This week, a small team has travelled out with one of BFD's Directors, David Murray, to visit The Metropolitan Sanctuary. And what wonderful developments were waiting for them!

Pastor Jason Allen on the site of the new building project.

To some this may look like merely some gorgeous red Kenyan soil, but to us it represents real progress for the exciting new building project on The Sanctuary site. Hundreds of tons of soil has already been excavated in preparation for the new build, and we are all thrilled with this progress. 

The gates to The Sanctuary complex. 

The visiting team with Pastor Jason and Jolene Allen. 

The team accompanying Director David Murray includes Kerry and Denise who will be in Kenya for two weeks. This week they are participating in the group activities, and next week they will be helping out as leaders on the Children's Summer Bible School that is run by the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Nyeri. There are no less than 220 children enrolled on this camp, so it's quite an undertaking! It promises to be a truly amazing time for everyone involved - watch this space for updates on how they all get on.

The other two members of the team are Mary and Rachel, teachers from Northern Ireland who also lead a Grief Share ministry in Belfast. They will be presenting the Grief Share programme to The Sanctuary and The Metropolitan Tabernacle Nyeri this week, trusting that it can help and comfort people going through bereavement in this area of Kenya as it has done in so many other parts of the world. 

As well as visiting the Day Care centre and helping out around The Sanctuary more generally, the team will go out on some visits to see patients in their home environment. This is always a special part of any trip, and a privilege for the visitors.

Later this week, Jolene is going out to the Kibera slum in Nairobi, the largest urban slum in Africa. There, she will be assessing 60 children for disability support chairs. Excitingly, there are developments in this area too!

Jolene displays the evolution of the ACE support chair! 

Explaining the process of production to the group.

As you can see, a new type of chair (displayed on the left in the image above) is in progress at The Sanctuary. Keep an eye out on our News Feed for a dedicated post about this fantastic new project soon!

Jolene oversees the assembly of a chair. 

Rachel, a team member, has a go at constructing one of the ACE chairs, watched by one of the women who is employed by Sanctuary Artists.

All in all the team are having a brilliant time in Kenya, and are so encouraged by the progress that is being made on all fronts. Please keep the work at The Metropolitan Sanctuary in your prayers, and give it a boost by donating through BFD's JustGiving page. Your support makes all the difference. Thank you!