2017 is off to a great start as we make plans to expand our ministry to Kenya and Uganda. Our primary focus in Kenya and Uganda is well repair and providing feminine hygiene products to several hundred women. Our women's ministry is called "84 Days". 84 days is the average number of days girls and young women miss school/work due to a lack of feminine hygiene products. We hope to provide reusable and sanitary products for the women in the villages we work with. Several of our young female volunteers are heading up this ministry and we are excited to see the results! We have sold tee shirts and stickers, designed by the girls in the Friendship Christian School’s mission class, to raise funds for supplies. We plan on expanding this ministry in several small villages in Nicaragua as well.
Limited resources, such as water, can be a source of conflict. The water provided to these villages in Kenya and Uganda represents the Living water and will be given freely just as God’s greatest gift is freely given. We will be working with local churches and in some cases community leaders to ensure that this gift is representative of Christ's free gift of Living water. We hope and pray that God will use these ministries as a source of peace and love in the villages.
Tevas for Lepers
If you know me, you know I basically live in Tevas. Last October, while on a scouting trip in Africa, I visited a small Leper colony. Many of the men and women there suffer from foot and leg deformities. I realized that the Teva sandals I was wearing made a great solution for foot wear. The padding and the adjustable straps made putting the shoe on easy and comfortable. Teva reached out to us and has donated 70 pairs of sandals for this mission work! We currently have 70 students breaking in the sandals so they will be more comfortable and flexible for the men and women we will be giving them to this March.
Our primary focus for Nicaragua is the completion of the pharmacy/clinic in Ojoche. The good people of Ojoche has started the construction of the building. We plan to spend three weeks organizing and stocking the pharmacy this June. This will provide many medical needs at an affordable price for the members of this community and a safe and clean place to receive medical attention. Also, we now have a local source for leather the micro business for young women in Ojoche. If all goes well, we hope to expand this leather ministry to help the women create an income for their families and community. This year, we are starting to work with a new community in Nicaragua, San Antonio. We ask for your prayers as we branch out and show God’s love in new places.
Our Appalachian ministry in Hancock county has seen blessed growth over the past 12 months. We are in the planning stages of adding a facility that will serve as a lodge for groups and a location for ministry. We are continuing the water tank installation for homes that can't get a well or piped water. The kids summer camp will minister to more than 100 children throughout the month of June.
Please continue to pray for our efforts and most importantly, pray for those hurting in our world!