World Church Team Bondo & MathiaMay 28, 2014
Good progress has been made in Bondo since we last wrote for Contact. Winnie reports that the kale project is doing well despite the long drought which has resulted in returns being down by about 22%. However from the proceeds of the kale sales, two teachers have been employed at the Happy Tots School (set up by Winnie) and they have also managed to pay off the roof debt for the building for classes 1 – 3. The school is being registered with the Kenyan Government at a cost of ksh 60,000 (approx GBP 500) and this will be paid by instalment from kale sales. Each child in the school has also received a pair of plimsoles from the Red Cross through their anti-jigger campaign!!
Sharon is now improving after a spell of illness/hospitalisation and back to school although her performance has suffered as a result of her absence. The World Church Team is still supporting her by sending money to assist with her medication.
There has been a decline in the fishing project and this is causing major concerns regarding the livelihood of some of the locals.
Funding has been supplied to assist with setting up a library in the school and Winnie is keen to buy a selection of books, especially Bible Stories for the children.
We continue to value your support, as without this we could not keep assisting our friends in Bondo and we thank you for this.
Mathia Faith Partnership
Our link with Mathia Church continues in faith. The congregation of our Kenyan partners write that “We feel that we have every good reason to share.. [the celebration of Easter].. with you.” They continue to pray for us in our search for a new minister, “trusting in the Lord that He will take you through.”
Previously, Mathia in Kiangai Parish, was one of 12 congregations looked after by the Reverend Erastus, who is due to retire at the end of this year. Now, after reorganisation, he has 5 congregations, and in the near future the Presbytery will move to a time of “the Right to Call”, when every parish will be allowed to call a minister of their own choosing, with a ten year maximum tenure. In another initiative, the PCEA (Presbyterian Church of East Africa) office of the General Assembly has decided that an age limit of 35-59 years should be applied to the post of Synod Moderator.
Three quarters of the church building reconstruction undertaken at Mathia is now complete, and how big it looks too from the pictures we have received. A bigger church is needed for a growing congregation. Max West helped with cash donations to help purchase tiles and cement for their new building.
Our annual Bursary Fund of £1000 which assists Mathia young people with their higher education fees will have been sent for the coming academic year by the time ‘Contact’ appears. Over the years, this Bursary Fund has assisted a total of 18 young graduates. Higher education is much in demand in Kenya, as their young people seek to give their knowledge and talents back to their society.
Our main fund-raiser for our Kenyan projects, a Quiz Night, will have taken place on May 19th, when we hope that many of our supporters will have helped our fund-raising efforts.
Mathia congregation, through their Chairman and Senior Elder, John Njeru, who has visited us twice here at Max West, wishes us “All the best in all that you do. May God bless you” – a blessing which we, in return, send to our partners and friends in Mathia.