Sunday, 05 January 2020 15:44

Teenage prison in the city of Mtwapa

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We had a ministry in a teenage prison in the city of Mtwapa recently. These days are special, because the hearts of adolescents are still like plasticine and are able to quickly change their shape. Yes, and many of them got here stupidly. Someone stole a chicken, someone else a trifle. But there are those who killed. It is interesting that each age group has its own terms, and it happens that murder and theft can be equal in time of stay. However, the children's prison system in Kenya is very specific, and I think I will talk about it in a separate post. All in all, it was a wonderful time with many fruits. This weekend, our "Bring Life" team has planned several services in Malindi prisons.
From Yevgeny Ageev’s message. "I am grateful to God that I once had to go through pastoral service, I made a lot of mistakes in relationships with people, in building communications with people, it was a time of loss, tears and hours spent on my knees, the time of heart formation, I couldn’t understand what it was all for at those times! Today, all this experience gradually helps me to accept people as they are and not only accept, but also serve them, no religious framework, will keep them at the stage of formation, but only sincere and genuine love! And I come to the conclusion that love is a quality that you need to form and improve in yourself, it is a huge and endless work, both as it is in a relationship between a man and a woman, so as in relations between people. You should learn to close turn a blind eye to shortcomings, to keep eyes open to positive qualities and serve despite everything, no butterflies in your stomach will be able to form real and qualitative relationships, but only the decision to please my opponent. I like a place in the Bible, I have been practicing it for many years and it helps me to do everything that a situation or a person requires without looking at appearances! - Eccl 9:10 “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” And therefore it is often difficult for me to refuse to help people, someone can call it a weakness, but for me, this is a blessing! Love one another despite all drawbacks — love does everything your hand can do, every time you hear a request, always look at your hands and ask the question: “Are they able to do this?” if so, do not bother God to bless someone with them, God created you to be the answer for someone in the world of prosperous egoism! After all, the other side of egoism is service to people! "
Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:58

A story of an African family

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Visiting poor families from time to time, we appeared in a house where 3 children live all by themselves, without parents. Their mother lives in the village and looks after their elderly grandmother while the children have to live alone in the town to have the opportunity to attend classes at school. The children themselves make food on a fire and bring water from a standpipe. We bought some food, a mattreess, shoes, a school backpack and some toys for them. They were over the moon!
Our teachers and volunteers always come up with new ideas in classes on what is interesting for children. Today was a needlework lesson! Often, children have to wear well-worn clothes that quickly tears. So they wear duds. Today we taught kids to sew buttons on and sew holes! Of course, it is difficult to learn any child from the first time, but we will continue to learn how to do it together. The guys will be able to repair their clothes themselves and not wait for the mother to do it.
Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:55

How they steal at night and get hired

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It is hard to resist and not to tell you one interesting story that happened to Madame Eunice on a December night. She says: “I sleep light at night so I woke up from an incomprehensible noise in one of the classes. By the sound, it was clear that someone was dragging something. The building was dilapidated and there was nothing to steal. There was only one option – these were the desks that were taken away. They were wooden, and in Kenya, a tree is worth its weight in gold! But what can I, a woman without a weapon, do at night, in pitch darkness? Judging by the silhouette and sound in the dark, it was a man and he tried to steal the desks from our school! " Madame Eunice, a brave woman, began to shout loudly: "Muisi, Muisi!" - on sukhailili this means a thief. The thief left the desk, run away. After a couple of minutes, judging by the fading sound of retreating steps, Madame Younis realized that there was no one at school. She examined the classes with her experienced teacher's eye, counted the desks, they were all in place. Only one was stuck in the aisle and was abandoned, it was from this hollow sound that the watchful Madame Eunice awoke. The thief who tried to steal the desk, ran away and hid in the nearest building under construction next door. 15 minutes later a man came out to find Madame Eunice, in which she recognized her fellow villager living at the other end of the village. And she recognized him as a thief who attempted to commit the theft of the desks. The thief sat out and pretended that he was walking past the school in the middle of the night. The wise Madame Younis smiled and pretended not to know that this particular man was a thief. There was such a conversation between them. “Madam Eunice, I heard a scream that thieves came to you!” You shouted so loudly that I could not pass by! How can I help you? - Yes, thieves came to us and tried to steal our desks! -Really? I always said that you need a night guard! After all, it is not safe to leave wooden desks in the classroom at night! If you do not urgently find the guard, then this case may happen again! So I can just become your night guard and quite inexpensive. Pay me $ 2.5 and at night I will go to classes and look after your desks. - But I don’t have an extra penny for food, where I can find $ 2.5 a day for a guard! But I will ask our white Denis! -Surely do! Madame Eunice ended her story with an exclamation: "Denis! We urgently need a night guard!" I smiled, once again marveling at the mentality of the local population. “How can I hire a security guard to the school of a man who himself tried to steal our school desks! And if the alert principal did not wake up? What would this story end with? 2.5 dollars, for someone it is little money, but for a month a considerable amount is accumulating, and so far we cannot afford such luxury. Therefore, I believe that one day we will complete the construction of our school and it will have both doors and a lock, and no one will ever steal the future from children. After all, a year ago, our children were engaged on the dirt floor. Only thanks to you and your support, we were able to fill the classrooms with school desks together. I hope that these desks will serve many children to gain knowledge in our school!
Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:53

The school construction

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Let's travel to the construction place of our school and see how things are going there ? the framework of the building has been built ?Partly completed roof made of stainless steel sheet These are the photos taken recently. Work on the construction of a school for children is in full swing! ??? Thank you for your help in this affair, together we can complete this important project❤
Saturday, 02 March 2019 09:52

Forest rescue

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"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16) The land on which we started the construction of a volunteer center and where we are trying to evolve agriculture, adjoins the state forest lands. Miraculously, it was near us, on a small piece of land, where there were huge perennial coniferous trees. “I still didn’t manage to understand what kind of trees they were, but only two people would be able to grasp such a tree. Therefore, many people when coming to these places pay attention to them and admire the beauty. The rest of this forest has been cut down a long time ago. And in fact, this scrap is the only thing left for a long memory of past glory. But easy pickings lovers don’t let even the last drop of God's beauty to grow in piece. “Once, when I arrived at the plot, I noticed a big car with lumbermen standing by the fence near the park. It was there, yesterday, under the limes of spreading trees where a herd of elephants enjoyed the shadow. They come here in the driest season to hide from the hot sun, enjoy the pine roots and enjoy the breeze from the ocean. And today, woodcutters uncovered their petrol-powered saws and began to cut trees. However, they started wood-felling from the depths of the forest, so that no one could see, but the sounds of the saw were heard very clearly. I had no idea what to do ... ? The next day a serious man came to us at a construction plot in well-pressed clothes straight from the epicenter of the sawmill. He was curious about who is building this building and what will is going to be located here. After we had got acquainted, it turned out that he was the head of woodcutters. He said that he has official permission from local authorities to cut down all these trees. I learned from the locals that he is not the first here. In Kenya, wood is considered to be so precious as gold. “There are a lot of bushes here, there are baobabs, but they are useless, there are not enough trees of good quality and everything is brought in and costs a great deal of money. Do you remember when I was told to pay $ 3.5 only for one stick for our fence. Just imagine how much each tree costs on the black market. This forest will make this person very rich. And surely he will share with those who gave him permission to cut down the trees. I was very upset as not only elephants but also monkeys lived in that forest and this was the last drop of beauty from the former huge forest called "Arobauko Sakoka Forest". If it is cut down, there will be no large trees in the region anymore. “Realizing my powerlessness as a tourist and understanding that the most important argument in this matter is money, Denis began to pray. Finding oneself in a situation where everything is on the verge of the impossible and there is no hope for a human, God does miracles – this is verified. The conditions are simple - do not hesitate and do something. Therefore, I began to pray. Especially when my ears heard the sound of a saw. “By proclaiming that this forest will not be cut down, I said:“ Lord sent your angels to save this forest, I do not know how you do it, but I know that you are God and you really do it. I have no idea how exactly you created this universe but I know that You created it. And if everything moves by You and everything is arranged by You, then You are the One Who can stop even this deforestation, even if for all objective reasons the forest has matured and needs to be cut down. I ask You to save these trees! ". ? A week has passed. Nothing has changed. Woodcutters felled trees one after another. Denis continued to pray, as he was told one morning that a decree had been issued by the government, according to which all wood-felling throughout Kenya was stopped in the next 90 days. It turns out that the government decided to count all the trees that are in the territory and estimate the damage from uncontrolled deforestation during these years. A program has been developed to protect the remaining trees and plant new ones. Cutting down of trees was prohibited even in the territory that belongs to the owner. It began to be severely punished and there was even every chance of going to prison if you break the law. What do you think? Our wood- felling has stopped !!! The second week passed, the third, the month, the second month, the fifth, the tenth, and the forest stands unharmed !!! Today I admire them and understand how amazing the Lord God is. I understand that only He could do it. No other objective reasons could stop the cutting of the last shred of the forest !!! The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much! Only believe and do not doubt! Everything is possible!
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 08:44

A new stage

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Hi, everyone! We have good news - our ranks recieved very serious reinforcement. The nearest weeks are densely planned. Beginning with school camps, poor families visiting, feedings, various developing events for children and ending with prison service. Of course, in Kenya everything is often changing and it is necessary to be ready for everything. That's why thank you that you pray for us and you help us to carry out this work.