World Church Team Report from Mathia & BondoDecember 4, 2011
Mathia: Rev Erastus Mbaka, parish minister of Mathia Church, sends greetings and reports that the congregation is increasing in number, especially the youth. He is happy that John has been elected as chairman of the Church, as John is “committed in all fields concerning the Church activities” and asks us to continue praying for him as he is the co-ordinator of the partnership as well as Church chairman. Prayers are also requested for the country as a whole as it has been hit by serious disasters. They too are praying for “Rev Gordon” and send us all the text from James 5:7-20.
Their students, Alex, Geoffrey, Josephine and two others are now awaiting their graduations and he thanks us for the support we have given them.
He finishes with “May God bless you mightily as you continue to make any other arrangements for this partnership.”
Bondo: Winnie writes that they are very happy in Usenge, more so because they will soon have a new well to supplement the first one we provided. With clean, safe drinking water the rate of water-borne diseases will go down even further. However, with the huge increases in the price of basic commodities and fuel, together with Kenya’s new constitution and administrative reorganisation, the survey fees, labour costs and materials involved in building the new well will rise sharply. The second instalment of money for the well was sent at the end of September. The well is now almost 40 feet deep and it is hoped that it will provide a 10-12 foot water table which cannot dry up even in the drought.
With the profits from small businesses, they have now built three crèche classrooms and are building a church/school, which is now at lintel level.
Winnie says, “I appreciate all that you at Maxwest are doing for us and I can assure you that not a cent donated for the community will be lost or misappropriated,”