Many of you who have followed this blog over the years know we have a wonderful connection with brothers and sisters in Kenya and have been able to help them with food, clothing, education, micro-loans for jobs, and care for widows and orphans. Two years ago we completed an orphanage for 72 children who were living in a slum and since have financed the ongoing expenses to provide food, clothing, medical services, education and care at $3,000.00 per month. Some of you have been a real blessing in helping us share so generously with them.
Our hope all along was that the brothers and sisters in Kenya wouldn’t become dependent upon us or anywhere else in the west for resource, but would grow in their dependence on God and how he would provide for them in an ongoing way given the great need they face. We asked them to keep an eye out for some way to help fund the orphanage locally and over the past two years they have considered a number of business and agricultural opportunities that would be able to do that. The only one that has endured is to open a petrol station not far from the orphanage, on a main road near a large city that was recently named a regional center for local government. They put together a plan that would be able to offer jobs to some of their people and generate profits that would be able to fund the orphanage. While I might have hoped for something greener, this is what Father has put on their hearts and the orphanage will be the owners of the station. It will make them self-supporting once the original costs to develop the land and put in the tanks and pumps.
That will cost $72,000, which is the same and two years worth of ongoing support. This, however, will fund them long into the future. We would like to see if we could quickly raise that money as our gift to the orphans and staff, and as a way to bless the wider community. They need it quickly, so if you would like to be involved in this with us, please send in what you can as soon as you can. I am convinced they have done their due diligence and that this enterprise will benefit the brothers and sisters there in a number of ways. In faith, they have already begun development of the property with volunteer labor as you can see below.
Work begins on the property.
Digging for the underground tanks
The first hole is done.
We need to make a commitment one way or another by the end of the week, and having a sense of those who might be standing with us in this process,
If you feel called to help us support these children with this enterprise, or our monthly support until it is completed, we and they would be grateful. If you want to know more about this project or the AIDs recovery home we also support in South Africa, you can see our Sharing With the World page at Lifestream. You can either donate with a credit card there, or you can mail a check to Lifestream Ministries • 1560 Newbury Rd, Ste 1 #313 • Newbury Park, CA 91320. Or if you prefer, we can take your donation over the phone at (805) 498-7774.