When I take a team to Kenya, I give them some advice that has served them well. I tell them, "When you go to Kenya, you are going to see needs and you are going to want to meet those needs. You cannot, for there are too many and they are overwhelming. We do not give to needs; we give into our relationships and build those, meeting the needs that those relationships serve and represent."
What's more, I have discovered that I cannot save the whole world. I cannot save Kenya. In fact, I cannot save or rescue anyone, but I know Someone who can do all of that, and His name is Jesus. Therefore, I look for Him to direct our steps and then empower us to make a difference.
I write that this week because I received the following update from Pastor Francis:
The amazing grace and peace of God be with you all. We are all well and the children are in good health despite the hard conditions that they live in. The number of the children who live here now are 23 and for them to have two meals a day, each one of them needs $1. They need blankets, mattresses, bed sheets, and warm clothes. They also need school textbooks (6 text books per child) and the cost is $7 a book. They also need black school shoes for ages 4 years to 17 years. We are in need of cooking pans for our kitchen and other basic needs. Used laptops are also good so that we can introduce them to the new technologies so please can you donate one.
I am glad that you and I are committed to serving God in different capacities including praying for these needy children. My appeal is that we equip them with the most needed basics for their life and school. I wish to welcome you to join me in changing and maintaining the lives of the innocent orphans by feeding, clothing, and providing a roof over their heads. By doing this, God will continue providing the rest including good health for all of us.
You can invite a friend to also do something.You can also sponsor a child to join a good modern school for $600 every quarter. Remember that it is not a burden when you are doing it for God.
It has been my custom to share the needs that are made known to me and trust that the Spirit will lead those who are touched and want to help. If you would like to meet any of the above needs, I can vouch for Pastor Francis as a man of integrity who will use what you give for the intended purpose. He is also at peace trusting the Lord to meet these overwhelming needs. You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. We are getting ready for our next shipment of goods to Kenya, and we will of course share part of that shipment with Pastor Francis.
By the way, if you have an old laptop that is in working order, you can donate it to the ministry and we will wipe it clean, convert it to the Linux system and send it over for the ministries to use. We are also still collecting books and school supplies, if you have any that you don't have a place for any longer. Thank you for your help, and let's continue to invest in our relationships and watch them bear fruit for Him.