Greetings from the green Kapiti plains of Kenya, where we have enjoyed rains that have caused trees and shrubs to grow nicely–though were more than our roads could handle.
Deep ruts have made it a challenge to get up the hill to the Ahadi Family house, but the neighbors are collecting funds to do some patching. We also had to dig a ditch on our property, and put in a culvert to keep the water off the hillside from destroying our driveway and washing out the road outside of our compound.The bigger boys were a big help in doing this.
Sadly, our attempts at farming are not doing so well these days either. With the overcast skies, our tomatoes aren’t getting enough sun, so aren’t growing like they were in the past. And some animals got to our chickens and ate many of them and almost all of their eggs. So, we had been anticipating about 200 chickens by now but only have 18! (We are illustrating the saying, “Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched.” Same goes for tomatoes–except they don’t hatch.)
We thank God that our boys have settled nicely at school, and those who are attending new schools are adjusting, with the exception of one orphaned boy in the community whom we were paying school fees for. He refused to repeat because of low grades and has run away from his auntie to live in a community far from us where his grandmother lives.
We now have begun the process of finding high schools for the three Ahadi boys who finished primary school. It is quite a tedious process, and you often don’t get the high school you really wanted. We thank God for providing enough funds to meet expenses to date, including paying educational expenses for some orphaned children whose single mom was murdered last year and who are staying with their uncle, who is an Ahadi alumnus. But now, except for the money that has been designated for college/university boys and for the construction on the proposed new addition, we are feeling the “bottom of the barrel.” (Can you almost hear me scratching bottom?) We would appreciate any help you may be able to give at this time.Getting someone started in high school is very costly (about Kes.50,000–$500 each)! New uniforms, books, mattress, bedding, metal storage box, shopping, on top of school fees which are always worse first term. Multiply that by 3 boys. We thank God that we just learned that one of our boys has been offered a place at Mumbuni Boys in Machakos which is just 20 km. away (12 miles). Next week, our monthly food and utilities bills are due, and there are barelyenough funds to pay for them. Nothing for the high school boys. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED GENEROSITY. By the way, the boys have nightly devotions but only have Gideon New Testaments in King James English. We would love to get them all a Bible of their very own, and they are actually each supposed to have one for their Christian Religious Education class at school. But getting 20 Bibles will cost around Kes.15,000 ($150). Would one of you (or a youth group) like to take this on as a project? Pictured are some of the Ahadi boys presenting a short drama to our Board, about the Kingdom of God being so much better than earthly kingdoms.
My husband and I continue to make progress in handing over our responsibilities, and have begun packing up, giving away and throwing out our 17-year accumulation of stuff. Only 3 ½ months remain before we head back to the US. Please pray that our house in Kenya near the Daystar University Athi River campus, will sell at a high enough price to buy something else in the US. We still plan to be very involved with Ahadi Family Kenya through internet, phone, etc. and we continue the process of setting up a trust in which we will both be trustees, overseeing finances from afar. Lord willing, we also plan to pay an annual visit to check up on things “on the ground.” We are thankful for a board of directors and staff, who love Ahadi Family and who will keep things going(as long as you friends of Ahadi keep the donations coming). Without you, Ahadi Family Kenya could not exist. God uses your pockets to support the ministry here. We would love it if more of our Kenyan friends would join the friends from “the other side of the pond” in supporting the Ahadi boys. WE NEED YOU!
One of our Ahadi alumni has agreed to join our board of directors, filling the space left by my coming resignation since I will not be in the country to attend board meetings after April. Thank you, Rama Kitsao for joyfully accepting the challenge. He was our first Ahadi Family university graduate 10 years ago from Daystar University, also earned an MBA, and is currently working at Trans National Bank in Nairobi.