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NEEMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY is Happening!

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NEEMA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY is Happening!

Launching a new school for the impoverished children in Kenya! Come and see, and be a part of what God is calling us all to do today!

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Neema School Announcement and need!

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Neema School Announcement and need!

Launching a new school for the impoverished children in Kenya! Come and see, and be a part of what God is calling us all to do today!

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We have a professional video being produced!!!

Praise God that we met a wonderful brother in Christ in Nairobi that has a heart for the Lord and ministry to help the little ones of Kenya just like us at Mercy Children's Home. Git Stephen Gitau  of Gravity Films and Photography is a talented and skilled audio video professional and he offered to help produce a small "get to know AFM Mercy Home" mini documentary. Our cost was just room and board and travel for his crew to come over and spend a few days with us filming photo taking and conducting interviews to help you and the world see our heart and vision of what God is doing among us in Kenya! 

We are so excited to see this project come together, and we are getting some samples of images as Git is working on this project producing it in a way we could never do on our own. Much thanks to Git Stephen for his hard work, which is much more intense than even what they did live with us. Pray with us for this video to capture the heart of what we are doing and to help lift up Christ and his calling for us all!  Thank you for all who give, who pray, who encourage and stay connected with About-Face Missions and the Bys Family.  We treasure your partnerships. Please keep praying!  It may take some months before we have the end product to reveal and release for viewing, so be patient!  Here are a few stylized image that have been leaked out thus far!  

Our Handsome boys!  Just imagine, just a short time ago, Brandon didn't know these two on each side and while he was living a typical american boy life, these others were begging on the streets of Bungoma trying to stay alive. Now they are best buds. Loving life. 

Our Handsome boys! 
Just imagine, just a short time ago, Brandon didn't know these two on each side and while he was living a typical american boy life, these others were begging on the streets of Bungoma trying to stay alive. Now they are best buds. Loving life. 

An image from the streets at night when we took our film crew to see real life for the street boys in the city. 

An image from the streets at night when we took our film crew to see real life for the street boys in the city. 

Stephanie with our kids during our lunch break time at their local school. We carry lunch to all our kids and feed them there. 

Stephanie with our kids during our lunch break time at their local school. We carry lunch to all our kids and feed them there. 

Jeff, Stephanie and Kepha talking about another who we may need to help next. Every day is full of challenges and new needs and demands. We cannot do it all, but we will do all God allows and enables us to do in helping the poor kids and the extremely needy serving them with Christ's love in practical ways.  While making disciples for Christ and helping build the Church we are working hard to be his hands and feet of compassion among these in Kenya. come partner with us. This is your ministry too. 

Jeff, Stephanie and Kepha talking about another who we may need to help next. Every day is full of challenges and new needs and demands. We cannot do it all, but we will do all God allows and enables us to do in helping the poor kids and the extremely needy serving them with Christ's love in practical ways.  While making disciples for Christ and helping build the Church we are working hard to be his hands and feet of compassion among these in Kenya. come partner with us. This is your ministry too. 

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Meet Victor!

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Joyful July day...I missed a bunch but now I'm back! 

Meet Victor! This boy always brings a smile to my face. When you see him on the street he is smiling and if he isn't smiling before he sees you he will smile at you. Jeff and I have had many conversations with him, fed him many times and we desperately want to help him. The "problem" is that he is 16 and in our experience the older the child the harder they are no matter where they come from. Actually he has asked us to take him off the streets. Will you pray for Victor? Will you pray that something will give and Victor will have a home, family and get some education? Will you pray that if Victor is supposed to be here that fear would not stop us. He's probably so far behind in school that he needs to just attend a tech school to get some hands on training in a particular skill so he can get a job and do something besides sniff glue all day. It would bring me so much joy to see him sober and have a real conversation with him.
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome#streetboycrisis #kenya #nonprofit #james127#orphans

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A blessing given is a blessing lived by all!

posted on behalf of Jeff from Facebook

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These are pictures from a recent visit we made to members of the church we planted at Mercy Home. The family is living in extreme poverty (and yet tried to gift us with 2 cabbages). They have 7 children living at home and have had 5 children die. 2 of their kids have sickle cell so we were able to get them set up for the vitamins they need to prevent them from going into sickle cell crisis, which is very painful and requires being admitted to the hospital. The family is currently living in two 8x8 thatch-roofed huts with wet floors due to all the recent rain we've been getting. They have no beds or mattresses and the couch has no cushions. So all the kids sleep on the wet floors. They desperately need a new home.

Thanks be to God! Before we had a chance to post this need, Steph talked to a woman seeking to bless families here in Kenya. The generous donor sent $500 last night, enough to build this family a new house!! Praise God, these kids will not be sleeping on the wet ground any more! The family could still use beds if you would like to chip in. For $500 more we can provide beds, mattresses and blankets for the whole family in their new house if a few of you wanted to help us help this poor family.

 Thank you everyone for praying, sharing, and supporting the work here. So many lives are being changed, and not just physically, but spiritually. Soli Deo gloria!

 

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These two 8x8 huts are currently sleeping 2 adults and 7 children. It's rainy season, so it rains nearly every day. When you sit inside, you can see daylight through gaps in the thatched roofs..

 What a blessing it will be to this family to have a new house!! God willing, they will have beds too!   

Steph is holding little Shantel.

Steph is holding little Shantel.

Shantel is about 1 year old and has a sister named Stephanie who is about 3. They are the granddaughters of the family living here. The father is not around and the mother has been gone for a long time seeking work, but has been unable to send the family any money yet. So there were actually 9 kids living here. The grandparents asked us to take Shantel and Stephanie to Mercy Home. We have taken them in while we try to help the family get stabilized. Poor Shantel just got over malaria, but we took her to the hospital today as she was still not feeling well. Turns out she also has a bacterial infection.

#MercyChildrensHome #Kenya #Bungoma #NeemaCommuniyChurch#nonprofit #SoliDeogloria #james127

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Singing God's praises for His wonderful blessings

(Posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook)

🎶Praise God from whom all blessings flow!🎶

Praise #1-Anna and Mercy (the 2 teens) started school today! I don't have a pic of them in uniform because they didn't get them until after we left, but I should be able to get one in a few days!

Praise #2-We had more than enough money donated to pay for all of their books and supplies and the school under estimated the cost of all the boarding supplies so we spent more than the $600 per girl.

Praise #3-The donated overage will cover a pretty big medical bill we unexpectedly had and some dental work that our children desperately need.

Praise #4-We have a new daughter named Bridgette! Bridgette is a sweet girl who has sickle cell anemia. She came to us during a sickle cell crisis and was required to spend 5 days in the hospital. Sickle cell can be managed, but her family couldn't afford the $2 a month to keep her on vitamins or the proper food. Medical care here is realitivly inexpensive, but if you are admitted to the hospital it can get expensive quickly.

Praise #5-God is good all the time! I will say that in the easy times and the hard times because it is true! On the hardest days we are so blessed to live in Kenya and serve Him!

Thank you for your prayers and support! You have had an impact here bigger than you know!

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(Posted on behalf of Stephanie from Facebook)

I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this but I just couldn't! When I got home from getting the big girls into school Minnie had the cutest bow on! Our sweet, beautiful Caitie crocheted it for her today with the yarn one of our sweet supporters donated funds for! So much love in this one picture! 😍
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome#changingtheirstory #kenya #nonprofit #james127#bungoma #theleastofthese #orphans #crochet#love

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Helping the "mama" girls...

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Helping the "mama" girls...

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie)

Anna (blue shirt) is the Mama to Minnie and Mercy (purple shirt) is the Mama to Joy and Gracious.

Anna & Joy  Hoping for a better life for themselves and their babies. 

Anna & Joy  Hoping for a better life for themselves and their babies. 

To be honest I'm not sure how we ended up bringing them to Mercy Home. Both times we went to the hospital to pick up malnourished babies and we also brought their Mama's home too. The only reason I can come up with is that we couldn't also leave them in the same situation that had their children malnourished. Their village is riddled with extreme poverty. Kenyan poverty is way different than American poverty. Let me share some of the things I saw while in their village. At Anna's home there was no food, when her sister came home for lunch she learned there was no lunch for her there. As we were leaving, our social worker asked me to give the girl 20 shillings (20 cents) so she could get some lunch on her way back to school. At Mercy's home there was no real toilet...there was a hole in the ground, but no walls so basically there is no privacy. When looking for Mercy's school documents it was discovered that they were ruined when their home flooded during a heavy rain. Also we could tell there was little food in the home because the small children that were home for lunch only had a small amount of beans. Also the family dog (not a pet like we have in America, just a dog for security) was literally starving to death, it was so sad, but when there is little food for the family, there is no food for the animals.

So here we are with 2 teen Mamas who really want to return to school and now with their girls being cared for it is possible. Anna wants to be a doctor and Mercy wants to be a nurse. The only thing keeping them from going to school is money. Each girl needs about $600 per year ($405 to the school, the rest for required items pictures below) to attend and board at Bungoma Baptist Girls' High School. Both of these girls are committed to working hard and we are committed to helping them as much as we can. Why boarding and why an all girls school? Because they are behind and they need to focus only on school. Both girls have been pressured into situations that have lead to them being young Mamas and boarding at an all girls school helps control the environment a lot. During breaks the girls will return here so they can visit their babies.

Can you help us to help them get back to school? If they are able to finish high school and then attend college they will be able to have a good future and break the poverty cycle they come from. Thank you for all of your prayers and support in bringing their little girls home. Those girls (and we too) have been so blessed by the love you have been pouring out on them. They don't understand it yet, but I promise they will know that y'all love and care for them!

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #thankyou #orphans #bungoma #theleastofthese#prayersplease 

100 Kenyan Shillings as priced above is approximately equal to 1 US dollar.

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Jeff's trip to Nairobi with 8 area pastors.

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Jeff Bys)

The Proclaim Conference in Nairobi was awesome!

Thanks to generous donors, I was able to attend along with 8 other pastors from Bungoma and Moi's Bridge.

(This reformed theology conference was held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nairobi about 8 hours drive from western Kenya)

It was such an encouragement to get to make much of God and His mission along with about 450 other saints. It is so great to see the evidences of God strengthening His Church in Africa! So many are committed to combating false gospels through the teaching of orthodox Christian views. May Africa turn her back on the false prosperity gospel and 'word of faith' movement and return to the doctrines of the great African theologian Augustine.

See below for images of this wonderful opportunity for these pastors we brought along. for many this is a rare opportunity for such an educational joy and time of fellowship with with pastors from around the country. 

Video of pastors signing "A Fortress" below.

(If you do not see this video link in the email version for those reading the mailchimp email of this, then click the link for read more to watch it from the blog page)

Left to right:  Samson Muyenga Walala , Conrad Sifuna,  Jeff Bys , Leonard Wanyonyi,  Moses Simiyu , Stephen Barasa ,  Moses Wamukota , Bismarch Busolo, and Titus Nyongesa.

Left to right: Samson Muyenga Walala, Conrad Sifuna, Jeff Bys, Leonard Wanyonyi, Moses Simiyu,Stephen BarasaMoses Wamukota, Bismarch Busolo, and Titus Nyongesa.

We had a few unexpected visitors!

We had a few unexpected visitors!

Time for chai!

Time for chai!

   I was privileged to get to meet pastor  Michael Maura from Bethesda Baptist Church in Nairobi. — with Michael Maura .

 

I was privileged to get to meet pastor Michael Maurafrom Bethesda Baptist Church in Nairobi. — withMichael Maura.

One of the general sessions.

One of the general sessions.

All 8 pastors that attended with me were able to take home each of these resources. I was able to take a set for the library at MCH as well!

All 8 pastors that attended with me were able to take home each of these resources. I was able to take a set for the library at MCH as well!

Leonard from Bungoma on the left along with Moses and Moses from Moi's Bridge.

Leonard from Bungoma on the left along with Moses and Moses from Moi's Bridge.

Thanks to generous donors, we were able to supply these pastors with some of their first theological resources. — with  Moses Wamukota ,  Stephen Barasa ,  Samson Muyenga Walala  and  Moses Simiyu .

Thanks to generous donors, we were able to supply these pastors with some of their first theological resources. — with Moses WamukotaStephen BarasaSamson Muyenga Walala and Moses Simiyu.

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