We got some good news this morning from Kenya. As you know we’ve hired a well company to come in and dig three new wells in the northern regions where a severe drought has caused great disease and death, and the people have had to walk 40 kilometers to get water from the nearest well. The wells are costing $31,000 each to drill and we’ve been waiting for news that they have been successful. This is the report we got today:
The good news is that the water is now found in plenty for the first well. The water came with great force and the manager of the company said that he did not expect water like this. The water will serve a huge number of the community and their animals, God is good for this!
God is good even without this, but this is good. I’m so grateful that they found water in the first drilling. Two more to go! The people are so excited to get life-giving water much closer to home.
The first drilling in the northern region
The pharmacy continues to rise
The school rooms and pharmacy are being built with volunteer labor. These people have been working tirelessly in that region not only to get the wells in with solar pumps, but to also build the school rooms and pharmacy to help with more enduring needs. We sent an additiona $8000.00 last week in food supplies to help with the volunteers and to help with some of the elderly who didn’t get enough food the first time around.
We also received some news about the orphanage and school. State inspectors will no longer allow the orphanage to provide its own education without procuring an additional five acres and paying wages that were prohibitive for the orphange. They have decided to close the school at the end of this term and just maintain the orphanage there. The children will be enrolled in nearby schools during the day and return to the Living Loved Center to sleep and eat. Overall the costs will decline a bit, though student fees will still have to be paid at the schools, since they do not have free education there. Costs will be about $8,000.00 per year to enroll all the students and that will increase over the next few years as more students move from primary to secondary schools. And I do like the idea of these children not remaining on an island unto themselves, but engaging other students in their neighborhood as well. That willl help acclimate them to live beyond the center at some point.
So the work continues, as do the costs. Your prayers are most welcome. If you can and want to help financially you can direct it through Lifestream as contributions are tax-deductible in the US. As always, every dollar you send goes to the need in Kenya. We do not (nor do they) take out any administrative or money transfer fees. If you would like to be part of this to support these brothers and sisters and see the gospel grow in this part of Africa, please 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 • Newbury Park, CA 91320. Or if you prefer, we can take your donation over the phone at (805) 498-7774.