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May 2019

The (un)Predictability of Seasons 

Springtime in Colorado is a constant surprise! Snow one day and 75 the next reminding me that seasons are unpredictable.  Even seasons that we know are coming. We say we’re ready for anything but then when anything comes along, we find ourselves complaining or discouraged. Changes of life with kids who are finishing school, graduations, preparing for high school or college. We know the season is coming just like spring, summer, fall and winter.  But, what we don’t know in the predictability of their arrival is what that season will actually bring.  Sometimes that change can bring frustration or anxiety and sometimes a little chaos. Sometimes it’s easier than we think it’s going to be.  Even as we carry on projects and programs in Malindi year round each season of change brings something new and unpredictable.  These past 5 months have been busier than we had imagined and right now it’s rainy season in Malindi.  Rainy season.  Trees are being uprooted, roads are impassable, some crops are flooded, and cold and flu are kicking in. Work slows down or comes to a complete stop because roads are impassable. It’s hard to keep in mind on this side of the world what excessive rain does when transportation is already a challenge and power is intermittent on a good day.  But, we can adjust our attitude or we can allow the struggle to take over every aspect of our life. Maybe you find yourself in a season that you have known is coming for a long time but it’s a bit stormier than you had imagined.  Maybe it’s sunnier.  No matter what season you find yourself in whether it was sudden or inevitable I want to encourage you. God’s got this.  He’s got you.  He wants us to thrive in whatever season we are in and He’s right there with us.  Hang in there through the rain or enjoy the sun! He is at work.
With gratitude for your ongoing prayerful and financial support,
Brenda Kaker


The water storage tank was completed in March providing access to clean water when taps are dry.
This grandmother and her four grandchildren lost their home last year in the 20 year flood that hit the Malindi area.  Thanks to the "That's Amore Italian Dinner" in September 2018, their new home was complete by January of this year!  2 other homes have also been rebuilt for families who lost their homes and a 4th home is underway!
In February, Hope Builder's Ministries and 13 volunteers distributed mosquito nets, blankets, toiletry items and residual spray for mosquitoes and bed bugs to 110 families in the Chakama area.
Your Donation to Crisis Relief  
helps fund projects like these plus ongoing hunger relief, disaster relief, and medical care. 
For the past several years Colorado kids at Foothills Community Kids Church have been supporting Chembe Joyous Children's Home through a unique and special relationship.  Every week the kids and families of Kid's Church praying for and investing in the lives of the kids at Chembe.  They have raised over $3000 in quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies through their diligence every week to make a difference in the lives of 24 kids they have never met.  They recently did a vitamin drive that provided multi-vitamins for the kids at Chembe for the rest of 2019!  (52 bottles of vitamins for a total of 6,240 vitamins). 
(it would take a family of 4 kids a little over 4 years to use that many vitamins!)
A Big THANK YOU to kids church for helping the kids at Chembe stay healthy!
Kids Church and Chembe also exchange gifts, letters and photos.  In October, we asked the kids at Chembe to show us their best dance move and brought the video to Kid's Church... and Kid's Church sent one back in April. 
Take a LOOK!
Want to know more about sponsoring a child at Chembe? 
It's hard to believe but, $35 a month makes a big difference!   
(of course you can always visit too!)
You can find more information  Here.  

A donor has funded the 2nd acre of land! 
As of May 23rd Chembe's land is now free and clear!
Thank YOU!
 A team of 14 volunteers built school desks and a soccer goal for the newly constructed Chembe School.  The trip was kicked off with a New Year's Day pool party!  It was a little bit of chaos and a lot of fun. 
The team had fun building desks alongside of the Chembe kids as well as bonding over legos, books and games.  The fruit of the spirit tree was painted on the veranda wall by the same volunteer who painted one like it in 2014 at their old home.  When it was finished, Joyce remarked "now it feels like home".   The new school was dedicated and a celebration meal was shared.  (read more about Ariana's Good Will Academy here)
April brought 4 "Wazee" (wah-zay) which in the Malindi culture means men who are ....um...men who are "seasoned" in life to work on building school desks for a large over crowded public school. they build 100 desks and 8 shower doors for Chembe Children's home.   
Classroom before desks
Happy Kids with desks!
The lovely and talented, Elizabeth Kurpanek (Elizabeth Mae Photography) volunteered her photography and cinematography skills bringing her camera everywhere we went gathering photos and video that help tell the stories behind the faces and operations of Hope Center Designs.  
The Katana Family
Francis Katana has been married to Constance for 20 years.  Constance is the head teacher at St. Joys Nursery School and is passionate about children's education.  They have 4 children the oldest, Jessica, is in Form 4 (equivalent to a senior in high school) and the youngest, Joan, began grade 1 in January. In between are Jesse who just started high school this year and Joshua who is in grade 6.  Francis leads Hope Builders Ministries (our on the ground operations and ministry partner).  He has been busy overseeing crisis relief operations, conducting weekly prison ministry services, and teaching 4 training conferences since January 1.  His team colleagues Lilian, Moses and Kalama have been showing the Jesus Film and following up with discipleship and church planting.  Together, they have monthly pastoral training sessions and are always first on the scene in crisis.  Your donation to discipleship ministry helps to fund these ongoing programs on the ground.  

Thursday SEPTEMBER 12th
That's Amore Italian Dinner and Fundraiser

This year:
Benefiting Education in Malindi
Tickets go on sale August 1st

This summer tunic is everything you need for your wardrobe.  You can wear it with jeans, shorts or as a dress.  Unbelievably soft and comfortable.  The belt makes it work for almost any body type!

*Photo courtesy of Heather Conkin and Styled by Anne Jackson
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Specific Project Needs

Take a look at what projects are on the radar for 2019
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