KENYA UPDATE

June 2018
June 29, 2018
Update

Greetings Brethren,

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.

Bill Goff

June 16, 2018
Update

Greetings Brethren,

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

Dear Donors

Personal note

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.

Love

bill Goff

May 2018
May 12, 2018
Update

From: William Goff <goffb50@me.com>
Date: 14 May 2018 at 6:35:32 AM EAT
Subject: May 12, 2018 Kenya Update

Greetings Brethren,

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.

YouTube video of Manley thanking donors:

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