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Celebrating Birthdays at Mercy Home - This Week Michelle M., Lucas, and Susan

Michelle in the middle, with Christine (left) and Vennah

Michelle in the middle, with Christine (left) and Vennah

Michelle M is now seven years old. She is a very silly and playful girl. She enjoys playing house and jump rope with the other girls. Michelle attends pre-school at Mercy Christian Academy.

Lucas on the right, along with Zeke (left) and Brian

Lucas on the right, along with Zeke (left) and Brian

Lucas has just turned seven. He is very playful and enjoys playing marbles with the other younger boys. He is funny and very active. He attends kindergarten at Mercy Christian Academy. We thank God for bringing Lucas to us, and his is a story that has affected many. Lucas was living on the streets. Imagine a 6 year-old boy homeless and alone. He became very ill with salmonella from eating food from the trash. Had no one intervened, he likely would have died. Thanks be to God that in His sovereignty, He had other plans for Lucas. Someone found him and was able to get him medical care with the help of a US ministry that knew about us. When Lucas was ready to leave the hospital, he came to Mercy Home to begin a new life. Lucas is now thriving!

Susan with Valentine, ready for school!

Susan with Valentine, ready for school!

Susan on the right, Charity on the left. Photo-bomb courtesy of Moses!

Susan on the right, Charity on the left. Photo-bomb courtesy of Moses!

Susan is now fourteen years old. She is very helpful and almost always has a smile on her face. She enjoys playing with girls of all ages and loves helping with the babies.

Lucas is currently sponsored, but Michelle and Susan are not. If you would like to commit to prayerfully and financially support one of these beautiful girls, please click here for our sponsorship page.

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2 boys…

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2 boys…

This picture was taken in March of 2017. Dan and Dan

This picture was taken in March of 2017. Dan and Dan

2 boys...2 lost boys. Both named Dan. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau. They ran from their home because basic needs were not being met, there wasn't any money for their school fees and there was abuse. Living on the streets sounded better to their young minds than enduring the painful life they lived. They'd seen other boys living on the street and it didn't look so bad compared to what they were living. But they didn't know just how harsh the streets would be to them or how long they would stay there. Being a streetboy seems to be an endless cycle. Often times if the child tries to return home they are rejected or the same old struggles are there so they return to the streets again and again. Most streetboys desire to go to school, yet they are addicted to glue and can't just stop on their own, so school isn't an option without a home to live in. In Kenya streetboys are viewed as trash so not many are willing to open their home or hearts to these boys.

When we met them and I learned some of their story my heart broke. Every child deserves to have a family. I couldn't imagine a child hating their home life so much that they'd rather live on the streets. But, I was new to Kenya and didn't yet realize the harsh side of Kenya. While I'll never fully understand it, I have a better picture of it now. If there is love, food and safety missing from your home you start to question things and see no real reason to stay. Lots of times alcohol abuse is involved and often it is a family issue, so they don't have the option to just go and stay with an aunt or grandma.

This picture was taken in June of 2019 💙💙💙. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau

This picture was taken in June of 2019 💙💙💙. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau

2 years has gone by and both of these boys still live at Mercy Home. Many of you will likely say they are blessed to be here, but we are the ones who are blessed. We get to help raise these children in a good way. We get to share the Gospel with them on a regular basis. We get to be the one to meet needs that have previously gone unmet. We get to watch the growth, the emotional and physical growth. We are beyond blessed to get to live life with these boys (and every other child living at Mercy Home). We absolutely have hard days, we have had heartbreaking days, but it is worth it. They are worth every tear that is shed and every pain our hearts feel. They are worth every FB post where I feel like I'm begging for money and they are worth every late night we spend talking and planning for their future.

Please keep these boys in your prayers. They have a lot of potential and can do anything they want to do after high school thanks to a support system like you! Pray that they will lean on Him and live their life for Him because we know that He is where true life is found.

If you'd like to learn more about sponsoring any of our beautiful children here at Mercy Home you can go to the link below. 💜

https://afm.ngo/mercy-home-sponsorship

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Great new partnership with Revival Church!

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Great new partnership with Revival Church!

A new covenant of ministry partnership with AFM, Bys Family and Revival Church, Fall Creek WI . Hallelujah, the Lord is good!

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We're Back from Nairobi!!

Today we arrived back home with our 2 visitors! It was an awesome day and we were blessed with easy and safe travels.

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Ironically enough two years ago today we were traveling the same roads to our new (temporary) home in Kenya. Happy 2 crazy blessed years to us! We had no clue what lay before us but we were as ready as we could be. For anyone who hasn't been following our story from the beginning let me recap "quickly".

•2011 Jeff began to talk about Africa
•2012 Jeff was still talking about Africa and I was a "maybe someday".
•2013 "Africa, Africa, Africa"-Jeff "Don't talk to me about Africa!"-Steph
•2014 Jeff started volunteering with AFM and attempted a trip to Kenya, but it was bad timing so he wasn't able to go.
•2015 "MAYBE, when all the kids are grown I will go to Africa so please stop talking to me about it!"-Steph 🤷🏻‍♂️-Jeff
•2016 Jeff was able to go to Kenya with DC Shelton for 10 days at the end of April. While Jeff was in Kenya God made it abundantly clear that I was to go to Kenya as soon as Jeff wanted to. 😭😭😭 (I REALLY, REALLY did NOT want to move to Kenya EVER, much less so soon.)
•May-November 2016 We sold everything we had and packed 45 bags to permanently move with our 7 youngest children to Kenya.
•December 2016 moved to Bungoma, Kenya.
•January 2017 Had the water well dug and started building our home.
•May 2017 started taking in children
•September-December 2017 many wrangles with the men we came here to work along side with, forcing us to leave our home and we were even put in jail for a short time.
•January 2018 we moved back home with the support of our village and our court case was closed.
•June 2018 Purchased the 1/2 acre our home is built on. (Yes this was done backwards and we learned a lot)
•October 2018 finished the boys' side of the home and painted the majority of the inside of our home! 😁😁😁
•November 2018 Enough funds to purchase the front part of our land was donated. 💜

So here we are 2 years in and I can't imagine living anywhere else. It hasn't always been easy and we have made mistakes along the way, but we have been SO blessed and learned a ton. We now have 90+ children living at Mercy Home, a staff of 20+, a church that meets here weekly and we 2 visitors!

Thank you! Thank you for allowing God to use you in the lives here in our small village. Thank you for caring for orphans and widows. Thank you for building 5 homes for widows and families who need help. Thank you for allowing Jeff to live out his passion by sharing and teaching the gospel. Thank you for loving our children, I can't even explain what that means to me!

I'm crazy excited about this next year! We are hoping to open a school and welcome more visitors! Come and see!

#kenya #james127 #changingtheirstory #changetheirstory#mercychildrenshome #orphansandwidows #nonprofit #aboutfacemissions#streetboycrisis #streetboynomore #missionarylife #missions


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Those who still want to give to our Christmas Mercy Home Celebration event, please click this Mercy Home button to visit our webpage and use the giving options there! God bless you!

And if you have not yet watched our full length documentary yet, what’s keeping you?? click here to watch it all!

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Back to Construction and kids available to sponsor now!

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Back to Construction and kids available to sponsor now!

posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook.

new Ema full of joy

new Ema full of joy

As many of you know we now have a sponsorship program and instead of posting the whole album I thought I would share some individual pics and a little bit of their story. Below is Ema (long E) who is a former streetboy. Ema use to spend his days sniffing glue, stealing, begging for food and being chased away by adults. The first time I met Ema (picture in comments) I didn't understand why he was being chased by a security guard, why he was so dirty or why he was asking for money. My eyes were about to be opened and my heart was soon cracked wide open. Ema slept on the streets most nights until he come to MCH. Now Ema is in school getting and education and he never has to worry about food. If you would like to sponsor Ema just click his picture and comment "sponsored". Thank you for your prayers and support!

old Ema when we found him

old Ema when we found him


our new Minnie!

our new Minnie!

Our "tiny" Minnie girl needs a sponsor too! While you can't yet communicate back and forth with her yet we can certainly update you on her progress. Minnie came to us straight from the hospital, she had been hospitalized for 3 days due to malnourishment. She obviously isn't lacking in food any longer and has put on a lot of weight (check the comments for an old picture). She is such a sweet, happy baby and it is a blessing to love on her and watch her grow. Minnie is 6 months old and thriving here at Mercy Home. If you would like to sponsor Minnie just click on her picture and comment "sponsored". Please feel free to ask any and all questions you have.


Finally construction has begun on the boy's dorm room!

Currently, we have the boys in the girl's dorm room, and the girls are in a smaller room that will become the office/library/study. We will also begin the finishing phase of the boy's bathroom in the next few days.

A lot of dirt has to be removed before laying the floor.

A lot of dirt has to be removed before laying the floor.

Many of the rocks have to be broken up with a sledge hammer.

Many of the rocks have to be broken up with a sledge hammer.

The boys dorm room has progressed faster than I thought it would. A lot was done today despite our power issues which have caused us to not have enough water (no power, no water pump pumping) and delaying the construction team some. Tomorrow they should finish the first layer on the floors and all walls. Monday they will start the bathrooms! As much as I'm not a fan of living in a construction zone I can't tell you how exciting it is to be making progress after months of not. Thank you so much for all of your support! Praying, sharing and giving is what keeps us here in Kenya loving on these children, church members and our community. (Sorry for the terrible photos, it rained/got dark before I could get better pictures and we don't have all of the lights installed yet.)

 #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #james127#kenya #nonprofit #changingtheirstory

Most of the room has the first layer of cement down.

Most of the room has the first layer of cement down.

The next layer will be the smooth layer. Tomorrow the brick wall will be covered.

The next layer will be the smooth layer. Tomorrow the brick wall will be covered.

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Day of Love and Joy! Thank you!

posted for Stephanie from Facebook. 

Blessing of a wonderful donor to rebuild the Burungasi family a new home!

Blessing of a wonderful donor to rebuild the Burungasi family a new home!

Today has been a day full of L💜VE! We woke up to an email that a family donated $500 to send 4 children back to school and to provide them and their widowed Grandmother with an adequate home! What a huge blessing that is! Then we received a call that we had 3 bags of toys from America waiting for us in town. Today was like Christmas for Mercy Home! We have been hugely blessed and loved well!

 

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Cuddle

someone has a new friend. 

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Unsung hero of Mercy Home!

Just after we moved to Kenya, we are so blessed to be here!

Just after we moved to Kenya, we are so blessed to be here!

Joyful July Day 1!   I saw someone doing Joyful June, so I decided I would jump on board in July!

This girl is such a JOY to my heart! Caitie has a heart for babies and children unlike most her age. I remember when she was 9 and Ava-Joy was born, Caitlin had a real live babydoll. Caitie has such a sweet heart and is such a big help in our home. Over the years the main thing she has wanted to be when she grew up was a Mom. She's spent hours reading parenting books, baby books and pregnancy books. She's met some resistance over this choice, but it is what she feels like God wants of her. Aside from being a good Mom she wants to help other Moms be a good Mom. She wants to help educate women on pregnancy, birth and raising children. There have been talks of us possibly opening a birthing center here in Kenya one day and she really likes the idea of that. She wants to hold prenatal, birth and parenting classes there. I don't brag on her enough and she's not a fan of being in pictures so I try and respect that, but I couldn't resist snapping this (first) picture. She's crocheting a blanket for our Minnie while wearing baby Joy on her back because she was fussy. Caitie is such a joy to us and those around her!
#joyfuljuly #caitie #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #james127#nonprofit #kenya

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Big Dreams can come true!

posted for Stephanie from Facebook

We were given some exciting news last night! After discussing our strong desire and love for the new property with the owners they have decided that we can secure and move into our new 7 acre property for $50,000 down. Then we would pay off the remaining $100,000 with 50k in 6 months and another 50k in one year.

Primary residence on campus

Primary residence on campus

So our plan right now is to raise $60,000 to secure this beautiful property. The additional $10,000 is to cover legal fees, moving cost, getting the transformer set up to bring power back to the entire property and a few small things that need to be replaced/repaired. Currently we have $15,000 of the $60,000 needed to call this place home. As soon as God has provided the first $50,000 we will enter a legal agreement and start the purchase process. The purchase process will take about a month, but paying the first $50,000 takes the property off of the market.
This is an amazing opportunity that we believe that God has called us to. Originally the property was listed at $800,000 so the price being offered to us is a total God thing. Also an interesting fact is that the previous ministry started shutting down right around the same time Jeff and I first felt the call to Kenya years ago. Since then it has mostly been sitting empty, I'm not saying that this home has been waiting for us, but maybe! 😁
We have a couple of online fundraisers open right now and we have a couple of more in the works. If you are willing to host a fundraiser for Mercy Children's Home please reach out to us and we can answer any questions you may have. We are also looking for donations to auction off in a Facebook group, no item is too big or small, I've seen small handmade items bring in a lot of money for other charities. While we are constantly asking for your help, we are really just asking for you to join in and experience this greatness with us! Not everyone can come and see or go and be, but everyone can do something and all of the "somethings" add up to life change. Life change is why God moved us to Kenya.
Thank you for your love and support. We are always sharing what God is doing through you with our people here. Just last night I was sent enough money to build a home for a large family currently sleeping on the wet ground in 2 different small huts. That is about God moving in the hearts of His people for His people and not about Jeff and Stephanie at all. We love you and thank you for caring for our children and community!
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #kenya #nonprofit #james127#orpahnsandwidows #orphans #bungoma #changingtheirstory

Hospital included with campus!

Hospital included with campus!

guest house near main house

guest house near main house

2 building school campus with 10 classrooms! (prior location of Lavin Academy)

2 building school campus with 10 classrooms! (prior location of Lavin Academy)

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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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Our Sweet Minnie

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Goodness my life here in Kenya is so blessed! Our sweet Minnie is gaining weight so well and she has quite the sweet personality. She is all about smiling and she is starting to laugh. She is loved by everyone.

In case you have missed it we are raising funds for a 7 acre fully developed property that would house, educate (school) and provide medical care for us! We have 2 awesome Momma's hosting fundraisers for us right now through home based business. One party is for Norwex, chemical free cleaning products and the other is through Trades of Hope, they have all kinds of pretty things. Both sweet ladies will be donating their profits to help us buy this property. If you need help finding those groups (they are posted on my page) let me know and I can add you! Thank you for all of your prayers and support! Big things are happening here and Kenya because that how God works! We will continue to lean on Him and follow His will for Mercy Children's Home. #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #nonprofit #james127 #orphans#bungoma #kenya #streetboysnomore #thankyou #prayersplease

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5 more Praises to God!!

Introducing Samuel !  Who we intook directly from his crisis living situation to Bungoma West Hospital but he is now well and being introduced into our life at MCH!

Introducing Samuel !  Who we intook directly from his crisis living situation to Bungoma West Hospital but he is now well and being introduced into our life at MCH!

Mercy Home update!

1. Jeff's leg is A LOT better! Praise the Lord for that because once I realized we were dealing with MRSA I was freaked out about how long he had been walking around with this infection. I have a recent picture should you medical people want to see it.

2. ‎Samuel came home today! We were there when the Dr's were doing rounds this morning and one Dr said she didn't think Samuel would make it one more day when he first came in. It is such a blessing to get to see these children live and thrive. However, we now have a hospital expense of $820 to cover, but we know he is worth it and God will provide for Samuel.

Aspen, Silale and her twin Gracie! These girls are happy Silale is better.

Aspen, Silale and her twin Gracie! These girls are happy Silale is better.

3. ‎We didn't announce it, but we also had another little one in the hospital for a few days. Silale (See-La-Lay) had malaria and was treated at home, but she never fully bounced back. After taking her for testing it was discovered that she also had a bacterial infection and very low blood count so she needed to stay and get a blood transfusion. During her stay she was tested for HIV twice. Both test gave different answers, so her blood has been sent off for a 3rd test. Please pray that there would be no HIV found in her blood work. Please also pray for money to come in to cover all of these medical expenses, we've been hit extremely hard lately with 3 in the hospital, one of those 3 required surgery and we've had a lot of dental work done. The only money we have to pull from is our weekly budget and land/finish Mercy Home fund. We are trusting God to cover these funds as we believe that each child here was brought to us by God. All while He knew their exact needs, so we continue to trust and follow Him.

4. Our 3 little babies we took in are doing great! Minnie is gaining weight daily, she is no longer malnourished and she is even getting a little chunky. Gracious and Joy are eating and responding so well! Both girls are interacting with us more and more and they never turn away food.

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5. We have been hugely blessed with a new sponsor, a business that has committed to supporting Mercy Home monthly! We have been praying for our donor base to grow and God is answering that prayer. You will now see their logo on our newsletters and website in recognition of their love. A huge thank you, which is never enough, goes out to Mike Mazyck Realty of North Texas! Anyone who has a business and wants to sponsor any of AFM Ministry's work can do so by contacting David at david@afm.ngo for more information.

Thank you for following along, loving us, sharing our journey and giving when the Lord guides you to. The children you are supporting here are worth every single penny!

Added note from DC Shelton: We also want to shout out a huge THANK YOU for our other two business sponsors who have been helping us for months now, Charity Center Kenya, and Five Plus Two Ministries that you will now see on our website and email updates! Thank you all who give, whether $5 or $5000 You are helping us change lives and literally save lives in Kenya for Jesus! We need you all to do this well. 

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #james127 #orphans #kenya#bungoma #nonprofit

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BUGS!! Kumbe kumbe!

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Kumbe kumbe! Frequently along the side of the road you will see ladies selling these. Over a year ago I asked Nickson what they were and he wasn't able to translate it for me. So for over a year I have assumed these were some type of roasted seed. Hoping one day to figure it out and try some of these "seeds". Well Friday all my questions were answered and I was so grossed out. They are fried termites...fried termites! I think we have 2 kids and myself who've not ever eaten them but the rest of our home has (excluding the babies of course).

We paid 10 cents for this small amount of bugs. 🤢

We paid 10 cents for this small amount of bugs. 🤢

Karson and Kepha got some and ate them at 7 in the morning. BUGS, they ate bugs y'all! 🤢🤢🤢 
 

I swear when you are driving by they look like roasted seeds of some sort. 😂😂😂

I swear when you are driving by they look like roasted seeds of some sort. 😂😂😂

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Marbles from America!

our new variety of marbles made into the continent of Africa and Madagascar

our new variety of marbles made into the continent of Africa and Madagascar

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Quick update! Today we picked up marbles from the post office and the kids are just so excited to get marbles "removed from America" 😀. Thank you for the marbles and creating some serious excitement in our home. Usually when I get home the kids chant "Mama, Mama, Mama!" Today it was "Banda, banda, banda!!" which is marble in Swahili.

We talked with the social worker from Chwele today and she said the Dr wanted to wait and release the girls on Wednesday. We went to the hospital to make sure they had everything they needed and took them some clothes and blankets. We talked with their Mama for a little bit and she is very sweet. She has asked if we will send her to school. She is 19 and has always been in the top 5 of her class. She's a sweet girl who was pressured into something that had life long consequences. Of course the one who pressured her has moved on with his life and has no such consequences 💔. Tomorrow I'm going to visit a girls high school in town to get the fee schedule for the other teen girl we just took in. I will inquire for this Mama as well and if we can raise the money for her to go to school I think we should send her as well. After finishing high school she wants to be a nurse, poverty in her village is rampant so I was glad to hear that she had hopes and dreams.

When Karson is interested in picking out baby clothes you buy what he wants! 💜💜😍 Our Minnie girl is eating great!

When Karson is interested in picking out baby clothes you buy what he wants! 💜💜😍 Our Minnie girl is eating great!

We feel the LOVE

We feel the LOVE

Yesterday I got word that someone has committed to paying $1000 of Wesley's hospital bill! That is huge because his bill ended up being $2500 and that is more than we were prepared for.

Thank you for your prayers, support and sharing our story. We are so stinking blessed to be here and we know that. Even on the hard days Jeff and are amazed that we are living out our dream and our heart's passion here in Kenya!

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

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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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I went to the hospital today...

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook May25th)

I went to the hospital today to check on the twin girls. The report from the Dr is that the girls are improving. They have been diagnosed with PEM (protein-energy malnutrition) and edema caused by the PEM. The edema is starting to reduce so the girls are losing weight, but they should start gaining again soon. The hospital suggested that I purchase them some milk because they are supposed to be getting milk every 3 hours. The hospital doesn't have enough milk or funds to supply that much milk, so we went across the street and purchased milk to get them through Monday when they should be ready to be discharged. Also they can sit up, but are not crawling or walking.

I've had some questions asked about what it would cost us to bring them home. So here is an estimated breakdown. If we can get this covered I feel confident that we can really help these girls.

$40 travel to pick the girls up (hire a car)
$30 clear their hospital bill for the last week
$40 clothing/blankets
$55 pack n play (the will be sleeping in our room for sometime and the new baby also sleeps with us💜)
$18 Diapers (weekly)
$365 formula (Just to supplement as they can eat real food. 2 bottles per girl per day, 3 cans a week for 2 months should be enough and it doesn't have to be purchased all at once.)

The only reason we need to hire a car is because they won't do well on a motorbike for that long. The hospital they are in is 45 minutes to an hour away. We make that trip weekly on a motorbike, but we are healthy for the most part.

Thank you for all of your prayers, love, support and for sharing my post yesterday. Thank you for allowing us to be the hands and feet here in Kenya, we couldn't do this without your support!!

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

(Picture of the girls sleeping today.)

They are on their way to Mercy Children's Home, because of faithful givers like YOU! Thank you LORD!

They are on their way to Mercy Children's Home, because of faithful givers like YOU! Thank you LORD!

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Parenting 40 children

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Parenting 40 children

I feel like I should have an awesome story to share or something inspirational to say, but I'm just tired y'all 😂. Parenting 40 children is exhausting, but such a blessing....

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