Kenya has been on my mind since July 2011.  My eldest Compassion-sponsored child is set to graduate in September 2012. In one letter, he writes, “My family and I would welcome you to Kenya”

 

I’ve learned that Wycliffe’s family calls him Wicky, though he prefers to go by Sakwa Wycliffe. He’s 6’5″ and he loves Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I imagine that he will be a positive role model for other kids in his community.

He talks about the children in his project, and he hopes good things for them and for himself.

 

 

Kawira

My other “child” is also a young adult. Kawira is now 17 years old and lives at Kaaga School for the Deaf during most of the year.

I learned through a pastor’s letter that  children who have a hearing impairment or deafness are ostracized by the entire community. This is because there are superstitions that these children have an evil spirit. No one wants them around.

Thanks to Compassion and those acting on behalf of these children, children with hearing impairments are now much more valued and accepted than they once were.  Compassion provides the children with meals, medical care, education and spiritual education. Kawira is part of a dressmaking school thanks to Compassion, and she’s doing very well.

My desire is to go to Kenya with Compassion. It won’t be just to visit but to share the love of Christ with several child centers like the ones that Wycliffe and Kawira have benefited from.

I’ve been two other Compassion trips and have heard about others. These children are real and while there, we see a lot of God’s work right there in the field. While there, we will see a Child Survival Program and talk with mothers and get to hold babies.  We’ll visit 3 Compassion centers, play with the kids and even chip in and help paint, repair things around the project, garden, or do some cleaning.

We also have the opportunity to do some home visits and take a month’s supply of food to the family’s that need it most and who graciously allow us to come into their home and learn about the daily livelihood of the families that live in this community.  Click here to learn about the recent trip to Ecuador and a young teenager’s life.

Finally, we will even get to talk to young leaders who have come from the depths of poverty and who are now being equipped to serve their community and their country. That’s an awful lot of responsibility. So I hope that we can encourage them and help them to know that they are not alone.

I am asking you to be a part of it. Will you help me to be the hands and feet of Christ?  You can help by:

1) Praying. The trip is from March 20-28, but much prayer is needed in advance. You can pray for those of us going (Elizabeth, Christoph, Maggie, Daryl, and Debbie are a few people of whom I know are going.) We need prayers for safety as there are recent warnings about going to Kenya for US citizens. Prayers are also needed for the wonderful country staff that will be hosting us and for the people that are arranging the travel plans in Nairobi.

2) Donating items to deliver to children in the projects. School supplies, jump ropes, frisbees, soccer balls, stickers, fun activities that the children can do – (construction paper, foam stickers, crayons, markers, etc). bubbles. If you want to donate these items, please message me.

3) Donating to my trip there.   I have a Paypal account set up to accept donations.

 

 

Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. Please let me know if you have questions about the trip!

Beth

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