Bessings in Kenya


Praise God! for your prayers and support.
It feels like September just flew by. The first two weeks we spent in Nanyuki town teaching national leaders the CHE (Community Health Evangelism & Education)  principals. The leaders came for training from various communities through-out the central region.
We arrived in Nairobi on Sunday evening. We were met at the airport by smiling faces of good friends, Peter Wanjohi & Ngari. After many hugs and catching up on news, everything was loaded in the van and we headed to Park Lands.  Getting up early Monday morning we stopped for supplies before traveling the three hour journey to begin training. We arrived in Nanyuki Town to 16 leaders waiting our arrival and ready to begin training. We worked late that night. It was funny to watch the faces of people as they began the different approach to learning. You see, CHE does not teach in a lecture style setting. Everyone must participate in the learning activities. At first this was a very strange teaching method to the participants. They were very confused when we came in and removed all tables from in front of the chairs. After two days everyone became excited about this new idea of involving every member of society in the process of solving everyday problems. What I absolutely love about CHE teaching is all lessons are taught directly from the Bible. Did you know Deuteronomy 23 teaches us how and why to build latrines? There is a reason the Bible is called the book of life, all lessons in life are found there. The first week ended with everyone united and prayer for each community represented.
The first full Sunday we were able to worship with the new church in Nanyuki town. What a blessing to see God’s people reaching out to the community. This church is lead by Pastor Elijah Wachirah, part of  Bethany Ministry team. That afternoon we were able to drive out to the new church in Thome. All I can say is WOW, what a blessing!   Through Project Kenya using the CHE principals we seek donors to fund businesses that give back a portion of the profits to support the local ministry projects. It was a pleasure to visit these two new churches and witness first hand the fruits of your sacrifice in giving. Your seeds are growing, I can only imagine a bountiful harvest. The only heartbreaking part of our day was passing over many dry water beds. The dust was unbelievable! I just can’t imagine living daily without access to clean water. No option, No water…….  
The second week of training began with 22 new students. The look of confusion was the same when we started the training, removing tables and including everyone in discussion. This is a very new vision for Africa, they are used to people coming in and telling them how to solve all their problems. The CHE model teaches how to look at issues and find solutions themselves. It was a powerful week! Some leaders by day two were saying “CHE has the potential to change many problems through-out Africa”. By day four they were discussing strategies to engage their communities, and begin projects. It is the prayer of Project Kenya to help with funding for the local business that support Ministry projects. This is a great way for Kenyan Ministries to become independent from outside funding. Through Project Kenya,  using the CHE principals we seek donors to fund businesses that give back a portion of the profits to support the local ministry projects.
My third Sunday in Kenya was exciting as we all walked to the river after church for baptism. Pastor Peter Wanjohi Kamau of the Nyeri Church was eager to enter the water and baptize the new belivers. As I witnessed the new believers during the baptism I felt great compassion for their lives and commitment to follow Christ. I am not sure Americans would have been so eager to get in the cold dirty water, where families were washing clothes up stream. It gave me a new perspective on how Christ can wash us clean. There was a great deal of celebration with each life commitment, and my heart was tremendously effected and blessed by all of it.
 River Baptism
After the CHE training was complete I was able to meet with the child sponsorship committees. We had a great day of debriefing from the April Bible Camp. The committees reported back on the great impact this had upon the children. They reported that the children have gone back and taught other children in their communities what they learned. The Kenyan leadership team praised the joy of working together with the American team. They said they learned so very much from the style of teaching presented to them. They all laughed when we discussed time and scheduling issues. They voted to collect all the watches from the American team when they arrive, because everyone knows in Kenya time is not an issue. It was a great meeting, with everyone praising God for the results of the Camp! The meeting ended with excitement as we planned for next April and the special things God has planned for next year.
I was able to visit with many of the sponsor kids, and see first hand how your influence has helped their lives. It is a blessing to see the improvements God has provided them. At one home we celebrated as we turned on the water spout which provided water to the small homes. These kids were drinking river water before the sponsorship money helped to pipe water in. Praise God, for seeing their need and providing for them.  On Saturday I was able to attend the Bible classes at the Nyeri church for the children whose families come for food. Every Saturday food is distributed. It is always exciting to be with the kids, they are so special, we laughed, played, ate sweets, and talked about Jesus.  
I can’t even count the many Blessings God brought my way in Kenya. If I were to write them all, you would be reading all day and night. So let me end this entry with my heartfelt Thanks, to all of you who commit to supporting this ministry. May God abundantly Bless you beyond anything you could ever imagine!

I love you all,
P.O. BOX 5896


Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue
but with actions and in truth. 1st John 3:18



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