KENYA UPDATE

November 2019
November 16, 2019
Greetings everyone,

Want to wish you all a happy Sabbath.  May the Almighty God keep you and bless you on this Sanctified day He has set apart for us.

We want to thank all of you for continuing to help our impoverished brethren, especially the widows and orphans.  Much of the suffering our African Brethren endure on a daily basis has been eased considerably by your help, and by us working together in unity, trying to do good works that can only glorify our Heavenly Father.

We have accomplished setting up the Ogembo widow Margaret and her children with a chicken project.  KHofH has purchased the material for the building of a coop.  Margaret's eldest son Bernard and Nehemiah have completed it.  We have also purchased three hens and one roosted.  The family is very happy for this help.  A project like this can produce much, and become very beneficial to them.

Ogembo widow Margaret and her children.

We are also making good progress on the construction of the new boy's dormitory.  As you can see in the pictures below, the walls are up, and roof rafters are in place and secure.  The metal roofing has also been purchased and scheduled to be installed beginning of next week.  Also as you can see in the pictures below, the rough electrical and plumbing has also been installed.  So the walls are now ready for plastering.

Construction on Boys Dormitory

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All the progress you see here has already been paid for thanks to you donors.  Our agreement with the builder and the various contractors, is to pay as we go.  And whatever work we can accomplish ourselves, we are tackling.  Like the water tank which supplies water to the entire camp, needs to be raised.  The boys will accomplish that themselves as they are well trained and have much experience now in the pouring of concrete, and building concrete pillars.  Remember, our goal is to teach each child some kind of trade so they can become self-supportive in the future.

The children are developing quite well, and learning much concerning both physical and spiritual matters.  Some (like Nehemiah) will probably become a pastor and preacher.  He is well versed in the Scriptures, and is quite gifted in preaching.  He has been assisting me as we visit the various groups, translating my message into Kiswahili.  There are 47 different tribes here in Kenya, and all have their own native language.  And most Also speak English being Kenya was a British commonwealth and got their independence in 1963.  So how does the Gospel spread here with so many different mother languages? All the tribes are fluent in a third language "Kiswahilli" including Nehemiah, so as we travel around visiting the different tribes, he translates the message, the Gospel of repentance, into their well understood tongue.  Why a Gospel of repentance? Because we all need to make our paths (our ways) straight in preparation for our soon coming King.  And it's important for all of us, everyone, to become sheep, one who helps others in their time of need, in their time of affection.  Why?.  Because that is our Heavenly Father's way of life, to do good unto others.  And sheep will be entering into His Kingdom when Christ returns.  Goats, those who do not help others in their time of need will not be allowed to enter into His Kingdom.  I'm bringing this up because I want you donors to know what is being taught and preached here.

And not only to the children, but to the world that is Within ears distance to us.

We also continue to be very careful with the funds received, and still disperse funds according to priority.  Currently funds are depleted, but during this past Feast of Tabernacles, more exposure was given to other brethren, informing of the work we are involved in here.  So hopefully others will join hands with us in assisting to complete the dormitory, and assisting the widows and orphans.  School fees will also come due when school resumes beginning of January.

Please continue to pray for us to make every move we make here proper, and according to our Father's will.

Your brother in Christ.
Bill Goff

November 8, 2019
Greetings Brethren,

Hope all of you are well as we patiently await the return of our Lord and Savior.  We here at the Sengera House Orphanage, are doing okay.

I am happy to report that progress continues to be made on the construction of the boy's dormitory.  The framing of the roof is now complete, and the metal roofing material has already been purchased and scheduled to be installed next week.  We want to thank all of you who have been assisting in this important project.  The orphans thank you from the bottom of their heart.  What a blessing it will be for them to have a house to live in.  Currently, as you probably know the boys have been sleeping (and living) in the cafeteria.  They have not complained once, but it's been quite difficult for them to accomplish homework, studying, etc. in such cramped conditions.

Schools are closed in Kenya November and December for summer break, and will resume beginning of January. We are hoping to have the new house completed before school resumes (if possible.) The contractor says he can accomplish if the funds become available.

On another note, last week we visited the Getongo church group located at the Massi border. There were about 20 in attendance, and the message was well received. The brethren send all of you their highest greeting.

Getongo church group.

KHofH has also been able to assist the Ogembo widow Margaret Moraa in starting a project. Margaret and her children are now raising chickens. Her son Bernard (along with the help from Nehemiah) have built and completed a coop for the birds.

Good Sabbath to all,

Bill Goff

October 2019
October 24, 2019

Greetings Brethren.

Hope everyone had a Spiritual and Prosperous Feast of Tabernacles. At the orphanage in Sengera, there were around 500 men, women and children in attendance. The brethren thank all of you who helped support this years Feast, from the bottom of their heart.

Not everyone is present in this picture

We are also happy to inform you that the construction of the new boy's dormitory is moving right along. As you can see in the pictures below, much progress is being made.

Schools are now closed in Kenya for the Months of November and December for summer break. During this time we will be working with all the children continuing our training of trades. As you know, our goal is for every child to be progressing in learning a trade so they can become self supportive in the future.

I will be returning to Kenya this week. Aside from working with the orphans training, and overseeing the building project, we will also be visiting numerous remote church groups. We also have a number of visit requests from prospective members. Yes, our Heavenly Father is still calling people in E. Africa. Apparently There is still room in the wedding banquet that He wants filled.

Many children attended the Feast in Sengera

Beans were on the menu.

The boys might be quite cramped sleeping and living in the cafeteria, but they are in good spirits. They appreciate your help Very much.

Bill Goff

September 2019
September 27, 2019

Kenya Newsletter Final 2019-09-27

September 22, 2019
Greetings Brethren.

It has been a very busy week at the Sengera Orphanage. I am happy to inform you that the construction of the boy’s dormitory is moving forward at amazing pace! The foundation is completed, and the entire rough floor has been poured. This is wonderful progress. It is apparent that the efforts of Kenya Hands of Hope (thanks to the compassionate hearts of those donating), our Heavenly Father has blessed, and blessed abundantly!

The original boys’ house was built five years ago out of timbers and mud. It was a temporary building, but all that we could afford at the time. However, during the past few months it was showing sign of collapse and was in need of replacing.  We started a fund raiser back in March but the funds that came in were nowhere near enough to even start building.  The fire that took place on July 25th changed everything and the replacement dormitory became a critical requirement (by order of the Kenyan authorities) in order for the Sengera Orphanage to continue operating.

The children went straight to work to clean up and remove the aftermath. We then scraped together what funds we could, added it to what was already received, and here we are today with the foundation and the rough floor completed.

The boys digging the trench for the foundation footings
The completed trench

Pouring the foundation footings

Local bricks making a strong foundation

The poured foundation

The superstructure is beginning to rise

We are now reaching out for help, because our funds have been depleted. If you can assist at this time, that would be wonderful. No amount is too small. We are hoping to continue building the superstructure as soon as we can.

Additionally, the Feast of Tabernacles is rapidly approaching. Our plan at this time is to conduct the Feast at Ikenye instead of at the orphanage due to the construction. We also have numerous remote Feast sites that are requesting assistance from us. There will be no extravagant feasting in Kenya; there never is. But if we could afford to assist all the sites with enough funds to purchase tea and maybe some rice and beans, that would be wonderful and a blessing to the faithful Feast-goers. Remember, most of our impoverished brethren ration their food all year long in order to survive. So whatever assistance we can provide for them will be an immense blessing.

Brethren, our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ know the needs of their children. Please continue to pray on behalf of these orphans and the widows and for the many small families and groups that will come together to keep the upcoming Holy Days and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Finally, please know that these children and the people who have been served by your help and generosity pray for you and are thankful for you and for what you have done for them. As am I.

The boys might be quite cramped sleeping and living in the cafeteria, but they are in good spirits. They appreciate your help Very much.

Bill Goff

September 16, 2019

Hello everyone.

We are happy to report that the rebuilding of the boys dormitory is now underway. we broke ground on Monday September 16, 2019. Now our hope and prayer is for additional funds, so this important project can continue to move forward.

The boys might be quite cramped sleeping and living in the cafeteria, but they are in good spirits. They appreciate your help Very much.

Bill Goff

www.gofundme.com/f/boys-dormitory

September 7, 2019

Greetings Brethren,

And happy Sabbath to all.

I am happy to inform you that with the funds so far received we were able to get the building project for the boys dormitory started. We have purchased 3,200 bricks, 2 loads of stones, and one load of sand. (All for the foundation.) The contractor says he can complete the job in just over one Month if we have the funds to move forward.

So please spread the word for others to join in and help these orphans so this important project can be completed. The boys need a dormitory to sleep in. We thank all who are helping, from the bottom of our heart.

www.gofundme.com/f/boys-dormitory

Bill Goff




September 1, 2019
Greetings Brethren,

We have not only been making progress doing the initial prep-work for the eventual construction of the new dormitory, but have also been preparing the children to return to school. On Monday September 2nd the third and last term begins. School fees have now been paid for all of the children living at Sengera House and also for all five of Matara's orphans (Matara is the 92 year old man who lives just outside of Kisii that we have been assisting to support the orphans he has taken in).

We have also received an estimate from a new builder to replace the destroyed boy’s dormitory. Our last proposal was for $55,000 which is much more than we can afford. So we have downsized a little bit and the new one is $25,000. Our hope now is to raise the funds. If you can spread the word about the need here, that would be much appreciated. Construction can begin as soon as we have a portion of the funds to begin. Donations can be sent to either our main page http://khofh.org/Support.htm or
https://www.gofundme.com/f/boys-dormitory.

We have also taken on another orphan; she is ten year old Faith Nyomenda. She has come to us from the Nyamaruma church group which is one of the Churches of God that we try to serve here in Kenya. Her parents recently died and the elderly widow who had been caring her is no longer able to do so. Faith is in level 3, and has been in and out of school due to lack of school fees. We will take her tomorrow to be measured for her school uniform and she will begin school on Monday with the rest of the children.

Faith with Haron the Sengera House overseer.

Life is rough here for our impoverished brethren. One of the "true" widows we have been supporting is Margaret from Ogembo. You may recall we (khofh) built her a small house a couple of years ago to live in with her five children. Yesterday they were down to their last bit of maze (corn) and were hungry. So they put the corn out in the sun to dry, and planned to grind it and make their staple food "Ugali." While the maze was drying they took a walk to go fetch fire wood. Upon their return they found someone had stolen that little bit of food they had left. (So many are starving in that area) It was too overwhelming for Margaret's oldest son Bernard that he attempted suicide. Fortunately, his Mom found him in time and he was rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, he is recuperating and will survive.

Kenya is a country filled with hunger. Most of our brethren ration their food to survive. I was informed today that one of the ladies at services this past Sabbath in the Getongo church group near the Masai border, fainted during services. She hadn't eaten in 3 days. The needs of our brethren are great.

The boys are quite keen on mixing cement.

Francis installing pillars for a retaining wall.

Enoch and Mokoro building a concrete table

These children are industrious, not one of them is lazy.

That's James edging a concrete platform for the water tank.

The builder we contracted for constructing the new boy’s dormitory was here today and he laid the lines for digging the foundation. Construction can begin soon as we have a portion of the funds. Please see this video of the children at work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFLJ5P7f6WU

We want to thank our Heavenly Father and His beloved Son for the compassionate hearts of those who have been assisting the orphans here and Thank You all for your love and concern and your prayers which are essential, the children are doing well, and progress continues to be made at the Orphanage.

I will be returning to the States early next week.

bill

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