners associated.  They thought we sent the message with a bigger list that they could get done…Ha, they knocked it out.  It has been nearly two years before substantial work was done on the facility.  Here is Tony’s last work day update….

It has been another good day. We have mostly just tried to make sure all the jobs we started are complete. Bobby spent the day working with Ronnie the electrician to clean up more random electrical issues. There are so many small problems around that this is a never ending task. Bobby wired the new well switch we bought to accept a generator but the generator we have appears to be a little underpowered.

I spent a good bit of the day in Kitale getting supplies and getting the small generator repaired. I also put a metal cover on the well pump box and just helped out with a few other things.

Dad built several benches for the kids and they were working hard to get them sanded smooth so they can use them in the school. He also finished up repairing a cabinet for one of the teachers and made a few boxes to store our tools in.

Ed worked with Ken to monitor and adjust chlorine levels in the water so as to make sure the water is as healthy as possible for the kids.

Charlie and Ed both spent time securing pipes and replacing faulty faucets and other plumbing issues.

Pastor Ken did cement work around the compound in several areas that needed work.

Tomorrow we plan on using a new generator to insure back-up power for the water well pump and meeting with pastors and leaders here. We will do clean up and rest a little in preparation for the long ride home.

It has been a good day

Thank you again for your prayers and support.

Tony, Eldon, Ed, Bobby and Charles

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Trip 25 – Kenya, Update 2

LSH Update two, from Tony

Wow what a fantastic day.  Things clicked along as planned and we had very few complications. What a surprise to be turning the water back on at about 2:00. All that and not one leak. The only real struggle was getting the metal under the tank. Chlorinator seems to work as advertised and we now have drinkable water in faucets. Ed and Charles were the hero’s of the day with the kids as they finished up the swing set and the kids lined up for their chance to use them. Other items completed today were the ceiling vent fan in the cook house, a new well cover, a light in the preschool room, a security flood light to light up the latrine behind kitchen, and see saws repaired and a protective box built over some vulnerable pipe by the water tower.

When we saw that our progress was going so well we ordered some new lumber from the lumber yard so Dad can work on more benches for the school. Ten, eight foot boards were delivered by boda boda this afternoon and will soon be converted. Into school benches.

Ken, Pastor ken, and Ronnie the electrician have been working like troopers helping us out. Kens wife Judy has been providing meals and keeping us well fed.

We were all really tired at the end of the day and are really going to enjoy that warm shower tonight. The next two days will be mostly just tying up loose ends.

Please continue to pray for us. We appreciate your support so very much. The Lord has blessed us at every turn on this trip and we are just so thankful.

Bobby, Charles, Eldon, Ed and Tony

 

 

Trip 25 – Kenya, Update 1

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From Team Leader Tony Yoder

We arrived on the 24th. The non-stop flight from JFK to Nairobi was great. We had a wonderful Ethiopian meal with Jackson our driver, his wife and a missionary couple with Avant Ministries in Nairobi that evening. Our flight to Kitale on Friday was good and we arrived to a joyous welcome of singing and dancing by over 100 kids. We jumped right in to work. Saturday we went to the High School and had a wonderful time with the LSH kids that were there as well. We also had devotions with the 10 children that were just starting their 9th grade year. Sunday three of us went to church here at LSH and two of us went to Kitale Community Chapel. The services were excellent and pastors are eager for teachers or trainers to come work with them. Monday and Tuesday we have been going full blast:

img_0519Projects complete or near complete:
Swing set cemented in.
Security lights and girls dorm lights in.
New batteries installed for girls dorm and dinning hall
School lighting all repaired.
School desks repaired
School security lights installed
Benches made
Guest house control panel and new batteries installed
Water tanks cleaned and new valves installed
Guttering fixed.
Solar sidewalk lights installed
Boards and metal for tank platform cut and painted.

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The team visited Mercy and her family.  She had her leg amputated a few months ago due to severe bone cancer and is finishing up her chemo treatment.  This was sponsored by MSM.  Mercy is a beautiful and promising High School student and one of 12 in her family that could not afford to treat her cancer.

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The big project starts tomorrow. We begin to work on water tank repairs and new chlorinator installation.

Please pray for us. We have stockpiled water in 4 tanks around the compound in case we end up without water for a few days while working on the water tank project. If things go smoothly (they seldom do) we should have the water back on tomorrow night.

Lord’s Servants Home Directors, Pastor Ken Mudenyo and wife Evelyn.

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Bobby, Charles, Ed, Eldon and Tony