Dear Hungry4HIM family,
We are excited as we enter the new year on what plans God has for us in the ministry! At this time the children at our partner schools in Western Kenya are starting up what is their new calendar school year. There will be new incoming children to the program and saying good-bye to those who graduated out of it last December. It is a time of a lot of transition and moving parts. Pray for wisdom of the Kenyan leaders on the ground as they make difficult decisions.
At this time contracts are re-negotiated with the teachers and staff at the schools. It is always difficult especially in Kenya to keep good teachers for little pay as the government schools are competitive. Many of the teachers at the orphan schools are not there for the money but have a heart for the children. Please pray for the staff who willingly give of themselves each year to keep this ministry going!
As we enter another New Year we are reminded of why we do what we do! It is so simple yet we tend to miss the basics sometimes. James 1:27 says – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Dear Hungry4HIM family,
As we finish out the year and enter this holiday season we are truly grateful for all that we have seen this year. Our organization has gone through many positive changes. We welcomed our first staff members, improved the structure of the organization, increased the amount of communication with our partners in Kenya and are transitioning from a working board to one that oversees. We are thankful for all of our supporters and advocates who partner with us to make it possible. We know that the Lord wants to continue to use the Hungry4HIM family to do great things in the coming year. We are hanging on for the ride and look forward to seeing what He is going to do!
New Year Prayers
1. For clear vision and direction in setting yearly goals/projects that will meet physical needs but also minister to the hearts of the fatherless.
2. Pray blessings on the oldest children who graduate this month from our partner schools in Kenya. That their lives would have been changed by the education/care they received and will live their days with the Lord in their hearts.
3. Clear guidance for our Kenyan partners as they choose which young children to accept when the new school year starts back up in January. There are so many in the area and they must make some difficult choices in the selection process.
The Hungry4HIM family
WHAT ORPHAN CRISIS?
The facts of Africa’s 53 million and counting orphan crisis are horrifying. The total number of orphans is greater than the number of children in Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, and Denmark combined. This number continues to grow at a rate of about 2.1 million orphans per year.
In Kenya alone there are approximately 2.4 million orphans with more than 700 new ones every day! You play a small part in being Christ’s hands and feet in this world today by partnering with us to change a real child’s life!
Please pray for the children in our partner schools as they study hard for their national exams in October. These are held yearly and determine what level of secondary school they qualify to get into. This is very significant in the child’s future after having worked so hard in primary school. Every year they test very high and rank among the best in both public and private school rankings.
It has been so neat to see all of what God has provided this past month! We give him all the glory and credit for allowing these things to progress. Two of our projects that we have had in the planning stages have solidified and plans/funding have come together. We are beginning to move forward with them in hopes of it being a major game changer for those involved.
Moringa Agriculture project
Funding has come in for property that is owned at one of the school locations to be fenced and the Moringa tree project to be planted. The vision is that the leaves will be harvested and mixed in with the children’s food at the school (and eventually others in the community) to meet all of their nutritional deficiencies. These tree leaves contain everything the human body needs in a couple tablespoons per day in areas where malnutrition is common. You can check out more information on Moringa trees and it’s uses at treesforlife.org. Thanks to their team providing us with a lot of research and great data!
Clean Water project
We have been blessed to get connected with a group who specializes in installing water filtration systems on existing wells in areas where clean water is not available. Our staff members plan on meeting to start this project. Once operational they will provide purified water for all the children/staff at the location. Extra water can be bottled and sold in the local markets to generate some additional revenue for sustainability efforts.
Most children in the U.S. don’t experience losing loved ones until they are older. They see life through rose colored glasses and enjoy the ease of being a kid. Life in the villages and towns of Kenya is different. The children there experience loss from the time they are born. It is all around them. And some of them are touched by it far too many times.
Meet Stacy. This beautiful girl has been at this school since it began in 2004. Her huge smile and shining eyes light up a room! She is full of joy and peace and knows Jesus is her Savior. But her life has been far from easy. Stacy’s dad passed away when she was very young, followed by her mother. She went to live with an aunt and uncle, both of whom also passed away. She then moved in with another uncle and he died as well. Finally, she moved in with her grandparents. The grandparents began arguing, could not get along, so they separated. While apart the grandfather sold the family land, Stacy’s only inheritance, out of anger at his wife.
In the meantime, the counselor and director of the orphan school decided Stacy did not need to be in the middle of these arguments and offered her a place to live on campus. She now is surrounded by a huge family of people who love and care for her and she feels safe.
We, at Hungry4HIM, believe every child matters. If you want to be a part of changing a child’s future go to our Partners page and read more!
Hungry4HIM’s primary goal is to help meet basic needs for orphans and children in poverty AND provide an education. The teachers who serve at our partner schools are a huge part of this goal. These men and women love the Lord and are not just educating in the classroom. They are tutoring beyond school hours, listening to these children and speaking into their lives. They are teaching with grace and compassion and sharing their love for Jesus everyday. Please join us in praying for these servants as they shepherd and disciple the next generation.
For information on sponsoring a teacher please visit: www.hungry4him.com/partner/