Our team of 2015
Yes, we have returned from Kenya tired, yet happy about the successful mission of 2015. The orphans’ Birthday Party was great … the best party ever! The ground staff did a super job in organizing this fabulous event, which took place on the firm foundation of the future multipurpose health and education center. The children sang and the guardian’s choir performed, and we all danced … a LOT!!! It was heartwarming to see the social workers and staff having so much fun together with the children and the guardians.
The older girls led the children’s choir
Another aspect that we greatly enjoyed was to have our past graduates there to give their testimonies and updates about their lives. They called themselves first-borns and second-borns of OWI:-) It was so encouraging to hear and see them standing on their feet and doing so well now. We are proud of our kids!
A big meal was prepared by the guardians and enjoyed by everyone present. A birthday cake with sodas crowned the party. Our orphans were happy to receive their new good quality backpacks filled with school supplies, toiletries and some sweets, which we purchased while there.
The mobile medical clinics treated 675 patients and all our orphans and their guardian families received their annual check-ups as well. Everyone’s input was much appreciated including the laypeople’s help in pharmacy operations with the tedious counting of pills in dosage envelopes. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the hard-working team!
We had a day for a Health Education Seminar, whose topics included first aid, nutrition and natural remedies. The class was interactive with lots of questions and answers. Also, at the end of the day there was a fun quiz contest with prizes to check the understanding of the taught material.
Washable Menstrual Pad sewing class was a great success as well thanks to Mary Escamilla’s efforts to do such a thorough job in teaching! The attendees were enthusiastic about this project and very much appreciated learning how to make these kits complete with pads, pad holders, underwear, soap plastic bags and the carry bag.
Washable Menstrual Pad sewing class with Mary
The Women’s Conference was awesome with the full church! There was a lot of praise in God’s grace and goodness, on how far we have come individually as well as women and as an organization. It is only by God’s grace and blessing that we could celebrate the way we did in unity. The word of God was powerfully shared by Belinda Rowe. To God be the glory!
We also met with the Pastors’ Fellowship of 32 pastors and were encouraged to learn about the various initiatives presented to them in furthering their spiritual knowledge and training along with sustaining their small churches and communities. We always try to make time to meet with our pastors, as they are the advisory board of our organization.
Big news!!! There is a documentary movie on OWI in the works! One of our travel team members, Harvey Kertland, came on the trip with fancy film equipment and was busy taking a lot of footage for this movie. This is an answer to our prayers of many years, and as the Lord has it, His answers come in His perfect timing. We are thrilled and are so looking forward to the release of this movie. Of course, let’s be patient, as it will take a lot of work to do the editing and all the fine-tuning. But, it is coming, so stay tuned for the big release probably early next year.
We thank our Lord for the safe journey and many blessings He has given us! Also, we are so very grateful to you, the sponsors, for your continuous support of these orphans, their education and health! You are giving hope and making a difference!