|August 29, 2019|
|From: William Goff|
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2019, 1:15:57 PM EDT
Subject: Working Hard
|August 10, 2019|
We here at the orphanage in Kenya are making progress.
First, let me thank those of you who have assisted with your prayers and donations. What a tremendous help you have been! We have already purchased some bunk beds and set them up in the cafeteria for the boys’ temporary sleeping quarters.. We have also purchased some clothing for them.
This past week, they boys removed what was left of the aftermath from the fire and demolished the dormitory (see photos). We also applied for a building permit for the new dormitory. Now it's just a matter of time to see if we will have enough funds to rebuild. As you may know, the boy’s house was already in need of replacing. The original structure was wooden frame construction and packed with mud. It was a temporary structure but all we could afford at the time. Recently it was showing signs of failure and in need of replacing. So we have already been trying to raise funds for that; the fire has urgently expedited that need.
|The boys worked very hard all week cleaning up the aftermath.|
|That's Timothy (age 13) on top removing the wall.|
He has been living at Sengera House for about three years now.
|Friday night Bible study was held as usual in spite of the fire.|
Everyone's spirits were uplifted at Bible Study when we read and discussed Romans 8:28 concerning how everything works for good to those who love God and are called according to His Purpose. The children were quite shook up from the fire, but the Bible study helped them a lot. You can see the boys' bunk beds which have been set up in the cafeteria.
Please continue to pray for the care and safety of all at the orphanage. The local authorities expressed dissatisfaction with the boys sleeping arrangements in the cafeteria. We are trying hard to figure out the best way forward. We are praying for our Heavenly Father to guide us in the right direction with His Holy Spirit. At the same time, we are continuing to assist and serve other church orphans and "true" widows who are in need.
Last Sabbath, I traveled to visit a remote brother, a widower and longtime member of the Church who is blind and living alone. I found him sitting on his bed. As I looked around, I found absolutely no food. Asked him what he ate for breakfast, he replied nothing. How about supper last night? He said he ate some green vegetables he was growing next to his house. We were able to share with him what little we had available.
Please know that your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. There is still so much to do.
Hope all of you are well.
|July 25, 2019|
We thank our Heavenly Father for being so Great, So Wonderful, So Powerful, so Merciful, caring and good, He tells us in the book of Romans chapter 8, that "All" things (not some things, not most things or many things) but ALL things work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are the called according to His purpose." If we will be obedient to Him, and keep His ways (that's what loving Him is all about, keeping His wonderful commandments). If we will do that, then we have absolutely nothing to fear, nothing to worry about, because He will work everything out to be good, according to His purpose.
Early this morning, fire broke in the boys’ dormitory of the Sengera House Orphanage.
Two years ago, we purchased smoke detectors in the States and put one in each building at the orphanage. About 4 am, Nehemiah was roused from a deep sleep by the shrill of the alarm. He got up to find the house engulfed in flames. Young Francis and Timothy were already unconscious because of inhaling the smoke, but he was able to get them out safely. They were taken to hospital and subsequently released. Thanks to God all nine boys are okay. But the dormitory, everything in it and all their personal belongings are lost. It's believed that the fire was electrical.
Today we were able to purchase some mattresses and blankets. Tonight the boys will sleep on the floor in the cafeteria. It will be their temporary shelter and it will be a bit rough for a while, but our Kenyan brethren are used to rough. We thank our Heavenly Father that all are alive.
This is a major setback to the progress we have been making. The fire department arrived after
traveling a great distance and the orphanage has been billed for their service. Our concern, above making certain the children are safe, is the requirement by the local authorities for making sure the children are properly housed.
The immediate needs have been met, however we need to start the process for rebuilding the dormitory and provide clothing for the children. Being proactive and able to show the local authorities that we are in control of the situation will benefit the children and lessen (but not eliminate) any chances that the authorities will cause difficulties with the recovery.
To that end, I am making an earnest plea for prayers and for those who can help to mitigate the damage done by this calamity. Please pass this message along to anyone who may be able to help in even a small way. Timing is crucial. The need is dire.
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With great gratitude for your prayers and support,
|July 13, 2019|
Hope all of you are well, both physically and more importantly spiritually as we patiently await the return of our Lord and Savior. The Apostle Peter tells us: "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; But Is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."(2 Peter 3:9)
June was another busy Month in Kenya, and I have much good news to report on. First let me say thank you for the positive response received concerning our plea for help. We now have every Orphan living at Senger House (and also the five orphans living with MATARA) properly registered with the Kenya Government. This is a good thing, the Government has now promised to supply us with a good supply of mosquito nets, and has also said they will assign a government paid soldier to protect the orphanage during nighttime from robbers. We have also repaired the car which is now totally operational.
The children are all doing well in school. They are currently in last half of the second term and will be off during the Month of August. They have also been quite busy working in the garden. As you can see in the picture below, the vegetables are doing well.
This past Sabbath Haron has traveling to visit a new group consisting of ten brethren. There is a brother in Canada who has not only been supplying them with spiritual lessons via the Internet, and Bibles, but has also distributes some sacks of maze and beans for the widows in the group to share. I first visited them back in May. Haron will do another follow up visit, and will also bring them some additional Bibles and teachings.
"Dear elder Bill,
I take this opportunity to pass my appreciation and thanks for sending me to visit the Church in Migori.
The trip was quite well, and I loved to be at Migori since it has been a while. I traveled Sabbath morning from Kisii town where I had a sleep at Keiko hotel I and Ibu who traveled with me.
We moved early and reached Migori 09:30 Sabbath morning, then moved with motorbike bike for around 15 miles to visit a widow there. We reached at Her place and found sick child. We had Bible discussion with her and another brother in the church, discussing about two witnesses and other basic church of God teaching.
I was blessed to hear the truth and was happy to meet with true brothers. I then moved in the town to meet couple of other church brethren from Kisii staying at Migori. Also met quiet Sabbath Luo old men and I requested them to briefly tell me on how the Church of God at this region of Migori is fairing. The old men opened the Earth and told long story which I can shorten it as possible. Fraud here is real we have gentleman who are busy with cyber. There job is walking to cyber click to every ministry of either Sunday or Sabbath church. Telling them of how they have group looking for the truth, have orphans looking help, having widows needs assistance. After their deal is successful, they go to bars drink as many bottles as they can, sleep with different women and after funds are off they come back to cyber and fish again.
Some men are top ministers in God's church, who are busy preaching water while them taking wine. They shamelessly stand in front preaching peace which they don’t have. Scattering the sheep through their bad deeds. Many people have left the Church because of these behaviours. These men understand well church teaching and they have good confusing language, you can love their message, but they are true wolves.
Thanks for the support for enabling us to move safe, eat well and sleeping well while at Migori, reached home safe too.
Yes, there are many cons in Kenya, and we have exposed many of them. Soon they will have a rude awakening when they find themselves standing before our Lord and Savior, having to give account for their ungodly behavior.
We have been experiencing larger than usual amounts of rain around Sengera recently, making travel all but impossible. Even the ones in High School have missed some days due to the deep mud.
|Lunch being served after combined Sabbath services on June 29th|
After combined Sabbath services were held at the Sengera House Orphanage on June 29th, (thanks to you donors) lunch consisting of a hot meal of rice and beans was served to the 160 in attendance. For most of our brethren, this was the first full meal they had all week. Praise God for your good works that have glorified Him.
Your brother in Christ.
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