At Project 82, we believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each person in our community. Several times a year, we offer Bible studies for the children and guardians in the community. This August, Christ Is The Answer Ministries in Nakuru joined us to host a Bible School. Everbest Academy extended us a warm welcome and allowed us use of their classrooms. There were six classes divided by age of children and young adults. The next Bible Study will be in early December during school holidays. There will be a four day VBS leading up to the Christmas in Kenya celebrations.
“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.”
Behold An Open Door
“The lesson centered on “An Open Door” that God has opened for those who will come in and receive what God has in store for them. The young adults who came had the opportunity to get enlightened on valuable lessons and had an amazing time in the presence of God and pastor Winnie and counsellor Irene. Yesterday’s VBS lesson sparked a reawakening among our adults. Their lives will never be the same again, as God has opened new doors in their lives. We thank God for open new doors and it is our prayer that more doors will be opened!” -Mary, Community Director
Dorcas, one of the guardians in the Molo Community, turned 89 recently. Our community and staff in Molo joined hands to celebrate Dorcas 89th Birthday. She is the guardian to two of our young men, Harrison and Joseph, who are exemplary young adults. Dorcas has brought them up to be young men that people can look up to. The boys scored very well on their exams and live at Njoro Boarding school during the school year. They come home to Dorcas to celebrate the holidays.
Despite her age and her health, Dorcas never misses any of our guardian’s meetings. She uses the platform to inspire and empower the young women in the empowerment program on how to weave baskets. One thing that everyone loves about her, it is her alluring smile that always charms the heart of everyone. Anita, Executive Director, said, “She has the very best laugh and Dorcas is always laughing!” Mary, Community director at Molo, said “We are glad of the influence she is having in our lives, and our prayer that she will continue to be an epitome of kindness and hope to many other people.”
We wish you the Happiest Birthday, Dorcas! You are truly a lovely and loved mother. Thank you for your hard work in loving our community well and being the hands and feet to the children who live there.
What a gorgeous day of golf!
The skies were rainy and overcast for the early morning start, and there was a little concern about lightening. But after a rain delay, a yummy breakfast, and some chatting, the weather cleared up beautifully by 11 am for sunshine, a blue sky, and perfect temps.
We appreciate all the golfers who came despite the less-than-promising weather, the bidders on our silent auction, and all the donors, the sponsors and the supporters who so generously gave. So many lives will be impacted by you- from tiny babies who need medical care and a place to call home, Kenyan adoptive parents who will find their children, the caregivers and staff who have a livelihood caring for these babies, and all who are witness to the testimony of God’s goodness through this ministry. We are so bless you are part of the P82 Community.
Making a Difference in the life of the child you sponsor:
As a Project 82 Kenya child sponsor, you support helps to ease the financial burden for guardians so that they can focus on making the child feel like a welcome addition to the family rather than an unwanted burden. For a child who has lost their parent(s) prematurely, and often tragically, the environment in the home he or she will transition can greatly influence what his or her future looks like.
Your relationship as a child’s sponsor can greatly influence their future, as you have opportunities to encourage your sponsored child and to play a role in his or her social development. You can help your sponsored child develop a sense of confidence and self worth through the love and encouragement you express through writing him or her a letter.
There are many ways for you to connect with and encourage your sponsored child as you join a community of family, pastors, teachers and friends all coming together to make evident God’s perfect love for that child. You may choose to travel to Kenya with Project 82 on a short-term mission trip and meet your child face to face. Imagine that child’s excitement when a sponsor travels all the way to Kenya to meet him or her.
We deliver letters to the children twice each year, during the June and November trips. We encourage you to write your child. This will help you develop a relationship with your sponsored child and let your child know that you really are interested in how he or she is doing.
Tips for Corresponding with your Sponsored Child:
- Keep it simple and clear so that your child won’t have a problem understanding what you are trying to communicate.
- Write in print, not cursive.
- Be sensitive to your child’s culture. Avoid mentioning material things or money that might make your child feel inadequate.
- Tell about yourself. Share about your family, activities, church, interests, etc.
- Describe the geographical area of where your live, i.e., culture, weather, etc.
- Explain American holidays or traditions that your child may be unfamiliar with.
- Ask questions about your child’s friends, interests, activities. You may be surprised to find all you have in common.
- Talk to your child about your relationship with Jesus. Send Bible verses that encourage you.
- Encourage your child in school, spiritual development and in whatever they are currently pursuing. Let them know you are praying for them in all things.
- Let your child know they are loved, and that you are praying for them. Give them lots of encouragement.
May I send something to my child?
Yes, you may include small items with your letters, such as pictures, stickers, bookmarks, pens, pencils, erasers, small notebooks, small toys, etc.
If sending gift items, please ensure that everything will fit into a manila size envelope. Do not send money.
Will I get a letter back from my child?
You will receive a letter from your sponsored child in return. The Kenya staff assist the younger children who do not read and write yet in letter writing and translating.
When are letters due? How do I send them?
Letters are due on or before May 15th for the June trip, and October 15th. Please check social media, and read the eBlasts for reminders and more communications about exact dates for each trip.
Items may be mailed to Project 82 Kenya, P O Box 680003, Marietta GA 30068; emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the P82 office located on the Mt. Bethel UMC campus. There will be a drop box outside the office starting about a month before letters are due.
If you have questions about what to write or send or need additional information, please contact Pam McLerran at 770-977-7114 or email her at email@example.com
Other Ways to Connect with Your Sponsored Child:
Prayer! Pray for your child as you are led. They face many of the same things our young people face in America such as peer pressure, stress over testing, etc. Project 82 will try to communicate via social media to let you know about needs of prayers, such as when they are testing for exams and other important things in their life.
Your can schedule a skype call with your sponsored child. This will always occur on a Saturday and will need to be scheduled through the office and coordinated with the staff in Kenya.
You may have seen Fab’rik promoting the Neema House and sponsoring the Neema House Babies. Because of their heart for orphans, Fab’rik have graciously and generously become a partner to Project 82 Kenya.
“Through a series of connections, we met with the leadership team of Fab’rik and the design staff of the ASHER line. They were already considering working in Kenya as many had been to Kenya on a mission trip.” says Executive Director Anita Colley. “My initial meeting was for the purpose of answering any questions they may have about how to start a ministry in Kenya, lessons we had learned, and what it really looks like on the ground. I knew they were interested in launching and ministry in Kenya and we all serve the same God. The conversations that day were spine tingling. I knew we were like minded Christians. We shared a desire to serve those in need, taking the lead from God, and being willing to say “yes” when God calls us out in service.”
Fab’rik is featuring some of our babies on hang tags on certain products in their fall ASHER line. The ASHER line is uniquely defined as bright, colorful, hand-painted, unique products. These same words define each individual child we serve.
The Fab’rik team recently joined us on a mission trip to both communities in Kenya. The team has some special surprises planned for our communities.
In Molo, the Fab’rik team, through their Free Fab’rik program, brought beautiful clothes for the teens and young women of the community. Each girl was able to try on the clothing, working with a shopping buddy from Fab’rik to find the “perfect outfit” for her. During this time, the woman of Fab’rik team spoke truth into each young woman, telling her God’s truth and promises for her. Many of these girls had never had clothes with the tags still on, so this was a special surprise for them. Many of our young woman are at a time in their life when they need to hear that God loves her, she is a treasured daughter of the King, and that God has a plan and a purpose for her life. What an important thing to hear when the messages of the world are so different.
After picking their outfits, the girls put on a fun fashion show of their new outfits. The Fab’rik team showed them how to walk down a long runway, twirl and give a fun pose. Several of us thought the girls might be shy, but, boy, were we wrong! They had a wonderful time! And we enjoyed their sweet smiling faces and laughter. The guardians were each given a bracelet and a team member prayed over each sweet woman.
In Nanyuki, the caregivers were given a day off and some pampering while the team took care of the babies. So many sweet pictures of cuddly babies! The team also visited the land in Nanyuki to pray over it and seek God’s will for our new land. It’s only through God’s grace that Project 82 exists. Everything we do, we seek His Will and give Him all glory, honor, and praise.
Thank you Team Fab’rik for your heart for our kids! Thank you for all you are doing in their lives and to the glory of God!
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Kenya. Will you be our Valentine?
We also celebrated the birthdays of Kendi, Martin, Elijah, Murundi, and Zuri. Happy Birthday Kids!
The team took care of the babies today while we treated the staff to a day of fun and relaxation. We had such an incredible day caring for the babies, getting to know them so individually and loving their uniqueness.
What is pure joy? It’s the miracle of birth, the connection of true love, and knowing the grace we are given through Christ.
Today was a day of pure joy in Molo. Being reunited with our children, guardians and staff. Sharing this with friends from Fab’rik and looking deep into the eyes of my family in Molo and seeing their love of God reflected back . What an incredible honor to experience pure and absolute joy!
The Fab’rik team spent time encouraging our young workmen followed by giving them clothes through their ministry Free Fab’rik. The Giles put on a fashion show and were so proud. The team distributed soccer balls and footblalls much to the joy of every boy in our program
Yes today was a perfect day.
-Anita, Executive Director
February 2017 Mission Trip
I the Lord have created it.”