Saturday, April 17, 2021

Pastors Training and Construction Updates

 


Right now is a time to train. Pastors Training starts tomorrow on our property! Around 25 Pastors from around Kenya are traveling to Grace Family to be taught the Purpose Driven Church, training on missions, church planting and P.E.A.CE. The theme of the conference is “Unity in Christ… “ Remain as one. “Let peace keep you together”-Ephesians 4:3 We will be having 4 days of training and 3 days of mission work. We request you to join with us in prayer as we teach and fellowship with one another. May it be a time of renewal, encouragement and fresh perspective!

 

We also wanted to give you some updates on the construction projects.  We are about ¾ done with the construction of the class room and the prayer room. God put on our heart to build a prayer room before the start of the construction of the church so we can have a place for prayer and fellowship during the week days when school is in session. God is good, there will be no interruption with the school program. We just completed plastering of the walls. We still need some finishing work done. We have brought most of the materials needed for the foundation for the church construction. Please continue to pray and give as the Lord leads. 

 

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. 

Let the whole world know what He has done. 

Sing to Him; Yes, sing His praises. 

Tell everyone about His wonderful deeds.

Search for the Lord and for His STRENGTH; 

Continually SEEK Him. 

1 Chronicles 16:8,9,11

 

May we be continually inspired by God, David and Laurel













Friday, February 26, 2021

This is whats up!

“Jambo” dearest prayer warriors, supporters, child sponsors, church family, family and friends,

            We pray that you are all doing well in the Lord and staying safe, healthy and strong. My family and the ministry in Kenya are doing well. We are very sorry that we have not been in touch with you for a long time. God has been keeping us very busy, protecting us in all areas and using us in a mighty way. Thank you so much for prayers and support as we continue to serve the people of Kenya. Here are some of the things  God has been doing through your prayers and support: 

 

The Grace Family children and the Centre:

The Grace Family children are now back to  school after a 9 month break because of the pandemic. Moses is in grade 1, Mercy Joy Jerop is in grade 4 and Allan Kipchumba is in grade 5 at Grace Family Educational Centre (The school on our property).  Gideon Kiplagat is grade 8 at the local public primary school. Timothy Kipchirchir and Victor Kirwa are Freshman, Dennis Kiprurui is a Sophomore, Winnie Awino, Brenda Kiptoo, and Naomi Kemboi are Juniors in all different boarding high schools. Ian Kipyego, Vincent Kipkorir, Winnie Kiptoo are all seniors in High school. Sharon Jelagat  joined a Women’s college in Nairobi and Christine Tsindoli is taking some college classes to upgrade her grades so she can get into nursing school. Hillary Ndoli completed his classes and will have graduation ceremony in April. Hillary has started his new job as at a paint shop making paints from raw materials as he had studied Chemical Engineering in college. 

We continue to get closer in becoming self-sufficient. We have lots of vegetables (collard greens, spinach, cabbage, green onions, sweet potatoes), chickens and cows. God blessed us with a new calf recently, Sunny, a couple of weeks ago. This will help us with fresh milk production for chai in the morning and cream to add to the greens for supper. 

 

Grace Family Educational Centre (School):

 Our school is now open and running well.  We have had  a lot of adjustments and new rules due to COVID-19 requirements. Please pray for the teachers, staff and students as they embark on this new journey. The school now has 121 students! May the Lord give us wisdom in how to help with the transition and encourage everyone. The government gave schools the directives to add more desks, have several more hand washing sinks and more toilets and other various class requirements to be done. We have finished all the  projects at our school, Grace Family Educational Centre. Thank you so much, we would have not started school without your prayers and support.

 

Outreach and Community Projects: 

We completed  the house project for the needy family in our church. Can you imagine having seven children with a one-bedroom house and a small kitchen? My goodness, can you imagine three teenage girls and the four younger boys sleeping on the floor in their tiny kitchen? We want to thank those who supported this wonderful project for God’s glory! So many generous people helped us when I put the word out on Facebook to donate to help complete their home with 2 bedrooms and a living room! They are now in comfy home!

 

The community requested me (David) to lead a community water project that has been stagnant for over 15 years. We have worked over three months (all day, for six days a week). This have taken more of my time since March 2020. God has enabled us to hand dig trenches and lay pipes for four miles from a fast flowing river in the forest.  Water has finally made it to some communities.  We connected water to three primary schools including our school and the Centre and one high school. About 50 families have received clean water so far. We are still working on it even though we have run out of pipes and funding from the county. Please keep us in your prayers. This is a life time project that will be of great impact to the community after it is completed. It will serve a population of 50,000 when it is all done.

 

We were able to send some food to Pokot during all of the flooding, they experienced in 2020. Thank you so much for those of you who assisted with donations.

 

 

Grace Family Fellowship (Church):

 

 Grace Family Fellowship is almost at full capacity in the three classrooms that we use at the school. Around 100 people are attending weekly. We thank the Kenyan government for the few adjustments in regards social distancing and seating capacity. We have also been doing lunch hour prayers with our church members and gathering on Wednesdays for fellowship at someone’s home. We had a Women’s retreat in October where they were taught and played some funny games. The youth of our church have been meeting on Saturdays for fellowship and games. The youth and some of the church members continue to reach out to our nearby towns by picking up trash and sharing the Gospel with individuals. The youth really enjoyed this outreach project and loved sharing about the love of Jesus. We thank God for allowing us to have local opportunities to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

We were able to raise $12,000 during our fundraising towards the building of the church. We are starting to bring in materials and we hope to start the foundation before April. We will try to organize another fundraising in the near future because over $30,000 is needed for the completion of the church building. We have seen God moving in a mighty way since we opened our doors to have a church for the whole family. We have seen people delivered, healed, and blessed in various areas of their lives. Our church mission is to reach out to the lost at Cheptigit (our community) and beyond.

 

We hosted our Third Pastors Training at Grace Family. We trained 25 pastors and had two people from America help with the training (Pastor Wade from Kansas and Donna Johnson from Virginia). Jayden Parker from Virginia also came with Donna and was such a joy to have around as he played with all the kids and helped in teaching the children Bible stories. The Pastors training was very successful. We are planning on having another one this year at the end of April. 

 

The Lord has also given me (David) many opportunities to head out to high schools and churches to spread the Gospel and teach the Purpose Driven Life and Celebrate Recovery.

 

NEEDS AND PRAYERS: 

 

We do ask for your help in boarding school fees for our children in high school. We are also still in need of Grace Family child sponsors as some of the children are not sponsored right now. Keep the Bees family in Kenya (David, Laurel, Lily, Levi and Lucy) in your prayers and financial support as we continue to serve here in Kenya. We would like to visit America this summer if it is God’s will.

 

We pray that we can get a few donations to help with the needy in our community especially during our outreach programs. 

We are praying for God’s provision of 2” pipes to able to distribute water to various families in the community. We have already completed the main pipe line.

We would like to buy a new motor after the repairing the pump for the 689ft well dug in 2018 on our property.  The well is now clean and in a good condition. The drilling company came back to flush the well this last month. This was a double blessing for us. Keep this need in your prayers.

 

Let’s partner together for this work God has given us. Please join us! Many thanks and much love, David and Laurel Cheromei

 

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,

And he turned to me and heard my cry.

…Many will see what he has done and be amazed. 

They will put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1,3

 

You can send a check to: 

GOGCP- David and Laurel Cheromei, 191 Rocky Hollow Rd. Atkins, VA 24311 

or use this link to support us as God leads you: http://www.graceofgodchildren.org/give/  

go to General and in the memo: “ school fees”, “church building”,  "Bees in Kenya", etc. 



Grace Family Van


Vegetables growing in our garden


Jayden, Timothy and Gideon 
Moses!
Busy Kogo Donna
A full house, church
All hands on deck...building house for the needy!




NO, we have to do something to build another house for the kids 


Pastor Wade giving out certificates to one of the pastor




Mercy,Joy Jerop


Sunday Service at Grace Family


Kesha at Grace Family








Brenda






































Sunday, December 6, 2020

Church

 God called us to Kenya for various ministries. One of the ministries that came along as we started serving in Kenya was to plant churches. There was a big need to start a church because many people were getting saved from our outreach ministries and didn’t have a church to connect with. We were focusing on children’s church for many years until God gave us 7 people whom we started a church. As we write, we have over 100 people attending the church. We have around 70 in our children church, and 50 in our youth group.  It has been three years since we planted Grace Family Fellowship right here at the Centre (Grace of God Children’s Centre, in Kaptagat, Kenya). We have seen God moving in a mighty way since we opened our doors to have a church for the whole family. We have seen people delivered, healed, and blessed in various areas of their lives. Our church mission is to reach out to the lost at Cheptigit (our community) and beyond. We have had several partnerships with many churches including a couple of pastor conferences and evangelizing. We have been having church at a few of the classrooms in our school for the last three years.  We need to build a church building now since the church has been growing and we are running out of room in the classrooms.

 

We will be having our church anniversary on December 13th, 2020 (Sunday) and after the service we are hosting a fundraising toward the purchase of the church property & construction of the church. Please keep us in your prayers and help us with any financial support. Your prayers, participation and support is greatly appreciated. “…God loves a cheerful giver” 2 Cor 9:7. 

Here is how you can support towards this need. You can donate online at http://www.graceofgodchildren.org/give/under general giving or by mailing the check to: GOGCP 191 Rocky Hollow Rd. Atkins, VA 24311

Thank you, and may the Lord give you strength and inspiration to finish this year well!


Sunday, December 8, 2019

School Fees

Hello family and friends, we pray that you are doing well in the Lord. We and Grace family are doing well in Lord in Kenya and also the ministry in general. God has done a lot and answered prayers. We continue to strive to raise a generation of orphaned and needy children who will grow up to reach their God-given potential as well as partnering with first-world citizens to help us in service at home and abroad.
             We have an emergency financial burden that we wanted to share with you. We kindly request your support as God leads. The children start another school year on January 6th and school fees are needed to be paid on or before January 6th. It is about $650 yearly per teenager for boarding high school and about $200 per teenager to get started in high school- uniform, bedding, utensils, books, etc. School fees are also needed for colleges and trade schools.  We have 8 children in high school, one in college, 2 will possibly join college or trade school. Our Christmas gift is schools. 
             We are also in need of additional chairs for the church. Our Grace Family Fellowship grew and we are running out chairs during church services. We have also been having a big turnout during our revival and overnight fellowship. We had over 500 people during this past week's overnight revival fellowship. It cost $10 per chair and we need to purchase about 400 chairs and 100 children's chairs. Yes, so many financial needs but we know God will provide, as He always does.  We thank you for how you rise up to help and give as God leads you. 
            We continue to have various mission trips to unreached communities. We just had a team from Roanoke, Virginia who assisted in the medical outreach program, the building of the community bridge and various educational programs. We are expecting another team from the world race by January 4th
            Please keep us in your prayers as the group leaders meet to first work through our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. God has also given me regular preaching opportunities in various churches, hosting crusades, overnight prayer gatherings, and many opportunities to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s partner together for this work God has given us. Please join us! You can send a check to: GOGCP- David and Laurel Cheromei, 191 Rocky Hollow Rd. Atkins, VA 24311 or use this link to support us as God leads http://www.graceofgodchildren.org/give/ go to general and in the memo: “ school fees”, “chairs” or "Bees in Kenya". 

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart” 
2 Corinthians 4:1. 

God bless. 
Missionaries, David and Laurel Cheromei

Monday, October 14, 2019

In HIs Time

Good evening to our dear family and friends, 
We are sorry that we haven’t sent out an e-mail since we arrived in Kenya, about 3 months ago. We have been busy since our arrival. God has done a lot and answered prayers. Here are some updates but you can read more and find pictures on our blog: 
·      We had a successful Purpose Driven pastors and church leaders training led by Deogracius Ngwira, Godwin Ndichaye, and David Cheromei. God sent 4 wonderful women- Donna Johnson, Tammy Ammen, Carol Bayne and Lauren Hubbard from Virginia and South Carolina to help with the conference and Vacation Bible School-Bibleman edition. Also, a team of 14 from World Race-Adventure in Missions were here to help. A lot of energy and people were needed to keep everything running smoothly for God’s conference. 135 pastors and church leaders attended the conference at our property. We had over 300 people from the community attend our evening fellowship/revival and about 20 souls were saved by Jesus every evening! Thank you for all your prayers and support. We are honored to serve here in Kenya and your partnership is very important and essential to our work as missionaries to Kenya. Check out more photos on our blog: https://beesinkenya.blogspot.com/2019/09/purpose-driven-church-pastors-and.html
·      Here is the YouTube video of the conference and mission trips: https://youtu.be/oiUoi0SGnvk ( 1 hr), https://youtu.be/z1-veoZdcWg (30min), https://youtu.be/8OIu_lQ7OCI ( 10min)
·      God showed us the urgency of our move after a week of being in Kenya. We got a call from Christine’s high school that she was pregnant and due any day. No one had told us when we were living in America that Christine was pregnant. The staff hid it from us and never mentioned a word when we would talk with them on the phone.… Read more on our blog: https://beesinkenya.blogspot.com/2019/09/urgency.html
·      We are still in need of financial support and prayers as we continue to serve the people in Kenya for the glory of God. Please join us! You can send a check to: GOGCP- David and Laurel Cheromei, 191 Rocky Hollow Rd. Atkins, VA 24311 or use this link to support us as God leads http://www.graceofgodchildren.org/give/ go to general and in the memo: "Bees in Kenya". “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart” 2 Corinthians 4:1.  https://beesinkenya.blogspot.com/2019/09/we-arrived-in-kenya-safely-and-we-have.html
·      Victor Kirwa and Timothy are going to start high school in January and we are in need of your financial help! It is about $650 yearly per teenager for boarding high school and about $200 per teenager to get started in high school- uniform, bedding, utensils, books, etc. Sharon and Christine are finishing up their senior year of high school mid-November and are praying about going to a university, like Hillary. Ian Kipyego- Junior in high school and Allan Kipchumba- Grade 4 are in need of monthly sponsors. Yes, so many financial needs and we are trying our best to generate income here by opening up a small grocery/school supply shop- “Shop @ Grace” and growing vegetables in the garden to sell but we are still in need of your financial help and prayers to make ends meet. We thank you for how you rise up to help and give as God leads you. 
·      We continue to have various mission trips to unreached communities. Check out the blog for photos for some of our trips: https://beesinkenya.blogspot.com/2019/09/chains-were-broken-in-jesus-name-we.html
·      God laid it on my heart (David) to start a Celebrate Recovery group in the Eldoret, please keep us in your prayers as the group leaders meet to first work through our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. God has also given me regular preaching opportunities in various churches, hosting crusades, overnight prayer gatherings, and many opportunities to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Let’s partner together for this work God has given us. Missionaries, David and Laurel Cheromei