Two days after receiving Rehema, a neighboring chief called. He wanted to know if we could help with a set of siblings, Jessica and James, who had been abandoned in his village. When he brought the kids to us, we were shocked at the horrible condition they were in! Baby James was probably only a few days away from starving to death! Jessica was two years old and still couldn’t walk or even feed herself! We had never seen anything like it and could not, at the time, imagine how many more suffering children, with equally heartbreaking stories, would join us in the years to come.
Yet here we are! When Rehema, James and Jessica came to us, we were living in a twelve-hundred square foot house with no running water and electricity in only one room! Another 34 kids joined us in that little house, during which time God provided us with a beautiful piece of property and the means to build a more suitable home for the kids!
Only one wing of the main house was (more or less) finished when we moved in. We still didn’t have running water, but we were so excited to have electricity in every room of the house! God has never stopped blessing and providing! In 2009, we finally got running water when our first borehole was drilled! What a celebration that was!
From those humble beginnings to now caring for 206 kids, operating a private elementary school, caring for more than a dozen children with various disabilities, a dairy that produces more than enough milk, a farm that gives us tons of vegetables, two boreholes providing life giving water, the list goes on and on... I can’t even tell you how it happened! One day just turned into another. As the kids grew, so did their needs. As the needs grew, so did God’s provision.
He has provided not only monetarily (which is huge) but has also been faithful to bring the right people along to do what needed to be done. Things far beyond what Jeff and I were capable of doing! Things like getting our school running properly... what a challenge that was! Like solving our septic issues by building a sewer treatment plan, which also irrigates our farm and provides water for laundry and cleaning! Like sending people to help hold down the fort so that Jeff and I could go visit our family together, instead of separately! Like giving us the perfect person to manage our Stepping Stones Center for disabled kids! Like creating a family of people overseas, who have given and loved and visited and prayed for our kids! Not to mention the awesome Kenyan staff who have, and still do, love and care for our kids in a way that we never could! God has built a beautiful team... in our case, it really does take a village! If I sat down and made a list of all the people who God has used in these kids’ lives, it would contain literally hundreds of names!