Here is a brief report of some recent ministry we carried out in the community. I should also note that this is not just a one time, throw some food, at the hungry event. We have cultivated relationships with these people, this week we had the resources to actually bring something to help out.
- Martha M. (I’m leaving out her full name due to privacy issues. People living with H.I.V. are often stigmatized by their families, churches, and communities. Not all of our friends are open with their statuses.)
- She is a 37 year old widow with four children. H.I.V. positive, and sickly.
- We were able to bring her ugali (corn flour, a staple food here,) eggs, cooking fat, and matches (most people cook on either an open flame or charcoal, so means to start the fire is important.)
- Joyce N.
- She is a 36 year old widow with six children. H.I.V. positive, currently healthy but struggling with her health.
- We were able to bring her: butter milk, mango juice, bread, sweets for the kids, hygiene related stuff, bar soap (used for dish washing, clothes, and general household cleaning,) and tea.
- Benta D.
- She is 40 years old and H.I.V. positive.
- We were able to bring her: ugali flour, charcoal, paraffin (Kerosene, used in stoves and lights,) sugar, and vegetables.
- Jared O.
- We were able to bring him ugali flour.
- Chris G.
- H.I.V. positive Christian preacher that we have been working with for a couple of years now. He is open with his status, and speaks to people about H.I.V. Because he is a known preacher, he is able to speak into many folks lives.
- We were able to purchase some underwear for him. (Sometimes I just love what God has us doing. Under garments are comfortable and need to be replaced every now and then. Yet they are not essential to life. I love just blessing folks this way, because he lives in poverty, replacing clothes is difficult if not impossible.)
- Lilian A.
- We were able to bring her: cooking fat, bar soap, matches, sweets for the kids, soap (this one for using on the body,) sugar, small mug, salt, and flour.
- Mama Ruth
- We were able to bring her: charcoal, paraffin, and ugali flour
- Emma A.
- We were able to purchase some medication for her.
There you have it. A glimpse of how we are living out the Gospel of the Kingdom of God here in Nakuru, Kenya.