I received this exciting and humbling testimony from Pastor Peter last week concerning the affect the libraries in his midst are having. Read his report (I have put in bold the part that I don't want you to miss) and then I will make some comments (the pictures are from our newest library in Kikuyu):
Dear Dr. Stanko,
The WAPIS family wishes to report that the children have been on leave for three weeks and planning to go back next week. The two libraries we operate at Banana and Kikuyu have been quite busy than any other time. According to our librarians' reports, a total of 520 people were able to use our library services during the holiday break, We wish to note that previously those student would be idle in the community and as a result some would use this free time to do drugs or recruited to gang activities. We wish to thank all our supporters for their humble and noble contributions for they are raising a better generations for tomorrow.
We have noted with the inception of this libraries that the rate of drugs among teens and youth have decreased, the teen pregnancy rate is dropping and generally the performance in school has improved. The gift you have offered has made a difference and therefore do not tire in doing good. May Almighty God bless you abundantly according to his glorious riches in heaven. Pastor Peter
Isn't that fantastic? The youth problems have diminished because the young people have someplace to go, a place that will cure their boredom and hold their attention. Little did we realize when we started the libraries that this would be the byproduct, but we thank God that He knows what He is doing. And of course, I thank you for your generous support, donating books, educational supplies and the money that allowed us to ship everything over in the first place.
We are gathering supplies for our next shipment that will take place some time this year. You can contribute to our ongoing work in Kenya using my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. I know libraries are not the most exciting or glitzy ministry there is but, according to Peter's report, they are effective. When you help the poor in Kenya, there are multiple promises of blessing for which you qualify. Help us equip the churches in Kenya to reach out to their communities to help them be better places to live and learn.