Thursday, March 15, 2018

Clean Water is Here

Thank you, Lord! We have been praying for a long time for a source of clean and steady supply of water for Grace Family and for the community. God has answered all the prayers, the water drilling happened the beginning of March! We want to thank you for the many blessings. The well drilling extracts water from aquifers, which are underground layers of earth, gravel, or porous stone where ground water accumulates.

This job was bigger than we ever imagined! We had some ups and down during the drilling process. The geologist surveyed that sufficient water should be obtained around 328ft and a maximum of 541ft would need to be drilled to find a good water source. Anyway, we are not God and the geologist made the mistake of not surveying our land properly and according to procedure. We ended up drilling 689ft to find sufficient water! This was very heartbreaking because drilling is very costly and we had already used all our resources for the geologist to survey the land and all the cost associated drilling. However, the drilling company, Hydrotech, was a God sent company. They were willing to work with us, they even said, “God sent us here. We are not leaving you with no water, we see all your great work for the orphans, needy and the community. We will drill your well until we find sufficient water and will work something concerning payment plan later”. This was a huge blessing!

We owe the drilling company $3,000. 
They have already finishing the drilling and casing; they only need to perform test pumping within the next few days. We would also need to buy a pump to stay down in the well and a water storage (tank) after finishing test pumping. We won’t know the type of pump until they complete the test pumping. We are thinking we still need to raise $6,500 for the entire water project to be completed! We are trusting God to provide, we know it’s going to be a blessing to have clean and steady water supply for Grace Family and for the community. We are going to create a water kiosk where anyone in the community can come fetch clean water, right outside the fence of our property. We are also thinking of sharing the water with our nearby dispensary (medical clinic), depending on the amount of water to be pumped daily. We should know this in the next few days after test pumping is complete. We just want to thank everyone who has been praying and encouraging us through this crazy progress. We can use any amount of donation to help complete this wonderful, impactful project.  Here is the link to make donation of any amount

Monday, February 26, 2018

Heart Wrenching Change

As some of you may know we have had many changes at Grace Family. 
Heart wrenching changes that have made us just trust in God 
even when we don't understand it all....

Heart wrenching- When Mercy's mom got custody of her through the court. It was really hard to see Mercy Jerop go back to live with her mother who was the one who abandoned her on our road in the first place. Somehow the police report was changed to say that it was who father who had not had any contact with her... was the one who abandoned her. It was one of those times that it pulled at those heartstrings a mama has... maybe Mercy's mom has changed and she truly wants to care for her daughter. Maybe this is God's way of saying it is okay to let go, she is in my care not matter where she is, it is going to hurt and challenge us but we will make it through. So Mercy went to live with her Mom the beginning of Sept. 2017. We tried to contact her mom to see how Mercy was doing but her mom avoided our calls and did no want us to meet with Mercy. Our daughter, Lily, was heartbroken and wondering why God would take away her best friend? She would pray at night and pray Mercy was safe. There were some dreams that I would even wake up from having an urgency to pray for Mercy.

Now it is the end of February and Mercy has been back with us a month and going to our school-Grace Family Educational Centre. Mercy's mother contacted us toward the end of January realizing that Mercy was missing here too much and wanting her to get a quality education along with her brother Ian. We know God was asking us to trust in His perfect plan. We were overjoyed to hear Mercy would be attending school and staying with Grace family during the school terms since her home is too far to travel everyday. We surprised Lily and said someone was at the gate to see her. Lily hugged Mercy real tight and they have been inseparable ever since. And Mercy told us when she came back that her mom named her Joy when she was born... not Mercy... the trauma of being abandoned must have made her make up a new name for herself. So Mercy-now Joy has asked us and the teachers at school to call her Joy... it has been a hard to remember that as we have always called her Mercy.
Mercy with her gifts from Kogo Donna

Also in 2017 Victor Kiplagat, Dan Kibet and Alex Komen went back to live with their father, Francis Kemboi who used to be our cook. Dan and Alex are in high school and were always giving us such a hard time complaining about the work and arguing with the caregivers and not working hard in school. Kemboi their father was using us to just care for his children so he would not have any stresses in life. We had allowed Kemboi to bring his whole family here because he was a single father who was working at our property and here late sometimes. So we invited the whole family to stay here and when it did not work out for Kemboi to work here any longer we thought it best that we continue to sponsor his daughter, Naomi and not the rest because he had always sent her to her grandmothers to work and not get a good schooling. So Naomi is still with us and in her first year of high school.

Dan (Duncan)

Victor Kiplagat

Brenda Kiptoo went to live with her mother this past year.  We know that she was well loved by all the visitors because she was sociable and loved to make everyone feel welcome. It was a hard decision to have Brenda to go back to live with her mother. Ever since we moved back in 2016 Brenda has challenged everyone around her from the caregivers, us and the children of Grace family. She is a teenager, yes, but she also had this attitude of superiority of whoever she came in contact with no matter what age. She had younger kids doing chores for her and threatening them if they did not listen. She would complain to the caregivers that "I would not have to do this work at home"! So we said, "Brenda you may go home. You are always comparing here to home and fighting us on every single request... so you may go live with your mom and sisters and we will help you to pay school fees and whatever your mother needs." It has been good for Brenda to go home, she got better grades in school, she worked harder in studying and she just needed to be with her mom. Brenda just started her first year of high school which we are thankful her sponsors are supporting her in that! We are thankful that God directed Brenda to where she needs to be. Please pray she will continue to work hard in school and search out what the Lord has purposed her to be. 

It has been hard to talk about all of these changes going on at Grace family because we as humans do not understand what God is working in all of this. We have had to cling to God's Word and His Truths through this painful change. Thank you for your understanding, encouragement and prayers. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Minute

2017 is nearly over but it’s not too late to make your end year donation. You only have 12 more hours to make a tax-deductible donation. We pray that you will be able to consider making a donation to Grace Of God Children’s Project by the deadline of midnight of today, Jan. 31 for the 2017 tax year. All children start school on Tuesday and we are still praying for God to provide towards their school fees. We also start Grace Family Educational school on Tuesday.  We have already added five more teachers and hoping to have more students for the year 2018 this week. 

We are so thankful that God continues to provide so we can continue to make an impact in the communities that we serve. Please check our website ( on how you can get involved in one way or another.  DONATE NOW and DONATE NOW

We are so proud of what we have accomplished in 2017 for His glory. We are grateful to you, our supporters, for making it happen. Happy New Year to all our Grace Family Supporters.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas

Jambo-Hello Grace Family prayer warriors and supporters,

It has been a while since we sent out an e-mail. We pray that you are doing wonderful in the Lord as we do here in Kenya! All the children are out of school for Christmas break. We would like to thank you for your support and prayers towards our ministry; it has been a blessing to have you as part of our Grace Family team for His glory. You are making a difference in the lives of many children and families. Your support provides children with food, clothing, school fees, and medical care that they may otherwise have lived without. In addition to meeting their physical needs, a central goal of this ministry is to provide education and spiritual discipleship to these children and families. 
We have had many internal changes at Grace Family. We’ve had hard decisions and leaps of faith wondering what God is working here. As we have said in other letters, we feel God leading us to preserve families and that means connecting the children more with their relatives or guardians as we continue to meet their needs. Over their August and November breaks from school, most of the children visited where they came from. They loved connecting with their various family members and remembering where they came from. As a result, in the best interest of the children, we identified some of Grace family children who would do better staying with their families. It has been a strange transition as we missed them here but know they have needed their family. Everyone wants to belong somewhere.

In addition to reaching out to children, we have also touched many lives for Christ through our outreach projects. One of outreach projects to the community has been to regularly show Christian movies in our Educational Centre. Since we started our ministry here in Kenya, we have reached hundreds of souls for Christ, and we continue to pursue His calling. We thank you so much for your prayers and support. We couldn’t have done anything without your support and prayers (check out our blog: for updates - this is where you can regularly see what is going on at GOGCC and our ministry in general.)

Our top two prayer and support needs here in Kenya at this point are child sponsorship, especially for their education, and expanding our Grace Family School.  We currently have seven children in High School, and it’s an average of $500 dollars per child per year to attend High School here in Kenya. Please pray with us. We also continue to expand our Grace Family School to meet the need of a quality education. We currently have three grade levels and hope to add some more teachers and students for the year 2018 in God’s will. 

We are so thankful that God continues to provide so we can continue to make an impact in the communities that we serve. Please check our website ( on how you can get involved in one way or another. 

Well! Christmas is around the corner and on behalf of Grace Family, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Lots of love from across the ocean,
David and Laurel Cheromei serving in Kenya, Africa

Friday, October 27, 2017

Progress, Mustaches and good food!

 After Tom and Bryan left... I started painting our kitchen. I had drive, inspiration and a determination to get cranking!

 Ever since we have lived here the walls have been only painted with the primer coat and I am so thankful I could start painting on top of it!

 Our kitchen was in disarray for a couple of weeks since we are still working on school and could only get to it on the weekend!

 On another note... I did get this fun design and paint on our veranda before Tom and Bryan arrived.
 I hung up this tapestry which used to hang in my grandparents house! So fun to have it here.
 So much fun on the new playground!

 Another project knocked out in a day! I had some design contact paper in my art stuff just enough to cover the top so I painted the rest white!


 Levi and Lucy hanging out in the yard.

 Lucy tracing her hands and drawing on her legs!
 Back in 2013 when I was dreaming about our house being completed the Lord gave me a lot of inspiration for various rooms in our house. A honeycomb pattern in our kitchen was one of them! It was so fun to see it come to life!

 I also wanted to paint one wall in the kitchen a different color from the rest and I thought it would be green. Something was just not quite right about it so I was thinking and praying and God gave me the idea to do it a bit darker than lavender.
 Levi loved the transformation in the kitchen and was such a sweet encourager!

 Epic blanket fort in the living room with dining room chairs!

 Lily is showing off this ring from my grandmother, Granzie.
Moses and his beloved dump truck with 3 wheels!
 This sandbox has been hours of fun for the younger children! Wow! They have gotten into making roads, towns, etc!

Lily loves how all of the swings work so well!

Sunday school children loving the tire swing working again!

 These mustaches are from my sister, Heather! We found them while cleaning up my desk and had so much fun with them!

Haha! Lily, Levi and Lucy!

 The water tower got some new baseboards to hold it up well on the tower beams. Also a roof and covering were added to it so the tank would be able to last longer in the penetrating African sun!

Lucy and Lily Selfie! 
 The kids and I found this quite funny with the donkeys as the caravan for the presidential reelection campaign!

 Also found this gem of a place in Eldoret with real tasty American type foods!

Lily really enjoyed the hamburger!
Coming soon to Eldoret.... KFC!

 One night we had a cozy time of sitting at the fireplace in our home reading books! Lucy loved looking through her books and cheesing for the camera!

 Just this week we had visitors all the way from Chile! They were here for some running races and touring around. Their tour guide was a Kenyan, Steven, who moved to Chile 12 years ago and has settled there and has a family and who speaks Spanish fluently! These dear people brought us Cadbury chocolate bars, 2 tubs of ice cream, lollipops, corn flour to make ugali, cooking oil, etc! What a blessing and fun treat to have them!

 The visitors loved playing on the playground!

 We also played a fun game with our visitors from Chile where you run around bases playing rock, paper, scissors against the other team to advance to the next base! Crazy fun and lots of laughs!

 I was trying to clean up in the art room and Lucy just had to get into the paint!
 From these pictures though she does not look too thrilled! Ha!

 Another project we are working on is planting more in our garden since all of the children are on break from school until January!

 All the green you can see in the picture is our potatoes growing nicely which should be ready the end of November!

 And this is today... lots of playing on the playground... Levi and Kipchumba

Lucy cannot wait every morning to get out to the playground and swing! Also, she is always on the lookout for Moses her best buddy!

 Another part of the garden was hand dug today to plant some traditional vegetables kind of like kale or collard greens. A dark leafy vegetable called sujot.
Lily loves growing and planting things! She loves to learn from Grace family all about it!

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