This morning Don Egan & Alison Fenning met with our Kenya Partner Pastor Tom Abungu from Connect with a Child Ministries.
Tom also shared about his desire to do more Water Wells with RSVP and his vision of a village hospital.
Michelle Smith was part of the RSVP Team that travelled to Nairobi recently. These are some comments on how her ministry impacted the people attending the School of Ministry.
Whilst being part if the team I was able to lead a seminar dealing with The Conflict between Men and Women.
The challenge in Africa and actually all around the world is for people in ministry to have healthy home lives first before ministry. Within every culture we have strayed from the Kingdom of God principles and there is a desperate need to have an open discussion and teaching on communication with each other, as Jesus modeled when he walked the earth.
There are 42 tribes in Kenya, each with their own customs, so this raised some questions and we shared openly and discussed where tribal custom ends and kingdom custom begins.
Those who came loved it and there was laughter as we talked about the challenges of modern inventions like TV and mobile phones being either a useful tool or hindrance to our communication.
Alison Fenning reports on her recent trip to Nairobi’s slum district
People in Africa love to come and dance and sing to their favourite bands that they hear on the radio or see on the TV. Whilst in Kenya we were able to use this as an opportunity to speak about Jesus and giving people a chance to respond to the God who loves them.
Alison was able to preach and lead people to Christ. Over the two nights the team have estimated that 500 people responded, wanting to either acknowledge Jesus as Lord for the first time or come back into personal living relationship with God.
The benefit of this type of outreach is that we not only give people the chance to hear the gospel but also we bless an area by providing a concert for two nights. This often lifts the community, people have fun and enjoy their favourite bands and the Church has an opportunity to build bridges with local people.
Three years ago, RSVP’s Kenya partner, Tom Abungo, based in Nairobi, took us to see a piece of land where he had a vision to build a Church and have a centre of education for street children they were reaching out too.
Two weeks ago I stood in the Church and the education centre that now exists on that land. It is a still a work in progress. The 190 street children have now been placed in families, so they have a home, get daily food, and are educated. Some are sponsored whilst others are still waiting for a sponsor.
This project is amazing and very unique, as it not only helps street children gain a future but also helps the local community make a difference to their own people by having a child join their family.
Thank you all our RSVP partners who support Tom and sponsor children in his care – you are transforming lives.
28 June – 2nd July 2012
Alison Fenning will be travelling to Nairobi to visit our partners Tom and Anna Abungo, of Kings Connection Ministries in Kenya.
On this trip, Alison will be accompanied by Michelle Smith. They will run a two day “Breakthough” ministry school for leaders in Kibera slum, visit the RSVP child sponsor program and Alison will also be preaching in various locations.
We would really value your prayers for this trip, for health, safety and protection and for all the costs to be met.
(If you would like to help us with this trip you can donate here.)
Our amazing RSVP partners and supporters have done it again! We are just working on our 2011 end of year accounts. One figure I always like to see is how much, in total, we sent to Africa for poverty relief.
Well today the figure was calculated and turns out to be a staggering £80,392. That is wonderful! So what did that money do?
It paid for Child Sponsorship for around 300 children – providing a daily meal, schooling, uniform, shoes and medical care. It looked after, fed, educated and clothed 16 children in our House of Mercy orphanage. It bought Gifts of Hope for people in urgent need.
It supported our partners Tom and Anna in Kenya as they minister in the slums of Nairobi.
It helped support the women in the Family Centre in Rwanda and fed hundreds of street children.
It also installed several water wells in Kenya providing clean water for poor communities.
In the current climate, I think this is fantastic. It is an honour to be part of the work of RSVP Trust, as it touches and transforms lives across the world.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so generously to this life-changing work.
Richard and I visited this lady at her tiny little house in a village in Kenya. She lives here with 4 children and life is hard. The children were at school when we visited, but the lady showed us that they just sleep together on the floor of this house.
We had a Gift of Hope mattress with us so we gave it to her with some other gifts of food etc. She said thank you.
Just before we left the village that day, four children caught up with us and were very excited. We wondered what was happening. Then the children explained, they were the children of the lady we gave the mattress to.
“We had to find you and thank you so much! We’ve never had a mattress before! We’re really excited by your gift. Thank you! Thank you!”
Isn’t it quite moving the way a small gift, of something we all take for granted, is so appreciated by some people? Those thankful children made me realise how we take things for granted and how often we fail to appreciate what we have ourselves.
I met this lady when Richard and I were visiting homes in a remote village in Kenya. The care for the elderly in many parts of Africa is left to younger relatives. But this lady’s four sons had died. She has many problems and now she has gone blind.
She lives in this tiny house in the picture all alone.
Left on her own in poverty, she has no one to care for her. She relies on the mercy of her neighbours.
We spent some time with her listening to her story and then prayed for her.
We left some gifts of hope to ease her immediate problems. Sadly, there are many such stories in Africa. But thank you partners – on this day your gifts brought a ray of hope into a dark situation.
Thank you RSVP partners! I’ve just been down to the bank to transfer £3,866 to Rwanda and £752 to Kenya. This will educate and feed children in Kenya and Rwanda, upkeep the orphanage in Rwanda, and help destroy poverty. RSVP partners are amazing people who make this possible.
While I was at the bank the cashier lady asked me how we do fund-raising. I told her we don’t do fund-raising. She asked how we got the donations in then. I told her we do friend-raising – that we make friends and share what we do and then people give or pray or tell others or all three things.
She still wasn’t sure so I told her, after leaving the bank, I was going to post what I’d done at the bank on Facebook so people knew what we were doing.
“Right. So you have a Facebook page then? Are there pictures?” she asked.
“Yes” I said.
“Well I’ll have a look at that later.” she said.
Cool. That could be another friend raised right there! That’s really all we do in terms of fund raising. No events to organise. And we meet lots of really great people on the way. And we get to have a hand in destroying poverty across the world. Wonderful!
Today we let you peek behind the scenes at RSVP. We want you to know who really keeps everything moving here. Introducing the wonderful Beckie Egan!
Beckie works part time keeping all the RSVP admin up to date, Dealing with your queries on child sponsorship, book orders, donations, banking, preparing international payments, responding to emails and letters.
Beckie maintains the database, flags up invoices that need paying and prepares information for payroll. Beckie also designs the RSVP Magazine and deals with printers and suppliers.
When it comes to the hundreds of sponsored children and their sponsors, Beckie is the key. She’ll also be found emailing the Rwanda and Kenya offices to get updates on children or email spreadsheets of the international payments.
When you see pictures of what RSVP is doing, you’ll often see a picture of Don or Alison. But without Beckie behind the scenes, not a lot would happen.
Everybody needs a Beckie!
Who is your unsung hero? Have you thanked them lately?