“When you fall asleep tonight in your warm and cozy room, know that I’m awake at night, got no shelter, and no food.” I’ve heard the cry of these children. The child that is hungry, and can’t concentrate in school. The child that is staying with a guardian who doesn’t care. The child who was being abused by some high school boys. “Won’t you be my love?.” ~ We will be your love by Mercy Me
Feb. 1st – the day that I was waiting for, but now I felt scared, and worried. This was the day that I moved to the children’s home, Journey of Hope. This was the reason why I came to Kenya and after a year, my dream had finally come reality. But since that day, I’ve realized that it’s not an easy ministry, actually its far from easy, and you need the call from God to do it.
5 weeks ago the lives of 12 needy and vulnerable children changed. Mom, my co-worker, and I went to Makueni to pick up 10 children to bring to our children’s home, Journey of Hope. Some of the children didn’t sleep that night, they were so excited to be going to a better place. A place where there is food, basic needs, love, and Jesus! The children were all smiles!. This was the day of a new, exciting chapter for these children!
The first days were really tough for me adjusting to no electricity, no hot showers, no toilets, the food, learning the schedule, learning to be an example, because there are always little eyes watching you, and being a loving, but strict sister. I’ve realized that sometimes God brings these tough, stretching experiences my way, so that I depend on the giver of strength, God.
With only the light of a lamp the first day I write, “I’ve been waiting a year for this and now it is reality. I don’t have to fear, God is with me. God, you will give me grace and strength.”
Lying in my bed, and thinking about the small, innocent boy that was not doing well. Feeling scared and worried I write, “What am I doing here? Why did I actually come to Journey of Hope? Why did God call me as a 18 year old to leave Canada and come to Kenya? Being a missionary is tough. Oh, Lord I ask for your grace and strength.”
But in all this the children’s smiles, the children’s words, and actions have encouraged me and it has shown me why I am here.
I was carrying my bag to give too somebody, and the children thought I was leaving, and they told me “Siendi – don’t go” “You can go when we go to home, but now you will stay with us.” “Nakupenda – I love you”
There is one boy who always bring a smile too my face. 2 months ago, this boy wasn’t talking, and we even thought he was special, but now he runs around, smiles, laughs, makes fun, and holds onto me. He’s the funny one in the family.
The exciting moment when one of the girls gave her life to God! The angels were rejoicing!
Seeing, especially the young children, adjust and change makes me happy, and encourages me, even when I’m feeling down and tired. These children are changing! Some of them have opened up and started talking, some have improved in school, etc, and it’s almost 2 months.
Before I finish I want too give you a little tour of Journey of Hope!
“We will be your hope and joy. We will be your love.” With all the energy God has given me, and with all the wisdom, strength and courage God has given me, I will give these children joy, and peace. I will be their voice. And as long as I am alive, this is my promise to these children that God has brought into my life. What is your promise to these needy, but bright children?
We thank God for providing this far, but we are trusting God for more.
1. We are praying for sponsors for the children and staff, such as cooks, and housemothers. Supporting a child is $60 a month.
2. We are praying for the financial support to install electricity.
3. We are praying for more projects, such as a greenhouse, fish, cows, and another chicken house.
These are just a few, if you feel God calling you to financially help in one of these ways, please let me know.
March 28 – 2 friends are arriving and are staying for a month!! I`m excited too have visitors again!! 🙂
March 31 – April 3 – Children visits in Western Kenya
April 14 – 18 – Camp in Eastern Kenya
There are a few ways you can share in God’s work. The first and most important is prayer. if it weren’t for your prayers, I wouldn’t be in Kenya today. You may not know what your prayers are doing, but they have encouraged me, they have saved children’s lives – spiritually and physically and I give all the glory to God. I want you to join me in praying for a few specific things!
1. Financial provision – especially thinking of being here long-term
God has shown me that I am here in Kenya long-term, I don’t know how long that will be, but God will show me when He wants me somewhere else at what time. This brings some challenges, such as financial support, but I know if God wants me here, He will provide!
2. Wisdom, and strength as I help with the children! It isn`t always easy!
3. The children visits and camp in April! That God would give us wisdom as we relate too the children! And also for camp, that this would be a life changing experience for the children!
Another way you can share in His work is by giving towards His work in Kenya. Would you consider sponsoring me monthly? Or just a one-time donation? Listen to how God wants you to help in His work, whether that’s praying, financially, or both. All of the proceeds go to the office in Kitchener, Ontario or in Dalton, Ohio, and then are sent to me in Kenya. The office is not yet set up for automatic transactions, but they accept cheque. When you send money, send a note saying it’s for Charmaine Reimer. If it’s possible when you send monthly donations, send it by the middle of the month, so the money can be sent by the end of the month. You’ll receive a charitable receipt at the beginning of every year. If you are supporting me in any way, I kindly ask you too e-mail me and tell me in what way you are supporting me. If you have any questions concerning this or something else you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for all your support! May God richly bless you for all that you have done! You are changing the life of a child!
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