As you know, we have established four libraries in Kenya, the largest in the town of Banana. Pastor Peter Kihungi is the overseer and we not only give books and supplies, but we pay the rent of $200 every month. Pastor Peter has talked to me about building our own library building in order to free the work there from the monthly fees and to insure it can carry on long-term.
Pastor Peter had informed me that he was going to donate some land and build a library named after yours truly and in this update, he explains that this is one step closer to reality! Here is what he wrote this past week:
As the WAPIS team, we thank God for his faithfulness and his favor. This week we had the a chance to move a step forward toward our goal of constructing the proposed Dr. John Stanko Library. We are in the process of demolishing the old structure in the plot that my father gave to me as an Inheritance and I decided to use it to empower the community. We have negotiated for a $15,000 loan with a local bank and we have used the car which was donated to me as collateral. Pray and stand with us so this dream may become a reality. In faith we have bought the first foundation stones as our firstfruits offering toward this project.
He is the reason for our living,
Pictured in this post is the property itself, the car being used as collateral and the foundation stones. I have hesitated to mention this project lest someone think I am trying to get "my" library built, and also not to take resources away from the orphans and widows to fund this project. Yet I applaud Pastor Peter for his faith and his desire to move this project forward. So now I am receiving funds earmarked for this library project. If you have a burden or desire to see this become a reality then I urge you to make your contribution through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Please mark the donation 'library' and I will make sure it gets to Pastor Peter.
Won't you join Pastor Peter in making a firstfruits offering toward this project that is destined to become a model for other libraries throughout Kenya. Perhaps you want to make a contribution of $1,000 or more in memory of one of your loved ones. If you, I promise that one of the rooms in the library - the IT center, study rooms or book collections can bear the name of the person of your choosing. There will also be an art school and music school in the library compound, so those would also be available to bear a name that commemorates your gift. Whether you can do something small or large, I urge you to do something as we stand with Pastor Peter and the team who are committed to and moving forward with the vision to provide a learning center for their community.