“When do you two go back to Kenya?” is a common question we are asked. We were hoping for September 15th but the answer has become “as soon as we raise at least 70% of our second year funds”. As of this writing we are only 30% funded so we have a long way to go. With having lived in Kenya for a year now we have learned how to stretch every dollar donated to our ministry which has allowed us to extend the money raised for our first year to actually 13 months!!!
So We Need Your Help!!! To be fully funded for our second year we need to raise an additional $3,600 per month ($43,200 total for the year). So 70% means we need to have raised $2,520 per month ($30,240 total) before we can return to Kenya!!!
Our goal at Oasis is to bring the first 20 vulnerable orphans into The Shelter around December 1 of this year. To accomplish this, we have a lot of operational work to do between now and December 1st. This includes things like hiring (and training )the mamas to care for the children, cooks, security guards, find a part time nurse, purchase furnishings for the building, complete the water supply system, etc. The list looks daunting at times, but with God leading the way, we are excited to make this happen. That means the longer it takes us to return to Kenya the less likely we will be able to open The Shelter on time.
Would you please prayerfully consider donating to our ministry? At $100/month we would only need 36 people to join us to be fully funded for year 2 (25 people at $100/month gets us to 70%!!). Whether you can donate monthly or only one time, and no matter what amount, you will be blessing us and helping God’s kingdom.
Please consider sharing our journey with your friends, churches, businesses too!!! We would love to have them join us! The more we can share our story with others, the sooner these orphans will be placed in an environment where they can be nurtured and loved. A place where they can get clothed, fed, educated, medical attention, and most importantly, feel the true presence of God in their lives.
Deb and I have been so blessed to be a part of this process. The Shelter is near and dear to our hearts. Please help us get back by September 15th so that we can finish this journey and witness God’s glory being lived out in the lives of the little ones he cherishes so much.
To donate to our ministry online now, click here and select Ruzga Family Ministry!
If you wish to mail in your donation, please put “Ruzga Ministry” in the memo field and make it payable to Oasis for Orphans. Please send it to:
Oasis for Orphans
P.O. Box 1144
Wheaton, IL 60187-1144
We welcome any questions and would love to answer them! Please feel free to contact either Deb or myself. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or you can reach us on our cells: (Bob) 815-519-8328 or (Debbie) 815-540-3357. One of the things that we have learned living in Africa is how important relationships are. We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you beyond words.