2005 | October
October, 2005
Dear friends,
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of Pam and me and our ministry to children and adults here in Eldoret. Over the last month the kids have gone back to school to begin their last term for this year. Most of the kids have remained physically healthy with the exception of a smashed finger, a "fat" lip, a huge boil on one child's rear end, and a case of malaria. All of which have healed now. We have come to realize just how miserably poor the public education here really is. Many of the kids are "doing well" according to their teachers, but "doing well" here is not the same as "doing well" back home. For example, two of our older boys (12 and 13 years old) cannot read a simple sentence like "The cat is fat." We remain amazed at the fact that school teachers are mandated to teach all subjects (except the subject of Swahili) in English even though most children do not speak, read or write much English at all, and many teachers' English is unintelligible. We have observed that teachers tend to write facts from text books on the blackboard for the children to copy. This is pretty much the extent of education here. As we process all of this, we are now praying that in the short term we can increase the support to afford the children a private education, and in the long term we are believing God will provide the means to establish a school of our own. Please pray for these children not to be enslaved to ignorance.
The kids' barnyard continues to grow. We had Bessie the milk cow artificially inseminated, so we are hopeful a calf is on the way and Bessie's life of milk production will begin in the near future. The children have also acquired their first rabbit which is supposedly a pregnant female. You all know how rabbits multiply, so they'll be eating rabbit before long. We have a team of four visiting us right now, and they have helped us to construct a rabbit hutch.
The kids all got "new" shoes yesterday. They're not really new, but new to the kids. Hillary does all the bargaining for such items because the presence of a white person automatically drives the price up. We made the mistake of attempting to shop with Hillary for the shoes, and the vendors wanted to charge Hillary more than twice the reasonable price just because he saw the "wazungu" with him. Hillary had to abandon that effort and go shopping later without us to get a decent price on shoes. The kids are growing, and we are so tickled about that. All kids grow, but some of these guys were really small for their ages due to malnutrition, and now we are seeing some of them 'shoot up' so to speak. Praise God for that!
The ESL ministry in the primary school is ongoing, yet I continue to struggle with figuring out the best way to teach these kids. The group of 30+ kids that I have is comprised of a few overachievers and a whole lot of kids who really do not have a clue about learning. And of course, there are more than enough kids who just want to goof off. Please pray I'll have wisdom and discernment about teaching them and patience to continue reaching out to the underachievers.
The discipleship classes at the church are continuing three days a week. The attendance and participation is still good. It is evident that the Lord is really working in the hearts of a few folks especially. I continue to encourage and challenge the people to move on from the elementary teachings about Christ and start eating solid food (ref. Hebrews 6:1-2). Several people have expressed their desire to teach others, so we are equipping them to properly handle the Word of God, and we are looking forward to seeing more classes, led by Kenyans, established in the near future.
We continue to be challenged by the lack of integrity of so many people. Finding local people whom we can trust is so difficult. Please pray diligently for us to establish more relationships with believers who will understand the importance of telling the truth. At first, I had a hard time understanding why so many missionaries "control" everything...not turning ministries over to local people. Now I see why. Kenyans will act as though they are trustworthy and once they are entrusted with money, ministry, etc. their true colors of corruption emerge. Forgive me for generalizing, but this problem is so prolific, and it is the root of so much of the miserable condition of this nation. Pray for the people to walk in the light of God Word and presence.
The team that is with us now have come from Ocala, FL, and we are having a good time together. We thank the Lord for the fellowship, and we pray the Lord is impressing upon each visitor His purpose for their coming and witnessing this mission field. The children have been so blessed by their coming. They crave the attention and love shown to them by our visitors. Kenyan children do not typically receive the kind of attention we Americans consider normal and natural to show towards children, and our kids are definitely responding positively to the love of Christ shown to them. Hillary says that most orphanages have the recurring problem of children leaving the homes to return to life in the streets. We are so grateful to the Lord that our kids are really feeling a part of the family and not looking for the "freedom" of street life.
Thanks again for your prayers and support, we hope to have a couple of newsletters sent out between now and the holidays.
Love,
Alan
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Update from Alan May in Kenya (May 20, 2008)
Dear Friends,
 
Here is an update of my return to Kenya. I’ve been here three weeks now, and things are relatively stable for most people; however, thousands of people remain displaced (link to article for current news from Kenya).
The children of The Haven are doing well. They are on a break from school right now, and they are enjoying the relative peace since Kenya has adopted a coalition government which has brought a near end to the post-election violence. As you know, we took in several dis-placed children during the height of the chaos, and we have one little fellow, Dennis, who is going to remain with us. He’s quite a precious little boy who needs a permanent home. He seems to have fit in very nicely with the rest of the family.
I have packed up our house, and I have set aside a couple of rooms full of things to distribute to others and/or to take to the children’s home. Hopefully I’ll get our shipment on its way soon, and I can concentrate on spending time with the kids and getting many administrative tasks accomplished before returning to the States next month.
The construction of the new children’s home is still going on nicely. I visited the site this week, and it looks as though we are more than three-fourths of the way towards completion. The dining hall is finished, the girls’ dorm (Fresh Start) has two stories completed, and the roof is being put on now. The boys’ dorm is about to have its second floor poured. As you can imagine, the cost of building materials (as well as food, petrol, etc.) has shot up significantly since the skirmishes in January, but we are still hopeful that the amount of money we have in the construction fund will complete the job. Please pray that it will.
Considering the great need to care for more children, we would love to be able to furnish the new orphanage as soon as it is completed and then bring in more kids. We’ll have room for 80 more children after the Fresh Start and the Haven children move in, but we cannot take in any of these additional children without funding to feed and clothe them. Please, please help us find more people interested in sponsoring children or generally donating to the support of the children’s home.
On a personal note, please continue to pray for Pam and me as we transition back to the U.S. We are both in need of employment; we have incurred a large medical debt from my kidney stone episode in January (still awaiting a response to our appeal of the insurance denial); and we are dealing with a deep hurt because we only discovered last week that our sending church, GBC, discontinued our personal support after January without giving us any notifi-cation. Our trust is in God alone, but the hurt is real. We certainly hate that our mission experience with GBC has ended this way. We look forward to discovering what God has in store for us in the days, weeks and months to come.
I miss Pam terribly, yet I know God is using this time of separation to draw us closer to Himself and closer to each other. Thank you so much for your faithful support of us during the last few years, and do not forget that our work is not terminating with our return to the States. In fact, it is growing significantly, and the children desperately need ongoing support. If you have been supporting Pam and me personally, please consider continuing to support our ministry. If you have been supporting the children, please continue to do so! We love and appreciate all you do for us and the kids.
A newsletter will be coming out in the next few weeks. If you are not on the mailing list for our newsletter and would like to be added, please let me know.
. . . Alan
Gifts designated for Pam and Alan or The Haven may be made payable to:
     Harvest International
     P.O. Box 6690
     Ocala, FL 34478-6690
While in the States:
     901-870-6400 (cell)
While in Kenya (Phone Numbers from the U.S.):
     011-254-532-060-035 (Home)
     011-254-722-107-703 (Alan's Cell)
     011-254-722-107-704 (Pam's Cell)
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December 17, 2008
Good Morning Bro. Danny,
Fred and I made it back safely from Kenya. The trip was a little hard on the body with the potholes in the roads and all, but quite successful. I preached in Mt. Elgon, Kitale, and Eldoret. Three Kenyan women gave their hearts to Christ at one of the services. The children are doing well thanks to the ministry of Pastor Richard and his wife Helen. They are making good use of the funds our church sends monthly.
I was also amazed at the progress of the construction at the Haven in Eldoret. So much has been done since our last visit in December 2007. Pastor Richard asked Fred and I to walk through a portion of the slum. He wanted us to see firsthand the place where the children live. It is a devastating place. The most of the money you gave me was left to buy bread and medicine for the aging residents of the Kitale slum.
Thank you again for your assistance in putting this trip together. I look forward to working with you in future for the advancement of God's Kingdom.
Sincerely,
Pastor Jacobs
 
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