Saturday, November 16, 2013

50 Boy and Girl Dollies to Finish Mountain of Glory Church

The current church structure is that of sticks.
On Christmas Day I will attend a church building dedication ceremony in Marikebuni, Kenya. This church building is the result, as proclaimed by Pastor Ephantus, of applying the lessons learned in the entrepreneurship series of workshops Surprised by Hope delivered in Malindi just over a year ago.

Pastor Ephantus sought and received a government grant to plant tomatoes on church land as a means to generate income. Pastor promised the Lord that he would use the income from this crop to replace the current stick structure with the more secure stone bricks. Though he didn’t initially make the connection, I pointed out that Pastor was literally giving the first fruits from his crop as an offering to God.

Tomatoes packed to bring to market.
Pastor Ephantus didn’t take the project lightly. He used every opportunity to train the youth in the church about planting, caring for, harvesting, and selling tomatoes. Further, as a result of his reputation and relationships in Malindi town, Pastor had more buyers than he had tomatoes and took every opportunity to tell them about the favor of the Lord. As planned, every shilling earned from that crop is being reinvested in that church structure.

The church building dedication is exactly that. It’s the fulfillment of a promise to the Lord and a promise from the Lord.

Stone bricks ready for building.
“May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:21).

Our goal is two-fold.
First, we hope to find a home for 50 dolly boys and girls by December 20, that’s just over a month from now. You can choose the specific dolly who is calling your name and that dolly will be placed in a forever home with one of the children from the Mountain of Glory church on Christmas day. I will send you a picture of your dear child with his or her new dolly.
Second, the funds raised from your sponsorship will be used to purchase and install windows and a door in the newly constructed church structure. And if you feel so inclined, you might wish to give an additional gift specifically for the purpose of pouring a cement floor or perhaps purchasing chairs for the congregation to sit comfortably.

If you would like to help, click here and make your tax deductible donation now. We can make a difference!