Today has been a usual day in Kenya, one we didn’t expect. Sangp and Walter headed out early this morning to buy piping and other items for the well. The rest of us placed stickers on bookmarks and set up to show The Jesus film to a trade school ( MAGO Polytecnic). We are staying at the trade school. As part of the school, students are learning hotel management and they have a guesthouse right on their campus. The guest house is wonderful. The rooms are comfortable and clean. They serve us breakfast and dinner, a four course meal each dinner, all for around $30 per night. The staff is wonderful with the kids.
We asked the Manager if we could show the film to his students and before we knew it the students were waiting to see the film. Around 175 students came to see the film. After the film I talked about the difference of knowing about Jesus and believing in Jesus. Then I give the students the opportunity to go from knowing about Jesus to believing in Jesus and His work. Around 45 students indicated by a show of hands their intent to put TRUST in Jesus and we prayed that Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit would make Himself real to each one.
Then we offered to pray with the students on a individual bases. About 15 to 20 students came forward for us to pray with them. The first student I prayed with was a young man, maybe around 15 years old. His prayer request was to pray for his future. Both of his parents were dead and he had been living with his grandparents until they asked him to leave. He wanted to stay in school but he was having a hard time with lodging and food. He had hurt his right foot and needed God to heal it because there was no money for a doctor. I guess that his grandparents asking him to leave is not unusual here in Kenya after a certain age. What hope did he have? My heart broke! Then God spoke……he knew where his hope was…it was in the only place that could and would help……in the Heavenly Father. Sometimes I wonder who is helping whom on this trip. After the film we rested.
Sango and Walter delivered the items needed for the well and they just got there as it started to rain…. and it down poured. The well now has the casing put in and the flushing will begin tomorrow morning. Because of the rain the dedication was canceled until tomorrow morning. We will all be at the school tomorrow by 8am. After the ceremony we head back to Nairobi. Continue to pray as we travel tomorrow and also that work on the well does not stop because we are not on sight. Amani said that she wanted me to tell each one of you that she is being good and having a great time. The trip is coming to a close but it is still not done and God is still working.
And you remember the young boy (Patrick) who we meet at Shirumba Primary school in Kakamega County, Sango and Walter are planning on delivering a pull-P.E.T to him on Monday August 5th. This pull-P.E.T was initially brought to Kenya in 2010 to a child born with cerebral palsy (who recently benefited from a Wheelchair donated by a couple from Allendale). Pray that all the necessary details of planning this trip from Nairobi back to western Kenya will be timely and that Sango and Walter are able to inspect the progress of the final stages of the Mambai Primary School well one more time.