We are happy to inform you that thanks to the quick response concerning the needed school fees, the orphans here at Sengera House (all seventeen of them) are back in school and have begun they're third term. We have also blown the dust off of our two previously dormant sewing machines and begun teaching the children how to sew.
Yes, thanks to the compassionate hearts that our Heavenly Father has developed in each and every one of you who have been assisting, these precious children continue to move forward. And not only are the children being well cared for, but much progress continues to be made here at the orphanage.
It's amazing how much can be accomplished when brethren work together in unity. Yes, what a pleasure it is to be working together with those of like mind; Those who pay no attention or little regard to which "church" one attends on Sabbath, or what variation one may have in doctrine, when it comes to assisting those "crying out" in need of help. Taking care of our widows and orphans is “top of the list” when it comes to practicing that pure religion that James talks about. And helping our impoverished brethren is something every converted brethren wants to do, and with a real zeal. As for those who turn they're backs on the poor and needy, the scriptures have much to say; One sobering admonition is in Proverbs 21:13. "Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered" NIV.
Some working here may not be approved by the hierarchical churches for lack of the "physical credentials" that they consider necessary and valuable. But don't be fooled brethren, true disciples of our Lord are not distinguished by any man-made stamped paper, true disciples are distinguish by their behavior, by having love one to another.
You donors mirror the "Good Samaritan" of Luke 10:29-37 as you heed the instruction of our Lord concerning "who" is our neighbor. You also mirror "Gideon's Army". You might be few in number, but your the few that our Heavenly Farther is using to accomplish many good work. Yes, many good works that are glorify Him.
Much progress continues to be made here at the orphanage, including improvements in the kitchen. The counter is now tiled. [the job was accomplished by the
boy's.] Yes, they have received more "hands on" training. This time in laying tiles. And by doing this job by ourselves we were able to use the funds that would have went to hire a contractor to do the job elsewhere. We used the funds to purchased an electric "wet saw" to cut the tiles. Hopefully, this will enable one or more of the boys to get into the tile trade as they get older. Remember, our goal is to have each child trained in a particular field where he or she can become self- supportive after finishing their schooling.
We have not yet been able to plaster the Ogembo widow's house, but we were able to supply her with a table and two chairs, and have also continued to help her with food for her young family. She is much appreciative to you donors.
Our goal now is to continue trying to assist the brethren with food for the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles. Some funds have already come in, and the brethren here are very much appreciated for it. (We do expect over 800 in attendance again this year.)
Let me also say thank you for all of your prayers for our protection. This “untoward” world in which we are living can be very dangerous, especially in these third world countries. This week Haron's life was threatened again. He traveled to Bomet to visit some of the brethren who were pushed off their land by the Kenya Government. As he was walking to a nearby market to purchase them some food, someone put a highly toxic cloth over his head and face. Haron immediately passed out. We took him to hospital in Bomet, where they diagnosed him and informed that this particular toxic chemical kills within 24 hours. He remained unconscious for over eight hours, but finally came to. He is now improving, and should be returning home tomorrow.
I will be returning to the States in about two weeks, just prior to the Feast of Tabernacles.
Your brother in Christ, bill Goff
(Text from Haron):
I traveled with our friend the Judge in his car to visit our brethren who were amongst the thousands that were evicted off their land by the government.
It is a sad night here at Narok county meeting our loving brethren out of mau evacuation, it is cold Night for them without nothing to cover, no blankets, no food to eat and with oldest clothes ever in life.
The judge has spending 7,000/ his own money to buy them food but wasn't enough for 35 brethren we managed to meet. These brethren are starving. We are both socked due situation. On. Behalf the judge is request 23 blanket from Kenya hands of hope and little food as he looking means forward. Its a request.
(End of text from Haron.)
I just received this text now. KHofH will be seeing some aid to them today. A few of them (including children) already died along the way.
The table and two chairs we had made for the Ogembo widow.
Aside from one bed, this is all the furniture they have.
James prepping the counter for tiles.
Felix and Manley laying the last tile.
Mildred and Ann preparing food on the newly tiled counter.
August 22, 2018 Update
Hope all is well with you.
I wanted to inform that we have not been able to start the sewing project because of the lack of funds but we are hoping that others who can afford it will donate to this worthy cause.
Also, School starts up again in one week. Currently we do not have the funds to pay the school fees either. Now I'm not asking those who normally donate to donate more, but I am reaching out to others, hoping they will learn about the needs of the church orphans that are living here, and will help them if possible.
These eighteen orphans are precious. They came to us from various COG groups who could not assist them after their parents died. When we took them in they were skin and bone skeletons; lacking food, clothing, and none were in school due to lack of school fees. Thanks to those who have been assisting all the children are now well fed, clothed, and all have been in school. But as I mentioned, currently we don't have the funds for them to return to school when it reopens on August 27th.
If you can possible help, it would be highly appreciated.
And if you can tell others about the situation here, that would be great. We have tried numerous times to spread the word about our impoverished East. African church widows and orphans here in Kenya, who suffer so much and desperately need our help. But most "leaders" of the larger Cog organizations will not allow their members to be informed about the brethren here. (How Sad) Also, the brethren in Rift Valley who were pushed off their land by the Kenya Government have been living on the streets around Narok. As I previously mentioned, some of the children have died, and were buried in the woods. Now some of the elderly are near death. They have been getting pneumonia from living outside in the cold. We don't need a lot of money to help them, but they do need some assistance.
your brother in Christ.
August 5, 2018 Update
I hope all is well with you, as we patiently await the return of our Lord and Savior. We here at Sengera House are doing okay. School has closed for the Month of August (the second term has ended.) below you will find some of the children's report cards. They will now have a much needed break from the very busy schedule and routine of getting up at 5:30 and preparing to be in class by 7am (even earlier for the two boys in High School.)
We have much to report on today, because there is much transpiring here in Kenya. This past Sabbath (8/4/2018) We traveled to the Massai border to visit the church group there. They greeted us with a very warm welcome. Services lasted about three hours including songs by the children's choir. Afterwards we all shared a bowl of rice and a cup of tea. This group has been suffering a lot. You may recall they had no access to water, and we funded the digging of a well. The brethren have been drawing water form that well and are so appreciative of the help you have given them. In the past, they had to walk a total of three kilometers to fetch and carry back every drop of water needed to wash they're clothes, cook they're food, bathe etc. etc. what a blessing to have access to water nearby. We are now hoping to assist them with another project. They are congregating on Sabbath under some trees for shade. This is the last group that I know of who is still in need of a meeting hall where they can meet every Sabbath rain or shine, and be protected from the elements.
Ketongo Church Group (Massai
Also want to update you on Margaret, the young Ogembo Widow. She is the one you donors funded the building of a Mud house for. (Previously, after her husband died, Margaret and her four children were forced to live on the street for a while.) These 3rd world countries are rough places to live. Many of our brethren are often in survival mode. They are all peasant farmers, struggling to grow food to eat, struggling to find water to drink. Often times struggling from the time they wake in the morning to the time they go to sleep at night. O they survive, our Heavenly Father provides for them. But the poor are poor. Rich in faith? Yes, but they spend most of their lives suffering. They're the ones our Lord says we will always have among us. And they're the ones you donors have been assisting, as you practice that "pure" religion of James 1:27. I hope you brethren who have been donating know that you have eased they're pain significantly. Even for this Ogembo widow, the house project was a big success. Her and her family are very thankful to all of you. But her house is now in need of plastering. We weren't able to plaster during the time of construction, and it was okay to wait a while. But the mud has now completely dried, leaving some open gaps In the walls and allowing the cold night air to penetrate the inside. So we have moved that project to the top of the list.
We have also begun a fundraiser on "go fund me" to try and raise funds to teach the children how to sew. We have already purchased the two sewing machines needed, but need to hire a sewing teacher to instruct therm.
I want to mention a scripture here, it's found in Galatians 6:9 "let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." And in verse 10: "As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
These brethren whom you donors have been helping are of the household of faith. And I want you to know that they appreciate your help very very much. I know I have been slow in sending out donation receipts, and hope to get them out soon as I return to the States. But please realize that your donations are going to a very worthy cause, and we are doing our best to try and be good stewards with the funds. We have also been trying to make others aware of the needs here because so many of our brethren here are suffering.
Treating Francis for a fungus infection.
Felix and Nehemiah fencing in a plot to plant Kales in the garden.
Many of the children
are ranking near
top of their class.
July 21, 2018 Update
I Just wanted to drop you a quick line to inform you that the Typhoid epidemic seems to have come to an end at the orphanage after we began treating the artesian well water. The rains and unprecedented flooding in Kenya have also subsided. (We believe that the well was contaminated because of the flooding.)
I am also happy to inform you that Brian (Ibu) has completely recovered from cholera. We also pulled him out of the previous trade school where he was learning to weld because of a lack of proper care for its students. He is now working full time at a privately owned welding shop where he is learning the trade at his own expense. He is working at the shop without pay as he learns. The owner is well pleased with him. I visited the shop this past week and was quite impressed with his progress. He even performed some welding that was required on our motor bike.
We at Kenya Hands of Hope have also been able to assist both the Ogembo Widow and the Massai border Widow with food this week. As I mentioned before, most of our church widows ration they're food. These two widows had absolutely no food to ration. Thanks to you donors we were able to assist them.
Once again, the Kenyan widows and orphans want to thank you donors for your financial help and your prayers. They really appreciate all the love you have given them. Our impoverished brethren are really suffering in this present life, and not every one cares to help them. But you donors haven helped them and eased their pain significantly.
The Scriptures have much to say about those who help those in need, and those who do not:
Psalm 41:1: “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.”
Proverbs 21:13: “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”
We thank you for helping our poor brethren. Now I know you donors are not looking for any pay back or compensation for the kindness you are giving them, but you do have a reward coming at the return of our Lord and Savior, the One who says: "Behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give every man according to his works shall be." Revelation 22:12.
Brian welding at the shop.
Brian welding the motor bike.
Installing kitchen drain at Sengera House.
Felix and James mixing concrete.
As you are probably aware, we are trying to teach all the children trades so they can become self supportive.
All eighteen orphans are present in this recent picture.
June 29, 2018 Update
Hope this letter finds you well, both physically and spiritually. It has been four years since we first started “Sengera House Orphanage”. I want to thank all of you who have been supporting these orphans, and also for the support you have given to numerous “true” church widows scattered around parts of Kenya and Tanzania. Your compassion and willing hearts has helped so many in many ways. Life for our brethren living in those third world countries continues to be a struggle.
I want to update you on the orphan Brian (the one we call Ibu). Brian is the one who has been attending boarding trade school in the town of Ogembo. He has been learning how to weld. Last week his class took a field trip to the City of Kisumu for additional training. A few days after arriving in Kisumu, seven of the students became deathly ill. They were taken to a local clinic and diagnosed with severe case of cholera. None were given any medication though; (the school apparently didn’t want to disperse any funds, or be responsible for any bills) one student died within hours. The other six (including Brian) were put into three ambulances and sent on their way to the city of Kisii (Kisii is near home where the boarding school is, about a three-hour drive). The school then called the parent and guardians of the six, and informed them to meet the ambulances at the hospital in Kisii and pay the transport fee. We did just that. In fact, we (Kenya Hands of Hope) paid half the ambulance bill for all three emergency vehicles because most of the parents had no money. The students were admitted at the hospital. And finally, after about eight hours of becoming ill, the students were given medication. But sad to say, another one died at the hospital. The other five (including Brian) survived; he is now recuperating quite well back at the orphanage.
I hope we realize brethren; how fortunate we are to be living in the USA. We don’t have such a struggle to survive like so many of our impoverished brethren due. Even now, we have a young church widow struggling for food for her children. She is not rationing her food like many of our church widows living in that impoverished country do on a daily basis, she is struggling to find food to ration. We also have a church family in Narok who have been displaced from their home, and in need of help. But currently our funds have been depleted, and we are unable to help them. Two church families in Narok area whose homes were completely washed away, we have already assisted.
It’s been a tough couple of Months in Kenya, especially with all the recent flooding that country has been experiencing. We (Kenya Hands of Hope) have assisted many church families affected by the storms. Even at the orphanage we have been battling Typhoid for some time now. We finally have come to find out that the artesian well where we get all of our drinking water has become contaminated from the unprecedented flooding. That water is now being treated.
Please pray for our impoverished brethren, and for the work we are involved in there. And please spread the word that there are true brethren in need of our help. We are told in Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” The families that we have been assisting “are” of the household of faith. Even all of the orphans that we are caring for came to us from various scattered “cog” groups. We paid no attention to which particular “cog” group their deceased parents previously attended, that didn’t mean one iota to us. Our focus at Kenya Hands of Hope has been to help orphans, and true widows.
If you are not familiar with the work we are involved in over there in E. Africa, please take the time to scroll down this “Latest Update” page, and you will see where the support funds are being used. And at the bottom of each page there is a button you can click on which will bring you to the previous page. You can go back and see what we have been involved in over the past number of years. But most of all let us pray “Thy Kingdom Come” because many around this world are suffering, some horrendously.
June 16, 2018 Update
I am happy to inform you that we reached our fund-raising goal and have purchased the second sewing machine. Now the children will begin learning to sew. This is another huge boost forward for the orphans as they continue learning skills and trades that will enable them to become self-supportive. We have also reimbursed the Sengera House budget we used to purchase the motor bike. Let us praise and thank our Heavenly Father for continuing to bless the work we are involved in here in E. Africa.
We are also happy to inform you that the children living at Sengera House continue to excel in many areas. As you may know, Kenyans are good runners and have achieved gold medals in numerous Olympic Games. One of our young men has demonstrated his athletic skills. Nehemiah came home from school last week and informed me that there was going to be a sports event that afternoon in the City of Kisii, Kenya. He had no previous knowledge of the upcoming event, but wanted to know if he could participate. We told him yes.
Nehemiah arrived just in time to begin the race and little did we know he would win the race. Afterwards, he told me he was extremely tired as he approached the finish line and wanted to give up. But as he heard the cheering from the crowd (Including Government officials who attended) it gave him the extra strength needed to continue on and win the race. What a boost this was for his morale.
Brethren, Let this be a boost to your morale. As members of the body of Christ (the called of the Father) ye also are approaching the finish line, the Kingdom of God. As I see the help you continue to give the many widows and orphans living in that impoverished country, I keep hearing "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord." "I was hungry and ye gave me meat, thirsty and ye gave me drink, naked and yet clothed me.
Boaz and Nehemiah returning from the village of Ogembo, after refilling the tank of propane gas.
The motor bike is a big help at the orphanage. Not only is it transporting the boys to High School but is also easing the purchasing of supplies from the nearby village of Sengera and Ogembo.
The sewing room is soon to be fitted with some additional lighting and chairs.
The children continue to work hard in the garden
June 4, 2018 Update
Voice in the Wilderness COG & Kenya Hands of Hope 5525 Springs Ave Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577 USA
June 4 2018
I'm very appreciative of the contributions you have made to the work we
are involved in in Kenya, specifically to the orphanage needs. I often struggle
with asking for contributions from you because you have responded with so much
love by contributing in the past. I sometimes hesitate asking for additions funds
as more needs arise in the future. The conditions in Kenya are very difficult
for the brethren. Many basic needs, as you know, are not available to them as it
is to us in the States and other prosperous countries. I'm faced with their
needs on a day to day basis and I'm trying to fill their needs as best I can
with the funds available.
It seems that
I'm continually asking for help for the work we are doing. But I'm faced with
difficulties every day as to how to allocate the funds you have sent. And
sometimes the funds fall short to take care of the children at the orphanage. We
make do with what we have until more funds are available to us. It is my job to
make you aware of the present conditions at the Orphanage and to see how you can
help alleviate those conditions.
I'm writing this personal note to express to you my thankfulness for your
Love and concern for the brethren in Kenya and your continual
support for the work there. Please realize that the help you have been giving
has accomplished much. We have had "true" widows in God's church who were
sleeping without proper bedding, continually rationing the little food they had,
and even lacking Bibles. But your contributions have eased their suffering much.
And let me remind you (or inform you if you’re not aware) that the orphans
living at Sengera House may have come to us at different times and from various
cog groups scattered around Kenya, but all were in the same condition. Literally
starving, lacking in proper clothing and void of school. Now they are "all" in
school, including two in High School and one in trade school. All are no longer
"skin and bone" like they were upon arriving, but have meat on their bones from
the nutritional meals they are eating, and all are clothed. It is thanks to you
donors, whom our Heavenly Father has bestowed His wonderful Agape Love that all
this is being accomplished. (Galatians 6:7-10)
Please know that
you are very much appreciated for the work that you do in supplying funds and
offering up your prayers to the Father and the Son on our behalf.
May the Father
and the Son bless you for your love.
12, 2018 Update
From: William Goff <email@example.com> Date: 14 May 2018 at 6:35:32 AM EAT Subject:May 12, 2018 Kenya Update
We are told "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom."
Ecclesiastes 9:10 | NIV. Here in Kenya, we are striving to do just that, and to teach the children the same, as we patiently await the return of our Lord and Savior. In this report we hope to show the gratitude of the many widows, orphans, and brethren that you as donors have been assisting here in this impoverished part of the world. The good works of your hands have eased the pain and suffering of many.
I can remember quite well how the orphanage in Sengera begun. Two of the young orphaned boys were sleeping on the kitchen floor of the church pastor. He had already taken in a number of orphaned children and had no other space left for them to sleep. They had no mattress, and no blanket, making it quite easy to become ill lying on the cold and damp dirt floor. It is hard for many of us to comprehend the poverty here, there is so much that we take for granted. But now, thanks to the compassionate hearts and good works of donors, such as yourself, much joy is in the air here.
In Sengera House alone we now have 18 precious children living in peace and safety. All are in school, all are clothed, all are well fed, and are very happy, content and loved. They are "always" thanking me for everything. But I always tell them it might be my face that they often see, but it is the "donors" Yes, the donors who are the ones who need to be thanked. It is the donors who are the caring ones for these young ones. Thanks to the compassionate hearts and the “Agape Love ”that our Almighty Father has bestowed in all of you.
Pictured below is Naomi. This girl is a perfect example of how hard working these children are.
She just walked back from the river carrying 20 liters of drinking water on her head.
They call it "the river" but it's actually an artesian well that is located near the camp. Many people from the village have to walk great distances to fetch drinking water from here. I always remind the children how blessed they are to live so close to this well. I attribute it to Isaiah 58:13-14 where we are told that IF we keep the Sabbath, calling it a delight and turning our foot from doing our pleasure on that day, He will cause us to ride upon the high places of the earth. They are definitely blessed to live so close to this well. The water is pure and drinkable without the need of boiling or treating.
The boys also continue involvement in all the construction at the camp. Pictured below is Brian (Ibu) and James working on the plastering of the new security wall. That plastering is now totally complete.
We are also hoping to begin teaching the children how to sew. We have asked a professional who has evaluated all the children and determined that 9 of them are capable of learning the trade. His fee is 200 Kenya Schillings (that's approximately $2.) per child, per lesson. He will give five lessons per week. That totals 36,000 Schillings ($360.) per month for all nine children. That's $40 per child per month. One requirement before he begins, is a second machine. So, we are hoping to move forward with this project as soon as possible.
Concerning the fundraiser we started for the Motor Bike, we are hoping some will be able to assist. In the meantime, we purchased the bike, using the little bit of budget money we had on hand. It was quite necessary to purchase the bike now because the High School where two of the boys are attending is just too far to reach on foot. And part of the travel is too rough for the car. We are not asking assistance from those of you who are always giving but hoping that some who see the need and can afford it, will help to reimburse the budget funds.
Let me also mention that the Sengera House Orphanage is not the only place wherethe funds
received are being dispersed. We continue to help numerous "true" widows from various remote church groups. In Narok, we assisted two families whose houses were totally washed away from the recent Kenya flooding. Also, one widow in Nakuru had her house totally flooded. She was moved into an evacuation tent by the local government, but not given any bedding. So, we funded her to purchase a mattress and blanket. We also continue to help other church widows, including one living at the Maasai border and one in Ogembo. The family who was evicted from the property, that they unknowingly purchased from a con, are living in rough conditions trying to find a new place to live. We have helped them the best we can with some food.
We have also been continuing to fund traveling to visit new groups who have recently come into the faith. Charles Momoro is one of the pastors here who has been traveling to the border group each Sabbath for teachings. (They are the group where 20 were recently baptized.)
Below is a pictures showing where we supplied wine and flour for the recent Feast. Without the help of you donors, many of your brethren here would have had no wine or flour for the Passover/Unleavened Bread feast.
We also recently installed a sink with running water in the kitchen at the orphanage. What a help that is (can you imagine working in a kitchen with no running water and no sink.?) We thank you donors who have made all of this possible. May our Almighty Father bless each and every one of you.
(The letter below is from Nehemiah. He wanted to thank those who have been supporting him:)
Hello, my name is Nehemiah Sibwoga, am one of the orphans living Sengera House. I'm in level one in Bombaba secondary school (High School) I thank God for this far He has brought me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kenya hands of hope donors. It has been our shelter, our food and our education. our lives could be something quite different without your support. Bill is the only parent I know, he has been up and down to march our needs. For the donors of Kenya hands of hope may God grant you safety in your works and lives. Our prayer is for all of you to be healthy and save. Please keep supporting us, our heavenly Father will reward you for the good work your doing here in Kenya. thanks Nehemiah
Pictured below is Brian (Ibu) wearing his welding glasses. He is the one attending trade school, learning many additional skills including welding. As you know we hope to have each child trained in some skill so they can become self supportive upon completing their schooling. Most in Kenya begin training for some trade skills at age 18. We hope to have the training completed by that age.