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Life Gets a Little Crazy Sometimes

We apologize for the neglect of our website; life on both sides of the world keep us pretty busy.  Many things have happened in Kenya since our last post but rest assured that our children and staff have always been kept safe. Our staff has been very vigilant and cautious when it comes to the welfare and safety of our children. We appreciate your many prayers on their behalf and feel extremely blessed that we were able to the move the children into their new and more safe home before all of the recent violence and troubles began in Kenya.

Because of the unrest that has plagued Kenya we have postponed our trips to Kenya for the time being. This breaks our hearts because we miss seeing and hugging those sweet kids. It’s their reality and our challenge to continue to meet their needs from so far away. Whenever we visit the orphanage we usually show up with heavy bags with much needed purchased items that are less expensive in the United States as well as the many wonderful donations that many of you have shared. These items are essential for the orphanage and the children and regretfully because we are unable to deliver these items at this time many items now need to be purchased there in Nairobi.

So in our awkward and very humble way we are having to ask for money donations to help offset the costs of items that are desperately needed. If you can imagine having to feed and clothe 35 growing children you may begin to understand what a challenge it is to keep up with their needs. Other factors that create the need is the children do all their laundry by hand, they scrub and rinse the Kenya mud and grime each piece at a time which causes excess of wear on their already used but appreciated clothing. Recently a plea for underwear for the children arose, think about it…how many pairs of underwear do your children wear a week times that by 35 kids…that’s a lot of underwear! And they are not cheap in Kenya and besides who in their right mind would want to wear used underwear! These little things add up and have caused a strain on our meager monthly budget. We understand that many of you are already stretched to the limit because of the financial situation here in the states and so it’s difficult for us to put out the word for help. If money can’t be given at this time please know that we so appreciate the prayers and the continued support and encouragement you all are giving to our project, these deserving children and staff members are always so appreciative of the kindnesses that have been extended to them and we extend that appreciation on to you all who have helped and supported us in the past.

May we all continue to remember that ‘By small and simple things, great things can come to pass!’ Thank you again for your continued support.

We encourage you all to keep track of our progress on our facebook page and enjoy the pictures and comments that are posted there.

Our dear Irene died of a ruptured appendix…

We just learned through an autopsy report that our dear Irene died of a ruptured appendix. By the time she began showing symptoms it had already ruptured. Irene never complained of pain or discomfort before or during her hospital stay. Her belly just continued to fill with infection until her body just shut down. There probably wasn’t much that could have been done for her by Kenyan standards. We’re confident the staff did all they could for her. The staff and their Bishop are arranging a small funeral service for her at the orphanage, they will then transport her body to her place of birth for her burial. In Kenya you are buried where you are born which is more than likely where your family roots are and where most of the relatives live. The children are still processing things and there is a lot of gospel teaching happening as they learn first hand what happens to the body and spirit after death. We have wonderful missionaries helping and their Bishop has arranged for members to drop by and visit with the kids this week. We are so blessed with good people and staff to help these kids. Thank you all fo your continued love, support and prayers!

Our dear Irene passed away…

Wednesday February 20, 2013 our dear Irene passed away. She had suddenly become ill on Monday with diarrhea, vomiting and fever and was taken to the hospital. Tests for the usual diseases all came back negative. Irene only became worse, she became confused and unresponsive. She passed away quietly. On our side we believe she might have had a seeping appendix that slowly filled her belly with infection. Her only treatment offered at the hospital was ‘injections’ of what, we have no idea, it’s what they do there in Kenya. We do know that the staff did all they could to help her. Now they have the sad task of telling the children. Thank goodness this sweet girl was baptized and can now continue on in peace. Prayers for the staff and children are needed now as they deal with the harsh reality of life in Kenya. We are so thankful that they’ve been taught the Plan of Salvation and have full time missionaries nearby who can help them find hope in Christ and his plan for each of them. Thank you all for your continue thoughts and prayers.
Eternal Hope Childrens Home

Home from Kenya…

Home from Kenya and already missing the children and staff. I got to check out their new home and it’s wonderful!!! Roomy, quiet, clean and safe!! The children are adjusting to their new schools and new matron. It was a busy time in Kenya but I feel I got a lot accomplished! Now to gear up for our next visit in August. We’ll keep you posted on what we need. In the mean we need prayers for one of girl’s Irene who was admitted to the hospital this morning. We’ll keep everyone posted on her status. Thank you again for all your love and support.

Valentine’s Day!

Getting to spend Valentines Day with the sweetest kids in Kenya! They all send sweet Valentines wishes to you all! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure each gets a proper Valentines Day squeeze from all of you!!

We Go Together…

Todd Dunn is a great friend of Eternal Hope Childrens Home! He is the author of this wonderful children’s book with half of the proceeds going to help support the orphanage. He just announced that the book is now available as a children’s board book! Check it out and while you’re at it order a few for the children in your life and help support Eternal Hope Childrens Home!! THANKS TODD!!

EHCH Eternal Hope Children's Home

WE WELCOME YOU…TOGETHER WE DANCE!

The kids love to perform for visitors! This is a song they sing and dance to: “We welcome you to our orphanage; we welcome you together we dance”. They’ll then grab a visitor and have them get up and dance with them. They love it, especially when the men get up there and awkwardly try and mimic their movements. The drumming takes place in the back left corner. They use different size buckets and we brought with us drum sticks (thank you Beth and Adam!) for them to use since they kept breaking the cook’s spoons!

MEET OUR NEWEST KIDS!

See pictures posted on Facebook of our newest additions…

GOING TO KENYA!

After waiting for a good fare and to make sure it would be a safe time to go, I’m heading to Kenya Feb 7th!! We need to do some administration things; with the kids at school we won’t be so distracted! We really aren’t collecting anything for this trip; the things the orphanage needs are big things that need to be purchased or built in Nairobi, like shelves, textbooks, kitchen gear, office supplies. Depending on how much money I can quickly collect will determine what we can afford to purchase. Anyone wanting to help out please let me know and we can arrange a deposit from your end or you can send a check. (Gosh I really hate asking for money…so awkward!) these things are very much needed and your help will be very much appreciated! Anything will help!! If you can’t help us this time, no worries, prayers are always needed and equally appreciated!!

JANUARY 28 • LONG BUT SUCCESSFUL DAY!

Oprah had a very long but successful day. Council Chief was very supportive, a small concession was made on our part to avoid dragging this into court. It’s looking good, final meeting will be the 31st. Thank you all for your prayers, I truly believe The Lord had His hand in this outcome and we are truly grateful for His tender mercy!