a Future and a Hope

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Hey guys, I know we hardly write blogs (not even sure blogging is still relevant), and I hope to change this. In fact, I hope to start a new blog with a different title, and I'll get into all of that another time!

We recently lost one of our biggest monthly donors because they felt lead by God to donate elsewhere. I get it, and I understand that what we do in Kenya is not for every one, nor do we expect people to give for the full duration of our work. Those folks helped us through SO MUCH, and they were a huge support over the years. Sometimes one must make a change. It is so important to follow one's heart.

 So at the moment, we are down a sizable amount, and we are needing help finding folks to help us fill this gap!! Don't worry if your gift is only $5 or $10 or whatever... any will do. Seriously. A bale of hay for the horses is $3 a day. If you could help with that, that would be great. Seriously. ANY amount.

Would you consider supporting us monthly? We are a project that you can actually talk to. I am an individual, not an institution. I am ME. I help children, women, single moms, etc... I am conscious of the environment, and I hope to be an encourager to those who feel as if they want to do more with their lives. YOU. CAN. DO. IT.  

If you'd like to give monthly, you can visit Paypal.com and donate to [email protected] or use the following form:

 

You can also make a check out to A Future and a Hope and mail it to:

A Future and a Hope
c/o Bob Humphrey
7909 Walerga Rd STE 112-141
Antelope, CA 95843

We also use the Wave app to receive money and one could send via Western Union or MoneyGram


Day 24 to 30

The past six days here on The Shire have been pretty mundane days. They have been busy days, but nothing out of the ordinary or exciting has happened. We continue to care for the animals, develop the farm, and work with the horses. My (Johnny's) workload has increased due to Kate's absence which keeps me busy for most of the day. It does not leave much time for writing, thinking, and communicating. 

Kate, Makena, and Starlette are currently in Connecticut. They are enjoying the company and fresh air. Starlette is having a bit of a tough time with all the time changes, but she is full of smiles and giggles during our video calls.

Three more weeks.

 


Day 12

You do not actually have to see Kate in person to contribute. You can give other ways as well:

You can use Paypal. Send to [email protected]

You can write a check out to A Future and a Hope, and mail it to:

A Future and a Hope
c/o Bob Humphrey
7909 Walerga Rd STE 112-141
Antelope, CA 95843

Our friend and team member Bob will bank the money and it will be available for our use here in Kenya.

You can also use the app called Wave. (My number is 0723743212)

 


Day 11

For the eleventh day of Kate's absence, I thought it would be good to remind you of the wishlist. We do not visit the U.S. that often so bringing back a few items is high on the priority list. Also feel free to be creative and contribute things not on the list, but consider that Kate has to be able to pack it and bring it back with her. Also, let me know when you purchase something so it can be crossed off the list.

Here we go:


Day 6

British airOn the sixth day Kate, Makena, and Starlette traveled from London to Houston. Quite a long trip. They arrived fine and were picked up at the airport and taken to Nederland, Texas. They plan on resting up for a few days and then the whirlwind tour of America begins in earnest. 

Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, those of us left at The Shire had a quiet Sunday. Lazing around, listening to music, and watching a bit of television in the evening. Plenty of thinking and meditating time.

I spent some time with a passage from Matthew chapter twenty-five. I know I quote and talk about it often but it is worthwhile. Take a moment to read it yourself:

34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

This particular passage heavily influenced how I chose to live out my faith. Back before we moved to Kenya I found myself becoming distant from the way faith was being practiced in our church. Simply attending a religious meeting on Sunday and Wednesday, reading the Bible occasionally, and praying were not enough. (Especially after reading the Bible and seeing a different way promoted in the text like the one above.) I started looking for ways to actually practice my Christianity. 

Many years later I find myself still on the lookout for faith practice moments. I, along with my wife Kate, have actually done all the things mentioned in the story of the sheep and goats, and still do them on a regular basis with your help of course. We are not yet weary. In looking for those moments to live out faith we came upon another opportunity, horse therapy for disabled children here in Kenya. These children are some of the least in our community and we are reaching out to them.

This is one of the things Kate is fundraising for while in the U.S. Keeping horses requires effort and food. Getting the children here is another expense, and so on and so on. These children are worth the effort, and it is a great way to practice some faith. 

Matthew-25-40-101216


Day 5

Saturday. Another run of the mill day here at The Shire. It is normally the day we would do the therapy sessions with the children and horses, but it is paused while Kate is away. To grow beyond where we are with this program there needs to be more qualified people to help, and more volunteers as well. This is one of the goals for 2019. In the meantime, Butterfly is helping take care of the horses and is exercising them.

Kate, Makena, and Starlette began their journey from England to Texas, albeit a few hours late due to a delayed flight. 

Here they are chilling out waiting for the gate to be opened:

Airport delay

Gate is open and now they board:

Airport delay 2

The Great American Adventure begins on Day 6. In the meantime don't forget about the wishlist:

 

Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) Would like 2 sets
OXO Good Grips Silicone/Stainless Steel Tub Stopper
maple flavor
nyquil
children's fever/pain/allergy meds
Flintstones Children's Complete Chewable Multivitamin
Zahler Flax Seed Oil
grownup vitamins
Gillette Venus Women's Original
Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. - pad of 100 (as many as possible)
Bad Byron's Butt Rub
Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 Brainfreeze Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
pool noodles
frisbees
Dodge balls
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
CO-Z Bee Smoker
A4 Portable LED Light Box
hair clips
watches
Christmas ornaments!
Steve Jackson Games Munchkin Deluxe
Reese's peanut butter cups
jodphurs size 27 waist
Microsoft Surface Pro (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) – Newest Version
Microsoft Certified Surface Pen, Stylus Pens with 4096 Pressure Sensitivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro
penny Whistles
lady p or shewee
sheet music for flute and piano
unlocked cell phones (current)
ipad
boots size 8.5
hair feathers and hair beads

polymer clay

 

Here is a link to a Google Doc containing the list and many links to Amazon:

Wishlist

Don't forget to let me know if you buy something off the list so I can remove it from the list.

 


Day 4

The fourth day that Kate, Makena, and Starlette have been gone went off without a hitch. Pigs were fed, cows fed, rabbits fed, dogs fed, cats fed, chickens fed, horses fed, and the children were fed. Everyone ate. In fact, because we are short three people we stretched burrito night out over three meals, and I still gave the pigs some beans. There are only so many times one can eat beans in a row. 

Kate had a gathering in England and hung out with some folks there. 

Kate barrows

Kate barrows 2

Day 5 will see them flying to Texas. I pray the trip goes well, especially for Starlette who has no experience with these long flights. 


Day 3

The third day of Kate's absence was more eventful, or at least busy than day 2. Kate and Makena went to visit Northbrook Metropolitan College where Makena is considering starting her higher education career. She had an informal interview and was told that based on her portfolio she would be accepted. Congratulations to Makena. There are still hurdles to overcome for this to work out, but the first step is done.

Makena and kate school

Back on the home front, I hung out with a friend who's wife just passed away from cancer. She was our friend as well and we are missing her. I was asked to officiate the funeral and have been working on that with the family. Sad, but I am glad we can be here for each other. 

Here is a newly updated wish list. Don't forget to let me know what you have bought or are buying so I can remove it from the list:

Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) Would like 2 sets
OXO Good Grips Silicone/Stainless Steel Tub Stopper
maple flavor
nyquil
children's fever/pain/allergy meds
Flintstones Children's Complete Chewable Multivitamin
Zahler Flax Seed Oil
grownup vitamins
Gillette Venus Women's Original
Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads 9 in. x 12 in. - pad of 100 (as many as possible)
Bad Byron's Butt Rub
Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 Brainfreeze Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
pool noodles
frisbees
Dodge balls
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
CO-Z Bee Smoker
A4 Portable LED Light Box
hair clips
watches
Christmas ornaments!
Steve Jackson Games Munchkin Deluxe
Reese's peanut butter cups
jodphurs size 27 waist
Microsoft Surface Pro (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) – Newest Version
Microsoft Certified Surface Pen, Stylus Pens with 4096 Pressure Sensitivity
Huawei MateBook X Pro
penny Whistles
lady p or shewee
sheet music for flute and piano
unlocked cell phones (current)
ipad
boots size 8.5
hair feathers and hair beads
polymer clay

Link to Google Document which includes Amazon links for many items:

Wishlist