It has been a while since we received updates from Pastor Francis at the Upako Centre. I discussed this with him when I was in Kenya last August, and he promised to do a better job. So far, he has kept his word and I appreciate his efforts. Without them, we cannot provide help or assistance and maintain an accountable relationship. Here is his latest update:
Dear Dr. John,
We are back to business with children at upako centre and school for the final term this year, the classes begun again on Monday 3rd September with all the children together and will run up to the 8th December 2012 when the rest of the children will be going to their homes for December holidays. During holidays we remain with only 19 orphans who are taken full care of at the centre because they have no other place to call home.
We have eight volunteer teachers who are still willing to teach through to December and we thank God for them.
The children receive food, clothes, beddings, learning materials and games materials which mostly come from The Sophia Fund through your organization.
We trust God for provisions for this new term and we pray that the children will never lack and here we need prayers and support.
God bless you as we walk the journey of serving the lost, the least and the last in society.
As I announced last week, we will be raising $30,000 for our trip in February, 2013 and Upako and Pastor Francis are in that faith goal. You don't have to wait until next year to give toward that goal. You can give now through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. You can also go back and read the history of our involvement with Upako and Kenya here. I appreciate your support and know you will continue to help people like Pastor Francis and the children and orphans to whom he ministers.
Plus, I am shipping over a large container of resources in December, so if you have shoes, children's books, games, wholesome adult fiction, Bibles, leadership books or commentaries that you would like to contribute, let me know and I will get the shipping address to you. If you live in Pittsburgh, you can simply let me know and you can drop them off or I can pick them up. Thank you and God bless you!