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Sewing projects, goats and school fees

I received this letter today from Rev Wang. My reply follows after the 2 photos :

Dear Reverend Mary,
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ. I have paid the tuition fees for those children. I  have also bought uniform for the others. And i hope they do well in school..

Water hyacinth (as free chicken feed)  is not found at our place, it can be found in Lake Victoria far from Us. Instead we are using the chicken feeds from the shops. The chicken we have are layers but the eggs are used for incubation. At first we bought three dozen of chicks,now they are 120 chickens, and we have sold 50 chickens. Chicken feeds are very expensive for us but we are trying.

And we have build a goat’s house. Goats can feed from from under zero grazing. From the pictures you will see those five 5 goats.We bought  4 goats, and now we have 5 goats.The manager will be Lucy Nyambura (in the picture), she is a good manager and a good teacher.

The sewing machines are used in veranda because we don’t have buildings for them so we pay the space in veranda.There is  a plot (50 by 100) nearby that someone want to sale. The plot cost 1500 Dollars and is paid in two installment.   So if you can help us with that cash we can buy the plot and we use for both worship and projects.

Thank you and Please reply.

About the widows and children, are all well. God Bless you.

Reverend Wangai

My reply:

Dear Rev. Wangai,
Thank you for your letter and the pictures. I am glad to now you are selling some chickens to make some money to help pay for chicken feed. Could you possibly also sell some eggs to help pay for the feed? Then you would be getting some money every day from the eggs. 
Is it possible for the children to find some leafy greens and bring them back to the chickens? Or are they already free-range chickens? Your flock has grown quite a bit and that is wonderful. 
I am glad to know the sewing projects are doing well. The goat pen looks very nice. I especially appreciated the care that someone put into preparing the long branches to use them as poles for the fence wall. It is very nicely done.
I am sorry to say that I do not have money to fund the purchase of the plot, but I will let some people know about the opportunity. 
Thank you again for all you are doing for the ladies and the children.
God bless you.
Rev. Mary

School Children Photos

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


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.
The other photo with students without uniforms (PRE – UNIT) Children from left
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


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.

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


2 More Goats!

Dear Friends,

I received this e-mail this morning with a picture of the 2 new goats. The new chicks will arrive soon. Thank you for all the good you have done! Rev Wangai mentions that the sewing project is going well. In my next letter I will ask for details on the sewing.

I will be sending a small gift of money for Christmas as it approaches. This will help him to give a modest Christmas party for the children, as well as provide for some expenses that come up as these projects develop. At this point the goats are not producing milk (or therefore, money).

He rented a nearby 1/2 acre of land with some “semi-permanent” structures on it (huts?). Anyway – he will plant napier grass on it for the goats. There is also “bore hole” water on the land (a well). All this he got for $50.00 a year! But to buy the plot would coast $5000.00! So I said – well – renting sounds pretty good!

Recently I have suggested that he teach his congregation this daily affirmation:

Daily affirmation:
Focus deeply at the spiritual eye, and repeat three times:

“I will with my own will, which flows from the divine will, to be healthy, to be well, to be prosperous and spiritual, to be well, to be well.”

Paramhansa Yogananda

Date: Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 2:33 AM
Subject: goats

Dear Rev Mary,
Receive greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. We are very happy to let you know of the progress, this morning we managed to procure the goats and their are very fine animals – good milk grade.

Rev Wangai and a helper - with the 2 new goats

We are sending you the photo. the picture was taken this morning so only one care taker was present.
The new chicks have not yet arrived since they are coming from far. Sewing project is going on very well. The prayers you have been sending are very beneficial and of great help to the women.  There is a great change in their spiritual life.

Receive greeting from the ladies and my family.

God bless you mightily

Rev Wangai

Thank you all again – What a blessed way to start Thanksgiving!

God bless you all!


Mary Kretzmann


The new chickens!

Below is photo of Rev. Wangai with two of the widows taking care of the new chickens, which look big and healthy!
I am also getting ready to send him money for more goats, because I have received more money for this. I will sit down this weekend and see what is possible for them, with what has come in.
I’m sorry this note is so short! But I thought a little bit of news is helpful! As Thanksgiving approaches, it warms my heart that we have already helped their lives be more bountiful.
Mary Kretzmann
PS – I also sent Rev Wangai a copy of “The Beatitudes, by Swami Kriyananda” – (scroll down to see it…)
I thought this would be helpful in his ministry.

Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 4:52 AM
To: Mary Kretzmann
Subject: Greetings

Dear Rev. Mary,
Receive greetings in Jesus name. How are you going on with the ministry. We had a good service yesterday. The women are doing well in the three projects, chicken, goats and machines. I took a photo of the chicks although they were not taken properly they spread in the house, the women there are the ones dealing with the chicken. i will take the chicken only. the sewing material photos has not been complete yet but i will send it as soon as it is ready together with the chicken photo. We are praying for you.

God bless you
Yours Rev. Wangai

Rev Wangai with two of the widows, and the new chickens

The Beatitudes, by Swami Kriyananda

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Goats have arrived!


The goats have arrived, and I was also able to send him some extra money for a dozen indigenous hens, and extra sewing material.  There is a bit more money left to send. I am currently on the east coast, and I will send the money once I am back home. I want to see how things go with these new chickens, etc.  I may have enough money for him to get one or  two more goats. (The goat shed can fit 10 goats.) People have been generous. THANK YOU!  We will see how it all goes!

In the photo you can see that these are European style dairy goats, as opposed to the small pigmy style African goats. The pigmy goats are good for a source of meat, for those who care to use it that way – but they are not so great for milking.  These dairy goats are made available by the agricultural institute in Kenya. These were highly recommended for milk production.



PS –  Here is a series of notes from Rev. Wangai .

Sent: Mon 10/4/2010
To: Mary Kretzmann
Subject: Re: Goats

Dear Rev. Mary,
Receive greetings in Jesus name. I am very sorry for delaying the photos.This is
because the camera man delayed me I don’t have my own camera. I am happy to
inform you that I have the goats at home and have taken two photos with a small
group. The women are very happy. even in the photos as I hand over the goats to
them you can see they are very happy.
I have bought materials and I have ordered and paid a dozen hens as soon as I
get them I will send you photos. We had a great service on Sunday.Receive
greetings from our church members and also from the women with a lot of joy.
Receive greetings from my family,the church and the women.
God bless you so much i love you. Waiting to hear from you soon.
Yours Rev. Wangai


To: Mary Kretzmann
Subject: Re: greetings

Dear Rev. Mary,
Receive greetings in Jesus name. Sorry for delaying in replying this email i was
a little busy.I received the money and I thank you so much. I have gone today
and paid for the goats. so I’m just waiting for the delivery of the goats, once
they are delivered i will take a photo and send it to you. We have bought 8
machines at the moment and 5 are the only ones working in the sewing cloths but
three of them are for training. We don’t have any extra money because the money
we got (FROM SELLING PRODUCTS) we used it for the kid’s school fees.

We are getting tenders but we don’t have materials. About the chicken, the Hybrid
chicken are a bit high because a day old chick is 100 Kenya shillings. The chick
will stay for 5 months for it to start laying eggs which will be very expensive,
I prefer we buy the indigenous hens because they also lay eggs and one goes for
$5 and its only one month to laying. therefore it is not very expensive as the
hybrid one.

God bless you,
I will send you a photo of the goats and the children, and another one with the
goats and the women then send it to you.

Receive greetings from my family, church and all the congregation as i wait to
hear from you soon.

God bless you
Yours Rev. Wangai


Dear Rev. Mary,
Receive greetings in Jesus name. I am happy to hear from you.Yesterday we had a
good service and all our churches are going on well. The sewing machines are ok,
the ladies are working hard. I wanted to inform you about the goats, they
started from the central Province, right now these sides they are not many here,
they are very rare, only in the agricultural institutions and I would prefer
that grade because it is the best and it is found on that price only
. They can
not change the prize, they are very expensive but very good breed. because its
productive and the products are good as in milk and meat.

We can buy from other small farmers but they cannot be the hybrid I want so we can waste money on a fake breed that’s why I preferred to buy from the agricultural institution.

I don’t want to quote a less amount and end up not buying the goats that will be wrong.

Pass our greetings to your family, the church and all friends.
yours in the Lord
Rev. Wangai.


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