This letter is from Kenya, written by the pastor of Karanja, my correspondent children from project KE-908.
Let's look into the life of this project a little bit:
Greetings in Jesus' name.
I am Reverend Alfred. I am the pastor of the church in Kenya that ministers to your sponsored child. I am highly grateful and indebted to you and Compassion International for your kind support, concern, prayers, and contribution to your sponsored child. May the almighty God bless you abundantly.
I would like to let you know and understand how the PCEA Rironi Child Development Center runs and helps in this area and the church. We are very happy to be involved in ministering to the needs of our children with your kind and generous help. We currently have 250 children who are sponsored and 45 who are registered but are waiting to get sponsors.
The children are cared for by good workers and volunteers who are devoted to ministering to children in their spiritual lives. They also ensure that the children learn how to keep themselves and their famlies clean and healthy, maintain good and acceptable behavior, and they learn some livelihood skills. The church and the center workers pray with the children, encourage them, and hold bible classes with them. Quite a number of them have committed their lives to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This has encouraged some family members to start attending church services.
The children are quite happy to be ministered to in that way and your generous help is so important that it makes all the difference between living healthy and sickly, being educated or not, even at times knowing and accepting Christ as Savior or not. As children receive letters and photos from sponsors they get very excited, for they know that someone special to them loves them so much.
There are several challenges though; children come from homes that are small and crowded, some in conditions that are unsanitary, and diseases like respiratory conditions, intestinal worms, and skin conditions affect them. Quite a number can't make more than one meal a day. Unemployment is also very rampant here.
I thank God that I have you as the faithful sponsor to your sponsored child. Please pray for all the children. Do pray for the child development center also, that God will strengthen the workers, the volunteers, and the church, so that they will help the children to grow in Christ, be healthy, and live lives that will be a benefit to them and their community.
Thank you so much for being a partner in the ministry. May the Lord bless you so much.
In His Love,
If this letter has found a special place in your heart, maybe you want to consider sponsoring a child in Kenya. Here are a boy and a girl who would love to find a great sponsor.
This cutie is John. He is 6 years old. He lives with his mother and 3 siblings.
This is Susan. She is 7 years old. She lives with her father, mother, and 2 siblings.