Tumaini Children's Ministries - November 2014 Update
Dear Partners and Friends of Tumaini Ministry and the Riamukurwe Parish,
An Outreach team including representatives from churches in California and Florida that support Tumaini and I recently traveled to Nyeri. We were overjoyed to meet children like Alice, pictured below. Both the children and the ministry leaders, including the Very Rev. Bernard Muindi, are so appreciative of the gifts you have sent. They are grateful for the love that comes with your gifts, and you can witness that in all of them. Click here to view a short video from our trip. Please feel free to download and watch with your church family or friends. Showing the video to your Sunday School class or church service accompanied by a special offering can be a great way to raise additional needed support. Click here for more information about Tumaini Children’s Ministries as well as a link to the Tumaini website.
Here is a story written by one of the Tumaini children, a girl named Alice Wanjiru:
My name is Alice Wanjiru Waithiegeni. I am 17 years old, and I am in form two (a sophomore in high school). I dream of becoming a civil engineer in my life time. I am the first born in a family of six children. I was fortunate to join Tumaini, and I am so happy to be living here because I used to live in poverty.
My mother got lost (left us) right after my grandmother’s death. We have never known our father so we were left with my grandfather. He was also poor but cared for us the best he could. However, as he got older, he reached a time where he couldn’t even offer the little we were getting. At that time, God intervened; he did not leave us behind. A friend and neighbor of my grandfather became concerned. God used her to get in touch with Tumaini. After several visits from the parish people, we were brought here where I met very caring parents who are the hands and feet of Jesus for me.
The first time I entered Tumaini compound, I was mesmerized to see where I was going to live. It was the best place I had ever lived in, and I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Never in my entire life had I thought it would be possible to get food, clothes, shoes and many other things. More importantly, I am so thankful for the chance of getting an education which will make me someone in the future. It feels absolutely like a dream come true. God has shown me his love over and above what I deserve, and I have no words to express my joy for the life here at Tumaini.
I love singing, dancing, reading novels and watching movies. All the songs to his glory make my heart so joyous, and I cannot think of how it will be in heaven with you all who have participated in my growing up here on earth.
I pray that God will bless whoever reads my story. I pray that he will bless you abundantly, cater to all your needs, and look after you and your loved ones for your kind mercy and loving heart. You have all been merciful even as your Father in heaven is merciful.
May you find love in these lines written with you in mind.
*for the newly admitted children to adjust to their new environment
*for the Tumaini staff to have patient and nurturing spirits
*for The Outreach Foundation as we strive to support the ministry financially
*for the completion of the vocational center building which will enable the children to access more skills training for self-reliance
Amount needed in 2015
The Outreach Foundation seeks to raise a minimum of $6,250 per month for Tumaini Children's Ministries and $5,000 for e-learning scholarships. To make a donation, click the Donate Now link in the sidebar.
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