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Revamp Coming Soon!

I know we have neglected the blog for a few months, but never fear a revamping is in the works. Of the blog that is, not us, we're perfect the way we are. Well at least Kate is.

In other news, we will be meeting with the owners of the new property tomorrow to finalize the deal. Soon A Future and a Hope will own its first piece of land!

Meanwhile the van's exhaust pipe broke in half. Rough roads. So I'll spend some time today looking for someone to weld it back together.

 


December Newsletter

Kate has written a newsletter for December. We only send these out via email (it’s just too expensive to send regular newsletter via the postal service.) If you are not on the list and would like to be fill out the form, which you can find in the left hand column. Do it soon, as December is right around the corner.

Also we are on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks

www.facebook.com/kate34

I have a twitter account as well, though I have not been able to twitterize my life:

twitter.com/johnnybrooks


The Blog

If you look through the archives on this blog you will see that we started it back in 2005. Much has happened in our lives since 2005. I’m not sure that those changes are accurately portrayed here in the blog.

You’ll notice that suddenly we went from essentially an itinerant preaching ministry to pastoring a local church here in Nakuru. From there we began the orphan-care and community work that we are currently doing.

The transitions may not be apparent in the blog, but all those steps were necessary for us to arrive here.

So don’t freak out if you read a post in the archives about conducting Sunday meetings or traveling somewhere, we haven’t changed our mandate. We are caring for and loving as family the children God has brought to us, and reaching out with His love to the broader community.


Fresh Look

If you are reading this in an RSS reader, then be sure to click through and check out the actual site. Kate has refreshed the design, and I think it looks great. (If you are scratching your head wondering what RSS is, don’t worry it’s not important.)

I’m also using MailChimp for our e-newsletters now. Just sent one out today. If you don’t get our newsletter but would like to then sign up using the form on the side bar of this here blog. Don’t get too excited it’s just a newsletter.


What’s Up?

Thanks for asking:

  • The girls are heading off to visit their biological families and or friends. (The boys will be also.) They should be gone for most of the month of August, back before school starts in September.
  • We will continue to be a part of the work in the community. There are so many who need food, medicines, hospital bills paid (so they can actually get out of the hospital,) and love.
  • Kate would like to build a chicken coop, as part of our attempt to “urban” farm.
  • You may have noticed that we have been blogging a theme lately, “How to Be a Missionary.” We have a couple more posts in store for that one.
  • We will continue to develop our 3rd home, which will be a temporary half/way type of house for pregnant teen girls. Our initial girl has given birth and we are helping her plan the next step in her life.

Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program...

Our friends Chuck and Tammy (along with their daughter Tarrin) have left this morning heading back to Tala. We were grateful for the company and look forward to our next get together.

My writing was thrown off while they were here, but I'm back on track today. Well maybe over the next couple of days anyway. 

I have a few stories to share that hopefully will be impactful, and should just be around a bit more. 

 


I wanted to let you guys know about a few blog series we have coming your way.

We just watched season one of Bizarre Foods, thanks to Itunes(don't tell them we are in Kenya) and were inspired to put together a bizarre foods of our own. Not to worry it's not all intestines and termites.

We want to spend a few days on some misconceptions about being a missionary and Africa in general.

I get several emails a week from people interested in becoming missionaries, so we will do a how to series.

All coming soon.


Look Here

So much has been going on in the news lately. Makes it hard to compete for space in people’s lives. I mean come on, why read this little blog when you can be reading more exciting stuff about death, war, mayhem, and royal weddings?

I’ve resigned myself to not wooing the masses. In order to keep the crowds happy you have to be nice to them all the time, and I’m just not all that good at being nice all the time.

What we are accomplishing here in Kenya, and what we have accomplished so far, we have done without compromising in order to attract readership and donors. I’m not bragging, well not that much anyway, but instead trying to explain.

You will not find flashy websites here. No high powered fund raising campaigns. No high definition videos. Just us. Plain old Johnny and Kate.

Not that those other things are bad or wrong, they are just not us. We have to be who God asked us to be, and not anyone else.

Which of course leads to the question; Who are you?

I’ll let you know as soon as I figure it out.


Staying in Touch

It’s a been a rainy day here in Nakuru, which is not a bad thing. Good for the farmers and my lawn. Though I am feeling a bit cold (fighting whatever virus is making it’s way through our family.) Good evening for a movie or a few t.v. shows.

Want to remind everyone of the ways in which you can reach us here in Nakuru, Kenya:

Via this here blog. Just add a comment and we will reply.

Via email: afutureandahope@gmail.com for me (Johnny) and back2kenya@gmail.com for Kate

Via Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks and www.facebook.com/kate34

Via Skype: I am johnny-brooks (send me a note that you want to connect on Skype. I don’t keep it on all the time.) Kate is purechristianity

Via telephone: Our country code is 254 then for me 723 743 212 and Kate is 723 687 644

Via the post office: Our Kenyan address is:

P.O. Box 2974
Nakuru 20100
Kenya

U.S. address for donations is:

Kenya Fund
713 West First Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

 

I think that about covers it.


Redesign

I’m working on a redesign of the blog, and hopefully it will be debuted soon. This month marks our 5th year of maintaining this blog. It’s been an interesting 5 years for the Brooks’ family with plenty of ups and too many downs.

Look for some articles this month reflecting on just what was so interesting, and perhaps a few mundane reflections as well.

I seem to always forget to mention this, but over at the Send Them for Him site you can help us earn money by simply clicking through their site before purchasing something online. I’ve done it a few times with ITunes, and other than having to remember to click through their site, it was easy and didn’t affect my shopping at all. Here’s the link for our page:

http://www.sendthemforhim.com/files/Groups/AFAAH/Categories.html

Other ways to donate:

Donations can also be sent via snail mail. Make checks out to Kenya Fund and mail to:

713 West First Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

Alternatively you can use paypal. Use our back2kenya@yahoo.com email address. Or just click the following button: