9 of the 10 of us (Aaron left two days ago) and our 36 bags with over 1,000 pounds of tools, medicine, clothes, soccer cleats, Bibles, Jesus Film projector, audio Bibles, and other supplies, started out at Charlotte Airport at 4:00 am this morning.
The first crisis of the trip was a failed zipper on our largest duffel bag. A number of not great options rolled through my mind. No problem….we have Chandler, an Eagle Scout with spare paracord and pocket knife in his bag to check. The duffle was made of ripstop fabric so we stitched it closed. Hope the security check is OK with it.
We are excited to see the kids and the community and be inside God’s plan for this trip. Thank you for your prayers.
My Christmas thought this year……Our heavenly Father gave us a Christmas present that was just what we needed and a perfect fit. We can’t top that gift or reciprocate equally. Jesus was given for us out of pure love and grace. John 3:16-17, Heb 2:14-18. MSM is a means for us to give out of love and show grace in a symbolic way of appreciating what Jesus has done for us. What a privilege it has been this year thanks to your prayers, generosity, and love.
Here are just a few pics representing the 100 kids living at two sponsored Children’s Homes in Kenya and Uganda, 600+ kids attending three sponsored schools, roughly 500 people served at a sponsored medical outreach in Uganda, literally thousands of people hearing the Gospel by means of the Jesus Film and native language Jesus Film and Audio recordings, four mission trips to Africa, and many other projects and efforts showing the love of Jesus in a practical way in Africa and in the US.
We do all these projects with what has been provided to us. Thank you for your prayers and faithful giving in 2019. We look forward to continuing with your gifts yet in 2019 and ongoing. I have been asked to pass on the greetings and thanks from the many people whose lives we have been blessed to contact.
Merry Christmas from Bob and the MSM team.
Launching Trip 26 today. Greg, Randy, and I are headed for Uganda and next week Randal and Cheryl join us. We have all been to Africa many times but we still are excited to get back. In general we will be loving on the kids and people at Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda, the Teso Evangelism ministry in Malaba, Kenya, and the kids at Lord’s Servants Home in Kitale, Kenya.
I will post updates about how it is going….coming up, Swing Set for the Rock View Primary School, Teso evangelism training, visiting the kids at Lord’s Servants Home, VBS at Child Redeemed Mission Home, and a Medical Vision Outreach for the Bwase Community.
Your prayers and support are vital and appreciated!
2018 was a great year of service for MSM. The year end report has been archived to the website and can be linked here. Year end 2018 Report. Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, and support. This is how God works through us.
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