Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Dearest “Though the seasons change, your love remains,” this song by United Pursuit has been running through my head and encouraging my heart recently. We have been in America since the end of June after some intense ministry years in Kenya and we were supposed to return in a few weeks as per our itinerary. God had other plans for our family as He always does. Our kid’s passports expired while we were in Kenya, and we came back and send them in for renewal. It looks like it going to take a long time to be processed due to everything being behind due to COVID-19. The Lord has now led us to a new season and time to focus on the family. David started working at Mt. Rogers Community Service Board in Marion, VA as a Youth Case Manager. This is the same job he had when Lily and Levi were wee ones and we were living in Damascus, VA. God has placed staff and leaders in Kenya to help Grace Family, the school (Grace Family Educational Centre), and the church (Grace Family Fellowship) while we are in more of a support role as we live in America. As we shared with you earlier Hillary graduated college and is now working at a place where paints chemicals are mixed and made. Christine is in classes trying to improve her grades for retaking high school exams to one day join nursing college. Sharon Jelagat is in Nairobi at a university studying Banking and Finance. Vincent, Ian, and Winnie Kiptoo completed high school and are still trying to figure out what they want to do next as they stay with family or relatives. Winnie Awino, Naomi, and Brenda are seniors, Dennis is a junior, Timothy and Victor Kirwa are sophomores while Gideon is a freshman in high school. Please keep them in your prayers that they would persevere, have faith, and finish well. Allan Kipchumba is in grade 6, Mercy Jerop is in grade 5 and Moses is in Grade 2. I can’t believe how much everyone has grown and been supported through the years by you! Thank you for helping them through prayers, financial support, and love for them when you visit or connect! We will send out another e-mail sometime soon concerning Grace’s Family needs and prayer. We just wanted to update you of our changes. God bless and talk to you soon
Monday, May 24, 2021
A view of the school " Grace Family Educational Centre
|Materials for the construction of the new church|
|A new Sentry house|
|New pain on our main gate|
|A new classroom-6th grade is already done|
|Church elders dedicating the Power Room|
|Outside look of the "Power Room"|
|American flag still flying|
|Wonderful flooring of the Power Room|
|A view of our field|
|Plenty of Collard Greens, no buying most of the vegetables|
|Water station for the community to get water in front of our shop|
|We are raising chickens for eggs too|
|A view of our home|
|Both flags flying!|
|Pray for our pastor|
|Water tower- we now have plenty of clean water|
|Power Room is already in use!|
|Installing new cameras-CCTV|
|Official opening of the Power Room|
Saturday, April 17, 2021
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