Kitchen Shower for Naomi

Christmas was yesterday but I though it would be fun to tell about my Christmas 4 years ago in Kitale Kenya. It is one I like to remember most of all, making a nice kitchen for the Rescue Center Orphanage.

this is Naomi, the house mother holding Sharon, the youngest child at the orphanage. She was the care giver, cook and mother to all the kids. To know her was to love her.

A project for two of us going on the trip was to build a kitchen for the orphanage. Just simple shelving and Rubbermaid tubs with screw on lids to store the Ugali flour and sugar. Naomi was the house mother who took care of everything from cooking to watching and loving the twenty kids. The first day we were there, I looked at her ‘kitchen’ (a shed off to the side) and there was a big fire with two 4 gallon size pots, boiling something for dinner. Those two utensils and a large butcher knife (with no handle) was all I saw. The kids ate out of disposable plates which she washed and they used every day. I asked Charles Masinde, who ran the orphanage to make a list of things they needed for the kitchen. His wife wrote up a long list and the next day we went into Kitale to Transmat, something like Wal Mart Super Store but bigger. I told him we only wanted heavy duty pots and first quality things, the same things I would want in my own kitchen.

I only got one picture that day, there was another room filled with the other things. There is a big Transmat store in Katile that is larger than a Super Wal Mart. They had quality things and the prices were reasonable.

An hour later, we had baskets filled with stainless steel pots, mixing bowls, butcher knives, paring knives, a chief’s knife, cutting board, large serving spoons, ladles, cheese grater, huge tea kettle, then stainless steel spoons and forks, nice unbreakable cream colored dinner plates and matching rimmed soup bowls and mugs. We went to the plastic ware department and bought dish pans, tubs, laundry  baskets, and the buckets with screw on lids for the staples.

this is the dinning room and study room, the bedrooms are down each side. There is no heat since the temperature stays between 71 and 81 degrees year round. Naomi liked her new broom~

I had seen Naomi sweeping the area where the kids ate and studied, using a straw switch thing with no handle so I bought a broom. I was so happy with this purchase, no woman could manage without a real broom. The last thing I got were the sacks of Ugali flour, sugar and loaves of bread. I had told Charles I could only spend 20,000 shillings and the total bill came to just over that or $264. (the price of one kitchen appliance back home). This was one of those good days I will always remember. A real kitchen shower for Naomi. We never got the shelves built but that is something the men from the church can do later. Paul had another project in mind.

several men came and had everything put in after three days

here the man is connecting the wires in the box. They put florescent light fixtures in the dinning room/study area. It gets dark in Kenya at 7:00 every night year round~

He hired electricians in town to come and put electricity in the orphanage, he told them to put light in every room and in the dinning/study hall and when they were finished he wanted to just flip a switch and have it all light up. It happened! I like to remember this Christmas time from 4 years ago.

Jacob’s Well

they are all standing in front of the well

wells sometimes have a bailing system where you pull the water up a bucket at a time with a pulley and a rope, this one has a hand pump that brings up a lot of water at once with no effort.

More pictures from the Children’s Rescue Centre in Maili Saba. When Paul and Lisa were there for six weeks this summer, they saw things that were needed. He hired a man named Jacob to dig a water well and now there is clean water for the orphanage and they share their water with neighbors. They called it Jacob’s Well.

you can see the big flow of water, the bucket was full in a few seconds

I noticed there were gutters on the roof of the building and two huge tanks on each end where they could also collect rain water, the kids were washing their hands at the faucets all during the day. Another summer project was to buy chickens and have a chicken coop built. Then they needed a fence to keep the chickens out of the garden.

there were about 30 new chickens and this time they were vaccinated~

When we were there this time, some of the chickens had died so he replaced them and had them vaccinated so they would no longer get sick. Benton bought them garden tools since they had no hoes, shovels, rakes or picks. I bought the kitchen stuff, the churches around the Colman area paid for new mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and linens. One in the group had electricity put in the orphanage, now a light in every room. The rooms were all painted with fresh light colors. Then the best of all were the many Bibles we took. Now each child has a King James version in English and the ones in Swahili they gave them last time.  You can’t change the world but you can change a life~

Spreading God’s Word

Here are some of the kids from the orphanage going with the group to the small villages near Mali Saba. It the first time for most of them to ride a pickie pickie. It is not unusual for three or more people ride at once. Today, they were going to wittness to others and tell them about Jesus~

Several from our group took some of the older kids from the orphanage out to the villages around Mali Saba to spread God’s Word and to show them how  to witness to others. It started out with an exciting ride on a pickie pickie, the first ride for most of them. Everyone rode out there on the scooters.

the orphans know the Bible and needed to learn how to minister to others. They did a wonderful job. They may have lived in these slums themselves not too long ago.

Martin Masinde, the pastor from the Eagle Vision Ministry Praise Centre in Mali Saba was with the group and knew where they were most needed. It was a wonderful day and 20 people were saved.

Martin is so full of the Holy Spirit, when he speaks, everyone listens. Everyone is searching for something that is missing in their lives~

I like this picture, you can see Kevin, one of our young boys, reading scripture to someone while Martin talks to the men. The young woman in the blue shirt is Naomi, she was saved from a terrible life just a few short weeks ago and now is witnessing to others.

Here is one of the young men who was saved today.

The following Sunday, they were baptized in the river and each received a Bible. People are open to hearing the Word and hearing the scriptures read and explained. They are frank and will tell you about their troubles.  I would think when they listen to the children read the Bible verses, they would think there might also room for Jesus in their lives. This same group went out to teach and witness several times during our stay. The pictures tell a story, this is what the trip was all about.  Praise be to our Lord and Savior 

UNO Card Game in Kenya

these are the cards they had been playing with, they were soft and floppy and worn out.

Anna sent two decks of UNO cards for the orphans when we went  there. She had seen the cards they were playing with in some of Elizabeth’s blog pictures and they were worn out. When we gave them the new ones, I had no idea if they would know how to play. I had never played it before and had never even seen or heard of it.

the girls sat in chairs to play their game

Those kids knew how though. The girls played cards in  a gentle lady like manner. The boys surprised me, even though they were not very old, they had all the right moves.

the kid in the big hat was the only one who knew how to shuffle the cards but it wasn’t long before everyone knew how. Let me see, you shuffle  15 times then deal

They would pull out a card and pop it down  with a flip of the wrists, and ‘yee haw’ when they made a good play, then roll around on the grass. I watched them play and still didn’t understand the game. Even Sammy who was the smallest boy was playing the same as the others.

I am not a big game player but this looked like fun, they played all afternoon long. Thank you Anna~

Anyway, Anna’s cards made a huge hit with them. They were nice cards and should last a while. 

Eagle Vision Jesus Praise Centre, Kenya

Elizabeth and I stood by the water before everyone else arrived. It was a beautiful place and lots of water.

Today’s blog is after church Sunday three years ago at the Eagle Vision Jesus Praise Centre in Mili Saba. Paul and Benton held the service with a wonderful sermon and scripture readings.  Then they handed out new Bibles to those where going to be baptized in the river afterwards. It touched our hearts to see these people brought to Christ.

there was a crowd of believers watching and other folks too~

We all went to the river in cars where twelve new believers were baptized. Pastor Martin Masinde started by praying that the water be purified and sanctified before baptisms began.

there were several cows there to drink in the shallow water, the young girl herding them was nicely dressed, something I noticed about all the African women~

It was an impressive ceremony but not without a little of humor, three men came riding up on a donkey cart, needing to fill their barrels with water, while on  the other side, several cows stood in the water drinking, and doing other things (which was OK, the water was dirty anyway).  Everyone was properly baptized, they were dunked all the way under.  What a wonderful day, I thought of them and prayed for them today while I sat in church. They filled me with their joy for the Lord~

Children’s Rescue Centre, Kitale Kenya

here are the kids listening to Paul’s Bible lesson

Today I will show a few pictures of some of the kids at the Children’s Rescue Centre (The Heroes of Christ) in Mili Saba, seven miles from Kitale Kenya, West Africa. All of these children were orphans with neither of their parents living, no grandmothers or aunts who could take them so several years ago Charles Masinde started this orphanage to save children like these. There were twenty children living there, ages two to fourteen years. Five of us went there during the Christmas holidays three years ago specifically for mission work but we took care of other needs  as well. These were happy children, they enjoyed a good life. I will share some of our projects with you in coming blogs. ~with Paul McWhorter, Lisa Dees, Benton Warren, Abbie Woods and Rita McWhorter~Elizabeth McWhorter is a missionary/nurse who has lived in Kenya going on four years. This was a trip of a lifetime~

After some hard running games and dancing, these three were taking a break

they were happy to poise for me,  they crowded around to see their pictures on the camera screen

Sammy is the youngest boy, he was precious

since all the children have their heads shaved, it was hard to tell girls from boys except for their clothes.

Toothbrushes for Kenya Orphans

Here they are practicing before they opened  the toothpaste. They liked that cool tasting Crest~

One of the things I wanted to take to Kenya was a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste for each child at the Children’s Rescue Centre at MailiSaba. A trip to Wal Mart and that deed was done. I put them in a nice heavy plastic bag with a zipper that made a neat little cube. It weighed about five pounds, but that was OK, I was allowed to carry 50 lbs in my checked baggage. Then came the Bibles that each of the five of us were to carry, so I was up to 14 lbs now and there was still plenty of room for my clothes. I forgot to calculate the weight of the empty suitcase which was another 14 lbs. I found out that the Velveeta Cheese had to go in the checked baggage, Elizabeth had told me how much she would like to have that. Also pie tins since there were none in the stores in Kitale. Of course, she would be thrilled to have packages of fresh shelled  pecans from Meador’s Pecan Orchard, Big Red chewing gum, granola Bars, and a pair of new Sketcher Boots she had ordered and wanted me to bring. So I packed my clothes on top of everything and dragged the scales into the hallway to see how I was doing. Not so good, I was way over 50 lbs so I started taking out clothes.  I moved some of the Bibles over to my ‘carry on’ and then was told I had to be able to lift it over my head, there would be no one to help me with that. Every time I added something to that bag, I tried lifting it over my head, then started taking stuff out until I could do it. I was finally down the right weight for the checked bag, the ‘carry on’ that I could (barely) lift and my really heavy purse that would fit under the seat on the plane. The first day we were in Kenya we went to the orphanage, I took the tooth brushes and the kids were happy with them but not sure what they were for. They caught on fast. Crest tastes good!

they were getting the idea~

Lisa loading up  the good tasting stuff~

Lucy learned in a hurry and then helped some of the other kids.

here is Lucy helping Sammy

 Later everyone took their stuff and put it in the window in their rooms. One thing I noticed about Kenyans, they all have beautiful white teeth, the only sweets they eat is a little fruit or maybe a piece of sugar cane. This was another one of those good days~