Portion for Orphans Newsletter
May 27, 2004
Dear everyone back home,
Hope that everyone is doing well and getting ready for summer! Here it should
now be rainy season. All the plants have been planted, but there's no rain!
It'll be a rough year for many people here as that was to be there source of
income and food. Hopefully the rain is on its way.
As for me, I'm doing fine. My time left here is now very short so I'm trying
to finish up smoothly and do what I can to make sure that some of the changes
will carry on even when I'm not here. For example, schedules and rules for
the residents, making job descriptions more clear, and working on establishing
a board to help Carol and the ministry to be more effective (my roomate/volunteer
Catherine is actually doing wonders in that area~and I'm so glad we've been
As of today, we've almost finished reconstructing one building and made it
into a dorm that will house up to 12 girls, the two who are living with me
right now, and others who will be able to move in shortly. There is also room
for a matron and a volunteer. This is a small start for Carol that will provide
a good foundation before they take in more children. The kitchen is also finished
and it's really great!
I have only a week and half more here at St. Joseph House of Hope. My mom
and little sister Cindy will be joining me to volunteer for that time. Then
the three of us will travel up towards Northern Kenya where a friend of mine
has planned a safari for us. This time has just been beautiful.
The kids, especially our two girls, have brought me so much joy and have shown
me that this is the work I really desire to do. There is a great need, and
we are also encouraged Biblically, to care for the orphans, the widows and
the fatherless. I have really enjoyed seeing how Carol has responded to this
and I feel that I've learned a lot from her.
This has been tough at times, really tough actually, but I can say that God
has granted way more than I asked and desired. I've learned a little about
caring for these groups, however, I realize that there is much more to learn.
There are so many things I wish I could express with words. First of all, more
than anything it's God's faithfulness, to all of His promises. When it's been
tough, He's provided encouragement and relief almost immediately, well that
is after I somewhat learned the lesson He was working on teaching me. And for
those lessons, I'm thankful as well. I've met so many missionaries in the area
and even went way out to a church in the bush this last weekend. They have
all taken me in at various times and have been so very encouraging!! Secondly,
it is something incredible to feel that Connie knows she is loved and that
she's learning more about God's love for her. She's the one that said to me, "How
can God make orphans?" (Yeah, that still cuts deep every time I think
about it) Every few days they take out a little photo album full of you guys!!
They talk about you by name as if they know you, they know that you are the
ones caring for them. It's just so neat.
For those of you who've been asking for my prayer requests, thank you so much.
They are that God would provide a matron of His choice to oversee these girls,
for wisdom/provision for the administration, for my family, and that He would
order my steps and continue to provide all that I need as now I have some new
decisions to make.
May God Bless you guys fully as you've poured out upon others.
P.S. Having all of you as friends, encouragers and supporters is something
rare, I realize that and I am so thankful.
P.S.S. Please let me know what you guys are interested in hearing more about
as I hope to really share a lot when I get home.