Visiting Lenana School with Deborah and Laurra was a total riot. You just can’t believe how those two girls can light up a group of kids. They taught them songs, they danced for them, told them stories and became their best friends. How we love the 300 children of this school. Each time we visit the school with newcomers Jackson Shatikwa (the school headmaster) gets to share about the schools experience with the Worldcomp family. We have been feeding these children two meals a day for over 6 years now and it has made all the difference in the world in the lives of the kids. Their academic achievements are amazing and their sports teams are the best in the entire school district. I am so grateful for all the people who have invested in the lives of these kids by donating books, building buildings, bringing in water and electricity, buying food, giving gifts to teachers, buying school uniforms, supporting sports programs, buying computers and curriculum and much more. Together we have changed Kenya by changing the lives of these kids. It is so very touching.
Today was the first full day of operation for our WorldCOMP Orphanage. As we came through the gate the 20 kids at the orphanage popped out from behind a building and began to sing and dance for us. I just can’t describe how sweet and touching this was. All the kids are between 7 and 11 years old and they are the loveliest kids I’ve ever seen. All of them have lost their parents one way or the other. Each one of them has a story to tell and I am eager to know every story of every child. During our time today the staff of the orphanage and our worldcomp team sat down to discuss the way forward for the orphanage. As we put together the list of things that are needed to care for these kids I was dumbfounded. The list is so long! This is how the Lord always tricks me into things. He calls me in and then shows me the “impossibility” of what we are trying to do. Then I get nervous, then I pray, and then God works miracles. You’d think I would learn something about the faithfulness of God! Anyway after seeing the kids with my eyes I am now willing to do whatever needs to be done to see these children grow up to live happy lives in Christ.
We had a going away party at our house tonight for Deb and Laurra. 16 people came over to show them love and appreciate their coming to Kenya to see the projects and people of worldcomp. We had such a great time.
Bless you all back home and thank you for partnering with us in this vital work.
All our love
Richard and Val, Deb and Laurra