Hello to all our friends and family!
We have arrived safely and are so thankful for incredibly smooth travels! It took 30 hours for our trek from Phoenix to Chicago, Chicago to Paris and then the Paris to Nairobi! We met one of our team members from Canada in Chicago, so great to meet someone new that would soon be family to us! We were very sad that two of our team members were not able to travel here with us due to illness. They are here with us in spirit and we are so thankful for the many ways they have contributed to our team!!
We all were very short on sleep as we woke up to our first day at Huruma. But the joy of God here is so incredible we soon found ourselves with the energy we needed. (that a power nap mid day!!) Mama Zipporah was anxious to show us the brand new sewing rooms that were build under the girl’s new dormitory. Her excitement for this sew program thrills all of us. Unpacking the MANY sewing supplies that we purchased in the US was quite a project, but so fun to do as a team. Quickly, the room came together and we were ready for our first class that afternoon. We had some familiar students from last year and some new students as well!! They are excited to see the new projects we have brought to them, this is going to so fun!!
Every morning and evening we meet for prayers, singing, dancing and Bible time with the children. The singing and dancing is probably our favorite part. Seeing these children with so little but singing out songs of gratefulness and joy for what God has given them is absolutely priceless! God has provided so much for them through Huruma. They are cared for, shown the love of God and given all their necessities. The children care for each other, leadng and holding each other accountable. I walked in to the boys dormitory last night to read “Charlotte’s Web” to the boys and I found Samuel (he calls me Mum) caring for a room of primary boys. He explained that he is responsible for them. Although there are mothers in the home, the older boys and girls are given responsibilities for care giving. Since he knows me well, and my heart, he said he makes sure they each have their Leigh’s Blankie at night. Yes, my heart is full here! I think I can speak for the rest of our team, we are falling more and more in love with the children of Huruma. I’m particular in love with the “unicorn boy” who fell asleep on the ladder as I read to him!! What a cutie!!
A big excitement for all of us was the purchase of all of the sewing machines!! Particularly an embroidery machine!! I think you’ll love the pictures of Mama Zipporah opening up this new machine. She kept beaming as she spoke of her hopes for the sewing program. She LOVES embroidery and would like to use this machine to embroider uniforms with Huruma’s logo. And hopefully, in the future, they will make uniforms for surrounding schools in Kenya and be able to embroider their logos as well. This could provide a good income for Huruma and skill set for the students here!! Praise God!! To everyone who has prayed and gave to this project, thank you!!!
Today we will have a full day teaching the dormitory mothers and Form 1-4 students. The mothers are excited to learn so that they can keep up with the heavy demand of mending the clothes. Through donations, we have provided them with the sewing room and a sewing kit for them to keep for themselves. Form 1-4 students are Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior students. We are teaching the beginning students on Leigh’s Blankies and our returning students we are introducing a new project, a messenger bag.
I pray this finds are families well, we miss you all!! Thank you all so much for your support as we prepared for this trip and while we are away. Continue to pray for good health, safety and energy as our days are FULL!!!