A month ago I reported that the plan was for schools to open on a limited basis on June 2nd. Not only did that not happen but a new plan has not been established. Schools, both government and private have been ordered to continue to pay teachers. I would expect many private schools to fail and close. Promise Primary, being sponsored by Mission Servants Ministry has been able to pay the teachers and use the store of maize grain that was intended for Term I for needy families and teachers in the area.
The economy however is hit hard in Africa and the poor are struggling in a big way. There is no ability to work during shut down and no government assistance. People are without food and in trouble. The good news remains that the number of reported cases of COVID19 and deaths are not high in Kenya and very low in Uganda. Uganda still claims zero deaths. Of course we can’t plan our usual July/August trip to visit the homes due to the pandemic. Our prayers are for a January trip to be possible.
The kids that are stationed with extended family during shut down are visited and needs addressed.
Usually food is left with them. Roughly 15 kids are staying at the CRM home since it is safest for them, many of them enjoy learning craft skills while on shut down….
We did take advantage of most of the kids being away to upgrade the cooking stoves. The old stoves were cracked, had broken parts, hot, inefficient with wood, smoked a lot, and were too large. We replaced them with 4 smaller units with precision fitting pots and an outside grill.
Look for another update in July. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
A project alliance between the Lyavo community leaders, Lyavo Bible Church, Bridgeway Hope Academy, and Mission Servants Ministry began in January and a bridge was conceived, designed, and built in time for the new flooding this April. A meeting was held during the January Mission Trip 29 and the idea to love the community with a bridge project was met with great enthusiasm. MSM previously sponsored two other bridges for this community.
It has been a very wet year in Western Kenya going back to mid 2019. Flooding continues to be a problem even recently. Last year, the heaviest used of 3 bridges that allowed people, bicycles and motorbikes to cross a small flooding prone river to get to the school and church, washed away. MSM built the other two above the high flood mark 1/2 and 1 km away from this one. This bridge was a simple log bridge set on the dirt banks of the river.
The design plan for this bridge was to have the span surface be at least 1 foot above the previous high water mark, massive concrete footers at each end, a mid stream support, long approach ramps that extend past the mud, and use materials that prevent decay for a long lasting solution. The implementation plan was for all labor to be provided by the local community and church and the funds for materials by MSM. Construction expertise was provided by Pastor Ken of the church, a concrete builder by trade. It was completed in 3 months…an incredible job and great example of Community/Ministry Partnership. A bridge, literally and figuratively.
What follows is a series of photos in sequence on how this bridge was built. The cost to MSM to help make this important community loving project happen was less than $2,000. Praise Jesus. Thank you all for your support and prayers.
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.
LSH team Tuesday, 29 January
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:
Projects 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
Guest house control panel and new batteries installed
Water tanks cleaned and new valves installed
Solar sidewalk lights installed
Boards and metal for tank platform cut and painted.
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.
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.
Bobby, Charles, Ed, Eldon and Tony
After 10 days at Stream of Hope Home we traveled to Kenya and spent 2 nights with a ministry evangelizing the Teso people….a people group along the Ugandan border that is unreached in some areas and under reached in most. Sweet people.
We left 30 audio Bibles in the Ateso language and 2 solar powered projectors with the Jesus Film in Ateso, donated by Campus Crusade for Christ, to allow this group of church planters to show the Jesus Film and start Bible study cells in remote areas.
We encouraged them at one of their churches….the shade under a big mango tree…my kind of church then showed the Jesus Film to two groups.
The Asinge group of believers