Last December, I set a goal to raise $10,000 for my work in Kenya and called the campaign the BIG GOAL. Last night I counted up what we received and the grand total is -- $12,648! What a great blessing. Thank you for your support. Here is the breakdown of how the money will be distributed:
$2,000 for Operation Chicken Coop: This will finish the first chicken farm for the Each One Touch One Orphanage.
$5,000 for the Deborah Foundation: We have already purchased $1,622 in supplies to take over; the remainder will pay for the excess luggage fees to get our supplies over to Kenya. We packed 38 bags today, filled with toys, games, atheletic and artistic supplies, shoes, books, bedding and a whole lot more. It all weighs about 2,000 pounds, so we can honestly say we are taking a ton of stuff over to be distributed.
$5,648 for the Sophia Fund: The Sophia Fund is used to feed orphans and widows in Kenya. We will give a grant to every orphanage and women's ministry we visit while in Kenya.
My heart is joyful as I consider how many people will be helped and blessed by your generosity. Many years ago I felt the Lord impress me that I was not using my administrative gift for the poor in a way He wanted, so I have tried to correct that over the years. This effort and others like them are my attempts to use my gift for people that are close to God's heart. When I behold the total we raised, I can't help but think of Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Thank you and now please pray for our safe passage to and from Kenya and safe and successful ministry while we are there. We depart this Friday and will be home on March 19.