My husband and I are back from 7 weeks in the US, and are re-adjusting to life in Kenya, working all day, and finding out what transpired while we were gone. While in the US, we began checking into housing, insurance, and other options in anticipation of a partial retirement from our Kenyan ministries next year, Lord willing. Now in Kenya, we continue thinking through what the “handing-off” process will look like. It was very encouraging that our staff and board were able to keep things going while we were gone. When we left, the Ahadi boys were one month into second term. Now they have finished second term, and the younger boys had time to play with the donated games and toys and read donated story booksbefore dispersing to see relatives. Thank you to all who contributed these fun items. Our luggage was full to the limit with all your donated goodies.We are getting the second-hand laptops set up for their use as well, thanks to Maurice, our Ahadi computer science alumnus.
Third term begins the first of September. We haven’t received communication from some of our boys who are now living with relatives, but are estimating our total tuition bill to be around $3,500 not including transport back to us, shopping for boarding school kids, etc. We are grateful for all of you who help us meet these bills.
Meanwhile, I am busy getting 17 Ahadi college boys back to campus. Victor, who was featured in Case in Point in April has completed rehab and is hoping to be accepted in a 3-year Bible college, studying Bible with a concentration in Community Development. These boys are so blessed to have the opportunity to study beyond high school, thanks to individual sponsors. Dan and Michael graduated from Daystar University end of June. We, sadly, missed their graduation. Both have jobs because they had finished classes earlier. Several others are finishing in the coming months. It’s exciting to see these guys complete college, when I can remember most of them when they were 10-12 years old or so.
When I last wrote, we were planting tomato seeds. Now, the tomato seedlings grew, were transplanted in the greenhouse and have grown to be as tall as a person. (You can barely see the head of our houseparent in the photo.) They are flowering and producing baby tomatoes that we hope to be harvesting in the coming weeks. Praise the Lord. Outside the greenhouse, we are growing spinach, kale, onions, cow peas, sweet potatoes, etc. The chickens are growing, too, and are the type we let run around a little. I will be eating one this week-end for Sunday dinner.
Sad news. While we were in the US, several of our boys got into various trouble and are no longer in Ahadi. One was forgiven and given another chance at school. Two of them are over 18 and chose to get into trouble so now are facing the consequences of expulsion from school and Ahadi, and are trying to make it on their own. Most of the boys we work with are so happy to be at Ahadi where their needs are being provided, and they are cared for and protected, and their behaviour is good, but we don’t have 100% success stories. Some are a danger to themselves and a threat to others. We do our best, and hope that the boys we work with will make wise choices, but it doesn’t always work that way. We are praying that they will come to their senses before they get into too much more trouble. Please join us in prayer for them.