What do the Boston Marathon and Ahadi Family Kenya have in common? Answer: Cara Hehn, who is running the marathon for Ahadi Family Kenya. Your pledge for Cara’s run on 20 April will help us pay school fees second term in May. I don’t have all the school fee-structures in yet, but typically they total around $5,000 (Ksh. 455,000). Have a look at this 8 min. You Tube to take a virtual tour of Ahadi and meet some of the boys and alumni, and consider sponsoring Cara as she runs for Ahadi boys’ school fees.
The first week of March was especially challenging. One of our university boys has gotten mixed up in alcohol, drugs, and theft, and we had to take him out of university and put him in a Christian rehab home for a minimum of 2 months. He had never had this problem when he was in high school, but having money for rent, food, etc. was something new to him and he got in with a crowd of people who introduced him to the fun of going drinking and smoking marijuana (something he had already seen the destruction caused by these things in the life of his uncle). We thank God that he realizes his need for help in changing his behaviour, and was eager to go to the rehab home. Pray that the power of God’s love will transform him during this time of rehab.
At the same time, two of our primary school boys became rude and defiant and were asked to leave while in their last year of primary school. We are in the process of getting them into another school. Hopefully, this is a lesson to them about the need to manage their anger and find positive ways to deal with their frustrations. We pray that the school will also learn positive ways to discipline students so they are not provoked to anger.
Simultaneously, our household supervisor/houseparent has decided to leave us and go on to other things. We are grateful for the three years he served us after finishing his university training in education. He was sponsored by Ahadi in conjunction with former visiting faculty members at Daystar University. Finding a replacement is not easy, so we request your prayers.
We thank God that the audit is finished and that we are financially in good shape due to the generosity of many of you who God has enabled to share your blessings with Ahadi. We finished the year with all bills paid, and money in the bank.
The greenhouse has still not materialized due to the slowness of the Israeli company that makes them, in getting us an accurate quotation. We did have the soil analysed, and were assured it is good for growing vegetables. We also had a large truckload of goat manure delivered which will be mixed in after our caretaker is given training in amounts required. Rainy season has now begun, so there’s now no urgency in getting it set up for a few months, though we harvest rain water and it would be nice to put it to good use.
We have ordered new furniture for the sitting room, thanks to the generosity of a donor, and have just today purchased a new office laptop with a good battery, so it can be used when the power goes out (which it does frequently). Francis has been assisting us to we transfer over some documents and download various software. Thank you to donor who made this possible.
We thank God for a few Kenyans who have recently indicated interest in Ahadi and we pray that these relationships will mature and that more Kenyans will come on board to support this ministry in their own backyard. We are grateful that several of our Ahadi alumni make donations as God enables them. One of them paid all the fees ($500—Ksh.45,000) to put 2 of our high school boys in school. My prayer is that more Kenyans would find what a blessing it is to help vulnerable boys.