As promised here is part 2 of our happenings . . .
Currently, we have three main areas that we are giving our time to here in Kenya.
1. Southern Cross Association of Churches
Southern Cross is the relational network that we oversee here. This year we have begun working towards establishing a Key Leadership Council for East Africa. In May we held a vision casting day for members who are interesting in the continued growth and development of Southern Cross in East Africa. We had a great turn out and we are currently working towards building a team of Kenyan’s to work together with us to lead the network here. We are also excited to be working towards helping our members with more resources.
2. Hope House Babies Home
At the start of this year we sat down with the leadership team at Hope House and talked with them about what their main needs are. We also discussed areas that we could help them with that are within our skill set. We established some goals to work towards together.
Anthony has been spending regular time at the home with individual staff members. We have been working towards helping them to improve of some of their administration and communication. He has been teaching them some new skills in admin and technology. We are excited to see how these business and administration skills will help them.
They have recently received permission to start adopting babies out again as there were hold ups due to governmental red tape.
3. From Pavement to Prosperity Street Boys Project
We continue to partner with the Pavement to Prosperity street boys project. Anthony has been working with the team to help see the completion of the well they are drilling on the property. It is a challenging task but ultimately this well will help the project to thrive and quickly move towards self-sustainability.
We love this particular project because we have seen some amazing transformation in the boys lives over a short period of time. We would love to share one boys story with you:
Approximately 2 years ago Clinton was living on the streets of Nairobi. He was in a hopeless position. Through a connection to another boy who has been through the Pavement to Prosperity program Clinton was selected as a part of the second intake of boys to the farm.
Clinton spent approximately 9 months at the farm where he was rehabilitated, taught life skills and discipled. During his stay at the farm members of the team noticed that Clinton was taking a keen interest in learning to cook. After further discussion Clinton expressed an interest in pursuing a career in hospitality.
Through a generous donor Clinton was able to spend a year in vocational training where he was taught about hospitality. After a year Clinton has been offered a job at a well known international hotel here in Nairobi. The hotels general manager and head chef have a heart for helping street kids and have offered Clinton and another boy the opportunity to complete an internship in the kitchen. Clinton is working in a program that is also offered to university graduates.
If you would like to find out more about "Southern Cross" or the "Hope House" or "Pavement To Prosperity" projects, click on the logos below to visit their websites:
Let start by just saying that we always intended on being better at this communication thing!!
You see, the thing is that after a while, your exciting move to the mission field on the other side of the world seems less exciting and more like everyday life. Then you find yourself wondering what’s so interesting about our life that is different to anyone else’s? Do people really want to hear about our life? But we know that so many of you love us, just as we love you and we know that many of you pray for us and support us in many ways. Words cannot express our gratitude for those of you who care for us so well.
So here is the latest family news from us:
Our girls are as always right in the centre of our lives here in Nairobi. They are currently on their VERY long break from school (11 weeks). On 15 August, our girls start another school year at Rosslyn Academy which is a great Christian international school. Zoe is commencing 5th grade, Pippa 4th grade and Lucy is starting pre-school (half days). This will be the first time all three girls have all been in school here. They are all excited to be back at school soon and they loved buying their school supplies for the year the other day.
In June, we had Fiona’s mum and dad here to visit for 4 weeks. It was so lovely to have family around and the girls especially loved jumping in bed with them every morning (and we loved the sleep ins). We spent our time with them with a mixture of ministry, tourism and just hanging out.
Recently, some good friends here blessed us by inviting us to go on holiday with them. It was really lovely to spend time together in Kericho, tea country. It was so lush and green with rolling hills of tea everywhere you look. We are glad to get to know another family better. God has really been answering our prayers for deeper friendships here.
OUR NEEDS (please pray for):
We love hearing from you so please let us know how you are too.
Love Anthony, Fiona, Zoe, Pippa & Lucy
Part 2 - Ministry - coming soon! ... If you would like to connect with us or support us please head to our website for more details.
We are a family who are just seeking to do what God wants us to do. We have heard God speak and we want to be obedient to his voice, and are excited by what He is going to do when we respond!