Today we finally had a real day of rest. It has been over a month since we could say that! I even took a 2 hour nap and woke up feeling like I had been drugged. However as the day wore on both of us felt reinvigorated.
This evening our Worldcomp CEO, Osborn Obayo, came over for a time of discussion about our projects and finances. I have to say we had a wonderful time talking about the new orphanage that we are presently putting together. We have had to do a lot of work to get the place ready for the kids. Once it is ready it will have to be approved by the Government. This should not be a problem for us because we are trying to be meticulous about the care and welfare of these children. We had brought $5000 for the preparation and remodeling of the building, the building of latrines and the necessary furnishings of the center. As things often go, we are now a little over 2 thousand dollars over budget, but we know the Lord will provide. Next week 21 children and 3 staff members will move into the house and we will begin the process of helping these little orphans recover from the trauma of their past. I have heard some of their stories and they are truly heartbreaking. One of the necessary requirements for a child to enter an orphanage is to document the story of their lives up the present. In the future we’ll tell you more about these precious children. We want to give those who are interested, an opportunity to “adopt” a child and give them financial support for such things as clothing and school fees. More on this later.
I often remember the time several years ago when the little book called “The Prayer of Jabez” came out. We all got down on our knees and prayed the prayer from 1 Chronicles 4:10 “Oh that God would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory and let Your hand be with me”. Oh how that prayer has been answered for us. The Lord has enlarged my territory and blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. And you know, every single person on the Kenya side and on the American side who has become vitally involved with Worldcomp will say that “their lives have been dramatically enriched by becoming involved in this work.” Yesterday I was reading in 2 Corinthians 9:9 these words “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever!” I read this and laughed because I have indeed “freely scattered gifts to the poor”. But I am so aware that it is “YOUR GIFTS” that I am scattering, so I hope you know that this blessing from scripture is for you, who have given from your hearts to the poor of this world.
Many of you have commented on how my much my reports have blessed you, but I want you to know that I am the one who is blessed and I am deeply indebted to all of you who have given me such a privilege. I will now retire with a smile on my face.
All our love
Richard and Valerie