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Christmas for Kenyan Orphans

I know that my friends who work with orphans in Kenya are anxious about Christmas. They are not excited about presents under the tree or the frantic gift shopping that is customary here in the States. They are anxious about their ability to do something, anything for the children for whom they are responsible. When I was growing up in the States, we would get a new pair of shoes, new clothes, and some candy at Easter time. In Kenya, that tradition continues, but it is a Christmas rather than an Easter tradition.

Here is a message and pictures I received from Pastor Francis this past week:

Halo all,

God is gracious and kind thus He has brought us this far. We are nearing the end of the year and C'MasUpako2everyone at least has some budget for Christmas. I am also doing something to make make the orphans here feel some love even if not comfort. We C'masUpako1need clothes and food for them for this season so am asking you do something small towards them and God will surely bless you.Keep us in prayers.

Pastor Francis

What's more, we will have their school fees due right after the first of the year, but for now, we need to focus on Christmas. Can you help an orphan this Christmas season? These children are truly orphans, many with no immediate family, and I truthfully don't know how the pastors do what they do in caring for these children. Your gifts will go in total to their Christmas celebration.

Red Donate ButtonI need you to give now, today, without delay so I can wire the money to our friends in time for Christmas shopping. You can give through my website using PayPal or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Help our children in Kenya have the basics this Christmas season by giving a gift that will provide clothes and shoes that will last long after Christmas is gone. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Mary's Test Results

In Kenya, the children take a major exam near the end of what we know to be eighth grade that determines MaryGowntheir high school destiny. Their score will decide the schools in which they can enroll. I got this update from Pastor Francis this morning, and thought I would pass it along to you, as well as the pictures he included:

Dr. J,

Mary's National exam is out and we cannot hold back the joy that we have for her. Here we are celebrating her and we thank God in a special way for her.hope at last.

For you, we are saying a big thank you for transforming the life of Mary who will soon be in a position to change lives of other orphans like her. She scored 356 marks out of 500 which is high above average. She will now join high school in January next year. Thank you so much for holding her hand,she now has 4 years to be in high school before she joins University.

She made it because of you.

Blessings, blessings, blessings,

Pastor Francis

MaryBalconyWhat Pastor Francis is saying, in so many words, is that Mary will need help as she MaryBalcony2goes on to high school. Of course, we will stand with her, but we can do so only if you  help us help her. Your regular gifts go toward Mary and the other children we are helping in a like manner. Will you open your heart and give to Mary and her friends today? You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO  Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. You can remember the poor this holiday season by giving to Mary's cause. Please remember that all you give goes directly to the children and causes in Kenya. Thank you, and Merry Christmas from Mary!