At the Bethel Children’s Centre in Ruiru, Kenya, 2012 ended with roasted goat, new hairdos for the girls, a day of swimming (all part of the Christmas festivities) and continued praise to God for His goodness!
2013 began with a new kitchen, new ceilings for classrooms, new mosquito netting for the children’s beds and continued praise to God for His faithfulness and provision!
The new kitchen is complete and has beautiful, new countertops, and new ventilation for the stove. As a result, cooking will be less challenging
The ceilings in the classrooms were problematic. To begin with, the roof leaked. That may not seem unusual - I remember the mop bucket in the middle of the floor of my classroom which was used to catch water from the leaking roof. However, leaky roofs in the “Land of the Rainy Season” are an entirely different matter. The roof was made of tin. Have you ever stopped for protection from a torrential downpour under a tin awning? Can you imagine trying to study with the noise that a rainstorm would produce in a crowded classroom? The new drop ceilings provide much needed sound dampening, and the leaks have been stopped. And, as a bonus, the ceiling is beautiful! The new ceiling will aid these children to do their schoolwork excellently as unto the Lord. Col. 3:23-24.
We might now be accused of burying the lead, but we wanted to save the best for last! Bethel Children’s Centre has been able to open its doors to seven new children since November! These precious little ones are no longer on the street, hungry or being abused but they can now depend on food, shelter, clothing, and love. These are more children who will be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4). Below are photos of Joy on the left and Jackline on the right, two of the new children at Bethel.
Huruma wants to thank its supporters and co-labors for Christ for investing in these improvements and providing funds which will enable new caregivers to be hired, new beds to be bought and more food purchased for the increasing number of children at BCC. Bethel was able to welcome new children because it had the funds to do so.
As we look forward to another year of traveling the Jericho Road together, we thank you for your support and prayers. Mother Teresa once said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Know that your support has made a difference in the lives of these children. They are growing into strong, confident and loving servants of Christ. And, they are already making a big impact in the world. Seven children from Bethel will be entering (boarding) high school this year. Their non-believing classmates will see the light in their lives, and will want to know more about that. May God be glorified in the spread of the Gospel.
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The Jericho Road
This is the blog of Huruma International Ministries. Huruma seeks to fulfill our calling to "go and do likewise" as instructed by Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The lesson of the Good Samaritan is not about achieving spiritual success through our own efforts. No, what we learn is that we are to give mercy, because we have been given mercy. We are all poor and needy. We are all travelers on the Jericho Road