Kenya

Goats and Chickens - an update

Flashback to the spring of 2016 when the Fox River family was invited to "Show Love" and give in new ways by blessing our Kenya family with goats and chickens. I loved this idea and allowed for it to snowball a bit. I gathered donations from family, friends outside of Fox River and my classroom in kids' ministry to be able to broaden the blessing. Ultimately, we had enough to purchase 10 goats and 20 chickens. How fun is that?!?  To make it more personal, I purchased dog collars and made name tags for the goats.

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The two children we sponsor received Bunco Billy and Henrietta. Imagine my joy when a letter the following year let me know that Bunco Billy had a kid who was named Paul (after the one and only from the Bible!) Fast forward to this January when I was able to see Bunco Billy's newly born second kid, Silas. Seeing the literal harvest of seeds planted years ago was amazing. My mind and heart continue to swirl with the lessons learned on sowing and reaping that is talked about so much in the Bible. 

Bunco Billy with baby Silas

Bunco Billy with baby Silas

Besides seeing the goats, there was the flurry of fuzzy little chicks scurrying after their mamas.  Walking through the villages, the abundance of this blessing was crystal clear. From eggs to babies growing up to have more babies, God's ability to take what we offer and exponentially expand what we give was mind blowing. I had been guilty in the past of underestimating the impact my giving through "My Gift for Jesus" had on the lives of not only the children I support but also their families. When I had the opportunity to visit Pahe's home, they had prepared a special lunch in honor of my visit. This included chicken which they had specifically sacrificed out of thanks for what I am able to do for their family through my $25 each month. I was overwhelmed by their generosity in light of their daily struggle to provide for their family and have enough to eat for themselves. I was challenged to consider if I ever give to that extent and was so grateful for their example.  

God continues to work in my heart upon my return. I will continue to pray that He will show me ways to pray, live and give in new ways. What might He be calling you to do? Imagine the possibilities if you say "yes" to Him!!

Meet Paul!

Meet Paul!

I wish you could have heard her laughter as she tried to get a goat to pose for a picture!!

I wish you could have heard her laughter as she tried to get a goat to pose for a picture!!

All's Well That Ends Well

This last week both our schools in Bomani and Vipingo have taken a break after finishing term 2 successfully. This is common to do here in the Kenyan Education System.

Bomani grade 8 students at Haller Park with the Fox River Team

Bomani grade 8 students at Haller Park with the Fox River Team

Vipingo grade 8 students at Haller Park with the Fox River Team

Vipingo grade 8 students at Haller Park with the Fox River Team

Community is such an important aspect of our Kenyan culture. Relationships always trump agendas and we try hard to make sure we make time for the good stuff -  fellowship with each other.

The Team that makes everything happen at the schools.

The Team that makes everything happen at the schools.

This was a longer term for the schools and was also filled with the blessing of many visitors. We decided to wrap up a little bit differently with a gathering of staff from both schools. We met at Vipingo where we watched a movie titled Mully - (worth looking for), played games and finished up with eating some nice Byriani - a Kenyan coastal speciality.

Inspirational Movie Time - Mully Movie

Inspirational Movie Time - Mully Movie

All work and no play makes us all dull.

All work and no play makes us all dull.

Lunch was scrumptious 

Lunch was scrumptious 

We had this time of fellowship to focus on the ever important community that is being built every year as the schools grow. Both schools are uniquely different but have one main focus - to educate young children in their faith and their academics to one day change their own destiny, direction and community.

After Fellowship came Swallowship

After Fellowship came Swallowship

O’Neal moderating 

O’Neal moderating 

We ended the term with a real bang and were so thankful for our time together. Please keep our students in prayer over these 3 weeks term break that they may:

- Stay safe while at home.

- Continue their walk with Jesus by attending Church and youth programs.

- Make good choices and return back to school rested and healthy.

In Team there is no Me.

In Team there is no Me.

Please also take time to pray for the teachers and the support staff. They do a wonderful job and we are immensely grateful for them!