Dear Friends and Partners,
As mentioned last month, there have been some major changes at the Joseph Project orphanage in Togo. After 4 years of operation, all of the original children are now teenagers and have finished school, so it was time for them to move on. Three of the boys were chosen for training in fish farming, sponsored by the mining company. Eleven new orphans have been accepted so far into the orphanage: 5 girls aged 11-15 and 6 boys aged 10-15. Some changes were also made in the staff, and more building supplies were taken to enable further construction of the new building.
There has been a lot of rain, making continued construction on the building difficult, but Pastor Sika delivered more building supplies on his visit, so hopefully there will soon be progress. Funds are still urgently needed for the roof, doors etc. Pastor Sika showed a Christian movie one night at the JP, leading to 5 people being saved. The church there remains stable with about 40 members, 75% of which are needy children and orphans, so it is an important ministry center. You can read the full detailed report from Pastor Sika which is posted on our website. Please pray that everyone at the orphanage there will soon get settled and capture the vision of the JP, being willing to work together with the farming projects and also with hearts eager to learn more of God and follow Jesus Christ.
Michael in Kenya reports that he and his team have shared the Gospel in a number of high schools in the area, with truly amazing results as the young people seem hungry for the Lord. In most schools 200-300 have come forward to accept Christ, often after long weekends of meetings. He is following up with visits by bicycle and trying to get the Christian teachers involved. He says the children’s ministry is also growing fast with a recent training seminar producing much fruit. He tries to do follow-up meetings each month to encourage newly trained workers. Mike has been invited to visit the UK for the wedding of a missionary friend who spent some time in Kenya – apparently all his expenses will be paid. He is presently in Nairobi to get his visa and we know he will be very excited to be able to go on the trip. Please pray for all to go well and for it to open new contacts for his ministry.
Pastor Honoré in C.A.R. reports that he continues to be busy there. He has been teaching more leadership training seminars in different churches – some attended by as a many as 100 people, including some children. These two photos were taken at one of the seminars.
Although the country is somewhat more stable than in the past three years, UN reports say that there is little positive change noticeable, and there is not enough food for half the population. Many clinics and farms have been abandoned since the fighting and it is estimated that around 60 children die there each day from malnutrition. There is still much to be done and we pray the Lord will raise up good honest leadership in the government there that will guide the nation to overcome its many problems. As the Gospel goes out, hopefully people will be convicted to turn from anger and revenge, and seek to work together for peace and development of the nation.