The new library building is open in Banana, and they are in the process of moving all the books into the facility. I received the following email update from Pastor Peter along with these two pictures:
Dear Dr. John,
When we started this journey, I remember the first time you brought the less than ten books as the firstfruits, but over the years, things have changed for the good. As we were shifting to our new library, we noticed we have tons of books.Thanks for the seed you sowed eight years ago and thanks to all partners who have made this possible.
I was at a reception in Kenya sponsored by my Kenyan book publisher when one of the cabinet-level officials asked the audience, "Help us start libraries. Our people are bored!" I reflected on that for a few years and then started to bring books to Kenya, both fiction and non-fiction, to see if his statement was accurate. When I saw the hunger for something to read, then I began to look for a partner who would be responsible to oversee and manage the library. I already knew Pastor Peter, and one day, the Lord opened my eyes to the fact that I already knew my partner along with the perfect place to launch the library - in the town of Banana. Peter has shifted some of the books to a supplemental library in the village of Kikuyu, so the library's influence continues to expand, with six other satellite sites already established throughout the country.
Today, a huge mall is opening close to Banana, so property values have skyrocketed and Banana is on the map now more than ever before. This will lead to a population and traffic increase, so the new library is perfectly situated to maximize its impact.
June 15 is this year's deadline to receive books for our next shipment, which is being sorted and processed as I write. We will need to raise the money to ship the latest supply of books, educational resources, shoes, and library equipment (tables, chairs, computers, shelves), but we hope that we can have it there by year's end.
You can help us with the considerable investment it will take to get the books over this year by contributing to the work, either through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. It seems that matching grants are quite popular with my donors, so if you can give a matching grant of $1,000 or more, I will then challenge my donors to match that amount by a certain date. In that way, everyone's gift is doubled!
Thank you for your help, and my thanks to Pastor Peter and his team in Banana for their faith in opening the new library, to which I have contributed very little. If you have books or shoes to contribute this year, I will need to have them by June 15.