Monday, June 11, 2012

Shaking the Dust off of our Feet!

In Mark 6 Jesus sends out his disciples with instructions to bring the Good News wherever the Holy Spirit led them. They were instructed to “shake the dust off their feet” wherever they were not received (6:11). Today we follow the Lord’s direction and are bringing the Gospel to the people of Kinyago-Dandora as our mission statement clearly states. So many of the people, including our KDS families, are struggling with real issues of acute poverty.

The photos are one family’s home – mother, father, and their three children who are enrolled in our primary school. We are helping this family and others living in deplorable conditions to find more suitable housing, and they are so very grateful to the Lord.. And shaking the dust off our feet? We do shake off the ashes of injustice and exploitation that keep so many bound. Even in such despairing conditions, the light of Jesus Christ shines brightly bringing hope to these people. Thank you for supporting us as we minister in His name.

For His Precious Ones,

Ginger, Jane, and Jennifer

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Refreshing the Saints

KCF Academic Committee Refreshes the Saints of KDS May/June 2012:

The Kenya Children's Fund Academic Committee has been collaborating with the teachers of the Kinyago Dandora Sschool to support them in the areas of special education and continued best practices including differentiated instruction and incorporating music into the classroom.   

Teachers are called not only to teach, but to love, support, parent, gracefully discipline, encourage, comfort, and serve the kids with their whole beings.  For the teachers to best serve the students, we know that the teachers themselves need to be poured into so that they can continue to pour out to their students.  The teachers have welcomed the committee graciously, opened their hearts for cross-cultural relationships, exposing vulnerabilities and challenges while sharing the love of God which is exhibited through their dedication to the students and their continued learning.

Lin Peterson, a special education teacher from Minneapolis, joined the team this year to bring creative and effective teaching methods to reach students with special needs.  She, alongside with other committee members,  have been instrumental in delivering small group instruction to students as well as support and expertise in the area of student disabilities to the staff.  The teachers are hungry for knowledge and so receptive as they engage in dialogue to better themselves as educators.

Together, the staff and the academic committee have committed to an environment of mutual collaboration.  We all look forward to continuing the partnership based on love and dedication to the future of Africa!    For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. (Philemon 1:7 ESV)