Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hillary and manhood

Hillary is in the middle with the baseball cap on and graduation gown!
 Hillary is now 18 years old and just went for a month to a local church with boys his age for the manhood training that every male goes through in Kenya at some point between 10-19 years of age in Kenya depending on your tribe. The one that Hillary went to the men and elders of the community and church came in to teach the boys various skills and Bible teachings about what it means to be a man and take care of the family and such. We are proud of Hillary and all he did this past month to learn and grow. The following pictures are from the ceremony of all the boys who became men completing their training and celebrating that they are now men!
What a family we have! So thankful for them and we miss them so much! I am thankful to know they are in good hands. We are truly blessed.
Vincent, Timothy, Victor, Gideon, Moses, Hillary, Allan Kipchumba, Derick, Dennis and Ian

Christine, Brenda, Winnie A. HIllary, Mercy Jerop, Sharon and Winnie K.
 Moses is now walking! He is quite the active little boy! Moses was on the verge of walking before we left in August but now he walks on his own and is just growing so big!
Christine and Hillary

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ideas for Christmas! :-)

Ideas for Grace family books and their ages:

  • ·            Moses- 1 yr- touchy feely board books
  • ·            Jerop- 3 yrs- coloring books or books about dolls or princess
  • ·            Kipchumba- 5 yrs- activity book with cars, trucks
  • ·            Derick- 6 yrs- activity book with cars, trucks
  • ·            Gideon- 8 yrs- Look and find book
  • ·            Victor- 9 yrs- Look and find book
  • ·            Timothy- 10 yrs- Look and find book
  • ·            Dennis- 12 yrs- book where it comes with the paints or how to draw
  • ·            Brenda- 10 yrs- Disney princess books
  • ·            Winnie A.- 14 yrs- book about different styles of clothes or how to make them
  • ·            Vincent- 14 yrs- how to care for farm animals, loves the futbol teams
  • ·            Winnie K. 13yrs- activity book about
  • ·            Ian- 14yrs- How things work, very interested in all things electrical, loves Manchester United futbol team
  • ·            Sharon- 12yrs- Song books with cd, loves to sing
  • ·            Christine- 15yrs- doctor books or a good Christian fiction trilogy or something
  • ·            Hillary- 18yrs- Air force or adventure books 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Christmas Smile for you!

I am not sure if you have ever sponsored a child in need through our ministry or through other ministries.  You may have a received a letter or card from a child calling you  “Dad or Mum”.  Why would a child call me Dad and Mum? I know you may be asking yourself a million questions as to why a child calls you “Dad and Mum/Dad or Mum” Here are a few reasons:

1.     It's not about the money you give but it is all about the life you give to the child. The child sees you as the only one who provides for him or her to meets his/her needs, these needs would never have been met without you sponsoring him/her.
2.     The child sees you as Dad or Mum (period). Most children have come from a very difficult situation or have been abandoned. The child might have never had real Dad and Mum in his/her life. You fill that empty space is his/her life with your overflowing love. In the child’s mind, you become two in one (Dad and Mum). You are everything to him or her.
3.     Kenya has various tribes with difference cultures. It is very rude for a child to call you by your name. It is very respectful for a child to call you Dad or Mum, especially if you are somehow involved in his or her life.

I don’t know about you, but to me, this is indescribable. It is amazing to hear a child from across the ocean call you "Dad or Mum".It would be of great if you could consider sending a Christmas gift to a child by donating a few dollars for a child  to buy new clothes or meet his/her pressing need. You can use this one time donation to give a child a Christmas smile. one-time giving
It would be of great help for you to consider giving a life to child by sponsoring a child through Grace of God Children’s Project. It is amazing and it is going to change your life and the life of the child, it has already change our lives. When sponsoring a child, your donation goes to the needs of a child, which include food, clothing, shoes, clean water, school supplies, shelter, health services and social services. Here is the link to our sponsor page if you are interested sponsoring a child: sponsor a child now
Thank you again for your continued support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
David Cheromei on behalf of Grace family

By the way, this is our new mailing address for Grace of God Children’s Project:
409 Savannah Ave.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
e-mail: cheromei@gmail.com 
434-258-4908 (David)

434-515-3143 (Laurel)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Posting grades and moving forward!

Hillary Ndoli's report card he is our oldest and just finished his sophomore year in high school.
This is the rest of the children who are currently attending Chebulbul Primary 
which goes from Class 8 to Nursery (Class is the same as grade). 
All of the children will proceed to their next grade in January 2015.

Here is the end of the year report card for all of the children except for the little ones who have not started school.... Moses and Mercy Jerop. :) Mercy will start school come January 2015. Thank you for your encouragement and help in supporting their education as it is changing their lives! 
All of the children are now on break until the second week in January 
where they will all be starting their new grade in school! 

Gifts and smiles!

 Thank you for the gifts Chris and Jill Moore! What a fun time it was to have new clothes and shoes to try on!

David Koros (our manager) and Mercy Jerop

Vincent Kipkorir

Sharon Jelagat

Timothy Kipchirchir

Ian Kipyego

Winnie Kiptoo

Allan Kipchumba

Dennis Kipkurui

Derick Kiplagat

Brenda Kiptoo

Gideon Kiplagat

Winnie Awino

Victor Kirwa

Emily and Moses
 Thank you Margot Bartlett for the gifts and love sent to Moses!
Mercy Jerop

Christine Tsindoli
 Thank you Mark and Ianthia Farley for your continued support and love for Christine!

Wilson Kogo (Dairy and Poultry)

Lagat (our watchman/security)

Francis Kemboi (our special cook)

Emily Rono our matron/nurse

Kugo Paul our groudskeeper

 He is a dedicated worker who has so much spirit and zest for life even with one leg! He has been an inspiration to all of us and such a blessing to have around the children!
 Thank you so much for all of the gifts! We love to hear from you and know you are doing well!

Many thanks from the Grace family! 

Please keep us in your prayers! Much love!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Journey

Hello dear ones!
God has brought us through a lot. He has helped us through this process of change as we have been in America for almost 2 months now. David started work at Liberty right away while the 2 little ones and Laurel headed down to her parents in SC for a month while David found a car, house, etc in Lynchburg.
There are a few things we would like to clarify as we have had some questions from a few people. We are very much a part of Grace family as we still live in America. We moved back to America because of a variety of personal family reasons, for one that we have our third child on the way. Laurel did not feel comfortable having a child in Kenya and that is one of the reasons that brought us back here. We are still a large part of Grace family, which we founded by the Lord's help back in 2009 (http://www.graceofgodchildren.org/). Since we moved back to America our goal is to raise more support for Grace of God Children's Centre by finding more sponsors, families, churches, etc. that will help us. David is planning with his track and cross country team from Liberty University to have mission teams head over there to help in Summer 2015. We also have other teams scheduled throughout 2015 to come serve and help as the Lord leads. Let us know if you would like to go! We love our Grace family and did not abandon them. We are all working together to help raise awareness and support for the Lord's work in Kenya.
God has set a good foundation for Grace family and they are in good hands.
Our manager, David Koros, is heading up the family. It is good to have him back! 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.
Keep us in your prayers as the following projects are on our hearts to work on to help make the centre more efficient and effective.
-       Playground
o   Fix the swing chains
o   Roofing the playground tower where slides run off from
-       Water tower
o   Add Larger container
-       The Big House
o   Add a second story to the big house for classes/study area
o   Rectify the outside plumbing/waste pipes
o   Fix roofing leaks
o   Add ceiling to each room in boys and girls dorms
o   Add one more toilet to both girls and boys side
o   Couches/comfy chairs
o   Tiling for Shower, toilets, kitchen
o   Fascia board around the roof to put up gutters for catching rain
o   Put 6 inch slab around the whole outside of the house to help with water splashing
-       Chicken coop
-       Dog house
o   Get more dogs for security
-       Underground concrete tank for water storage
-       Build a church
-       Create a shed for the portable sawmill
-       Bees on a Mission house
o   Fascia board and gutters
o   Tiling for kitchen
o   Bedroom floors need tiling
o   Build shelving for kitchen
OTHER ITEMS to sustain the home and generate income:
  • Buy more milking cows
  • Buy more chickens for eggs
  • Rent land for plantation
  • Buy trees for timber making
  • Agriculture education
  • Canteen to sell small items and for children to learn business skills

It is very hard on our hearts but we are so happy that we have you all beside us through this journey. We would love to hear from you or get together sometime and share more.
“May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” Ruth 2:12 (NLT)

Prayers for Mercy

We are in need of your prayers and ideas during this time. Mercy Jerop, the sweet little girl who was abandoned near our property is now up for a court date this week to see where she will stay/who will have custody of her. Here is her story of how she arrived: http://www.beesinkenya.blogspot.com/2014/03/mercy-jerop.html.

Our worry is that Mercy might be put back with her mother since the police report was changed (summary of the real story: her mother brought her on a motor bike and dropped her off near our property at around 5am)
We have had 2 court dates already and they are just looking at the paperwork (which has been corrupted and changed) and not asking for witnesses or the real facts.
We found out that someone changed the police report saying that the father (who not yet confirmed to be the real father) was the one who abandoned Mercy. So according this corrupted information, the court could order Mercy to go back to live with her mother since her mother would be innocent according to the corrupted report.  This would be a bad scenario for Mercy since she has already been abandoned once and will be put in danger from the home life she previously had with her mother.
As a children’s home/orphanage we have very limited say in this court case. We are just there to help if they will let us speak up on Mercy’s behalf. We want to help Mercy and anyone the Lord brings our way. This breaks our heart and this is a very difficult situation to be in.

Please keep Grace family and Mercy Jerop in your prayers. We want the best for her life and may the Lord have His way. We are in love with her and through your help we have made a big impact on her life beyond our expectations. May He show mercy to Jerop and give everyone wisdom concerning this case.