Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Special 10!

Please pray for these 10 students! 7 of them have been waiting over a year for sponsorship, one has not been able to attend school for two years after graduating 8th grade due to lack of school fees, and two of these students are waiting to join college! Normal sponsorship is $35/month that helps provide for their school fee’s, food assistance and medical assistance. A sponsored student told me last week- God will make a way where there seems to be no way- we pray God makes a way and gives these students the hope of Jesus.

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Jehovah-jireh

I’ve spent the past two days completing profiles and sponsorship packets for 30 new orphans admitted into our Sponsorship Program. After I completed them, I said a prayer for each one of these children- Praying that God will provide a sponsor for each one of them. Jehovah-jireh- you will provide for them!

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68!

Christmas is in 68 days!

Buy gifts for friends & family and help sustain a widow and her family at the same time!

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Aprons for adults and children sizes available, and unique recycled paper beaded jewelry.

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Contact Stacy Camalieri at 262.749.0333 to see and purchase items. Feel free to share to help spread the word!

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Kenya’s Next Generation Leaders

Sunday we had our older Sunday School children lead our church service (for the first time ever!). They lead the entire service- worship, offering, a dance, a skit and even the preaching. We are so proud of them, everyone was very impressed. We called the parents and kids to thank them Sunday night- you could tell their families were proud of their children. Pray for Kenya’s next generation, that they would come to know, love and serve God.

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Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

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October 16, 2013 · 6:59 am

October Newsletter

Check out our October Newsletter here: October Newsletter

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Changes

7 years ago, straight out of High School, first time to leave the country- I embarked on a 6 month journey through YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and stepped foot on African soil for the first time. Last week Fred & I had the pleasure of hosting three of our teammates in our home for a week. It was a wonderful time laughing and sharing memories. In some ways we haven’t changed at all and in some ways we’ve grown and changed so much.
One night after dinner, the three of them said, “Holly you’ve really changed so much.”
I was taken back by this comment because I kept telling them that they have remained the same over the past 7 years….the same sense of humor, the same love language, the same ways of doing things.
I was encouraged when they said…You’ve turned into such a mother. You can tell how much you have changed by how much you care and love your family, you’ve become so responsible.
My heart melted. These are some of the people that know me the most- my strengths my weaknesses- they have spent 6 months with me, living in a small dorm- some weeks in a small hut together-  I couldn’t help but thank God for turning me into who I am today.
Of course later…when I said and did something crazy and they told me I haven’t changed 🙂
It’s a good balance 😉
I’ m so thankful God has kept our relationships over the last 7 years. 1 of my teammates was in my wedding, 1 visited last October for a few weeks with her husband and these three came for a special reunion. Can’t wait until we can all be together.

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Home

Once a month our family heads to the village to worsihp with our sister congregation and the widows and orphans we serve with. A lot of our day to day ministry happens within our church here in Kisumu, and it’s hard to step away on a Sunday to worship in the village, but we love doing it!

We had a great monring as Fred preached and encouraged the church.
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As we continue to do this monthly, we hope that God will grow the church in the village and it will enable us to spread the Gospel and disciple more people. We want to bring Awana to the village soon, but it’s been difficult because all of the curriculum is in English. We are praying to have a children ministry in the village once a month, that will have the set up of Awana- so that as we worship there on Sunday, after church we will have a feeding program and then we can have Awana with the children. We’re praying God would bring this to pass. As I sat in the fronton Sunday looking outside the door behind Fred, God showed me that their is so much potential in the village. So many chances to serve and share the love of Christ.

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Lucy’s sitting on top of a mattress that we bought for Fred’s Dad- God blessed us with a small car this year. It enables us to move freely for ministry and we love it! But days like today- we sure feel the “smallness” of it :).

After we ministered in Ouya Village, we went to our “home” in the village- where Fred’s Dad and brothers live. In Luo (Fred’s tribe) culture, everyone has a “home” in the village with family. Even as we rent out house in Kisumu, we also have a house in our home in the village. A home is considered the land where the houses of the family members are established. So at our home, Dad has a house- his house is straight in front of the gate and then all of the sons are to build a house to the left and right of the parents house. So all of these houses/huts combined make up the HOME.

We’ve gone home for day trips over the last year, but haven’t had the chance to stay for the night since we were married. I love our home- Dad, brothers and everything. It’s very rustic- it’s very sad to see our family living in poverty. We help them with what we can now- but it never seems like it’s enough to advance their living standards. But despite the impoverished lifestyle- it’s home, and our family makes this home so special, we feel so at home there.
Here are some of the pictures of our time at home!
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Our house at home 🙂 I think we will do some renovating soon! 🙂
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I bet you didn’t know I could cook dinner over a fire…neither did I!
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I got a headlamp the other day- perfect when we don’t have electricity!
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Dad, Fred, Lucy and brohters, Kevin & Elijah in front of Dad’s house.

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Lucy with a 2 week old lamb 🙂

We had a great couple days at home with family 🙂 Please pray for them. Kevin, is starting college in January and Elijah is in 8th grade. We had a great time talking as a family for future plans and how God can provide for them. Pray these things will come to pass.

Now we’re back in Kisumu ready for a great week of ministry! I’m off to edit some video footage I took last week for a testimony video of our Sponsorship program and Fred is at church helping connect our new electricity! 🙂 God is good. Thanks for your prayers and partnership!

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October 1, 2013 · 10:08 am