|The muddy shoes are left at the entrance to the dormitory|
I am not sure where I come down on the use of algorithms
used by the internet to track my browser history, but if there is one good
thing that I can say, it is because of this tracking I keep getting online and news
outlet articles and videos about Kenya—articles that I otherwise would not see.
Most of the articles that have come to me have to do with
some of the problems the nation is facing. Prominent these days is the flooding
in many parts of the country, including in the western part, where Kisii is.
There has not been the same type of flooding at the
orphanage, since it is higher in the hills. But they have gotten the persistent
rains. The rains very often make the road into the area of the orphanage impassible,
so that even if they might be able to obtain food, it is difficult or even impossible
Solutions for long term improvements to the living situation
are difficult to find for the people of the area, but we are making progress in
the orphanage. Simplistic ideas such as buying chickens or a sewing machine so
that they can start earning money could of course help, but the situation is
more complicated than that.
There is very little land to work with (1/4 acre of rented
field to grow crops for 50 people or more), and the market is already full of
merchants trying to make a living by selling articles of clothing that they
But we press on. For me personally, it is not a choice. God
has given it for me to do, and so I do it. I do not have the luxury to decide
if I want to or not.
It is frustrating at times to see so little in terms of long
lasting solutions, but I can only leave that in the hands of God. I can only
imagine what it is for the actual orphanage workers—yet they faithfully
continue, and without receiving any wage. They work as volunteers, servants of
These are His children. My prayer and the prayer of the
church in Kisii always is that He
will provide for the children. It is beyond our abilities to do so. Some more of the photos of the children, their names and
ages are in this post.
Latest from Pastor Joel:
Dear Beloved Dad, Mum and Church,
Greetings in Jesus name, we thank God for the day, we praise
God for the love and donation sent for the children, we received food to the
store and it will last till Wednesday as the food cost has increased to 100kg
of maize cost ksh.16, 000 from Ksh.12, 000.
We have attached pictures of the
service outside church building and pictures of the children, beds we
purchased, we are still struggling as to the rain has not finished. We the
money we received was used to food. We thank you all for your help kindly keep
us in your prayers for the children.
God bless you. Keep
praying for us. Thanks.
Yours Son Joel and
If you would like to help the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kisii, Kenya, you may make your check out to "The Log Church" and write "Orphans" on the memo line.
Send it to:
The Log Church
PO Box 68
Tripoli, Wisconsin 54564
Every nickel given in this way will be used for only aid for the orphans. It will be used for purchasing food, clothing, schooling, and other necessities of living. Nothing is held back or diverted for any other purpose