I sent Pastor Francis $500 this past week and he sent me a thank you and then this update, which shares the impact that your gifts and care make in Kenya. I will let Francis speak for himself rather than try to tell you myself:
The children are doing well and very strong. The money you sent is really helping us in buying food so we are fine. I took Mercy to a local school to continue so that she doesn't stay back in the orphanage when the rest come to school, and she seems happy. This is a step of faith that I took to get her started and I trust God to just allow her to continue to a good school.
Every year between 10 and 17 children graduate from Upako to join high school and this means a success. For some of them to reach this point of their National final primary exam, they could have gone through a lot of hardship that might have seen them drop out of school without doing the exams. Thanks to you for you have made a mark in their lives. The money you have been donating has provided food, shelter, schools fees and the shoes. The clothes and books you have been sending for them have kept them hopeful and the entire Upako group appreciates and needs you more in the day-to-day activities of the children programs.
Keep on praying and doing good for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is nearer than it was when we first believed. Without you, I cannot managed to feed, cloth and house 22 orphans who need the basics to grow. Without you I am not able to run the school with a population of over 150 vulnerable children from the Kawangware slums, so please stay on and help when we still have the opportunity to touch and change these young lives, God bless you all.
In service to humanity for the glory of God,
Pastor Francis Odhiambo
I have often wished I could do more for Pastor Francis. We do not try to help everyone we meet or see in Kenya, for there are many needs that are everywhere. Instead we build relationships to insure the funds are properly distributed and so we can see the results of our giving among those we know, love and trust. The money I receive I pass on to Kenya, even though I have my own needs in ministry since I resigned from my church position last January to devote more time to serving others, including those in Kenya.
I ask that you open your heart as the holiday season approaches to help our friends in Kenya. Your support makes the difference between success and failure - and failure means at-risk children will suffer if we don't help. Please give a tax-deductible gift today, either through my website using PayPal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. You may be able to give a large check or just a few dollars - it will all help and be put to good use. Give today and may the Lord bless you for your generous help toward those who cannot help themselves.