Trouble At The Orphanage
Hope this letter finds you well, as we patiently await the
return of our Lord and Savior, whom this world so desperately needs. We are
having some trouble at the Sengera Orphanage. The police have arrested Haron
(the overseer). They are complaining that we are not completing the improvements
they required of us, fast enough. We still need to plaster the outside of the
cafeteria, tile the girls bathroom, and erect a security wall along the front of
We have made much progress with their original demands; the
store room is completed, the boys indoor and outdoor toilets and shower have
been tiled. The cafeteria is completed inside so the children have been able to
use it. But the work came to a stop because schools were opening, and we used
the only remaining funds to pay their tuition.
Fortunately this time they released Haron temporally, although
they are threatening to close the orphanage down if we don't complete these
required improvements quickly. (Last time they jailed him for two day, and when
he was released, had to be brought to hospital because he had been beaten by
some of the inmates.)
Brethren, If you can spread the word that these church orphans
need help, please do so. I have contacted numerous large churches of God
recently, trying to get them to help assist, but sad to say, haven't received
even one positive response. Please understand, I'm not requesting more help from
the few who have consistently been assisting these orphans, I'm reaching out to
those who have the means to help, but are not aware of the dire situation
because their "leaders" continue to cause division in the churches of God, and
refuse to inform their congregations that there are true members of the Body of
Christ, the church, who need help.
After informing one high ranking leader of one of the large
churches of God of the dire need of some of our impoverished brethren, he patted
me on the back and said (and I quote) "Your doing a great job over there, but we
like to take care of our own brethren before helping those abroad." He would
not help at all, and I know for a fact that his organization has tens of
thousands of dollars of tithe & offering money sitting in the bank. I then
contacted another high ranking leader explaining the suffering that our African
brethren are enduring, and how they need our help. His reply was even more
shocking, he said (and I quote again) "preaching the gospel is a business, and
when you don't get a return, you pull out. We tried Africa, but got nothing
back, so we will not help African brethren"
Another well know "leader" of another larger church of God group
who had a little over $200,000. of tithe and offering money sitting in his bank
account also refused to help. He said we weren't part of "his" organization.
Yes, you heard me correctly, he would not help because we weren't part of his
particular "cog group". And he not only had $200,000 sitting in his bank
accounts, but was also purchasing stocks and bonds with all the tithe & offering
money that the brethren were sending him.
I don't mean to be so blunt here, but keeping silent about this
atrocity would be a sin. The Apostle Paul instructed us to do good unto all men
"especially" those who are of the household of faith. Brethren, these suffering
people are of the house hold of faith. Even these orphans children came to us
from various churches of God who could no longer care for them after their
parents died. We didn't care which particular cog group they were part of, that
didn't matter one iota. What mattered was that they needed our help. And believe
me, their needs are quite dire. And I'm not only addressing these orphans here,
there are also other brethren who need our help. I received a call from a cog
pastor in Western Kenya last week informing me about two deaths in his
congregation. One was a child. They needed to bury them, but didn't have enough
funds to purchase coffins. I had to turn their request down due to lack of funds.
We have also been assisting a number of "true" widows, also from
various cog groups. One from the border group living near the Maasai tribe,
another from Ogembo, and a few from Sengera area. We help the brethren that are
reaching out to us the best we can, and our Heavenly Father has always been
good at stretching the funds that come in, but if a few more were involved, we could help so much more.
Brethren don't allow these false leaders to continue dividing
the church of the living God. Don't be fooled by men. Men have divided the
church of God into hundreds of separate organizations, but in God's eyes, He
sees only 2 groups (yes two) the wise & the foolish, the sheep & the goats.
Please pray for our impoverished brethren who are living in
these 3rd world impoverished countries, many of them are suffering severely. And
most of all let us pray "Thy Kingdom Come" because the coming kingdom of God is
the only thing that can resolve all the man made troubles of this untoward world.
Your brother in Christ.
P.S.: Pictures of the 17 Sengera House orphans.
|The 14 below just returned from elementary school.|
Their school is within walking distance of the orphanage.
Kenya Government required the children in HS, and Trade school to board. The pictures below were taken about a week ago when boarding school started.
|This is Nehemiah, arriving 1st day at High School.|
|This is Brian (we call Ibu) arriving 1st day Trade school.|
|This is Felix, arriving 1st day High School.|
|The children pictured above attend Sabbath with us in Sengera.|
After services we always try to feed them something.
It's thanks to the donors of KHofH that these precious children are being cared for. May our Almighty Father bless each and every one of you for caring for them.
It is with great pleasure we bring you this January 2018 update. Thanks to the many blessings that our Heavenly Father has bestowed on us, a lot has been accomplished at the Sengera House Orphanage. We are happy to inform you that the construction of the cafeteria is moving well along. The children are now able to use the cafeteria, sitting and eating comfortably on benches at tables, instead of packed into the sitting room of the boys house where some were standing to eat due to lack of space & chairs. What a blessing this is for the children. We thank the donors for making this possible. We now need to put the glass panes in the windows, purchase and install the plywood tops on the remaining table and benches, and plaster the outside of the building with cement. Then this much needed project will be completed.
School also began on January 2nd. We were able to pay the school fees for all 15 elementary level children. We also purchased their books, uniforms, and additional school supplies.
We also have two boys who are beginning their first year of High School. Felix is now enrolled in a High School just outside of Kisii Kenya, and Nehemiah will begin attending another High School approximately 150 miles away. Both boys will be boarding at their newly assigned schools. This is a big move for them leaving the security & protection they have experienced living at the orphanage.
In Kenya, the Government assigns which school you will be attending, they base it on the results of your High School entrance examinations. Both boys are extremely happy and thankful to be furthering their education (which is not all that common in Kenya.) And it is thanks to you donors who have made this possible for them. Praise God for your good works. I'm sure when their parents rise up in the resurrection, they will be very appreciative for the care and concern (yes the
Agape love) that you have been giving to their orphaned children.
We (KHofH) have also continued assisting a number of "true" widows scattered around Kenya, including the Maasai boarder area, Ogembo, and a couple in Sengera. Most of the assistance has been for food aid.
Many Kenyans are severely food insecure, with millions, yes millions unable to put even one meal a day on the table. Kenya depends mainly on rain-fed agriculture. With the poor seasonal rainfall recorded throughout 2017, the country has been struggling to feed its people. We still have brethren rationing their food, and famine can be found in all corners of the country.
We all have much to be thankful for, and much to pray for. But the top of our prayer list needs to be "Thy Kingdom Come" because many around this world are suffering (some horrendously.) Our Father's Kingdom is the only solution to the mounting problems of this untoward world in which we are living.
Once again we want to thank the donors, your good works are Glorifying our Heavenly Father.
Felix arriving at school|