Greetings from Nyeri, Kenya, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We pray you are all well, as we are. This month we celebrate entering our fourth year in Kenya & can truly look back and count the blessings of the Lord! Without your support and prayers it would not have been possible. On behalf of the staff here, the many patients, and the congregation of the Tabernacle, Nyeri; thank you for your giving, your love, and prayers.
The clinic has seen a lot of growth due to the provision of the new bus. Thank you to two persons who very generously donated the money for it, it has enhanced all aspects of the work! We are now able to transport needy cases into the clinic who were previously unable to access the service and also use it for emergency treatment and hospital runs. We are now operating several bus routes for all church services and are using it for the church outreach projects.
The bus is now collecting some disabled children who, due to poverty, were normally locked indoors all day on their own while their carer worked. Can you imagine lying hungry in soiled clothes from morning to night?
The clinic continues steadfast and constant, in providing much needed medicine and rehabilitation to the local sick and disabled, completely free of charge. We have established a rota of transport for the disabled groups in the wider community, which ensures those who cannot afford transport in, receive regular therapy. Well over 300 cardboard postural control chairs have now been custom made and provided to the disabled, along with a range of standing frames also, used to promote standing tolerance. It was fantastic this month to be able to train a physiotherapist (over Skype) in a mission outreach in the Philippines, Helping Hands and Healing Hearts, to establish cardboard chair making there too! The orthopaedic department is very busy, continuing to offer free orthotics and prosthetics, promoting independence in the lives of the disabled children. It is pretty awesome seeing the children come on so well using the devices they are given - progress that would not have been possible without this great work in Jesus name!
First disabled group transported in on the bus service shown here on left. Most of these people could not have afforded fare in to the clinic otherwise
There are so many disabled in the communities here, very common due to poor health care. Harrowing, but most of the time they are hidden indoors, due to the stigma of disability. Many people say the children are cursed, witch doctors and many tribes do not even allow the children to live once disability becomes evident. A lot of the work here is education, teaching caregivers and their communities that each life is precious in the sight of God and should be in the sight of God. We focus on educating the parent on enhancing the social life of their child.
In a similar way, all of the caregivers who attend the clinic are instructed in home programmes of care with a view to each child receiving a daily routine of therapy. When the disciples went to shun the children away from the Lord, Jesus said, ‘’ Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the children of heaven’’. He also said of care shown to the needy, ‘In as much as you have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me’’.
We are continuing to see steady progress in the church. We believe we now have an established core of believers who are faithful and dedicated during the midweek prayer and bible study meetings and weekend services. We trust that with this foundation of dedicated seekers, the Lord will hear our cries and move in the community surrounding us. The land is dark and we do need your prayers for the Lord’s protection and for His moving to break through strongholds of sin and corruption. The Sunday school teaches over 130 students every week split into four classes. We are getting opportunities to go and minister to large youth groups around the city of Nyeri. Jason was privileged to speak to over 400 students in one of the local colleges, and we are believing for more opportunities as more groups approach us for teaching.
There is currently a training programme in prayer running each morning midweek at 7.30am running for ten weeks and there are more than twenty attending. Youth rally’s have been continuing on the last Sunday of each month and the church is also preparing to go on more open air rally’s into the local villages. Each Sunday morning before the main Sunday service there is a new bible study running and the current theme has been a detailed look at the book of Genesis. Eph 3;17-20, ‘That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God’’.
BIBLE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMME
The Bible distribution programe has been going strong. Classes are held in the church three days a week and are well attended. Upon completion of the 5-day bible course, each student receives a Bible free of charge in Kikuyu, Swahili or English, presented in church. Over 600 bibles have now been given away. The cost is subsidised 50% by the Bible League Kenya and the remaining expense is paid for by the church tithe.
Sadly some opposition from neighbouring churches has arisen, rumouring that the bibles are cursed. Nonetheless, the people keep coming and we know that that what God has blessed, no man can curse!
DROPPING HANDFULLS ON PURPOSE
There are many other projects pressing on, including provision of bread for to the clients, street children and needy each week, all baked on site in the oven. Youth outreach projects include music lessons two days a week and also the youth hall is still gathering in young people for pool, watching football games and the word of God.
The Sanctuary Artists workshop is continuing to make both the disability chairs and the paper. This July, seen the opening of the London Exhibition of the Sanctuary themed art exhibition, ‘Sanctuary: Home, Away, the Common Ground’, curated by Annabelle Murray. The exhibition is based in the Brunei Gallery, central London and is a collaboration of art from various world wide professional artists, including art made from the workshop paper, all on this the of Sanctuary. Worth a visit if you are in the area! We are so grateful to Annabelle for this fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the Sanctuary in pretty high places! The women are well underway for this years 2013 Christmas collections, due back home this autumn.
Please do remember to visit the Kenya desk (or visit www. Sanctuaryartists.org), for your Christmas cards and decorations this year, each purchase goes towards keeping these mothers of disabled children in work for the following year, and keeps provision of the cardboard disability products free of charge. Also feel free to come and sponsor a cardboard chair – you will receive a photograph of the child in their chair. Thank you for your support!