Update

Rev.  Wangai told me earlier this spring that sadly, one of the widows had died, leaving behind 6 children.  He asked if funds could be sent to cover the school fees and uniforms of these orphans.  In my reply, I asked him for an update on how the projects were going with the sewing, goats and chickens.

I have forwarded him some money to cover the school fees and uniforms of these orphans, and  little extra to cover some feed for the chickens.  I used some of my own money for this, plus I had a few small checks left over from the last time I raised fund for the Kushona sisters.

Rev Wangai’s ministry is for AIDS widows with children, and so he may need our help from time to time to cover the school fees and uniforms of the orphans. I am hoping the sewing projects can help fund the food and basic care of the orphans.  Please let me know if you would like to contribute toward a fund for these things.

He writes:  “…The  tailoring  project gives us some cash for food. The  project has really  changed the lives of  these women...”

I realize it might be good to have a modest account set up where I could keep some funds to cover these items as they come up. I would love to see them to be self sufficient eventually – but I think they might need a boost like this from time to time. If you would like to contribute, my address is listed in the “About” page.

Blessings,

Mary Kretzmann

 

Letter from Rev. Wangai:

Dear  Rev,  Mary.
Greetings  in the name of  Jesus  Christ. I  happy to let you know that i received your letter.The letter i sent you had pictures of orphans and widows while i am giving  them food.The  tailoring  project gives us some cash for food. I  also  walk out  looking  for  tenders for the tailoring  project.The  project has really  changed the lives of  these women.Goats are well and there is food from the fields and we also buy little from the  shops. Chicken food is what is now costing much.I  am asking if we can get money and buy school uniforms for the orphans so that they can join others.The students  can as well join this semester if we get money for school uniform and fees.I have sent you the picture again, kindly  let me know if you are able to open it. Church and women do remember you in prayers.

God  Bless you,
Rev.   Wangai

And here is my reply to him:

Dear Rev. Wangai,

Thank you for the update and photos.  I am glad to know some money is coming in from the sewing projects. That is very good. And I very pleased to know that the goats are fed from the fields.  Thank you for managing these projects so well, on top of your  other ministerial duties. As time  goes on, please tell me if any of the ladies can help manage some of the projects, under your supervision.

Your mentioned some problems with affording food for the chickens. Has the chicken feed gotten more expensive? There is worldwide inflation on the cost of food right now, unfortunately. I think grains have really gone up, and this would affect the cost of chicken feed. How many chickens do you now have? Are they laying eggs? Can you sell some eggs to cover the cost of feed?

I found this interesting story, but I don’t know if you have water hyacinths nearby.
Kenya farmer uses water hyacinth for chicken feed

I am sending you some money to help the  children get back into school with new uniforms, as needed.

Please give my love to all.

Love in Christ,

Rev. Mary

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School Children Photos

Note from Rev. Wangai regarding the children he was able to register for school with some money we sent school fees.

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Dear Rev. Mary,
Receive greetings in Jesus name. i have finished all the plans about the school fees and have got you the photos of the students.i had some balance of the funds you sent to pay for school fees and added 2 children on the number. On the photo of students in uniform, the first one from left.
1. DANIEL WABWIRE Class 7
2. GABRIEL SIMIYU Class 1
3.AGNES WAMBOI Class 1
4. SUSAN WANJIRU Class 1
5. SADLINE NASONGO Class 5
6. ELIZABETH MWANGI Class 4
7. BENJAMIN MULAPA Class 2
The other photo with students without uniforms (PRE – UNIT) Children from left
1.FAITH AUMA
2. JACKSON LEPTOO
3. SABLON ANDUNG’A
4. GRACE ACHUKULE
5. MILTON OTERA
6. JUNIOR NDIRANGU MWANGI
7. MACKENSEN NYONGESA
There is also one pre-unit child i added they were supposed to be six but they are seven in the photo.
The other two children in different photos the small girl one in a blue uniform and sweater is in class three her names are cate Magere is in the first lot and the other tall girl in a green sweater is in class 8 her names are Emily. C. Kalapa is one of those i added.
Please reply once you receive the photos.I have started reading the book slowly and it is a good book.
Yours in Christ
Reverend Wangai


Dear Rev Wangai,

I just sent some money to help register some of the children for school. Our youngest son, David, goes to school at Berea College. He is very interested in your group and he gave some of his money for this gift.

I hope this money will help you in getting at least the older children registered for school.

I was so happy to get the news about the first baby goat. Do you still have a good goat farmer to help you at this time?

Soon you will have some milk from your first goat! It is good to let the baby goat get the first milk, of course. Please keep me informed.

Also – I was very glad to know you continue to instruct the women in the prayers.

I hope your family and your congregation are happy in God’s joy.

May He bless you Always,

In His Love,
Rev. Mary

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Happy Christmas for the Children

Dear Reverend Mary
Greetings in Jesus name. we had a great Christmas and we bought for the children the Christmas and then took pictures. we even bought them shoes and other presents. If you get the attached picture let me know. Be blessed
Reverend Wangai

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Dear Ones,

Above is an e-mail that I received this morning from Rev. Wangai. I sent him the remainder of the money before Christmas. He used some of it to buy food for the animals and the rest to provide this Christmas celebration. I was very pleased.

The book, The Second Coming of Christ, is in the mail. I wanted to send it via UPS – but that was going to cost over $300! Yikes. So it was sent via US MAIL. Please keep it in your prayers so that it arrives safely to his post office box. Oh yes – some of the money also went to pay for his yearly fee for the post office box. Sometimes he simply lets it go (a very low budget operation!)…

Anyway – I was pleased how well this project went this fall and into Christmas. Thank you all for your help…

God bless you all.
Joy!
Mary

And below is a copy of the e-mail I just sent to Rev. Wangai:

Dear Rev. Wangai,

Oh – I was so happy to see the pictures of the children. I am glad they had a nice Christmas meal, and with presents and even some new shoes! Wonderful!

You have done very well using the resources that we send to you. I am very happy to see that. I will share these pictures with the group. I am sure that they will be pleased, as well.

Do the ladies continue to pray together before they sew? This will keep the energy in the group very harmonious, happy and holy. I hope they are gradually learning to say the Prayer of St. Francis by heart (memory). It will bless them very much if they do so.

The Second Coming of Christ book, by Paramhansa Yogananda, is in the mail – but it may take time! When we tried to send it via UPS – we realized it would cost over $300. I didn’t have that, and I wanted you to have as much as possible for Christmas for the children. So I am happy to see that you have done such a nice thing for the children with the money we sent.

God bless you and your family, and your entire congregation.

Blessings In Christ’s Love and Joy!

Rev. Mary

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