Okay… so been a little while since we’ve updated you all again! Sorry! Things have been so busy this end!
We now officially own the ‘title deeds’ to the new land for the new building, which is soooo exciting! I went to visit the site this past week, and it is everything (and more) that we could have wished for! Thank you God!
Victor is very excited and proud of the land!!! Julius (our manager) pointing out the boundaries.
The location of the site is amazing… in the area between three of our local slums, and the fact that it is so beautifully GREEN, is just amazing!!! The first bit of work begins in the next week or so (African time remember), and will be the road going up to the land… The next job will be to create the outer wall for security!
We have a new little girl starting with us next week, which will take us up to 15 children. The weekly outings are still going extremely well, and it is such a pleasure to see the children having so much fun!
The catalogue for ‘Dignity Designs’ (Heshima’s jewellery micro finance run by the mum’s) is now finally completed, and can now be downloaded at www.heshima.org on the ‘Dignity Designs’ link. Please let me know if you want to make any orders (either personal or if you think you could host an event). ALL proceeds go straight back into the project, after giving the mums a wage!
Also, in case you are interested, a local school here is running a project to help support Heshima, and has utilised the creative talent within the school to do some beautiful artwork that they are selling to raise funds for Heshima. If you are interested in seeing the work they have produced please look on the following link https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=11452&id=100002129752918 .
Turning Point, Kibera
The work in Turning Point has been going incredibly well, and I have been so encouraged with the progress we have made in the creative room/teaching activities. However, we have hit a problem with security lately… in the last 2 weeks , 3 muggings have taken place on the route that we walk, including two girls working for Turning Point. Thankfully no one has been hurt in these incidents, although the last time the perpetrators had a gun and were waving it around when local people tried to step in and prevent the incident. Due to this none of us went into the project last week, and I have just been notified by Jon Parsons (director of the project) that we are not to go again next week. Please pray for wisdom and guidance about what to do in the upcoming weeks, and also for protection when we begin to go back.
For those of you who are interested, last night (Thursday 3rd March) there was a programme on the BBC about Kibera, linked to Comic Relief… although this programme is not about ‘Turning Point’ itself, it will give a general idea of living conditions for those who live in Kibera. This programme will be on BBC iplayer for the next few days/weeks I imagine. The programme was called ‘Famous, Rich and in the Slums’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z6dnn/Comic_Relief_2011_Famous_Rich_and_in_the_Slums_Part_1/
(Just to clarify, that we don’t live here, but in a very comfy house, with security, 15 minutes away.)
Mahali Pa Watato
I had a brief meeting with one of the directors of this school on Monday past, and we discussed the next steps for the school. It was arranged that I will go with her on Wednesday coming to observe and then work out an action plan for the following weeks/months ahead. Please do pray for guidance again on how much time and energy to invest in this area, as both are very precious right now!
Karen Vineyard Church
We have had a hard week as the church has been mourning the tragic murder of one of the worship band. Please remember the family left behind in your prayers – wife (Lora) and two small children, aged 3 and 4years – who have suffered such a traumatic time and witnessed atrocities that should never occur. They are a missionary family from Holland working with YWAM and living just outside of Nairobi. The family have now returned home with family, but healing will take a long time. http://www.bosnewslife.com/15691-christians-in-kenya-netherlands-mourn-death-dutch-missionary-wrap . The news as you can imagine has rocked us and the whole church, so please do remember us all and particularly the family as they grieve.
Life in the church is, as always, very busy. We had a great night of Worship and Ministry last week (the first of many we hope), and it was great to see so many turn up on a Saturday afternoon/evening to Worship.
We also have a ‘Latino Night’ coming up next Friday (11th March), which is a way of us serving the community and reaching out to them, instead of expecting them to come to us. The aim of these events is just to relationship build with people from the community, and to make ourselves available and relevant to them. We will also be plugging an Alpha course which will hopefully begin May/June time. Please pray that people will come to the event, and that God will be Glorified through it!
In the next few weeks, I will officially be taking on leadership/overseeing of the ‘Youth’ within the church, and we have also just been made home group pastoral care leaders – for the time being at least. Please pray that we will be able to juggle these roles and do them justice!
– No news as of yet on my visa, so we will be applying for a renewal in the next few weeks… think I incorrectly told you before that it ran out on 13th March, but thankfully I got this wrong and it isn’t until 13th April.
– Things at this end are very busy at the moment as you can tell, and it has been an emotionally tiring week or so. Please pray that we will be sensible with our time and energy so as not to burn out. Neither of us are very good at saying ‘no’, which does sometimes need to be said!!! :o)
– Please continue to pray for daily guidance and protection over us.
With everything going on recently I have been challenged once again in my quiet times (reading Philippians) about my attitude and whether I can truly say with Paul … ‘For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.’ What a challenge for us… do our lives add up to this call… ?! Philippians 1 v 20 – 21
I came across the Vineyard Song ‘Perfect Sacrifice’ the other day, and it has been such an encouragement as well as a challenge… if you can get hold of it, have a quick listen…
These are the lyrics….
Life could take, take every dream away
You’d still be my risen one
The place where my hope comes from
Life could break, You’d still be my saving grace
My Promise of all to come
The place where my hope comes from
I’ve been chosen by Your hand
Through forgiveness called Your friend
Now You’re here with me
Loosed my chains and took my shame
On the cross You bore my pain; Jesus died for me
It‘s a gift we don’t deserve
A treasure we can not earn
You paid the price
Now a life that offers more
A cross that’s said it all
A perfect sacrifice
All my hope is in You
My treasure and my truth
My hope is in You
Thank you all once again for your continued prayers, we appreciate them all so much!