This blog is about savoring the good and small things in life and being thankful for what I have. I am retired now and trying to do my part to live simply and frugally so I can help on the mission field.
My charitable giving in Kenya started in the villages around Kericho and extended at times to Nakuru and Kisii, Kenya. I now mainly focus in the villages around Kericho due to the need to make the best use of my limited funds. From time to time, I also help villagers from Pokot areas of Kenya in the north, with their medical needs.
My work in Kenya led me to sponsor several children through Compassion International's Canadian office. Two young boys I sponsor in Kenya are Peter and John.
|Peter lives in a small town north of Nakuru, Kenya. He celebrated his 10th birthday in March 2014.|
|John is the first boy I sponsored and he turned 11 years old in June 2014.. John lives in a slum near Nairobi.|
I was also a correspondence sponsor to Haile who lives in Ethiopia. Being a correspondence sponsor means that someone else sponsors Haile financially but I was the one who corresponded with him. Haile is much older than Peter and John and he graduated from the program in June 2013. Though I wasn't his financial sponsor I did provide him with birthday gifts, the occasional family gift and a graduation gift to try and help him have a livelihood after graduation. Due to the program policies I am no longer in touch with Haile. Though I could write to him there is no way for him to write me back so I haven't sent any more letters. I just tried to let him know during the last several months of our contact that I would be praying for his future needs and for his walk with God. I hope that whatever help and training he received through the Compassion Program is enough to sustain him throughout his lifetime.
|Haile through the years. He is age 21 in the photo on the far left.|
I am now the correspondent for another boy from Ethiopia. His name is Wondimu and he turned 4 in March 2014.
It is nice to know what is on their hearts and to receive their prayer requests. It is a bit challenging for me to think about what to write to them that can bring them a little interest in the big world out there and to help them keep dreams and hope alive.
Recently, John started to write me letters in English in his own hand. He has excellent printing and is very neat. Peter is only a year younger and his printing is very unformed. But he seems to be very good at drawing and colouring. He always sends me drawings but his printing seems very unformed. Haile was able to write me his own letters but since they were written in Amharic, they needed to be translated into English. We only had about one and a half years together but in that time I could see that he was interested in the world around him and the broader economic activity in Ethiopia, soccer, animal husbandry and his developing relationship with God. I miss hearing from him and continue to pray for his needs.
In December 2017, I decided to sponsor my first child from Uganda through an organization called "Food for the Hungry". His name is Kevin and he is 12 years old.
I do some intermittent and self-funded missions in the areas around Kericho Town & Nakuru, in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. Projects so far have included helping a few women start small business, helping farmers with seeds & fertilizer, helping the sick, helping students with school needs and clothing, building jiko stoves for village women and food and evangelistic outreach at Christmas. For the past 4 years or so including 2018 my missions work has mainly been in helping a university student and a recent university grad, helping a large family with monthly needs and helping with hospital costs which in Kenya are very expensive.
This blog is my primary outlet for sharing about my simple life: simple joys, simple activities, my faith and charitable works. It is also my way to encourage others to join in with me in helping the villagers of Kenya.
Although I do not yet have any sponsored children in the highlands of Kenya I very much want to find a way to do that in future. In the meantime, I help as I am able. If you wish to help too, please send me an email.