Last week, Kim, David, and Beth were able to take a quick trip out to Western Kenya. They delivered 151 backpacks that were donated at the end of last year. They arrived Friday afternoon and saw 109 students from Rehema Primary. After giving Standards 8, 7, and 6 backpacks, they counted to make sure they had enough to give them to the Standard 5 children as well. Dave called out, “we have 23 backpacks” and Kim grabbed the class list from Standard 5 and saw it had exactly 23 names on it. Praise God, we had just enough backpacks for all of those students.
Prior to handing out the backpacks, Kim shared with them and told them that many people in the US love them and are praying for them, and those people had sent a gift to the students. Eyeing the backpacks, the students began to clap and shout for joy. She also congratulated them for finishing another school year and challenged them to study hard as they enter the next grade level. Then they gave each student a backpack and took their photo.
The next morning, they were able to meet with the 42 high school students and give them their backpacks. Kim gave them the chance to share something for the past year. Many students raised their hand and every single one thanked God for sending a sponsor who would love them and enable them to get a higher education. Many commented that they never imagined they would reach high school and now many of them have already finished their first year. They were truly humbled and appreciative. They continued to thank God for his provision.
We would like to thank each of the sponsors and those who donated backpacks for making a difference in the lives of these students. We are so thankful for your generosity to them. If you haven’t already done so, you can click on the Western Kenya tab at the top of the blog to view our project completion goals and our current progress. You can click on the Child Sponsorship tab to view the children with an urgent need for a sponsor.
Here are some pictures from last weeks trip.