|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 to transport.
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 have made.
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 the Lord.
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 Church leadership.
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
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
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