Merry Christmas from Ahadi Family Kenya, which has seemed like Grand Central Station with our boys coming in and out from camp and going to relatives, after getting some new
clothes and shoes. The last boys to leave, went with our social worker and house parent whowere to check out the whereabouts and living conditions of relatives who live in Western Kenya. We thank God that one of our abandoned boys has been given permission to visit his grandparents after being separated from them for about a year. Eventually, we hope the court will allow a complete reconciliation. Three of the boys were at my house for a few days and decorated a shrub in the front of our house (see photo); at night, the flashing white lights (contributed by an Ahadi alumnus) brighten up the night. All three of these boys have been abandoned by their relatives. We thank God for board members who are helping to care for these boys and a fourth one, during Christmas holidays, and that the boys are happy with their environment at Ahadi Family. They are much more to us than mere “court cases.” They are vulnerable boys needing nurture and affection, and are very dear to our staff who delight in seeing them “grow in wisdom and stature with God and man,” as Jesus did.
Three of our boys finished primary school (8th grade) this year, and we will be looking for a high school for them in January. Acceptance in high school depends on the scores they attained on the national exam given in December (at the end of the school year). Three others finished high school in November and also sat for the gruelling national exam. By this time, theyare now firmly connected to a relative, having visited many times, and are learning to be a part of the community of that relative. If they qualify for further education, we will look for a sponsor for them. Perhaps one of you would consider making tertiary education possible for them.
An Alumni reunion took place on 12 December, and 25 of our Ahadi guys were able to make it that day (1/3 of whom are still in college/university now; the other 2/3 graduated). They decided to meet at our house since it is easier to get to in rainy seasonthan the Ahadi house, using public transport, and they organized for shopping and meal preparations. Four of them agreed to stay at the Ahadi Family house to watch over it during the holidays and do some cleaning. Others have stayed to visit with my husband and me over the holidays, along with the sister to two of them. It’s encouraging to see these guys mature and find their way into the community as adults. I was able to attend graduation for two of them this month.Reuben (in the photo on the right), majoring in Video Production from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and Joseph (photo on the left) in Industrial Chemistry with Management from Kenyatta University.That makes 27 who have graduated from a course in 18 different colleges or universities. Fourteen others are currently enrolled; two others are completing Master’s Degrees (one in Korea), and two others are doing Professional Courses following their graduations. Praise be to God who has brought us this far, and a big thank you to the sponsors who made it possible.