Monthly Archives: November 2013

PAY DAY!

It’s pay day! Thank you to all who purchased jewelry and aprons, these women were blessed today!

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LET US KNOW! We want to expand our sewing market for our women hard at work- tell us what you think would sell well in the States!
Totes, wallets, stuffed animals, table runners, hot pads, skirt wraps, scarves or give us some new ideas! Do you like the quilt piece styles (like the previous aprons) or do you think one fabric designs will sell better? We would love to hear from you!

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November Newsletter

The last month has been great seeing growth and fruit in our ministry, check out our November 2013 Newsletter to hear the latest!

Click Here: November 2013 Newsletter

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They grow up so fast!

It’s summer time! Today is Lucy’s first day of summer. They new school year begins in January- wahoo!  Fred and I have been talking about bringing Lucy to a new school next year. The school that she was at this year was a great transition school for her. Now that she is more fluent in English and on track with her education we took her to another school near by “Disciples of Mercy” to be interviewed to join them the next school year.

When Lucy came to stay with us in December, we took her to her current school and they told us she is to be brought back a year because she is far behind in her education. We agreed and thought it would be best for Lucy. So over the past year, Fred and I as well as her teachers have been working hard with her to get on track. She’s been doing great. When we took her to be interviewed and tested at her new school they told us they wanted to jump her ahead a grade. God is good! We were thrilled to hear that all the hard work has paid off! 

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We are so proud of her! However this great news came with some sad news for Lucy…because she is skipping a grade she won’t be graduating Kindergarten this year….she was very sad about this. She has watched the kids practice in school, saw their gowns and caps and she wasn’t very happy that she wouldn’t have that chance next year. 

So today, the first day of summer, we had a special graduation ceremony for Lucy!

Even her friends came to see her graduate, Mr. Puppet, Miss. Barbie and Baby Dolly, she greeted them when she entered the ceremony

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Fred welcomed the guests and the graduate. Lucy couldn’t stop smiling! 

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We shared a word of encouragement, congratulated her for all of her hard work and presented her with a home made graduation cap and her diploma! 

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Then we were entertained with a great dance number!

 We ended with praying for her that she may grow to know God more and be used and sent by Him. It was a great start to our day, thank you God! 

 

 

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Excelling in Education

It’s so sweet to see God’s faithfulness!
Around this time last year, a month after we got married, Fred spent a lot of time traveling back and forth to the village to oversee our preschool project. We were constructing our first pre school in Ouya Vilage.

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To be honest, we weren’t sure how the first year would go in the new school. The school was still very new in the community and we had a new teacher.  But yesterday took away all of our doubt! We saw the first class of 12 students graduate Kindergarten! 
(Kenya schools start at 3 years old, they first attend baby class, (4k)middle class and then final class. After final class (5k) they graduate and head to 1st grade! All three classes of preschool are called “Nursery School.” At the end of every term and the end of the year, students take an exam, yes even preschoolers!
Our graduating class went to the nearby public school to take their interview exam to join their schools 1st grade next year. We hope to be ready to start 1st grade in 2015, but we aren’t ready yet this year.  Our students tested on top compared to the other schools in the village! Praise God. 
We are so proud of the students, the teachers and our school director. We didn’t know how this year would go- but God did- we are happy that we are allowing these students to receive great education! We hope in years to come we can continue adding grade levels so we can have a full primary school. 

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We also want to thank both of our mission teams that came out this year to help with the preschool- providing a great playground that attracts even higher enrollment of students. They also provided some awesome teaching curriculum and resources. So thankful! Hopefully our next team that comes out can help us build our new school 🙂 Who’s ready to come serve in Kenya?
 

 

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Proud Mama

God is good! So proud of this girl! When Lucy came to live with us in December, when we brought her to school she knew nothing, no numbers, no letters and no English. They had her repeat her previous year as she transferred to her new school in Kisumu from the village. We have worked hard with Lucy all year to have her catch up, she is now reading, adding and subtracting and speaking English like crazy. We are very proud to say she will now be jumping ahead a grade in January (the beginning of our school year) and attending a better school in Kisumu.

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