The foundation in 2011
The ORPHANAGE in 2012!
Just 12 short months ago, a Bellevue mission team stood on the slab foundation of an orphanage in Kitale, Kenya. We prayed that God would provide funds to build the orphanage, which would in the best of times with funds available take six months. Richard and Helen had a vision of building a permanent facility to house the 47 orphans that were living in a rented house in town. They were paying about $1000 a month for the house in which they were living, which is a fortune in a country where the average Kenyan makes $2 a day. The foundation had been built on hand made bricks and some concrete, but all the available funds were gone. Tens of thousands of dollars would be required to finish this one building, but Richard and Helen told us, “We are trusting God to provide us with the funds for the building”. A few hundred yards from that slab of concrete was the beginnings of a cow barn. “Where are the cows?” I asked. “I am trusting God to provide me with the funds for the cows”. I’m ashamed to say my faith was not that strong. Then, something happened over the next few months that proved that God’s supply is greater than my imagination. Here’s an excerpt from an email I got in May of last year:
“A few days ago I received an alarming (though not totally unexpected) email from Richard telling me that the house they had been renting for their orphanage had been sold and they had to be out in just a couple of months. I had tried to purchase this house on two different occasions, but could never reach an agreement with the owner on the selling price. Now, the orphans would soon be “orphaned again” with nowhere to live.
Arvia and her new friend
Some time ago God provided 15 wonderful acres for the ministry there in Kitale through a church in Colorado Springs. The long-term vision was to build a new orphanage on the property that the ministry now owns. LONG TERM…..being the key word here.
Now ‘long term’ had turned into……..overnight!!
Richard asked me to pray and contact our supporters to help with the need. He felt God wanted them to move forward with the building of the orphanage on the land they owned rather than try to find another house to rent and risk being moved out unexpectedly again.
My heart sank as I replied that I could not do anything at present to help with the over $30,000 immediate need. We are currently in a major project of building the training center and I just began our second project of purchasing land and constructing our first medical clinic. Our tiny ministry simply could not take on another major project at this time.
I love Richard and Helen. I believe in them. I have watched them grow spiritually and seen how God has used them step by step as they trusted Him. I worried that my “no” might be used by the enemy to discourage them. Boy, did I have an inflated opinion of my role and how much God (or Richard and Helen) needed me!!
I just got off the phone with an elder from the church in Colorado Springs that purchased the 15 acres some time ago. THE $30,000 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ORPHANAGE IN KITALE IS BEING WIRED TODAY!!!!
God heard the cry of his faithful servants Richard and Helen and the orphans who have been trained to “cry out” to their heavenly Father who knows their needs before they ask.
Cheslie and the kids
No more rent. No more worry about being moved out. PAID IN FULL!!!!”
TODAY I stood in that completed orphanage and saw the beautiful building now housing 87 orphans, eighty seven children who have been rescued from the slums and bush of Kitale. I stood in a home where eighty seven children will no longer have to worry about hunger, sexual slavery or physical abuse any more. I stood in the dorms and touched the sturdy bunk beds and new mosquito nets. I stood in the new kitchen. I saw the huge water tower that supplies the water. TODAY I WALKED ON HOLY GROUND! Bwana Sufiwe! Praise the Lord!
Three of the five new calves at the Seed Orphanage
I also watched as the farm manager took me to the barn to oversee the milking of FIVE milk cows. I’ll tell you how God provided those cows in a later post. And just as God multiplied the ministry of Richard and Helen, he multiplied the cows as we saw FIVE CALVES! God is alive and GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS! (Yes FB fans, I’m shouting!) Praise the matchless name of the Lord!