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Entries from December 2009

Goodbye Judy

JudyThis afternoon I will be driving Judy to the airport in Nairobi. She is heading   home to the U.S. to be with her family.

Judy came to help Kate with the delivery of `Eowyn, and we were so blessed by her presence.

Hopefully we will be seeing her again here, and back in Silsbee Texas. Have a safe journey Judy. I pray that you continue to follow Jesus on your journey, and find much peace and happiness along the way.


`Eowyn Grey Brooks

`Eowyn Grey Brooks For those of you who missed it on Facebook, Kate gave birth on Saturday to `Eowyn Grey Brooks. Here are the details:

 

 

 

`Eowyn Grey Brooks
born 6:12 p.m. on December 5, 2009
Length: 19 inches
Weight: 6 pounds 4 ounces

She was born without any complications.

`Eowyn Grey Brooks Many thanks to Judy for coming all the way from the U.S.A. to help assist with the delivery of `Eowyn. (Thanks also to a certain Moore family who made this trip possible.)

We are very happy to have been blessed with another child, and look forward to helping her to mature into the woman she is destined to be.

If you are not already, you should be our friends on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/kate34
www.facebook.com/johnnybrooks


A Future and a Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Put aside the context for the moment, and just think about what is conveyed in this sentence. Don’t try to think about prophecy, doctrine, principles, just let the emotion of the phrase roll over you.

I believe, with all my heart, that this phrase represents God’s heart towards us.

He is thinking good thoughts. Thoughts of peace, and not evil. When He thinks of us, He’s not like Santa with his list of who’s naughty and who’s nice. Nope. He only has one list. The list of who He loves, and everyone, absolutely every single last one of us, is on that list.

When we started the orphan care project, (the word project so does not do justice to what we do, life describes it so much better. It is our life and not just our project.) this phrase from the book of Jeremiah captured our intent or purpose more than anything else.

We want to provide or at least facilitate a hope in the future for our kids, who otherwise had no hope even in the present let alone tomorrow.

We see this as simply doing what our Father does. That is loving everyone, even those who have no apparent value.


December Needs

It was once suggested that we have a thermometer or something on the side bar showing how much money we needed for the month, and how much has come in. I’m not sure I can do the thermometer, for personal reasons, but I thought this list might be helpful. This way, if you want to help with a specific thing, you can. So here is the list in U.S. dollars:

  • Rent on girl’s home (which is our home as well:)     $675.00
  • A week’s worth of food for both homes:                 $206.00   (26 people plus usually a few extras each day) 1st week 2nd Week 3rd Week 4th Week
  • Electricity at the girl’s home:                                $ 88.00
  • Electricity at the boy’s home:                                $   8.00
  • Water at the girl's home:                                       $ 40.00
  • Water at the boy’s home:                                      $ 20.00
  • Cooking gas:                                                         $ 26.00
  • Cook at the girl’s home:                                        $ 88.00
  • Housekeeper at girl’s home:                                  $ 74.00
  • Support Staff at boy’s home:                                 $ 68.00
  • Household cleaners, toilet paper, etc for a week:    $50.00    1st Week 2nd Week 3rd Week 4th Week
  • Personal hygiene products for week:                       $38.00    1st Week 2nd Week 3rd Week 4th Week
  • Internet                                                                $150.00

That should cover the basics for December (not including aid to the community). I will put up January’s soon so we can get a head start. January will include school related expenses that we don’t have in December. Also this is not every single expense. There are things like getting the girl’s hair done, karate, etc. If you don’t want to designate then we will just take care of whatever is the priority at the moment. Or if you want to designate your gift for something not on this list, then let us know. We do our best to spend the money how it was intended by the donor.

I will strike through what has been taken care of. Of course these expenses will also be around in January, so if you had your heart set on helping pay the cook, don’t worry there’s always next month.

Almost forgot, I will put a link to this article on the side bar.

Checks can be made out to Kenya Fund and sent to: (include a note if you want to designate for a specific need.)

713 West First Street
Beaver Dam, KY 42320

or you can use Paypal, there is a space to include a note, if you want to designate. Use [email protected]