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God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Jackson, TN 38308 USA
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Our ministries in Kenya consist primarily of two schools, one in the fishing village of Gudwa on the shore of Lake Victoria and the other in the slum area of Mathare outside of Nairobi. In each of these projects, we are looking to do much more than educate the children, more than making sure that they receive a nutritious meal during the day, even more than making sure they understand the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, we are working very hard to transforms the lives of entire families and even entire communities associated with the love of Christ. This has caused us to focus on relationship building and this is a process which takes much time.
The school building in Gudwa represents the largest project we have undertaken. The building project began at the end of 2013 when we purchased the necessary land and began construction of the 9 room facility which can effectively be used by 100 students. Gudwa is primarily a fishing village. However, the growth of factories around Lake Victoria have greatly increased the pollution in the lake and made fishing much more difficult. The families in Gudwa are under grave financial pressure. Education of the children represents a wonderful hope for the next generation.
Prior to our being able to build the new school, we ran the school from this used sheet metal building. The village is thrilled with the improved building and are definitely praising God.
At the beginning of December, we held our first graduation ceremony. I wrote an address which was delivered to the parents and community leaders stressing the importance of education and the need to develop a partnership where they assist with the responsibilities of the school. This partnership is vital for the long term success of the school.
The work continues and the challenges are many. In 2015 we will be expanding our food program in Gudwa and looking to see how we can best develop life changing relationships with the families of the children. Thank you for your support of this important work – lives are indeed being changed!
The area of Mathare is located just outside the city of Nairobi, Kenya. I have beed criticized for referring to the area as a slum but I’m not sure how else to describe it. The people in Mathare refer to the area as a slum so I think the name is appropriate. The living conditions are both deplorable and sad. Most of the families live in small single rooms without running water. And most of the families are terribly broken. Poverty is what is most easily seen, but what is contained directly under the surface is drugs, alcohol, and dispare, absent fathers, filth, and disease. In the midst of these surroundings children continue to be born and grow…and wander. This is the area of God’s Daily Word Children’s Center. Our center is a preschool with a capacity of 70 children – and we are continually filled to capacity.
In the center we have qualified, and very loving, teachers who provide instruction throughout the day. We also make sure the children are fed a mid morning porridge and a healthy lunch. Many of these children would be hungry throughout the day if not for the Center.
The families of the children who attend the Center have great needs. But we are operating under the guidelines that the most important needs can only be met through a life devoted to Christ. And this type of transformation can only occur through a long term relationship. This year we hired a family pastor/counselor who is devoting her time to visiting the families and praying with them. We are beginning to see great fruit from this effort.
Another project we undertook this year was to provide uniforms for the children. This instilled a sense of pride in the children, gave a sense of hope to the families, and also made it easier for the teachers to keep track of the children when they had outside activities.
We have been blessed these last two years with being able to rent a facility to use as our Children’s Center. We pack too many children into the space but we do the best we can. It would be very expensive to purchase a permanent facility but if this is where God wants us to go I know the funds will be made available. For now, please pray that the owner continues to allow us to remain.
In 2015 we will be focusing of relationship building and also looking to see how we might be able to expand the capacity of our program. There is truly a never ending supply of children but we want to expand in a manner that allows us to expand our relationship building at the same time. It would be helpful to rent some additional space and perhaps we can even begin the process of purchasing a portion of the needed space. Again, thanks for any assistance you can provide for these projects.
President, God’s Daily Word Ministries