No water, no food, but God

I see the child who has left his home with a water bottle, hoping that today is the day that he will get water from somewhere, or somebody. 

I see the little boy who walks into the small humble church with no clothes. 

I see a boy running too our bus and asking for food.

I see the eyes of a young child that has faced abuse, and hunger at such a tender age.

I see the boy who wants to go to school, but instead he is carrying and selling water for survival – food for today. 

I see a children’s choir worshiping and praising their Father in Heaven, and tears come too my eyes because I have now seen that even in the midst of hunger and pain, God is still there and He truly cares about His people.

 After seeing all this and more, I don’t know what to write.

 

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April was a very busy month. 2 visitors came the end of March, and they joined me and Operation Hope in what we do – the visits and camp! I also had my Uncle and Aunt around for a few days!! I was blessed too have them around! 🙂

 

 

Janelle, Julie and I on our way to Masai Mara. This is the great big rift valley!

Janelle, Julie and I on our way to Masai Mara. This is the great big rift valley!

 

We started the month with the children visits to Western Kenya. Children visits include visiting the children in their schools and paying for their school fees. Even though these visits may be hard, and tiring, I love seeing and encouraging the children.

Kelvin is a young boy. He’s in Grade 5, but yet he’s not living the life of a normal boy.  His father is a drunkard, and doesn’t care about the family. He sometimes abuses the children and mother. The mother tries to provide for Kelvin and his siblings, but she really struggles. Kelvin being the firstborn in his family, has a responsibility to help look for food. So instead of going to school, he carries water for many kilometers, and than he sells it for survival. He may only get 100 Kenyan Shillings a day, $1.25 and even that much is not guaranteed, for all that hard work, and this money should provide food for his whole family for only one day. Like any other child in Kenya, he wants to go to school and learn. 

After hearing this story my heart broke, but God has a way of changing stories. My friend was touched, and she is sponsoring him! We praise God! One more boy is now going to have a future, because one person is willing too sacrifice some money each month.

Patricia is a girl that has always had a soft spot in my heart. She is an orphan. She is a girl that has been healed from HIV/Aids, but yet because of some things that were going on, it was starting to return and affect her body. She is a bright girl, with potential, but yet she had one problem. Whenever you’d talk too her she’d start crying. We asked her what was wrong, and she would say she didn’t know. But this time as we were talking with her, we brought up the topic of her parents, and she broke down crying. She wasn’t told that her parents died until a late age, and thought her guardian was her mom, until one day she noticed they didn’t look alike. Even though her parents died when she was very young. She hadn’t grieved, and this was making this terrible disease return. After talking and praying with her, she now is confident. We pray that God will help fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer. 

 

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Camp is a time of speaking into our children’s lives through teaching, playing, one on one, and movies. April was the month to have camp in Makueni. Excited children welcomed us for this 5 day camp. The children were so happy because they were in a good environment – spiritually and emotionally, they didn’t lack food, and they were being taught the word of God!IMG_2079

Theme: Rejoicing in hope

Theme Verse: Romans 5:2b-4

“..rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Me and Janelle had fun teaching Grades 1-3!! It may take a lot of patience too teach these children, especially memory verses, but it is a fun class too teach! 🙂

In one of the classes, I was teaching them about how God has blessed them, even if they don’t have everything. They still have a guardian, who loves them, even though they can’t always provide. After the lesson, one of the children prayed and I wished I would’ve recorded it. She thanked God for the lesson we had, and that God has blessed them! 🙂

They retold the story of Job how he lost everything, but yet he didn’t curse God and give up, but instead He knew that God loved him and still had a plan for him!! 

Hearing them recite Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you said God.”, brought joy too my heart. Sometimes these children can’t imagine that there is more too life, than what they see at their home, which is very needy and hopeless, but hearing them say this verse gives them hope. I pray that they’ll put it in their hearts and they will remember this for the rest of their lives!

 

This girl has a special place in my heart!! :) She is an orphan, but yet despite all that she's gone through she has a positive outlook on life. She was the child who had improved the most in school, but it pains me, she doesn't have a sponsor.

This girl has a special place in my heart!! 🙂 She is an orphan, but yet despite all that she’s gone through she has a positive outlook on life. I believe God will take her far, but I pray that God will give her a sponsor.

 

Joy is contagious!! :)

Joy is contagious!! 🙂

 

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Playing

Teaching on Hygiene!! Any class can be interesting if you make it interesting!!

Any class can be interesting if you make it interesting, even hygiene!!

The children love Mama Ruth's cooking!!

Food – one of the reasons the children love camp, because they know there will be food.

 

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Laughter is good medicine! 🙂

The first day I met this girl, she was very quiet and serious, because of the abuse that she faced, but now she is happy and free girl! :)

The first day I met this girl, she was very quiet and serious, because of the abuse that she had faced at her young age, but now we thank God, she is a happy and free girl! 🙂

We pray that the children will remember what they learned at this camp, and that it’ll change their lives. When you change one child’s life, you are changing a whole generation!

 

Sometimes you have experiences and you don’t know how to explain them. Kakuma is one of the many that I’ve had.

I wanted too go, but I didn’t know if my guests could handle it, but I am glad we went. I knew it was going too be tough, seeing starving children and the way these people live, but seeing it and experiencing is a different story! It wasn’t easy, but it was eye – opening!!

The journey itself is a 2 day journey, and the 2nd day is on a bad road. We arrived tired, but ready too minister too the Turkana’s!

The group that went to Kakuma, including our Bishop.

The group that went to Kakuma, including our Bishop, who welcomed us home!

 

We visited different villages, and ministered to them spiritually, physically by giving them food to take home.

 

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The Turkana men

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The Turkana women. Their necklaces are made by their husbands. They are a sign of how much they love their wives, and a sign of wealth, which then makes it more of a competition.

Turkana women face so much, but they are so strong. They are the ones that go and look for food and after preparing the food for her husband and children, the remaining, if any, is what she will eat. She is the one that does all the work for the husband.

I wish I knew the story of this boy.

I wish I knew the story of this boy.

The native Turkana women worshiping God! They may lack food and water, but they have the one who can provide food and water, God!

The native Turkana women worshiping God! They may lack food and water, but they have the one who can provide more than physical food and water, God !

 

One of the churches we went too. Their love for God really touched me!! Some of them walked many kilometers too come join us! Every village we visited, we would share and minister too them, and than we would give them food too take home.

One of the churches we went too. Their love for God really touched me!! Some of them walked many kilometers too come and join us! Every village we visited, we would share and minister too them, and than we would give them food to take home.

 

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In the midst of all this pain and poverty, there was a children’s choir worshiping and praising God!

Note the paper sandals.

Note the paper sandals. I can’t imagine walking with these shoes, especially in Kakuma with the many thorns.

 

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Behind the children there is a bottle of water. It is dirty, but that is what they have, and they may have walked kilometers too get it.

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A community center

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This girl was a quiet, but happy girl. She loves God!! She didn't want me too leave. Tears came too my eyes, as she was waving with a smile on her face and we left her behind. I felt hopeless, and my heart broke into a million pieces!!

This girl was a quiet, but happy girl. She loves God!! She didn’t want me too leave. With a smile on her face, she was waving goodbye, I smiled and waved, and than turned away because tears were coming to my eyes. I felt hopeless, and my heart broke into a million pieces!

We thank God for what He is doing and what He will do in Turkana!! Over 300 people gave their lives to God and many others were encouraged! We gave food and clothes to many of the children and people in Turkana!

 “When the poor and the needy seek water and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.”

Isaiah 41:17

If you want to know more about the mission here is a link to ACMI’s website

http://moreonacmi.weebly.com/2/post/2014/05/kakuma-2014.html

I want to thank you for all your prayers and support – financially, encouragement, and prayer!! It truly means alot!! These past few months have been tough! I was very homesick, but God has been ministering to my heart!! I believe this is because of your prayers, and your e-mails/cards, and I can’t thank you enough!! Although I’m still really looking forward to the end of June!! 🙂 I’ll be going home for a little over a month!! 🙂 I’ll be an aunt to 2, which is one of the reasons I’m going home!! 🙂

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 and thanking God for a few specific things!

Praise

1. I thank God for ministering to me in the hardest months

2. I thank God for all the visitors He’s blessed me with

3. I thank God for your support – financially and pray

Prayer Requests

1. Next week ACMI has a mission to Kasiluni, where they planted a church. I  will be going, and I ask for your prayers. It won’t be an easy mission, physically and spiritually! Life is hard there, with water not at our finger tips like we are used to, accommodation is not very comfortable, etc. We pray for God’s grace Kasiluni is a very spiritually needy place. There is a lot of witchcraft, alcoholism, and poverty. We pray that God will shine through us, and that He will draw these people to Himself. We will be doing crusades, door to door, one house can be a 30 -60 min walk away from each other, visiting a school, and some other activities.

2. Provision for my daily needs, and the needs around me, which are many and sometimes overwhelming.

3. I’m trusting God for a car. I’ve seen the need, especially now that I’m staying at the children’s home, Journey of Hope, and I’m here long-term.

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.

My monthly expenses are $400 a month, which goes towards my personal needs, accommodation, and other needs I see, ie. helping pay for a child go to school.

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 reimercharmaine@gmail.com.

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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African Christian Mission – USA

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