Kenya Update: When More Show Up Than You Planned For

Our team in Kenya arrived in the West Pokot region earlier this week to take food, water, and medical assistance to the 615 starving families of that region who have been devastated by the prolonged drought in that area.   They had corn, beans, and water to distribute that would provide the sustenance they needed.  When they arrived, however, they found another 231 families had arrived from a more remote location.  They had heard that people were bringing food and water to help out.  These were mostly seniors and young children who had walked over six kilometers even though they were desperately weakened from a lack of food and water.  They camped nearby hoping they could get some of the help as well.  Our team there was overwhelmed by their courage and gentleness and wanted to help them too.  

So yesterday the team wrote and asked if we could come up with another $12,000 to ship in corn, beans, and water to help these families as well.  I’m sure few of us can imagine need of this scale.  They are now dealing with 846 families, over 120,000 people in that drought-stricken region.  Sara and I prayed and discussed the situation and since we didn’t have time to raise the money first, we wired the money in trust that God would have others stand with them in this need.  So, we’re asking yet again to see if there are others whom God is nudging to help in this time of need.  This still is about relief to hopefully get them to the next rainy season, but they are also wanting to help the people there drill some wells and learn some other ways to generate provision that is less dependent on the rain, so the work here is not done yet.  If you want to hear more about this situation I took a few moments on the current podcast, It Is a Journey, to fill in some details.  

They tried to send us some pictures of the outreach there, but for some reason they didn’t come through the email. I will include some of them in a subsequent posting when they come in.  We are grateful for so many people who have carried these brothers and sisters on their heart and have shared in ligthtening their load with your gifts.  

Your prayers are most welcome for the people in need and the IGEM people who are in West Pokot right now.  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.