The Wisemen of the nativity story have always intrigued me. Men who had a God-sized vision, followed... and Jesus showed up. As readers we aren't really sure how many of them there were, what their names were, or where they came from exactly ...But we know they followed. Some might say with reckless abandon. They followed, recognized where God was leading, and worshiped. The kings brought their gifts and recognized Him for who Jesus is. A true king. They set aside their own wisdom and kingship to bow down to THE King. I wonder if they were surprised at how they found Him. God with us. Immanuel. A child and at the same time the Savior of the world.
As we head into 2019, I am reminded that we are called to follow. Follow Him wherever He leads and He will always show up. And not just show up but do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. That doesn’t mean that we don’t plan, but first and foremost we follow. It sounds a little crazy to follow without certainty of what lies ahead? After all...who does that? Wisemen. We need to be wisemen.
I pray for 2019 to be a time for you to open your heart and follow. May He give you God-sized vision and may you not be surprised when He shows up!
With gratitude for your ongoing prayerful and financial support,
Our Annual Italian Dinner raised $4500 towards Crisis Relief in Malindi. It was a fun filled evening with great food and family fun! The $4500 raised is rebuilding family homes washed out in the 2018 flood and providing mosquito nets and residual spray to hundreds of families in hard hit areas.
October 10th-24th - A group of 12 volunteers engaged in construction projects at Chembe Joyous Children's Home and a VBS at 3 of our sponsored nursery schools! Volunteers worked alongside of the Hope Center Designs ladies and they even attended the beautiful wedding of one of the young men who has grown up before our very eyes in the past 14 years! New relationships were developed, projects were completed, and lives changed! There is another volunteer trip planned for early April! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chembe kids showing off their dance moves!
6 Ways YOU can MAKE A DIFFERENCE in 2019
How far do you walk to get clean water?
Access to clean water continues to be a challenge for the people in Malindi. Water taps run dry for weeks at a time. Over the next several months Every Life will be building a water storage tank giving the community access to water even in times when the water tap runs dry.
CHEMBE CHILDREN'S HOME
Now that the new home was finished in 2018 the difficult realities of day to day operations of food, clothes, school, and medical begins to set in! We need child sponsors. Would you consider sponsoring a child at Chembe and help meet the costs for their basic needs? It's hard to believe but, $35 a month makes a big difference! You can find more information Here.
(of course you can always visit too!)
THE MINISTRY OF FRANCIS KATANA
Francis Katana and his team of Hope Builders work diligently all year ministering and discipling in Malindi and the surrounding village areas. As well as being a gifted teacher, he hosts his own radio program on Lulu FM every Thursday night addressing family and cultural issues.
Francis has a prison ministry where he teaches every Tuesday. It has grown from only a few each week to well over 100. With funds from Every Life donors a baptistery was built in 2018 and the first baptism took place December 16th when 48 men who are prisoners were baptized!
Moses has been faithful to go into remote areas showing the Jesus Film and following up with discipleship classes. There have been 3 church plants as a result of this aspect of ongoing Hope Builder's ministry. Moses also became the father of twins in June!
Lilian is a dedicated, educated and passionate woman who is the glue of Hope Center and who also serves as the Hope Builders administrative assistant. She is an excellent teacher and is a co-founder with Francis and 3 other pastors of a discipleship school in Chakama that trains and empowers indigenous pastors.
Empowering Children in Malindi with Education Opportunity
CHEMBE CHILDREN'S SCHOOL "ARIANA's FUND"
Helps sustain the education of children at Chembe Joyous Children's Home and other children surrounding the Chembe
Read More about Ariana's Fund here