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The Kids Say Thanks

Our team visited the Each One Touch One Orphanage on February 27 and we all had a great time with thePhyllisSchoolGate children along with Alice and some of her ministry team who work at the home. Alice is diligent to provide receipts for our contributions, and to have the children send thank you letters - which is almost a lost practice these days. I thought I would share a few of the letters with you so you can hear from the children we have come to love so much (click on any image to enlarge it).

PhyllisLtrThe children are on school holiday right now, which means that the home is doing extra duty since the kids are present all day. What's more, the children are growing every day, which means things in the house are more cramped and the children have different needs - like more food, growing pains, and mental and physical adjustments as puberty looms. You will read in the letters that the children refer to Alice as ObedLtr "mum," and can you imagine being "mum" for twenty children. Yet that is exactly who Alice is, and the pressure of caring for the children spiritually and practically is overwhelming.

I first met Alice and the children in October, 2009, and I was impressed with Alice's sincerity, and the needs that they had at the home. Alice and some other ladies were funding everything from their own resources, and it was apparent that they were about to exhaust their funds. Since then, we have donated $3,000 to $4,000 MirriamLtreach year and are now paying the school fees for five children. The fees are not a luxury, but a simple attempt to get the children with potential to the best possible school. One of those children is Phyllis, who is pictured here with Alice in front of the gate at her new school.

I have often told our teams that we cannot save the whole world, so let's just focus on JosephLtrsaving a piece of it. That has been our philosophy at EOTOO. Perhaps God will help us to save those children from the devastating future that is in store for many orphans, so that is why we invest and I ask you to invest in the children and their daily needs. Please read these letters and then give generously to the children's upkeep. You can give using Paypal through my website  or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you and God bless you for your fulfillment of James 1:27: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Kenya Christmas Update

I know it is almost Easter, but I just received an update along with pictures from Alice concerning the money we EOTOOXmas1 sent for the children at EOTOO last Christmas. Please don't think Alice is negligent in sending her updates, for she has faced her own personal trials as she continues to care for the children, which include a wayward husband, a son who was hit by a car and hospitalized for four months, and eye surgeries that have left her with blurred vision. Still, however, she is a mother to the 20 EOTOO children, nurturing their growth and caring for their daily needs. She is a remarkable woman.

Here is the update with the pictures:

EOTOOXmas2Dear Dr. John,

I give thanks to God for bringing you and your team safely to Kenya and back home. I also take he opportunity to thank you and your team for coming to Kenya to spread God's love through your actions of giving not only material things but also a lot of love to many needy people in the country.

To deal with first things first, l take this opportunity to thank you very much for thinking about us and the gift of Christmas.  We cashed the money when most of the children had dispersed to various care takers for the holidays.  But something did happen on Saturday the 5th of March 2016.  We held a dinner party for the children, some of their guardians and some of the EOTOO members. There was plenty of good food and soda. There were two dinners for the children as another plate was served on the eve of the 6th of March. The children and adults sang and danced. There was a dancing competition that spiced the evening. It was a lot of fun! The EOTOOXmas3joy this party left in the hearts of he children was immense and very genuine. Even l managed to sing and dance along with the children and the happiness l derived melted a lot of tension in my head. It was lovely. Thanks so much.

It was not all about food. The children requested to be bought for a new set of clothes and they got them. This has never happened at the home before.  That all of them got new clothes on the same day was a first. Majority of them became emotional and just sung and danced because they had never owned a new pair of clothes before. It was their first time. For me and the rest of the team, you gave the children a new look that did boost their standing in society and have no doubt that they are loved.

We at EOTOO say thank you so much and may God bless your giving hands.   

EOTOOXmas4Attached are pictures of the day and the accounting for the money. We received Kshs 48,848.00. We spent 39,261.00 and have a balance of 9,587.00, which will buy new clothes for Phyllis, Deborah and Elizabeth.

Ever grateful - Alice Kwendo

As we approach the celebration of Resurrection Sunday, I ask that you remember the children, who don't only have needs at Christmas or Easter but all year round. The children in Kenya are on spring break right now, which means all the children are home at EOTOO all day, and that requires more care and more food. Please consider a special Resurrection Day offering to go toward the needs of these children and the relief of Alice and her team. You can give through my website using PayPal or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you and may the Lord grant you special joy as we focus on the Risen Christ in the coming week.

Home from Kenya

I just landed in New York from Paris, having first taken an all-night flight from Nairobi (with a baby next to me all night to add to the misery). We had a great trip to Kenya where we have been since February 26. I had 12 people with me and here is an overview of what we did:

  • Visited many schools and spoke to about 4,000 students, 200 staff and countless visitors and parents. P1200535
  • Distributed 150 soccer balls
  • Awarded $9,000 in relief assistance to orphanages, schools, and community outreach programs.
  • Made personal appearances at two orphanages, and prayed for hundreds of orphans.
  • Reestablished relationships with all our ministry partners across the country.
  • Saw the progress of our new library building in Banana that will include an IT Center, library, music school, art school, and barber/beauty school.
  • Encouraged the pastors with whom we work and in turn received their encouragement as we saw the passion and excellence with which they were working.

Rather than me explaining the impact we made, let me share with you what Pastor Francis wrote after our team visited Upako Centre:

We had to wait for one full year to receive our annual guests and sponsors from USA. The team finally arrived at Upako children in the morning of Monday 7th of March 2016 and it was prayers, tears, songs and dance as we started the day. The team had new faces who visited for the first time, some were visiting for the second, third and fourth time. The team was led bP1200477y Cheryl introduced themselves one by one after which it was time to hear the word of God from the team by Pastor Jeremiah who delivered a very touching sermon. P1200553

We had four different activities  - Bible, games, music and creativity - for the children by the visitors and each activity was exciting, well taught, the learning objectives were met and the children kept asking for more and more, and I was blessed too. It was the shortest visit in terms of time ever and was the most touching, I wish you were here to see and participate.

The visitors brought so much with them. We received gifts, prayers, encouragment, money with a lot of love that I lack words to express our gratitude. May God increase all of you.

P1200567I want to thank you for the money to buy food for the orphans ($1000) and I wish to let you know that the orphans depend on your support 80% for their feeding program, and this is very helpful for them. Before,the children used to have only one meal but things changed when we met with Dr. Stanko who started helping. The dependency moved to about 95% in 2013 ,then to 82% and now at 80% because of the income generating activities which you have been supporting such as the bricks and the water vending projects, which is our source of income.

The team also brought money to buy a brick-making machine ($2500), which will now be delivered to us  P1200562 early next month after training two of our boys on how to operate the machine, the sellers will train them free from next week. The machine will double our production in brick making and eventually we shall be moving towards sustainability.

Our little Mary also received a gift ($100). The teachers received a gift pack of learning materials and $200 from Starr (STS), caps and tee shirts from Joel, money from Cindy, Abby and Sue we got footballs. Thank you for anything and everything that you gave us. Mary went back to school on Tuesday, happy and blessed.

At the end of presentations, Diana a 12-year-old orphan, when giving votes of thanks only said, “YOU MAKE US FEEL LOVED." It is true because all our teachers also felt the same.

The Kawangware community has appreciated your support because 76% of our school population comes from the vulnerable members in the community. Your help is huge.

P1200514Thank you very much to all the team Cheryl, Tim, Jeremy, Tyra, Cindy, Kim, Joel, Abby, Sue, James, Starr, Sheran and to our father Dr,John Stanko.I know we have some worthy friends who have touched our lives through donations and have not been able to come to Kenya. I wish to thank you all for making it possible for our children to eat, learn and continue living. Thank you for paying Mary's school fees and for keeping her. I will make sure that all the donations are directed to the intended purposes only.

God bless you abundantly.

Pastor Francis

That about says it all. The pictures are from our visit to Upako. Before we know it, there will be new needs, so if this report moves you, please contribute using PayPal through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you for your prayerful and financial support. I felt like you were there with us in Kenya. May God bless your generosity.