Greetings from Kenya in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Third term has begun, and most of our boys are back in school because they are in a private school. There is a teacher’s strike, however, in the public schools because the teachers were never paid a promised increase in salary, nor was it put in the budget for this year, so the government is claiming it is thus impossible to pay them what they were promised. The students who are most hurt are those who are finishing primary school (8th grade) and high school because they face gruelling exams in about 6 weeks, and this is the last chance to prepare for them (cram), so please pray for them. Four of our Ahadi boys are in this position.
As soon as the boys returned from visiting relatives over the school break, we had birthday parties for August and September birthdays, and also had prize-giving for those who had done very well in school second term. All of the boys are doing well, actually, but there was one boy who had improved so much from last term that we just had to give him many gifts. He is the boy who most recently joined us and took no time at all adjusting to his new environment and excelling in school.
We thank God that there was plenty of money to pay third term school fees and even to pay for a school trip for 5 of our boys who are in 7 and 8 grade, to go to Mombasa (the coast) next week. Total needed for the trip was $500. We are grateful for your generosity to make this possible.
Our college boys are back to campus, including Victor who was accepted at Moffat Bible College, a perfect environment for him to solidify the commitment he made in rehab and counselling. It is a very small college in a rural, beautiful mountainous environment, away from the temptations of the city. We pray that as he learns more of the Bible and especially how it relates to community development, he will come to love the Lord intensely and want to sincerely serve Him. Our son, Michael, is his mentor and the one who developed the Community Development concentration, and gives me regular feedback, which is nice. Another one of our boys, David, has been out of university for a couple of years due to disciplinary issues and now, at the recommendation of his pastor, plans to continue with his education next week at St. Paul’s University town campus. Pray for him, that he will not fall back into his former behaviour and that the funding for him to begin again will come through.
The greenhouse tomatoes are exciting.The plants are over 7 ft. tall, and our staff are busy redirecting the lower branches horizontally, and pruning all the excess leaves. Hundreds (maybe thousands) of tomatoes are getting big, and we look forward to selling them in the market when they ripen. We had a water crisis when the borehole(well) from the neighbour who supplies us with water, dried up, and also filled our pump with silt which destroyed the motor so the pump had to be replaced for $400 (40,000 Kes). So, we hired a plumber to connect us to another neighbour who has a better water supply (different aquafer), and we are “up and running again” before any damage was done to the tomatoes.
Our board is meeting in two weeks’ time, 26 September, and will consider many issues (more about that next month), so please pray for wise decisions, and continue to pray that the Lord will help us choose a successor, as we plan for partial retirement next May. My husband and I are going through 17 years’ worth of stuff, tossing and sorting, so we won’t be waiting until last minute. It’s an interesting process to remember, as I sort, how things have changed through the years, and to be reminded of crises that we survived, and blessings we have received. A whole generation of kids have gone through Ahadi while we were here, and several have their own families now. We pray that someday, they will have decent jobs and will support the ministry that blessed them and gave them hope for a better future (and an eternal one). Those who went back to the street, or decided to live a life of crime, we pray for their repentance, and coming to acknowledge Jesus Christ as loving saviour and guide in life.