KENYA UPDATE

July 2020
July 8, 2020

Greetings,

As many of you know, we had posted a new update on July 4,2020 at: khofh.org.

As you can see in that report, many good things have been accomplished here at the Sengera House Orphanage, and we Thank those of you who have been assisting and supporting. We know that our Heavenly Father will bless you donor abundantly for all that you have been doing to ease the suffering of our impoverished brethren, especially the afflictions of our widows and orphans.

But I now find it necessary to inform you of some current needs that have surfaced. We have been inspected by the Kenya authorities today, and they are happy in their findings, although there are some requirements that we have not fully met. (I will include them at the bottom of this short letter.)

Also, the construction of the boys new dormitory Is “almost” totally complete. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the boys are sleeping in their new house. But we need to address the few remaining items. The exterior of the building still needs to be painted. The authorities have not demanded it yet, but they eventually will, because painting is required. Also, aside from the bedrooms and bathroom, the only other room is what they call the “sitting room.” Now I don’t know if furniture like a couch and some chairs are required by the Government, but we haven’t been able to purchase any, so the room is void.

Now asking for additional funds to accomplish the above is very difficult for me, because many of those who have been assisting all along, have been sacrificing to do so. So Please understand, we are “not” asking those of you who have been constantly helping and providing for these orphans and widows to send more, we are reaching out to others who can afford to assist to please do so if possible.

Our “Update Page” goes back and documents our doings for quite a number of years. You can see that there has been no extravagant living or unnecessary spending. We do pray constantly to be good stewards in everything we do here. So please, if you can assist, please do so. And if your assistance can come in the form of prayers, they are very much appreciated, because we know that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person availeth much.”

Your brother in Christ. Bill Goff

Government Report received today:

“Dear Bill, concerning government requirements the following is what we have done as by requirements since we started the orphanage according to Ministry of Labour and Social Services:

  • Housing for boys and girls, kitchen, cafeteria and store room we have achieved in past one year up to late boys house.
  • Toilet, for boys and girls and latrines.
  • Water from the well is pumped and we’ll allocated .
  • Electricity
  • Perimeter wall around compound for security.
  • Water harvesting from rain.
  • Certificate for an home based home
  • Cooking certificates
  • Security guard
  • Cook and food handling

The following is what the orphanage is lacking and needed to abide with as soon as possible

  • Human resources policy
  • Community assessment certificate
  • Audited financial account book
  • Area advisory committee inspection report
  • Children complaint procedure.
  • COVID19 report test for food handlers
  • Matron and patron for girls and boys

Mostly the certificate of community assessment is required immediately.”

To accomplish the additional Government requirements listed above will cost approximately 80,000 Kenya Schillings ($800.)

Painting exterior of house another approximately $700.

Furniture for sitting room: $600.

Grand total to accomplish all the above: $2,100.

July 4, 2020

Greetings Brethren,

Hope all of you are faring well during these trying times, as we patiently await the return of our Lord and Savior.  We thank our Heavenly Father for continuing to protect us, and bless all those who are His. It’s comforting to know that He has placed us in the hands of our Elder Brother, and says that “none” will be lost, bar the son of perdition.  And also quite comforting is Romans 8:28 where we are told that “All” things (not some things, not most things, not many things, but “All” things) work together for good to those who love God, and are called, according to His purpose.  So let us not lose hope or be discouraged during this time of worldly chaos and instability.  But rather let us utilize and exercise our faith. Let us rejoice and be glad, because our Lord is soon to return.  He tells us He comes quickly, and Bible prophesy is being fulfilled right before our eyes.  The Beast power is soon to be in charge of this earth, and also soon after to be destroyed at the return of our Lord and His Saints.

Greetings from Kenya, where your impoverished brethren thank you from the bottom of their hearts for assisting them during this time of drought, floods, famine and pestilence.  We here at Kenya Hands of Hope continue to distribute assistance to those in need, especially the “True” widows and orphans.

We recently visited a small group in Lolunga where we had a Bible study, partook of a meal together, and also distributed maze amongst them to share.  They were highly appreciative being they have been going with little to eat.  This group was part of the forced evictions of thousands of people from the Mau Forest back in July 2018.   http://khofh.org/vwcog/Update_201803_March.htm

We also met with another remote group outside of Bomet, Kenya.  We had a Bible study, and also partook of a meal together of rice and tea.  The Brethren send you their Highest Greetings.

Now let me report on Kelvin and his five siblings.  They are doing well, and now (thanks to you donors) are living quite comfortably in their new house.   We were Also able to install a solar panel which provides them with lights during the night, and gutters to catch rain water which empties into a 500 liter tank.

Kelvin and his five siblings: Samuel, Brian, Goduin, Dancan and Boniface.

In this picture you can see the boys standing in front of the toilet and shower, the kitchen with the opening on top of roof to let the smoke out as they cook with wood, the house in the background with the solar panel on the roof, and gutters which collect rain water and fill the holding tank in far left corner.

Kelvin & Siblings new House.

You donors have built this orphaned family a wonderful home, and eased their suffering tremendously, a sure sign of that pure and undefiled religion spoken of in James 1:27.

I received the following letter from Kelvin:

“Am Kelvin Omweri, the elder boy in a family of six boys, we have been struggling a lot for more than two years, in getting food, shelter, clothing and education. 

Actually, God is great in every aspect, from nowhere, God connected me with Pastor Bill Goff through Nehemiah.  Our lovely donors and pastor Bill Goff, you have made us, as a orphaned family proud. 

Great thanks for the good home, you have built us,a big house with a sizable sitting room and two bed rooms, a big Kitchen and a toilet with a shower room. Thanks also for the tank that collects rain water, and the solar energy that produces enough lights during night.  

You God fearing people have given us a future hope, and through you, we know that our tomorrow will be greater than today. Praise God for your good works.

May the Lord God take good care of you financially and health wise, more especially in this hard time of this pandemic. 

Let Lord God Continue to bless the work of your hands. 

Thank you very much.
Kelvin Omweri.”

What a joy it is to see the smile on these children’s faces, they were suffering tremendously, but now, thanks to you donors, they are doing so much better.  And they are also hard at work.  When Nehemiah went to visit them yesterday, he found them busy digging the ground and growing Nebia grass (for feeding cows) which they will eventually harvest and sell.  Their lives have been turned around in every way.

Growing Nebia Grass to sell after harvesting.

The boys are overjoyed to have their own Bible.  We provided them with a “New Kings James” version, and a child’s Bible Story book.  As you can see in the picture above, they are loving it.  Nehemiah said when he gave to them, they began reading and wouldn’t put it down.

Carrying water back from the river for washing clothes. Each 20 liter container weighs just over 44 lbs., these children are very strong, and very hard workers.

We also have good news about those children who’s chiggers were removed.  They are healing up quite well, and now wearing shoes. Some of them are pictured below.

The following picture was just taken at the orphanage, as you can see your children are growing up very fast. They send thanks to all of you who have been supporting them.  They are aware that you have been sacrificing in order to help and assist them, and they appreciate it Very much. They pray for all of you that our Heavenly Father will keep you and protect you, especially during these troublesome times in which we are living.

Life here at the orphanage for us adults, continues to be a bit challenging.  We are constantly threatened by the authorities.  They continue to trouble us as if we are the enemy, constantly making surprise visits and complaining that we don’t have this form or that form properly filled out, or something else.  Always looking to find some fault with us.  The other day they stormed the orphanage, even carrying weapons.  So your prayers are much appreciated.  We also pray for us to be good stewards.  As you know we disperse funds according to priority, and often times find it very challenging deciding who needs the assistance most, and at the same time trying to make sure we have sufficient funds to carry on.  But I must say that our Father continues to stretch the funds that we receive, and we thank Him for that.

And speaking of funds, please be patient concerning receipts.   I normally send them out as soon as I return to the States, but my return flight has been cancelled three times now due to the pandemic.  I have been in Kenya four Months, currently rebooked to return on July 13th.  I’m praying that flight doesn’t get cancelled because my wife Marie is in ill health, and in need of my help.  We live alone in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.   Your prayers are much appreciated, but most importantly, let us pray “Thy Kingdom Come”.  Nothing is more important than that.  And thankfully we see that Kingdom rapidly approaching.  

Your brother in Christ.
Bill Goff

June 2020
June 6, 2020

Greetings Brethren

Greetings from Kenya. We thank our Heavenly Father And all of you donors who have been caring for our impoverished Brethren here in a Kenya. Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ thank you from the bottom of their hearts for the relief you have given them. Even through the trials and suffering at home with the pandemic, you donors have continued to assist them. This is a true testimony of laying down your life for your brethren. May our Almighty Father and His Beloved Son keep you and bless you as we await the ushering in of the soon coming Kingdom of God.

We have much to report on here in E. Africa. Below is a letter Kelvin sent thanking you donors for helping him. In it is his prayer for God to help him and his siblings have a better life:

“Hi Pastor Goff family and donors hope you are doing well. I thank my God that through the lost wallet I found connected me to a God-fearing people. Thanks for the great support if not for you I don’t know where I where to get money to pay my hospital bill. My family background is very poor even getting 100 shillings ($1.) is a problem. Sometimes, even the police are not fair all they did to me beating me up really bad leaving me hopeless. I am praying our Lord to open Ways for me and my younger siblings so that we can find ways to live for the better tomorrow. In this life mostly we stay the whole day without anything.
Kelvin.”

It is amazing how God has moved to help them so quickly. Through your donations a new mud house has been built, including a toilet & shower. And when the local village Chief saw how you began assisting them, preparing to build a new house and all, he stepped in and donated a larger plot of land for the house to be built on. He had the deed drawn up in Kelvin’s name. The property is also large enough for crops to be grown.

Kelvin & Siblings new House.

Next is plastering both inside and out with cement.

The boys are so excited to have all of this, and so appreciative, to now have a new house with a non leaking roof, and their very own toilet and shower stall. This is a tremendous blessing for them. As for their water, another blessing because it is absolutely free of charge, although they do have to walk just over a mile to collect it, and then just over a mile back. Can we even imagine having to walk over two miles every day to collect and carry back ever drop of water we will use for cooking, bathing, washing our clothes and drinking? I think not.

The toilet and shower has already been completed:

The house has now been plastered inside and out.

And now that they have a metal roof, they can put gutters and collect rain water. You Donors have been doing so many good works that continue to glorify our Heavenly Father. May He abundantly bless you.

The widows here also send their heart felt thanks and appreciation for continuing to assist them in their time of affliction. Thanks to you donors, we have continued supplying them with the ingredients to make nutritional porridge. Your assistance has been such a blessing to them.

300 million E. Africa are suffering right now, not only from covit-19, but also from unprecedented flooding and desert locust which have been arriving in alarming numbers in Kenya since December, with new swarms on the way from Ethiopia and Somalia. According to the UN, this second swarm of locust are reported to be 20 times worse then the first. At present, there are 17 counties with confirmed desert locust infestations, with millions at risk of starvation.


 Floods in Busia County, Kenya in May 2020.  Photo: Government of Kenya

Flooding has affected 29 of the country’s 47 counties. Wide areas of land are under water in Busia and Siaya counties, western Kenya, after the Nzoia river overflowed.

Brethren we are now living in a much different world than what we have been used to. O, we always had plagues, and earthquakes, and flooding, drought and famine, but not to the unprecedented degree that we are seeing now.the sorrows of Matthew 24/7 are definitely well under way. Let us thank Our Heavenly Father, because the suffering that many are experiencing in this evil world is finally going to come to an end, once these end time prophesies are finally fulfilled.

Once again we want to thank those working together with us as we continue to ease the suffering of our impoverished brethren. As you know, we address their needs according to priority. On Thursday I was informed that 8 of our children from the Transmara group are suffering from Chiggers.

Chiggers are extremely irritating.

The church elder has been applying ointment for some time now. But this type of mite can only be removed surgically with a scalpel. I had them investigate the cost, and the hospital requires $35 per child, totaling $280. They will also need shoes to prevent reoccurrence. these children have now moved to the top of our priority list.

Let me end on a much happier note. Pictured below is Francis and James standing in their garden at the Sengera House. As you can see, their maize (corn) is doing quite well and soon to be harvested:

We praise and thank God for all of your good works.

Your brother in Christ.
Bill Goff

May 2020
May 12, 2020

Greetings Brethren,

Hope all of you are fairing well during this time of trouble. Let us remember that our Heavenly Father, the one who is aware of each and every sparrow, is also aware of each and everyone of us. Let us thank Him for the abundant love, concern and protection He continues to give us.

I want to update you on Kelvin, the 16 year old boy who has been caring his five young siblings ever since their parents died. They have been going through a very difficult time. As mentioned in my last report, he was beaten badly by the police and had to be hospitalized after accidentally breaking the curfew. A couple of day’s after recuperating from that, he was bitten by a poisonous snake and almost had his leg amputated. But thanks to answered prayers, the leg was saved and he has fully recovered. But his troubles weren’t over yet. This past Friday night their deteriorating mud house collapsed in the heavy rain. Sabbath night they slept on the floor of a neighbors house, but Sunday morning they were forced to leave, with absolutely no place to go. So we have taken them in at the orphanage, and hope to shelter them until a new mud house can be built. We received a couple of estimates to rebuild, which totaled right around $1,000. If you can possibly assist them, please earmark your donation “Kelvin.”

Kelvin and his five siblings in the sitting room
of the Sengera new boys house.

Kenya continues to be plagued by unprecedented flooding in some areas, drought in others, and desert locust devastation is reported to be five times worse that when it first started 6 Months ago. One million are expected to starve to death in the coming Months. Thanks to your donations, we here at khofh continue to assist many of our starving brethren with the ingredients to make nutritional porridge. If funds become available, we will assist even more.

Nehemiah organized and runs the relief assistance.

James on left and Ibu harvesting some bananas.

Here at the orphanage we have been eating from our garden as crops become harvestable like bananas and green vegetables. We try to purchase as little from the market as Possible.

The children you donors are assisting, send their heart felt thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you. Currently they are doing their studies at home with School lessons sent over the internet.

May our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son continue to keep all of you as we patiently await our Lord’s return, and the establishment of His Government here on earth.

Your brother in Christ.
Bill Goff

April 2020
April 30, 2020

Greetings Brethren,

Greeting from your Brethren in Kenya. Let us thank our Heavenly Father for continuing to care for, direct, and protect those who are His. We need to see His Mighty Hands at work more and more in these trying times in which we are living.

I hope all of you are doing well and coping with the new norm of lockdowns, restrictions, shortages and curfews. For those of us who have been in the church for a long time, this pandemic should not come as a surprise to us. We have been anticipating this trouble for a long time. And what we are witnessing and experiencing now is nothing compared to what is ahead for this evil age in which we are living.

Now please don’t label me as a preacher of doom and gloom. On the contrary, what we see here should excite us, because the current virus (amongst many other things that are currently transpiring around the globe) is a “sure” sign of the soon return of our Lord and Savior. And this world is in desperate need of His return and the ushering in of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Now for most Americans (hopefully excluding all of us) this present world has been just fine the way it’s been, with plenty of prosperity, plenty of food, drink, entertainment etc. But the majority around the world are suffering, and for many, suffering horrendously. We need this evil age to come to a close, we need their suffering to cease, we need our Lord and Savior to return and set things right. We need humanity to learn and walk in the good ways of our Heavenly Father, when joy, pease and prosperity will be abundant for Everyone. And we know from the Holy Scriptures that this present age is not going out peacefully, but with much trouble & tribulation. We also know that those who trust in God AND most importantly, walk in His ways, will be protected from the Great trouble that lies ahead.

This is not a time to Fear, this is the time to exercise our Faith, to truly “Believe“ in everything that our Heavenly Father tells us. The last chapter in Mark (especially verses 14 - 20) describes the current condition of the the church, and it’s not good, But fortunately, soon to be back on track. The key word in those verses is “Belief” Yes, a lack of Belief has been much of the churches problems for a long time. To long, and lacking believe prevents our Heather Father and our Savior from working with us, especially with the church as a whole. Mark 16:17 tells us that those important signs of casting out devils, speaking in new tongues, healing of the sick (Miraculously healing the sick) are signs that will follow those who “Believe”. “confirming of the Word” with the “signs follows” hasn't been there in God’s church for a long time. Why? Because too many of us are lacking in Belief, yes, Belief. Belief has to do with doctrine. Believing in what our Heavenly Father tells us through the Holy Scriptures. The Scriptures do not contain any false doctrines, and its author our Heavenly Father does not, and cannot, lie. we have a God who says what He means and Means what He says. But, do we believe Him? Sad to say, often times we do not. His “Confirming “ of the word has to do with walking in Truth, following proper Doctrines, and our biggest culprit when it come to doing that, is none other then MEN. Let up be careful in all of our beliefs brethren, and not be led astray. Any one following any man can rest assure they they will both be falling into the ditch. It’s good to listen to men, but it’s of utmost importance to prove all their teachings. Truth “Doctrine” is for proof and reproof, and most importantly “Correction” and “Instruction in Righteousness.” And if there was ever a time for us to be corrected, and to have proper “Belief” (Better Put “Faith”) it is now. And time Brethren, is running out.

Don’t be scared to check and recheck our beliefs, because something is wrong, the “confirming” of the Word by Christ is not there. Why? Because Laodiceans (that’s what most of us are in these end time days) Laodiceans, especially when it comes to doctrine Think They Have It All, and got it right. Brethren, if there was ever a time to break out that “Eyesalve” and do some anointing of our eyes, it is now!

That word confirming is very important it means basal (and basal concerns the foundation, yes, the trunk of the tree.) This is serious subject here, because if we want the proper confirming of the Word, If we want Christ working closer with us and distributing those Miraculous Gifts, the Signs Follow (that we so desperately need, especially the gift of healing being most of us have some pretty serious health issues.) to have that Faith once delivered to the church, we have to be walking IN The TRUTH. And to be walking in the truth, one has to be studying and learning more truth. As Scripture says: We must be growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord. Some are doing that, but sad to say some are not.

The majority of the brethren in God's church (and I mean the majority) still follow the same doctrines year after year. is it possible that some of our beliefs might be a little off? The cog pulpits have taught for a long time and still teach today that Jude 1:3 has been fulfilled, that we have already gotten back to the Faith once delivered, and just need to hold on to it. But I tell you Brethren, we have not gotten fully back yet, and it is imperative that we do so.

Now I’m not here to push my beliefs on anybody, but I do urge us not to close our ears to those brethren who challenge some of our traditional beliefs (Their called heretics who preach heresy) but heresy is not a bad thing, even Paul was good at preaching heresy (acts 24:14) it’s “damnable” heresy that we need to be on our guard against. And be careful here brethren, because you may find that some important doctrines that we have been following, might be incorrect. We need to be sure we’re following God (Scripture) and not man. The true church is the pillar and ground of the ”Truth” but truth only comes from Holy Scripture, Not from the mouth of men. That is why we have to prove All things and not take anything for granted, or trust any of mans words. We need to continue to study the Scriptures, and be sure our teachings are correct, and that our beliefs are all Scriptural, or can be supported with Scripture.

I have much more I'd like to say, but for now, I better get to reporting on the orphanage, As you know the Kenya authorities forced us to send some of the children “temporally” back to live with any grandparents or relatives that they may still have back in the bush. they wanted us to separate them, to try and stop any spread of the virus. So we were forced to send some of them back to their previous homeland. But, it’s been one Month now, and has caused them once again to suffer. We were sending them funds for food, but there are too many there that are starving, and It was difficult to feed everyone. So they were becoming very malnourished, also sleeping without mosquito nets and coming down with malaria, and also contracting typhoid. Thankfully we convinced the authorities to let them return to the orphanage, so thankfully they are coming back. Mildred was in the worse shape, very sick, and close to death. We even had to hospitalize her for a few days. I took a picture of some of the girls yesterday. (Three are yet to return.)

That’s Mourine far left, Veroscovia next on top, Lucy next to her on bottom in pink, Anita in the red, Jemima in the green, and Mildred on the far right.

As you can see, their very happy and still quite healthy looking.

The Kenya Government has also implemented school lessons on line, so the children are now doing school work through the Internet. Thanks to those of you who are supporting, the children are eating well, clothed, happy, and growing in a healthy environment. We thank and praise our Heavenly Father for that.

As for the virus, according to the Kenya Government there are only 363 confirmed cases, and 14 death throughout all of Kenya. But other plagues continue to increase, like the desert locust are now 20, yes 20 times worse then when they first began devastating crops six Months ago. The Government has now stopped trying to combat them because the swarms are far to large to contain or control. We are also being plagued with nasty biting flies that actually sting, and now painful stinging ants that are appearing everywhere.

As for the boys house construction, we are not far from completion, but had to stop working on it due to directing funds to higher priority areas. Although as previously stated in the last update, the boys are now living in the new house, quite safe and quite comfortable with beds, mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets. Again we thank you donors for all of that. Your good works continue to Glorify our Heavenly Father.

We have also been continuing to assist a number of widows with food, and also helping some start small projects of raising chickens and selling eggs. below is a picture taken today of Manley and Nehemiah building a chicken coop for another church widow:

These boys are helping these widows Big Time.

Concerning Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, our Kenyan brethren were also forced to keep it in their homes. thanks to you donors, Kenya Hands of Hope was able to supply 257 church families with wine for Passover services, and flour to make their unleavened bread which we are commanded to eat each day during the 7 day feast. Our brethren thank you from the bottom of their heart for helping them.

Kenya is a rough place to live. Remember that man I reported on last update who found and returned Nehemiah’s wallet ”intact” after he was caught in that flash flood? well he turned out to be a 16 year old youth who found and returned it. The boy has been caring his five young siblings ever since their parents died one year ago. Their life is quite rough. In order to pay the parents hospital bill after their death, they had to sell most of the land around the house, so no place to grow any crops. The boy (Kelvin is his name) works any jobs he can find in order to buy food. Last week he dug for a man in his garden all day and was paid $1. Being they hadn’t eaten in a few days, he rushed off to the market to buy something for their supper, but he didn’t realize that the curfew had already begun. When the police saw him, they asked no questions, but beat him with wooden clubs to where he had to be hospitalized. The police here show no mercy.

That’s Kelvin on the far right standing with his siblings.

“As mentioned in previous reports, there are many brethren here suffering from lack of food, so we are continuing to assist them with all the ingredients to make a healthy porridge. We find this to be the best and most efficient way of assisting them.”

Let me mention one more thing here before I close. Most importantly the children are being taught about our Heavenly Father, and our Lord. They are learning that the ways of this world, the ways that we all have walked in the past, is Bad, and only produces what we see today around the world, suffering and heartache. Let us strive to learn and live in unity with our a Heavenly Father. specially now when we still have a window of opportunity to overcome this world.

Bill Goff

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