This may get monotonous, but today was a great day! Mike and Jeff started the morning at the local Nakumatt (the Kenyan ‘Walmart’) where Jeff got to speak with all the employees
before they started work. Jeff got to share the gospel with the team and Pastor Richard invited them to trust Jesus. No decisions were made this morning, but many of them are already followers of Jesus and were encouraged we would spend time with them. Mike will get to speak to them tomorrow.
After that we headed to the Seeds Academy. Four hundred little voices sang out as we entered the compound. These children come from the orphanage and from the Kipsongo slum. Seeds teaches them their academic subject for sure, but mostly they share the gospel with them through songs and stories. We were treated to several songs, poems and skits from each
of the classes. They are learning well and their marks are consistently better than 90% of the other schools in the county. We broke into three teams after their program. One team did full medical evaluations on the three youngest grades. Seventy-three children had their blood pressure, temperature, height and weight checked and a basic medical evaluation performed. The good news is because they are getting two nutritious meals every day, their health is much better than many of the other children living in the slums. Seeds is definitely meeting physical AND spiritual needs.
Autumn and Karen spent time with the teachers teaching them the Arise2Read curriculum. This program is having a dramatic effect in inner city Memphis and the
teachers were so excited to be able to implement it at the school as well. While they were sharing with the teachers the rest of our team was rotating between the different classes singing songs, telling bible stories and coloring bible pictures. Once the ‘clinic’ work was done and all the stories had been told, we headed out for two different projects in the afternoon.
Several of the men went back to the orphanage to work with the plumber who is working on the new dining hall. We brought an industrial water filter system that will provide 200,000 liters of clean water each day and the men showed them how to install it. A second group traveled to the new widow’s home that has been built. They had a sweet time fellow-shipping with the elderly women living in the new home. I think they went through two packages of Kleenex before they left!
Seeing life through the eyes of a child living in the slums today is something that won’t soon leave us. They are so appreciative of anything you do for them. May I never forget to view our great God in the same way, so thankful for what He’s done for me!
Come unto me, all you who are heavy laden…