St. Martha's Ministry Fire
There was a large fire in the Toi District of Kibera this month. The fire destroyed many businesses in the slums, including our ministry partner St. Martha's Ministry. We were in Nairobi the night that of the fire so went to Kibera to help Eunice and the women clean up the site, pray for them in this difficult time and give them words of encouragement.
St. Martha's teaches HIV/AIDS positive widows sewing and bead work to equip them to earn a living for their families. In the fire they lost all their supplies, sewing machines, and completed orders.
Praise God in all things! Despite the tragedy, God had a plan. News of this fire spread quickly to ministry partners, and people back home stepped up and started giving generously for them to rebuild.
St. Martha's had been hampered by limited space in their building. To overcome this, Caleb and Eunice are rebuilding from the fire with a two-story building.
The photo on the left is Caleb and Eunice in the frame of their new building. By the time you read this, the roof should be installed and concrete floors will be poured soon.
Visiting the Oasis Orphanages with Friends
Our friends Jim & Denise from back home came to visit and spend some time with us. They run for TEAM Oasis and raise money for the orphanages. During their stay, we gave them a tour of the three Oasis sites.
To the right you can see the main road to The Shelter (the site we are overseeing the construction of). This is a significant improvement from its original state, and is now very drivable, although steep, with normal vehicles.
During our walk to the new site, local boys followed us. They said they're orphans in the area, but it's hard to tell without proper documentation. Who knows, maybe future residents of The Shelter?
Malaria is a problem at The Valley right now, partially due to old mosquito netting in the dorms. There is a high rate of malaria in rural Kenya, and is something very common in our area.
While giving Jim & Denise a tour and introducing them to the leaders and children, we brought along new mosquito nets for the bunk beds and helped the staff install them.
We feel so blessed each time we get to visit the children and especially when we can bring visitors. The love and warmth these children give is so inspiring and humbling. They have very little but the give so much!