I have been on the run the last 10 days to one church camp meeting and then teaching at a church retreat. In the process I drove about 500 miles on mostly rural roads, many of which I had never traveled in my life. It will be good to sleep in my own bed tonight.
This week I heard from both Peter and Francis, and this week they both report on the efforts of the widows and orphans to generate some revenue through the work of their hands. First, from Peter:
Dear Dr. John,
The widows program has been on the right track and the women has already mastered the art of making
clutch bags, necklaces, ear rings, bangles, and key holders. This program has taken them about three months of intense training. The whole team now has been equipped with skills. We are so proud of the resilience and determination of this group and we have to confess they are destined to succeed.
So far the group has managed to make 500 earrings, 200 key holders, 80 clutch bags, 50 necklaces and 50 bracelets, some of which are pictured here .We are trusting God for market so that we can manage to make this program sustainable and at the same time buy our own knitting machines so that we don't hire any more. We thank all the people who made this a reality and especially we thank
Sheran for being the vision bearer. A God given vision will never lack God's divine provision.
He is the reason for our living.
Peter mentions Sheran White, our Kenya team member, who raised and left $3,200 to fund this widows project. Now we are praying about how we can help them market these items so that the widows can receive much-needed revenue on which to live.
And as you can see, Francis has the same idea for his children, as he reports below:
We appreciate you for your support to keep our children in school and for feeding them as well. We still continue selling water [pictured left] to make things moving and in addition to that, we have started a small project where the young girls make necklaces, beads, and other small things which we intend to sell so that they can save some money to take them to high school. Our children have been dropping out of school for lack of school fees since they started their sitting for final primary exams three years ago and they now decided to start on a small beads project to generate money for their school fees. See attached photos. Join us in prayers for them that their dreams come true.
While we continue to work to help the orphanages and library become self-sustaining (or close as we can get), I need your help to send them much-needed assistance. You can give through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Every penny you send goes to the work in Kenya - I don't take out any administrative fees.Thank you in advance for your help, and stay tuned to hear more about how you can help us market the children's and widow's handiwork here.