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NEWS FROM MISSIONARY MIKE & SYLVIA
March 17, 2013
NEWS FROM MISSIONARY MIKE and Sylvia
Mike calls me twice a day to report on happenings at Little Eden. He is always excited at the events going on. The children have been out of school because of the election, so he has had a lot of time for interaction with them. The boys have been accompanying him to their new dorm site, helping clean up the construction area. They are so excited about their new home. It sits on a rise above a small tree lined, fast flowing creek (which they call a river) and looks out over a beautiful lush green meadow below. It is an ideal place for boys to grow up. I have a feeling that many a fishing trip will be enjoyed and tree climbing will be a great pastime. Our boys are so polite and well-mannered, but every now and then, their mischief streak emerges and chaos reigns! But that is okay!
The construction is going slowly, because of the crew's lack of modern day tools. Mike is so used to having the convenience of electrical tools, so these men are having a real challenge trying to get this job done the "old fashioned" way! He continues to brag on their work ethics. God has blessed us with dedicated and loyal workers, who are so appreciative of a job to support their family.
If you remember, we had asked for prayers for our four children in Class Eight during their KCPE exams in December. They were so anxious to pass with good grades in order to be accepted into a better High School where they could receive an excellent education, which would guarantee them a better chance at life in a Third World country. They had worked so hard, but sadly, our children did not score very well and there was much disappointment and anxiety, even from Mike and me, whether some of them would even get to attend High School! But God is so good! Matron Anne approached a local school and pleaded their case and begged for an opportunity for our children to attend their school. They were accepted and are now enrolled in the village of Karangatha, which is within walking distance of the orphanage.
As a reward for their hard work and dedication, Mike took them shopping yesterday (Saturday) in Naivasha at the super market, where they have anything you could need. The clothing area is upstairs of the market and Mike, Matron Anne and Big Joe escorted them to the second floor to shop. Mike said their eyes were so big and round in amazement of what they saw. You see, they have never had this opportunity in their 14 years of life! Can you imagine our children waiting this long to have such an experience? He said they just flitted all over the store looking at all the clothing. Anne went with Mary, Carolyn and Grace, while Big Joe went with Simon. Mike finally had to find a chair to sit in, while they shopped. He said they came out to model for him, with bright clothing, (that's my kids!) full of excitement. I don't know who had more fun, the kids, or Mike. They will get dressed up for church today and he will be taking their picture.
When they returned from shopping, they were greeted with a Catholic High School group of students from Naivasha, who had come to visit our children. They had brought goodies and staples to share with Little Eden and had interacted with our boys and girls. Mike emphasized to the students how important and appreciated it was to have Kenyans visit our children. He invited them to come back often to interact with our children. A lot of Americans visit our home, but they also need to experience the relationship of their own countrymen sharing their love and resources. This always blesses their hearts!
When we think about all the Americans who have gone to Kenya to give these children a better life and fill them with the Spirit of Christianity, we are just so moved. If we can just be a small part of turning a Third World country into a more productive, educated, God-fearing country, then we have answered the call of our Father. You know, we are sometimes asked," Why do y'all go over there that far, when there are people here in America that need help?" Our son-in-law was asked, "Is your father-in-law still going over to that country instead of staying here in America and helping our needy?" (with venom) Goodness! Our answer: "Thank goodness our country and churches are taking care of the needs of our poor, with all kinds of programs in place." In Africa there are no programs. Nothing! But they are getting there, slowly but surely. The thing that we should all be concerned about? The Muslims are taking over these Third World countries! As Christians we better be doing everything we can to save them from that tragedy! Because sooner or later it will come back to bite America! Think about it!
Mike sends his love and appreciates your prayers!
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