Trip 24 – LSH Home Kenya

Greg and I returned recently from visiting the Lord’s Servants Home (LSH) in Kitale, Kenya.  It has been some time since our last visit.  Our goals on this trip were to assess the effectiveness of the management, condition of the home, school, and children, and to fortify communications and objectives for the education and future of the Children that MSM has sponsored over the years.  We found everyone doing well and preparing to start Term III of this school year.  I specifically enjoyed meeting with the older kids who have finished High School and was encouraged with their progress….many of them are in college courses like Kenny in Nursing School and some working jobs, including Brenda who is now a teacher at the school.  Others are in the planning stages of taking steps toward their future education and profession.

The Lord’s Ministries (TLM) is the Kenyan ministry that operates the LSH and school.  Since our last visit, TLM has changed staff, assumed responsibility for operation funding, and has refocused on ministry objectives.  This was all evident and positive.

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Ken and wife, Judith, Directors of LSH and school

The partnership status with TLM involves that MSM provide for school fees and school supplies while TLM provide all other support and funding such as salaries, food, medical, and utilities.  This trip was an unannounced visit and we verified that TLM has been acting in good faith to support the children in a healthy manner, operating the home and school as well as possible, and using the infrastructure in a responsible way.  MSM will continue with this partnership arrangement which focuses on…..

  • Assisting through funding the kids education in an accountable way.
  • Trips to assist with the repair of the buildings and assets used to care for the children.
  • Encourage and bless them in a Gospel way.

We supported these objectives on this trip by paying school fees, shopping for school supplies the older kids need, buying new mattresses and bedding, and making plans for an infrastructure and spiritual support trip in 2019.

Thank you for your support of MSM on behalf of these children.  It has made a difference in their lives.  Enjoy some current photos.

 

 

Trip 21 to Uganda, Post 9 – Community Support and Kingdom Projects

Some of the best things that we experienced, involved joining God’s plan for the lives of other people in the community outside the Child Redeemed Mission Home.  Here are the ways the Mission Servants team was called to help others on this trip…..

Eddie is a cousin of Julius, one of the CRM children.  Eddie was born with a Club Foot on his right leg and his mother could not afford to get it fixed.  She thought it only cost the equivalent of $13 and that was too much.  Donors (with a specific heart for Eddie’s needs) through MSM agreed to pay the roughly $500 for Eddie to start and ultimately complete the several procedures and operation to allow him to walk and run normally.  The Mom did not ask for help but was beyond words with the love and grace shown her and Eddie.

MSM has been working with the Teso Christian Center, on the Ugandan/Kenyan border since 2013.  They are Ugandan Teso Pastors that train Kenyan Teso evangelists to reach unreached people and plant churches in an area with low literacy.  Donated solar powered audio Bible devices, Jesus Film projectors, solar charging equipment, and laptop has been provided to Pastor Godfrey and his ministry.  They use it all with great results in spreading the Gospel to remote villages.  We attended a graduation ceremony of 9 Children’s Ministry workers and left more audio Bibles and a solar charging system.  MSM also supplemented their effort to expand their church/meeting/training building by funding the steel roofing materials needed.

MSM begun a relationship with the Rock View Primary School in the village of Kuslwe, about 15 kilometers from CRM in 2017.  RVPS is a Christian private school started in 2010 and has almost 300 children in classes Nursery thru 7.  MSM built and provided 78 (4 student each) desks and 5 teachers tables to help with the growing enrollment.  RVPS is constructing several new buildings including a classroom block.

MSM begun a relationship with the Promise Primary School in the village of Nabwigulu, about 10 kilometers from CRM in 2017.  PPS is a Christian private school started in 2016 and has almost 300 children in classes Nursery thru 5.  MSM helped to complete a latrine last year and will help with a monthly funding supplement and capital support as needed as this school, which serves a very poor region, works to become financially independent in the near future.  MSM also provided 22 (4 student each) desks to help with the growing enrollment.

Budala is an elderly church and community member who worked for CRM as a guard for a while and supports several family members yet being unable to work anymore.  They live in a small traditional temporary hut in poor condition.  He did manage to make enough bricks for a small permanent house for his family but was stuck with any hope of going farther with the project.  MSM and the church stood with Budala.  MSM will provide the cement, roofing, doors, and other supplies, and the church will provide all the volunteer labor to complete the house.  This project has some urgency as the rainy season begins in about 6 weeks.  Budala did not ask for this….and was overcome with the love shown to his family.  It is heartwarming how the church got behind this.

Stephen is a neighbor and part of the supportive community around CRM.  He started a yogurt production facility in 2016 and CRM has been buying enough for the children, twice per week.  Stephen needed a new freezer which will allow him to increase production in a safe manner and become profitable.  His yogurt is very good and the only dairy (source of calcium) the kids get.  Tuesdays and Fridays are highly anticipated yogurt days at CRM.  MSM gave him a microloan in exchange for discounted yogurt for 1 1/2 years and the freezer is now in place.

Christmas at the LSH

They certainly do celebrate Christmas at the Lord’s Servants Home!  The kid had a 3 week break from school through the end of December and spent it playing and getting extra tutoring in school subjects.  We bought extra study material and a story book for each child.  Just before Christmas everyone got a new outfit and play shirt which they really enjoy.  Last week, they all were taken to the Kitale Nature Conservancy for a fun day.  Christmas day was enjoyed with a special meal and treats.  This was all made possible with kindness from the LSH sponsors.

New Christmas Clothes

New Christmas Clothes

New Christmas clothes

New Christmas clothes

LSH Kids at the Kitale nature Conservancy

LSH Kids at the Kitale nature Conservancy

Picnic at the KNC

Picnic at the KNC

LSH Kids school progress 3rd trimester, 2012

We really believe that education is the only way the kids will be part of the solution of Kenya’s problems and have options in their own lives.  Education and prayer is the means to our goals of them arriving at adulthood being prepared to be productive and realize God’s purpose for their lives.

The year-end results can be viewed in the link below.  Many of the kids did really well, some exceptionally.  We are seeing some kids struggle and several needing to repeat grades.  A pattern exists that the kids coming from the government school, Misanga, are not being prepared adequately.  They may do well at Misanga up to the 3rd or 4th grade but struggle after being enrolled at the tougher Seed of Hope School for the higher grades.  We have employed 3 teachers to tutor the kids over Christmas break and will keep working with them.  We also hope to expand the Lord’s Servants Academy to 1st through 3rd grades so that we can prepare our youngest kids better.

All our kids work very hard at school and are thankful to be able to go.

Please check out the progress in the link below.

Children School Performance