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A Good Upako Report

I received the following update from Pastor Francis, but no pictures this time. It sounds like things are settling down and the children are doing better.

Dr. J,

God has taken care of us in a wonderful way through you and friends and the children are amazing. It is such a fulfilling experience to have connected with you in ministry, something that has given direction to my purpose to serve and live for God.

We had a very good week with the children and we are off to church this morning in one of the classrooms looking up with praises and thankfulness to God, for He did not allow us to perish when we got crushed.
We shall be going for a prayer /educational trip with the children on August 3rd at Mirema Centre along Thika Road in Nairobi, and it is going to be an exciting moment during this very first trip of this kind. We are going to share our experience and reflection .

It is giving me so much peace and hope when I look back to where and when you got involved with the work of feeding, educating, clothing, and helping the orphans here. May God hold your right hand as you hold us with the left.

Tell all your friends that they are blessed.

Pastor Francis

I would agree with Pastor Francis that you are truly blessed if you have helped the orphans at one time or another. In September, it will be time to help the children with their school fees and next week I will begin our push to raise the money needed for our next shipment. The needs are great, but our God is greater, and He will supply all our needs for the children and widows. You can contribute to the children using Paypal on my website, or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you and remember what Pastor Francis said: You are blessed!

Good News from Upako

I received an update from Pastor Francis last week and another one yesterday, and it seems that they are well along on the road to recovery after their tragic loss a few weeks ago. First, here is what Pastor Francis wrote last week:

NewUpako7With the great help you sent to us, Upako is regaining strength and the children are safe, in good health and continuing with classes at the new place. They are now being transported using a van instead of an  open pick up. We are quickly repairing the new place and putting up a small kitchen. We have bought food, kitchen utensils and improved on their transport from an open pickup to a van. I am very grateful to you, your friends and all those who donated towards this worthy course. Thank you so much for your fast move to save the situation, indeed you reduced our stress and frustration and restored our humanity. The children NewUpako6 are well, and Mary is well also.

We were down and it was like we stopped living with almost nothing was happening even with the bricks production, but we are at it again from tomorrow and will be updating you.

The transport will have to continue for another month and we are prayerfully planning on how to move on with the bricks more actively since the water we were selling was destroyed completely.

Blessings, Pastor Francis

Then here is the latest update:

NewUpako8Dr. J,

Trusting that all is well with you all.

Upako is alive and we have resumed normal classes with the children, the renovations we are doing are almost done but we could not deny the children their class time. We still transporting them to and from school five days a week. We need mattresses and other bedding for the in house orphans so that we have them at the new site. Thanks so much to you and the team, for the BrickPilemoney you sent has restored us and what you have done is a good news to us and the children here.

We are now recovering from the trauma and you have have put a smile in our face once again. May God strengthen you.

We are continuing with the bricks production and it shall be well.

Pastor Francis

There are still needs for the ministry there, and just yesterday someone walked up and handed me a check for the work there. You can give to Upako's needs using PayPal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you for your help, and please remember all our other partners in Kenya.

Kenya News Report

NewUpako5I have not received a written report from Upako, but I do have pictures to share with you that Pastor Francis NewUpako2sent yesterday morning. It appears like they are "up and running" in their new venue, and I hope to go over in October to check out their progress. The pictures seem to show the new facilities being readied for us.

I have not mentioned a lot about the progress of our latest container shipment, but it looks like we will have all of our boxes sorted and packed by the end of July. In 2014, we shipped 297 boxes along with crutches, walkers and wheelchairs. This NewUpako4time, it looks like we will have about 400 boxes (we packed box 300 this week), which means we will have to move up to a 40-foot container. That means we will have some extra space, so I am thinking of collecting a few bicycles to send over, along with chairs, tables and otherBox300 furniture for our libraries and schools. Stay tuned for  announcements about those last minute items you may have that we would like to ship over to Kenya.

I received this update from Peter about the robbery at Grace Academy in Banana:

Dear Doctor John,

Here in Kenya we are fine.The WAPIS team is working hard for the projects to run smoothly. At Karen school as it was mentioned by your son, there was a break-in during which two laptops, a desktop computer, a printer, scanner, books, balls, and office equipment were stolen valued at  more than 3000$. The culprits have not been apprehended.

Pastor Peter for Karen Academy.

If you would like to contribute toward their loss, you can use this link and I will make sure that whatever comes Obed2in gets to Gladys at the school.

Obed1Finally, I am pleased to announce that the educational expenses for another EOTOO child are being sponsored. This makes six children that we helping with their education. This time the recipient is Obed, who has been at EOTOO since its inception. Anyone who has been to EOTOO will recognize Obed, who always has a charming smile when we visit. If God lays it on your heart to sponsor a child, please write and let me know.

That's about it for this week. Be praying for our partners in Kenya, and give as the Lord leads, either through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you and God bless you for your generosity and care.

On a Happier Note

InsideNewLibrary3I recently received an update and some pictures from our new library project in Banana from Pastor Peter. With all the bad news from Upako, it was good to read some good news from our partners in Kenya. Here is what Pastor Peter had to say:

Dear Dr. John,

On behalf of WAPIS, I take this chance to thank you and all our partners for the journey they have walked with us.Through your prayers, contributions, and encouragement, our new WAPIS library stands in Banana as a pillar of hope to current and future generations. God bless your contribution and reward you all of you according to His riches in glory in heaven.

Pastor Peter

InsideNewLibrary2We are preparing our next shipment of supplies to go over, including some new computers (used), more books, some tables and shelving, educational supplies, and shoes. These will supplement what we already have in Banana, and also help start new library projects. If you would like to give toward thisInsideNewLibrary1 project, you may do so using a special link via PayPal or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Than you for being attentive to the needs of the poor as we work to equip them to be self-sufficient in their care of the people in Kenya.

Upako Update

UpakoNew5I did not receive a written update from Pastor Francis, but he did send some pictures of the new Upako Centre venue to which they have to transport the children. You can see their "transport" in one of the attached pictures, and it looks like a pickup truck. It is interesting that the landlord who evicted them wants to build a church on the site, and the locals have vowed to burn it down when it's built. It will be difficult to burn down a metal building, and the whole scenario is quite confusing.

The good news is that I will be wiring $2,250 to Pastor Francis today or tomorrow for him to use as he sees fit UpakoNew4int he relocation process. Since I already sent $500, that will total $2,750 contributed to their cause, but I know more needs to be done. If you did not already give, or perhaps if you did, I urge you to consider a gift today. Even $5 will help Pastor Francis provide an adequate transition to the students, especially the orphans for whom he cares.

You can give throuUpakoNew2gh a special link using PayPal or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO  Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Some have written this week for more details on exactly what happened at Upako, and I am reporting all that I know, and will continue to pass along updates for your prayerUpakoNew1ful attention and consideration. If you missed last week's report on what happened at Upako, you can read about it here. In the meantime, please be praying and giving as the Spirit leads you to do. Thank you!