Greetings from Kenya where we have been blessed with a couple of rainy days to keep down the accumulation of dust a bit from the dry season. We look forward to more in the next couple of months as rainy season will begin. The January board meeting approved the purchase of a greenhouse and some drip irrigation equipment for some land beside the greenhouse so we can grow crops year round. Greenhouses in Kenya are very popular due to our good sunshine. We are waiting for a technical person to come give advice about placement and to take a soil sample. One of our board members who lives nearby has a greenhouse, and she has given advice as well. We have a very strong wind at times because of our location on a hillside with no trees around. Hopefully, by next month’s update we will have it in place.
Good news. One of our boys who had been waiting for high school placement, along with another new orphan whom we are sponsoring, have both been accepted at the high school where two of our other boys are attending. That will greatly reduce the running around required for parents’ meetings, etc. Another one of our boys who is academically unable to handle high school has been accepted in a vocational school in the western part of Kenya, fairly close by an uncle. We thank God for these good placements. We also were able to get the sister of the boy featured last month in Case in Point, in high school. Getting children in high school is a very big deal and very costly since secondary education is not free, and whenever possible, boarding school is a better option because there aren’t enough local schools, so the commute to and from school would consume too much of a day and be more costly than boarding. The first term of high school and vocational school, including mattress, bedding, metal box to keep clothes in, toiletries, basin, bucket, uniform, textbooks and school fees ranges from $400-700 (Kes. 35,000-63.000). Most schools charge as much as more-than-half of the total year’s fees the first term (January). So, the average Kenyan is really stressed getting their children in high school, and most are unable. Our total expenses for the first two months of the year for Education alone was $6,375 (Kes. 585,000)—not counting college boys. THANK GOD FOR THE GOOD DONATIONS AT THE END OF THE YEAR THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 4 BOYS AND 1 SISTER GOING FOR THEIR FIRST TERM OF BOARDING in addition to the other 30 boys in primary school and upper years of high school. Whew. What a whirlwind of activity that was and at a time when everything that could possibly go wrong with international banking, did go wrong. I’m so glad that’s behind us!
Now, it’s time to focus on the annual audit and employee tax reports. The figures produced during this process, are just further proof of God’s faithful and amazing provision. I am a compulsive worrier, but God is not, and He works things out in His time, using concerned friends like you who respond to the Holy Spirit’s nudge.