Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9
Over ten years ago Michael was rescued from the streets and brought to Uzima Children’s Home. He, his brother and cousin lived on the streets of Nairobi, begging for spare change from those that passed by. Like so many other children without a home to take shelter in, they began huffing glue to cope with the difficult environment.
Today, you would never know that previous life when you look at these young men, as it is apparent how God rescued them. Now Michael is a senior in high school and will soon be finishing his studies. He will also be transitioning from Uzima into adulthood. Michael has always been a ray of sunshine to us all with his never-failing optimism, smiles and silly jokes. We believe he has a bright future as he keeps his faith in Jesus through this transitional period.
With all children who transition into adulthood we try to set them up for success. This looks different for each individual; for some it may be sponsorship for further studies, for some it may be various vocational trainings, and for others it may be a sponsorship to begin a small business. Would you please consider helping Michael in this important transition? A little goes a long way.
Wambui entered the Uzima rehabilitation program a little hesitantly, but overtime became a regular face amongst the other clients. After a few months in the program she decided to give her life to Jesus.
After years of alcoholism and a life of poverty she passed away. As she lay on her death bed, she was clutching the Bible she received at the rehabilitation program. She didn’t have much of anything in this life, but she held on to His Word and would not let go in those last moments of her life.
As members of this ministry, we have learned so much about God’s love. Regardless of circumstances, past mistakes, and what we see with our eyes, God’s grace and love abounds and sets us free. What a blessing and privilege it has been to be part of an audience that gets to witness God’s great power and glory in the slums of Kenya.
Please pray for Michael in this important transition.
Please pray the Holy Spirit continues to minister and comfort Wanbui’s family.
Lastly, Steve, Tk and Gracelyn will soon be traveling to the U.S. for furlough; please keep them in your prayers.