Blog Archives: July 2015

Our Most Recent Miracles

July 14, 2015
Becky Lyle Pinkard
We would like to introduce you to 11 miracles. These are the newest children to arrive at Joy Children's Village. All of the children were rescued from the very northern area of Kenya where tribal wars have wreaked death, destruction and loss, leaving each of these children with no home or family to care for them. But now they are home. God is good and the Kingdom has been changed. Feast upon these miracles of our loving God.   Achuu Ambrose Angele Francis Joseph Lobeiye Mamo Naomi Papaiyo ...

July 2015 Newsletter

July 13, 2015
Becky Lyle Pinkard
Our July newsletter is available now. Read about what it means to "come of age" in Kenyan tradition, our HIV/AIDS work in remote Masai warrior country and more. Read the July newsletter here.

A New Beginning

July 08, 2015
Caroline English
The miracle of birth is a beautiful and honest beginning. But it is also a beginning that can become saturated with trials and tribulations Juliana is a 30-year-old Kenyan woman who has become trapped into a corner of sorrow and despair. She is lost in the recent death of her two children. She is trapped by the constant memories of her abusive husband. And she is overwhelmed with the unborn baby girl with whom she is pregnant. When Judy and I visited Juliana, depression hung from her face. As she told me about her oldest son’s death, she ...

Finding Heaven on a Pilgrimage

July 07, 2015
Susan LaSante
Have you ever been to heaven?  Well, I visited there yesterday and it was just beautiful. Some of this may sound a little corny and you may not understand, but just believe me.  I was in heaven yesterday.  My first stop in heaven was the Masai Market.  Some of you know I hate to shop, so it may not equate, that I would call it a stop in heaven, but let me explain.  One of the most stressful places in the world for me, is shopping in the market in Africa, but yesterday was different.  I used a different buying strategy and it worked.  One ...

Karibu Kenya: Welcome to Kenya

July 06, 2015
Jane Friddell
The first day "on the job" was to do home visits to HIV positive patients.  My experience of a home visit was limited to what we perform in the U.S.; a worker runs into a home, asks questions, checks their cell phone, writes down notes and runs out the door to the next appointment. What I experienced in Kenya, with my on the job training, was an education on the potential and importance of an empathetic visit. My first assignment was for myself and another team member to join a counselor from the Holy Family Center to visit a woman whom, ...

True Friendship Goes Deep

July 03, 2015
Susan LaSante
What does friendship mean to you?  What would you do for a friend?  I would like to tell you a story about friendship.  Our last home visit was with two women, Sarah and Miriam. The sitting room was the largest we had visited all day.  Jane my new American friend and I sat and waited, as Ann, a social worker spoke to the woman in Kiswahili.  Ann explained to us that she had been counseling them, since they were coming to be tested, to see if they were HIV positive.  Sarah had been encouraging her friend for sometime, so they could be tested ...

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