Well, by the time you get this newsletter Mike will be in the air on his way home from Kenya. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am. He called me @ 5:30 AM this morning, (2:30 PM Kenya time) on his way into Nairobi. His flight will leave Kenya @ 10:30 PM (1:30 PM our time). For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why our flights always left so late at night when we took the Amsterdam route. Mike shared with me that the big floral growers ship out their flowers to Amsterdam late at night while they are fresh. There are green houses all over Kenya because of the excellent weather! Please, please be in prayer for a safe trip back and another guardian angel to be with him.
Friday Mike and some of the staff made their bi-weekly trip in to Naivasha to shop for supplies. He decided to reward two of our older children with a trip into town, because of their eagerness to learn and also help the staff around the home. He shared with them the importance of their role as leaders to the younger children and how he was so proud of them for being willing to learn. They will be the future leaders in their country; leaders to be proud of. He took them to the Super Market, gave them some shillings and told them to choose whatever they wanted to. This supermarket is very large, with anything imaginable to choose from. Mike sat downstairs while Asst. Matron Anne took Joyce upstairs and Big Joe took Daniel, to shop. As he sat there, his mind was just picturing what they would choose as their reward. Never in their young life had they been in a store so big, that had so many things to choose from. When they came back downstairs, he was just blown away by their chose. Each of them, in separate adventures around the store, had chosen the same thing. A good pair of shoes! Mike was so emotional when he was telling me about their chose's. "Honey, can you imagine what our children would have chosen? It certainly wouldn't have been shoes!" It was a big adventure that they will always remember.
In the newspaper, if they have mentioned the wrong name in an article, they always offer an apologize in the next issue. Well, it is my turn to do just that. It was not Caroline whose grandmother begged Mike to take her in last December, it was actually Joyce! Mike reiterated that when he was telling me the story of their shopping trip. Again, God blessed us. It was Caroline that did the awesome oratory at the Independence celebration, that was just not her background history. We are just so blessed with the children that we have living @ Little Eden!
Mike periodically rewards some of the children with trip's into Naivasha. Most of them have never been out of their small village. His biggest desire is to take them to the game park in Nairobi, because they have never seen all the animals in their country, that so many foreigners spend thousands of dollars to come see and hunt. But, it would cost a lot to take them because of park entry fees and to rent a bus to make the trip. That will be on our future wish list! Everyone always needs to have something to dream about, don't they? I'm still waiting for "my ship to come in", as my mother promised me a long time ago! HA!
Mike shared that we have a great crop of oats growing for our cows. Also the rabbits are having babies and the hens are producing a lot of eggs at this time, for the children to eat. This is periodic as far as the availability of eggs, but we have a very loyal supporter who supplements us with a monthly donation for the purchase of eggs, just so the children don't have to do without. Thank you God, for all the wonderful supporters that you have blessed us with in this ministry. We are continually made humble by the generous donation's sent to Mike Eden Ministries.
Our children have really enjoyed the globe sent over by Patty and Clarence Harris, this past summer. They loved showing Mike where they live, but had no concept how far we all travel to come see them every year, until Mike pointed out Texas. They were so excited to put a picture in their mind, of how far the USA is from Africa. You know, they didn't really even have a concept of how big, Africa is!
Mike and the staff celebrated with the children Saturday night, giving out their Christmas goodie bags and eating a big meal. They wanted to celebrate before Mike went home. ( I think he wanted to celebrate, too. HA!) They will be so busy getting ready for church and their programs on Christmas day, that this worked out better. They all had their new jogging suits on and Mike said they were all so excited. Hot wheel cars were rolling everywhere and little girls were rocking their little baby dolls. The big boys were shining their flashlights all over the dining hall and the big girls were showing off their charm bracelets. Mike said he had never seen so many happy faces in one place. Again, thank you to all our children's sponsors for sharing so much. They were all excited about your letters that you sent them. They will truly, truly cherish them. Some sponsor's were unable to get their letters to us in time, but our daughters, Ann and Karen, and granddaughter's, Kayla and Averi, helped me write them after lunch on Thanksgiving, so everyone got a letter!
Thank you for all your prayers while Mike was in Kenya-----for him and for me. We both coveted them so much. You have truly blessed our hearts.
Mike and Sylvia Eden
I want to thank Martha for sharing my messages with you. I also want to thank all of you for your encouragement and comments....you have enjoyed reading about Little Eden and Mike, as much as I have enjoyed writing about them!