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Kitchen Update

Friday, March 11th, 2011

We often the comforts we take for granted are things others would consider a treasure.  Last summer we built a kitchen for Pastor Yuri, something they never had. This week he sent the following message about the kitchen. “Every day our new kitchen pleases our eyes, it’s just quite a different feeling, much room, everyone feels comfortable. Children make their homework there, it is so good to observe everything through the window. The door works well, we host our guests at the big table, celebrate holidays, recall the time of our construction. I’m happy that you are coming. Maybe God let us do something else together.”

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Emily

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Emily is the wife of Pastor Moses in Kenya. Together they are following a vision given to them by the Lord. In the village of Kamuyu where Moses grew up they have started Echoes of Mercy. They have adopted the village to help make a difference. With the blessing of a financial gift from a sponsor they were able to begin the work. Last April there was empty land now there is the structure of a church, a four room school house, and a mission house with office. The village now has a well with fresh water for all thanks to EOM. Orphans will have free schooling, jobs will be created, and widows will be helped. Spiritual life of the village is taking on a new level too. Emily will take on the job as administrator of the project. To do this she must take some classes at the local university.  Fruit of the Vine was able to help provide for this education.  Here is the response from Pastor Moses. Thank you for helping Emily with the Fee to join University….She will start her classes at Mt. Kenya University on Monday. She will be studying COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL WORK in preparation to be Echoes of Mercy Administrator. We look forward for your coming this year 2011.

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Moses writes

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

In a recent email from Moses he wrote…”You are all a blessings. I was in the village at Echoes Of Mercy and the impact you all made are still being remembered. They believe you are the coolest best missionaries that ever visited the village. Lot’s of love from the brothers and sisters in the village.”

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Village speaking

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

In America they ask for a 20 minute teaching, in Russia it is 40+, Kenya they asked for 3hrs. The Lord poured out what was needed. Deb and I took turns sharing then took lunch break and came back. They want us to come back again on Sat for more. Dale painted today at the school. Tomorrow Dale will speak to the men and Deb and I will visit the orphan school and visit widows. Awesome testimonies today. About 50+ women many walked from 5 miles away or more. We were humbled so much as we shared Jesus with them.  On Sunday we will buy chickens and/or goats to deliver to those in need. Life in the village is so hard compared to our life in America. The perseverance of the people is amazing. I am humbled as I watch them each day. They share so willingly what they have with us and open their doors and hearts. We are blessed to be here.

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New…

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Kenya is a new adventure for us. As we toured the city yesterday in the process of doing errands we saw the sights. Many things seemed somewhat familiar…bad roads, crazy drivers, roadside vendors. All much like Russia for us and Philippines for Deb. Poverty was evident at every turn.  We ask Lord how do we help and what is your plan for us here. Our time of ministry began today with a visit to Joogo (spelling ?) Girl’s school. Jan spoke and both her and Deb prayed for several of the girls. Many of them have heavy concerns for young girls. We are praising the Lord for Jen who made Jesus Lord of her life today. That was exciting. Please pray for these girls. Dale preached at the Brethren church where Moses attends. Tomorrow we will go to the village for a week. Lord willing we will get you some updates from there.

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Kenya bound…London stop

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

London Heathrow Friday Oct 22. We are waiting for our flight to Nairobi. Dale is sleeping. It is the middle of the night Michigan time. So far all is well. There are lots of people in this busy place all hurrying about to get to gates. It is a great spot for people watching. In a few hours we will be with Moses.