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Proverbs 31:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Her husband is respected in the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land" - 31:23.

God may use you to serve behind the scenes and make someone else look good. Can you be part of a team where others get the notoriety and credit, whether family, work or ministry? This requires humility and grace while also taking satisfaction that you at least have influence. Read Galatians 5:13-15 and Proverbs 27:18 to understand what you will need to be a good team player.


Proverbs 30:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers" - 30:11.

One of the Ten Commandments is to honor your father and mother. If your parents are alive, do you spend time with them? If not, in what tangible ways do you honor their memory?  In either case, do you bless them for giving you life?  Do something today that communicates your love and respect for your parents. You may also wish to read Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-3.


Proverbs 29:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"A man's pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor" - 29:23.

Pride gains God's immediate attention, but only so He can humble you. You are wise if you humble yourself before He has to do it for you. Has pride crept into your thinking, speech or behavior? Ask God to show you the reality of your heart before you answer. Read Psalm 138:6-7 and Proverbs 3:34 to get more insight into how the Lord relates to the proud.


Proverbs 28:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father" 28:7.

The Law directs you to treat your neighbor as yourself. A glutton puts the focus for life squarely on his or her personal needs. Are you a selfish 'consumer' or selfless lover of others?  Don't answer before you read Matthew 5:16-48 and 19:16-22.


Proverbs 27:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father" - 27:10.

Maintaining a friendship takes time and effort. Are there friends with whom you have lost contact? Why not get in touch with them today and start being friends again, not just in word, but in deed? Better yet, just call or write your friend(s) today to say hello. Proverbs has a lot to say about friendship, as you can see in Proverbs 17:17 and 18:24.


Proverbs 26:17

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own" - 26:17. 

The lesson of this verse is simple: Mind your own business. Why get angry over things that don't pertain to you? In fact, why are you so angry about certain things at all? Don't take up an offense that isn't yours and don't be so quick to offer opinions about matters that really don't affect you. For an example of someone who lost his life because he took on a "battle" not his own, read 2 Samuel 2:8-23.


Proverbs 25:9

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"If you argue your case with a neighbor,
do not betray another man's confidence" - 25:9.

Sometimes people need a safe place to talk. Can you be that safe place? Are people's secrets and failures safe with you?  Or do you regularly share what you know about someone with others? You may wish to read Proverbs 16:28 and 1 Peter 4:8, which both stress the need to be discreet when dealing with the information you know about others. 


An Honest Update from Kenya

I depart for Kenya this Thursday and still need $1,350 to meet my goal of $5,000 to take over this trip.  If you can help, now is the time!  You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882.

I thought I would send along the latest update from Alice in Kenya just to give you a picture of the people I am asking you to support. They are wonderful folks who operate with integrity and honor and are worthy of our help. Operation Chicken Coop has experienced some trials already, but I am heartened by how the team in Kenya is growing from this and that they are engaged not just in fundraising, but in productive activity.  I do not mind supporting people like this as they carry out the work they are doing (keep in mind the figures below are in Kenya shillings, which are now translating into 90 shillings per dollar).

Dear Dr. Stanko,

We, the EOTOO members are doing well; the children are also fine despite the ‘winter’ being experienced in Nairobi.  We are hopeful that the Lord has kept you and your family well.

As a follow up on the last update about the Chicken Coop Project, I have made a projection of the expected 16 months of profitable operations and wish to share with you as shown in the table herebelow:

PROFIT/LOSS PROJECTION FOR EOTOO CHICKEN C.P - PHASE 1 (2011 - 2012)

 

 

MONTH

NO. OF

NO. OF

NO. OF

SALE

TOTAL

TOTAL

NET

 

 

LAYERS

EGGS

EGGS

PRICE

SALES

EXP.

PROFIT

 

 

 

IN A

IN A

PER

PER

PER

LOSS

 

 

 

DAY

MONTH

EGG

MONTH

MONTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(KSHS)

(KSHS)

(KSHS)

 

Aug-11

457

411

12339

8

98,712.00

101,587.00

(2,875.00)

Sep. 2011 - Oct 20.12

457

434

13024.5

8

1,458,744.00

1,422,218.00

36,526.00

 

Nov-12

457

411

12339

8

98,712.00

101,587.00

(2,875.00)

 

Dec-12

457

366

10968

8

87,744.00

101,587.00

(13,843.00)

 

Jan-12

457

320

9597

8

76,776.00

101,587.00

(24,811.00)

 

 

Net Profit/Loss at end of laying period - January 2012

(7,878.00)

 

 

      Sale of 457 layers @ Kshs 300.00 

 

 

137,100.00

 

 

      Net profit at the end of the project (Phase 1)

 

129,222.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assumptions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.    The number of birds do not reduce during the remaining 15 months of egg production

 

2.    The expenditure per month (Kshs 3,277.00) is the bare minimum.  Should there be any other 

       unexpected costs, the loss will be higher than shown in the table.

 

 

3.    The cost of layers’ feeds does not increase any further

 

4.    The egg laying % as in theory holds true throughout the actual laying period.

5.    Egg breakages remain minimal as is the case now.

 

 

 

6     Egg production in Aug. 2011 to be at 90%, from Sep. 2011 to Oct. 2012 to be at 95%, Dec. 2012

       at 80% and Jan. 2012 to be at 70% when the layers will be sold off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disturbing Trend Observations:

 

 

 

 

 

1.    Chicken feeds price is unlikely to come down.  If anything, it is likely to rise.

 

2.    Price per egg unlikely to rise to more than Kshs 10.00

 

 

3.    Marketing of eggs to continue to take up more than a half of the member’s time.

 

4.    The crop in the field in Kenya for the next harvesting season expected to take care of 2012 is not

healthy and the rain level still low and unpredictable thus making it hard to foresee an improved economy in this particular sector..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only on Saturday the 9th of July 2011, the layers started to cannibalize one another at around 12.00 noon and by 2.00 p.m. when a Vet Doctor was arriving to de-beak them, 3 had died and 3 others badly wounded.  The number has therefore reduced to 457 from 460.

While we are proud of the existence of what we consider a successful project and the lessons learned so far, we are not as proud of the economic situation in the country and particularly the economy that is directly related to both people and animal feeds.  We do not foresee a reduction in food prices any time soon and even if it happens, it will be of very little positive impact to our project. 

The Objective of the Project was to generate income that would help the EOTOO – Helen Children’s Home to pay its monthly rent and thus enabling it to be self sustaining.  The group was very excited about this possibility and its core members went all out to do everything possible.  From the 'going ons', we are not able to meet this objective; a situation that takes us back to the drawing board - looking for a solution for rent.

Just to mention that the project was meant to further our passion of looking after the orphans and hence the energy directed into it, it would now seem to be a distraction from that passion particularly when the returns are negative.  The project has borrowed Kshs 350,000.00 from two of its members and we are also faced with the task of repaying the loans.

The remaining 10 active members are regrouping to try for a fund raising event and see what God will do through it.  We are also toying with various long term alternatives to try and solve the rent issue; including an idea to relocate the orphanage away from Nairobi, on its own compound and free from rent – a prayer we hope will be answered some day.

Sorry for this long mail but l am hopeful that it lays out the hard times ahead of us and sets out a situation that calls for a short meeting with you to appreciate the medium implications of this analysis.

I am somehow overwhelmed with the egg work but must find some time to analyse the actual results of the project as at 15.07.11; a time which we thought we would be self sufficient and generating the full rent from the project.

Alice


Proverbs 24:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready,
after that, build your house" - 24:27.

You must have priorities in your life and work. If everything is important, then nothing is and, what's more, little gets accomplished. Are you working toward short-term relief of pressing problems, or long-term projects that will bring lasting results? Do you go to bed feeling like you got nothing done, or are you confident at the end of the day that you were true to your values and priorities? Jesus had priorities and He spoke of how to set them in John 8:28-29 and Luke 12:35-38.


Proverbs 23:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off" - 23:18.

No matter how bleak your world looks today, it can all change tomorrow with one meeting, phone call or idea. It may look impossible to you, but nothing is impossible for God. Don't abandon your hope, and next week or year at this time you will marvel at where you were and how far you have come!  Read Jeremiah 32, Luke 1:47 and Jude 24-25 and stir up your hope in God today.