Today a prayer was answered as we did something which we haven't been able to do until now: provide our school children with a proper meal for lunch! With a HUGE THANKS to Strathallan School who have provided us with enough money to give the pupils lunch for the whole year, we were able to give them a meal with the confidence that it won't just been for 1 day or 1 week, but that this will last the whole year.
As I sat there and watched them eat I felt my eyes tearing up, knowing the difference this will make to some of these children. However, I managed to keep the tears back as I wondered about how to explain to a 4 year old why I'm crying while their getting food, hehe! It was so great to see this day.
But the crazy thing is, when I sat down and calculated around how much it should cost each week, it came to around KSH3,000 (less than 25 pounds). That's not just for 1 child, that's how much it costs to feed all 30 pupils and the staff a decent meal each day for the whole week (well Monday-Friday). I don't really know where I'm going with this, but I guess the point is, if you want to make a difference in someone's life, you can do it. It only takes a little sacrifice to go a long way.
Food for thought! Be blessed ><>
this year has started with a bang with Always Enough street ministry!
on our first meeting of the year with the street mum's we went expecting 5 or 6 of the women to turn up; 25 women came eager to hear what we had in store for the new year! we've been talking with them the whole month about change and yesterday 6 of the women gave their lives to Jesus and became Christian's! on top of that, 2 of the women have decided to leave the streets and will be joining others at a rehabilitation. there they will receive counseling and learn skills which will help them to stay off the streets once their done with rehab.
it's also been exciting to spend one day a week at the rehab and to see the women change before my very eyes! you can see them making cards in the pictures above and a selection of their handiwork.
please pray that this year will continue the way it has started with many street mums leaving the streets. also pray as we target a new 'base' (where a group of street boys and women stay) to reach out to, that God will use us to show them His love and for safety and wisdom.
last week was 'back to school' week here in Kenya and the beginning of a new school year. we opened our pre-school alongside the others and we were happy to welcome our kids back for another school year.
to our surprise, when lox checked in on registry day he found all the children from last year who were supposed to go on to primary school!! we managed to get them registered at a nearby school where we'll be able to keep a watch on their progress and where they'll be in class together.
however, the little ones for pre- school also came and we registered 22 kids for this year. we were also able to give some Muslim children the opportunity to be in our pre-school. they are often rejected from schools because of their religion, but we see it as an opportunity to show them the love of Jesus and to be a witness to their families.
there's a few things we'd like to do this year:
let us know your thoughts!
God bless ><>
E-mails are great, parcels are fun, but nothing can beat a visit from home! on the 2nd of Jan at 9pm me and lox made our way to the airport and waited excitedly until mum and dad appeared through the arrivals. we exchanged our first hugs since March 2012 along with smiles and flowers!
Welcome to my blog! In case you didn't already know, I'm Ruth. In 2010 I graduated from University and before I even had time to settle down and get a job I felt a tug on my heart to go to Kenya for a few years to help in any way I could. When I arrived it was love at first sight; I loved the more relaxed way of life, the way Kenyans would laugh at EVERYTHING and the way people would put people first. On my first day there I also met Lox, a tall, dark & handsome African man who had the same passions in life as me and the more we worked & laughed together the more we fell in love & after a couple of years of dating we tied the knot & got married. Now I live, work, eat & sleep Kenya. It's great to be able to help those who are in some ways less fortunate than me but amazingly I always feel that I'm the one who gets blessed and learns so much from the people I try to help and from everything I do. Enjoy my blogs which give you a taste of this crazy yet wonderful life I lead.