February, 2013

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!!