World Church Team News from Bondo and MathiaSeptember 4, 2013
Since 2007 our Bondo project continues to develop well and the community is progressing to become self sufficient. Our Christmas catalogue gifts resulted in £140 to purchase more beehives. The bees were provided by the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture and the first honey is expected in December. The Sunday school benefited by £110 for new books. From their little businesses mainly the sale of tomatoes, cash has been raised for second water pump which they aim to complete soon. The Ministry of Education has now officially registered the school which Winnie has set up. They were impressed to learn she has support and assistance from the Church of Scotland and that Max. West is sending a monthly donation to provide food for the children. Our World Church Team is indebted to the sponsors who have constantly over the past 4 years enabled us to send £250 every month to the Usenge Development initiative, the charity set up by Winnie to assist in feeding 300 children and now approx 500. Recently two classrooms and a kitchen have been added to the church building and we forwarded £260 to complete the roof before the rainy season begins. This donation was funded from a funeral collection which specified it was to be used for the benefit of the children of Bondo.
Winnie continues in every mailing to thank the people of Max West “for sowing the seeds hope in her community which allows them to see a brighter future ahead”.
Thanks to improved electronic connections and mobile phones our links with Mathia have become stronger. Senior elder John writes “It is with much joy I send warm greetings to the congregation of Max West from my family and Mathia Church. We are constantly praying for your Presbytery to help you find a new Minister”.
Mathia church is running well and the congregation is growing in size. In fact their large parish will be sub-divided on 8th September with the Moderator of the General Assembly presiding. Mathia will then have five congregations and Kagumo parish will have seven congregations. This will give Rev Erastus more time with Mathia which they are all looking forward to. John tells us the cost of this division is high therefore the completion of their new larger church will be delayed yet again.
Bursary grants from our own fundraising over the past five years have enabled over thirty young people into senior education and university. This November four people will graduate and five others continue their studies. Our help has been greatly appreciated and we hope it will continue for some time to come.
The WCT is aware of the wider World Mission work and traditionally Max. West has been involved with The Christian Aid door to door collection for many years. The theme for this year was “Bite Back at Hunger” and organised by Heather Johnson with over 20 collectors in the parish. They raised £2,676 – a wonderful result for which we are indebted to everyone who donated and collected.
In September Ian and Rosemary Slack have decided to return to Bondo for the third time and Mathia for the second time. The WCT is very grateful to them and look forward to their first hand news which will be reported to the congregation as well.
Some parting words from John Njeru Karuoya “What you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others will live for ever”.
A D, WCT Convener