Jambo our loving family and friends!
We want to share with you all how God is working here and abroad!
First off, we wanted to thank you for supporting us in raising funds to build a school here at Grace of God Children’s Centre. At this point, we feel led by the Lord to support Chebulbul Primary School (where the children are currently attending). There is a great group of teachers there with a good headmaster leading the school. We feel God would like us to support them with motivational trips, a food program, clothes and minor construction. There are a lot of low-income families at Chebulbul who send their children to school with no breakfast at times and no money to be able to get lunch. Some children live too far from school to head back to eat lunch at home. Going without food for a child obviously does not help them to excel academically or physically. The Lord inspired us with these ideas while we were at the closing of school for a 3 week break on August 6th. We know that this will be more of an impact for the community and the future generation.
On August 7th we had the first motivational trip with the top students and teacher from Chebulbul! What a great success and so much fun for everyone involved. They were all taken to Poa Place in Eldoret which has a mini zoo and a cultural housing history of the way different tribes used to/still do make their housing. The students and teacher enjoyed a treat of soda and good food while they were out! Most of the children who were on the trip have never left the community they grow up in to see the big city of Eldoret. We want to do these type of trips or give gifts regularly with the school to help motivate the whole school to work harder academically. We want this future generation to see that academics matter so that they can excel in life and stop the cycle of poverty!
Grace family is now on a break from school till the beginning of September. They will be working on various skills over break and doing some studies. We have already enjoyed some visitors from America, Rachel and Ashley, as they had ample time over break to play soccer, have dance parties, parachute fun and give manicures and pedicures to the girls! We love having visitors here to play and learn from!
Change has come!
The Lord is taking us back to America. We are excited about this new adventure! God has set a good foundation here where Grace family will be in good hands.
Our manager, David Koros, will be heading up the family. He was working hard here faithfully before we transitioned to Kenya. A lot of Grace family has been asking for him to come back and now God has opened those doors! Koros is very excited to be coming back to work with Grace family. He will be helping with many of our outreach programs and assisting mission teams with their projects when they come to visit. He is a God fearing person and we fully trust him.
Emily Rono is our matron who is the loving mother to all the children. She loves Jesus and always has such a happy spirit and willing attitude.
Francis Kemboi is our cook who keeps us well fed and is very dedicated to the work here.
Wilson Kogo is our watchman who is security and handyman around here.
We thank the Lord for the people God has provided! We will be keeping in close contact with all our Grace family. This transition is going to be hard for all of us but we know God has good plans! Please pray!
God has opened up doors for David to be the Assistant Cross Country and Distance Track Coach at the largest Christian university, Liberty. We are excited about this opportunity to serve God and the athletes that come to Liberty. We will also take this opportunity to raise more support for Grace family and God’s work in Kenya. Please be in prayer with us as we are starting fresh. This will be a big transition for our family from the Kenyan lifestyle to American life. What adventures and many things for all of us to learn! If you know of anyone in the Lynchburg area or surrounding area who would like to donate furniture or kitchen supplies, etc, we would be very grateful. We are also in need of finding housing and a car. Please let us know if you or your network of people or church family can help us!
Last but not least, we will have a new addition to our family arriving February 2015! God is forming a new baby brother or sister for Lily and Levi in Laurel’s womb.
All of this is so exciting for us and we could not do any of it without Jesus and your love, prayers and support!
We will see some of you all soon, David and Laurel