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April 2016
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Love Mercy

The new Bula Pamoja village School completed this Spring


"Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor." 

Proverbs 21:21 (ESV)
 

Dear friends,

 

Last week, we visited with a Guardians of Hope group caring for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in the remote community of Mivumoni, Kenya. Mivumoni is a small farming village in the lush rolling hills and tropical rainforests of the Kenya’s Shimba Hills.

 

One of the Guardians was a retired pastor named Daniel, who had joined the group out of a desire to be “useful” and to provide help to others. Although he had no personal connection to HIV or AIDS, Daniel believed that what the Guardians were doing was a true expression of the gospel. “I was so happy,” he shared, “to find a group of people that cared for the lives of the needy. I wanted to be with people who showed kindness to others.” After spending a day with Daniel and his fellow GOH members, it wasn’t hard to see God’s love shining through their lives.

 

 When Daniel first joined the group, he had no idea how HIV and AIDS would actually impact his family. After having started serving infected and affected members of Mivumoni, Daniel’s one daughter died from AIDS related-illness leaving him to care for his two orphaned grandchildren. “She had never married and I was left to help them. I can only say that through this time God demonstrated to me the power of prayer... Today the eldest is in secondary school. I could not have provided for them on my own. It has taken the help of many."

 
 

HIV and AIDS is on a steady decline, but Kenya remains the fourth largest epidemic in the world with 1.6 million people inflected. Each year approximately 58,000 people die of AIDS-related illness in Kenya. Today there remains 1.1 million AIDS orphans in Kenya.

We thank God for groups like the Mivumoni GOH who continue to work with the schools, churches and the local government in caring for the families that have been affected by HIV and AIDS. Daniel and his friends remind us of the words of Proverbs 21:21, “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.”

 

Flooding in Kenya (Photo IRIN)

Spring 2016 has been a rich time of ministry as we have walked with our CBM colleagues and partners in both times of mutual strengthening and times of great difficulty. The themes of partnership and kindness have continued to emerge in our trainings and shared ministry of disaster response.

 

April and May rains brought devastating flooding to parts of Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of people have lost homes and livelihoods through flash floods and mudslides that have swept away entire villages.The Canadian Baptist Ministries’ team was among the first to respond with organizing small boats to assist in the Kenyan Red Cross rescue efforts. The Tana River had burst its banks and a deluge of water wiped out communities. In the weeks that followed, thousands of people were sheltered in temporary camps. Thanks to the generosity of Canadian churches and individuals, CBM was able to assist with medical support, mosquito netting, and supplementary dry food rations for three hundred families. In the past few weeks as the flood waters have receded, these same families are moving back to their villages and starting the great struggle of rebuilding their homes and farms. Please join us in praying for the communities of Bula Pamoja, Bukuyu, and Mororo.

 


Children resuming studies at the Bula Pamoja Village School 

Thanks to the generous donation of a Canadian Baptist family, the CBM team were able to partner with the community of Bula Pamoja in a food for work project that constructed a permanent school the village. During the flooding it became one of the safest places for families as it was built on high ground.

Looking ahead into summer 2016

In August, we will be hosting the second summer of Kamp Tumaini. Volunteers from two different short term missions groups will be joining the Guardians of Hope program of Canadian Baptist Ministries, Africa Brotherhood Church (ABC) and the African Christian Church and Schools (ACC&S), in Kenya. 

 

This year’s camps will also include a two-day camp with orphans and vulnerable children from South Sudan as we partner with Faith Evangelical Baptist Church’s ministry with the South Sudanese refugee community in Nairobi.

 

Please pray for our colleagues and us as we prepare for the camps. We are looking forward to a meaningful time together.

 

As a family, we are taking some time off together in July prior to the August camps and our children’s return to school. This August Ava will be entering grade four, Emma grade ten, and Tristan grade twelve.

 

In Christ,

Aaron & Erica

 

For our latest prayer requests, stories and photos please see our blog at www.fivekenny.blogspot.com and to learn more about the work of Canadian Baptist Ministries in Africa and around the world please visit our website at www.cbmin.org

Snap Shots

Les Misérables

This past April, both Tristan and Emma were part of the cast for Rosslyn Academy High School's production of Les Misérables. It was an unbelievable show. We are so thankful for the incredible school and community that our children have grown up in here in Nairobi.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support, both Prayer and Financial.
If you wish to become a Partner in Mission please contact Barbara Keys at bkeys@cbmin.org  or you can use the address and phone number listed below.

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