Hi Everyone,
I just received this message from Rev Wangai. The photos are blurry, but they give the general idea. I recently sent him money to cover the childrens’ school fees. If you would like to make a contribution to help them after this flood, I will forward on to him any donations I receive. I still use Western Union – but the processing fee is $15.00 each time. I would like to switch to paypal – but I am not sure if that can work well on his end. Anyway – even the tiny bit of support that I am able to raise for him does seem to help.



Please send to :

Mary Kretzmann
14618 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95959

Dear Rev. Mary,

Receive greetings in Jesus name. I have been busy due to the heavy rains that we have had. I was looking for a place to put the children because where we used to stay is now flooded. This area is where most of our members rent houses because they are cheap and most of the widows can afford. We are asking for support for food for the ladies, some of them their property was carried away by floods. I was getting the kids out of that area as you can see in the photos.

i have sent several photos for you to see how floods have affected us.

Yours Rev. Wangai


More Sewing Machines on the way…

Dear Ones,

This is the correspondence I sent along with the money details for the two new machines. Thank you again to Pat T., Lisa C-J, and to Sheila N. for your generosity.

Please keep Rev. Wangai in your prayers for guidance and protection. It is a fairly safe area, but I always get a bit nervous when it is time for him to pick up money for new sewing machines. I don’t want to plant a negative thought, but rather a positve flow of divine grace and prayerful protection.

I am sorry it took an extra week to send the money on to him. Last week we sent our youngest son, David, (age 17) off to college.  And the he got homesick right away… So, of course my mind, and e-mails and phone calls were with him…I think he is doing better now. He is now taking it “one semester at a time” instead of merely “one day at a time.” Progress!

Blessings and joy,

Mary Kretzmann

Dear Rev. Wangai,

I just sent you money for 2 more sewing machines, which will bring the total to 8.

May the Ladies continue to find work to keep all of these sewing machines busy. May they grow in prosperity, and continue to be generous toward each other, and toward the orphans in their group. Please continue to guide the Ladies in prayer and Christ-like service and compassion.

“Suffer the little children to come unto Me – for such is the kingdom of heaven.”

As the work grows, I hope that the mothers will be able to afford the basics for all the children, such as food, shelter’ and school fees. But please keep other luxuries at a minimum. Paramhansa Yogananda said this:

“Simplicity of living plus high thinking lead to the greatest happiness!”

Please note – he does not say “poverty of living” but rather “simplicity of living”. The Ladies have been in poverty – but now they are on their way to a beautiful “simplicity of living”. This is a great blessing. As they grow in holy simplicity, with their needs met, please teach them to be constantly in a state of Love and prayer with Christ. May their hearts be full of Him. May their hearts shine with divine contentment, gratitude, and generosity.

“…And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me…”

40“Mfalme atajibu, `Ninawaambia kweli, kwa jinsi ambavyo mlivyomfanyia mmojawapo wa hawa ndugu zangu walio wadogo, mlini fanyia mimi.’

For these Ladies – “the least of them” right now are the orphans left behind by the lady who died…

May these ladies and the whole congregation somehow love and guide those children. Those orphans need school fees first, because they have lost their mother. School will keep them busy and will give them guidance. I want all of the children to have school fees, but please give it to those orphans first. And in return, I expect those orphans to be grateful and well behaved in school. Please make it clear to them that they must do their very best with this gift of schooling. It is God’s grace in their lives. They must not squander it.

Please let me know if the women will soon be making enough money for food and school fees for all the children.

Do the women still have new orders for items to sew? Should we still go all the way to 10 machines? Do they still have enough work for 10 machines? Or should we buy 2 goats next?

Sewing is the best financial foundation for the Ladies – but I want to be sure they have enough work for 10 machines. Let’s watch their progress over the next few weeks. And then please give me a report. It is very good when the Ladies go out to get orders for more items to sell to the schools and hospitals. Please do let me know if they are still busy and successful in getting orders. This helps me understand your local economy.

Finally, I am very glad to know the women are praying, and also that the ministers are enthused in the West Pokot District. However, it is very important that we meet the goals first for these first Kushona Sisters in Kitale. I want these ladies to get out of poverty into a beautiful, God-loving simplicity that is generous toward others in need. As God blesses them, they can then let God’s blessing flow through them to others. It is a very holy commitment that these Ladies are caring for the orphans in their group, under your direction. So – I want to be sure this project is on solid ground first.

(Please forgive me – but Swahili is the correct language for Kitale, right? )

Oh! I just did a search and look what I found:

So – please tell me about the ministers in West Pokot District. Are they also serving widows and orphans? One idea I have is that we get 2 goats first for the Kushona Sisters, and as the herd grows they can give 2 goats to the people in West Pokot. But please tell me about their ministries first. Or is the west pokot district under your direction? Please tell me more…And please teach them to pray in these ways you have learned…

God bless you, and all of the people in your spiritual care.

kwa heri…

In Christ’s Love,


Rev. Mary Kretzmann

Sent: Wed 8/18/2010 2:33 AM
To: Mary Kretzmann
Subject: Re: greetings

dear rev Mary.
we thank the lord for you every day,receive greetings of  the name of our lord Jesus Christ.
we are very fine and blessed and we are thanking our lord for the care and protection.
Every body here is doing fine and well..we spent the weekend in .3
district and we discussed more about our new ministry, ANANDA -KENYA  prayer ministry .they are very excited about thee new ministry.they are now praying for it and its future in doing the work of the great commission.
women are doing good work with my guidance,and praying  ceaselessly for the project and for you.
receive their greetings. pass my regards to  your family and all
our children are fine and sent you their greetings

GOD bless you
rev wangai

Two more machines soon!

This is a short note to say I have received two donations, and one more is expected today or tomorrow.  These will allow me to present Rev. Wangai with 2 more treadle sewing machines! Thank you to Pat T., Lisa C-J, and to Sheila  N. for your generosity. As you can see from the other posts,  it makes a big difference in the lives of these women and children.

Nicole DeAvilla, another donor, gave me permission to share this paragraph from her recent email to me:

…Recently I have been listening to lectures on CD about early Christianity.  The one I am listening to now is about St. Paul.  The lecturer keeps describing the churches and communities that Paul founded as Intentional Communities.  There is much to muse upon in the ideas of Yogananda about world brotherhood colonies/intentional communities as well as what is happening with Rev. Wangai and the Kushona Sisters…

I quite agree! It has also reminded me of the spirit of community as described in the New Testament.  I don’t have time to develop these thoughts here right now…but please do feel free to add you comments below in the comment field, or send them to me via e-mail.

I’ll send an update soon…

Nicole also suggested that it would be nice if sometime Rev. Wangai could send photos of the uniforms they sew for schools, etc.  I agree. I only ask for photos once in while because he is not the one who owns the camera.  I hope he is not charged for the photos. I’ll ask. It may be a friend of the congregation who does this for him.  But it is very worthwhile because it keeps us inspired, and connected to the project as it develops.


Mary Kretzmann

Gratitude, and a Group Photo


Update – Rev. Wangai gives an update on the sewing projects. They do seem to have the right idea about drumming up business for the group! I am happy to report that soon there will be another 2 or 3 machines. (Money has been promised along those lines.)

I have also been talking with Pastor Wangai about the possibility of goats. Some children here in California would like to raise money to purchase a goat or two for them – but it appears they need a goat pen first. I will see if they can construct some sort of simply made goat pen with local material (I see the cob style building behind them in the photo, below.)  If so – we can move forward quickly with raising money for a goat or two this fall, and , of course, the herd will grow in a natural way.

Finally, I recently asked Rev. Wangai for a group shot with the kids in front and the mothers in the background, and I was very happy to receive it right away. Note the little toddler on far right with his back to the camera. He seems much more fascinated to see everyone lined up like that, and doesn’t have a clue about the photo shoot. Cute…

God bless you all.

Mary Kretzmann

Dear Rev Mary ,
I greet you in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. We are fine here in Kenya. Receive beloved greetings . Our members are very excited to hear the news . Your letter came late to me because I was busy with project work.

Machine report: we shall be communicating with you very regularly. We are talking to people to get more tenders to schools and hospitals and we are sure if the machines are to be added we shall do tremendous work.

The goats pens have to be constructed as they are milk goats. Then they have to be fed there. The project is a noble one and it will help the widows very much. Goat milk is very expensive here as it is believed to contain medicinal value. There is already a ready market for it . The cost of one goat is US $150. 00.

If there is anything you need to know please let me know.
We love you.
God bless you and we are praying for you.
Rev Wangai.

Masters House Ministries, including the widows and children

“Attached here with please find the picture of the orphans with their families. Standing in front are the children, behind are the women and two church elders. Far left is me, pastor, wearing a black suit.”

(Click on the photo itself to see an enlarged version)

Four Sewing Machines Now

Click on image to enlarge it

Here are some of the widows who are part of the sewing cooperative.  May they be blessed with sustenance and hope…

Many thanks to Lauri Moschini and to Jack and Mary Gladding for the donations which provided the latest 2 new machines.

Below is a note from Pastor Wangai:

Dear Reverend Mary
Greetings in Jesus Name
Attached is a photo of the sewing Machines and the Sisters who are working with us in this project. They send their greetings and they are very thankful for the support. They look forward to meeting you.

Be blessed , I look forward to hear from you.
From Pastor Wangai

Sewing Hope and Serenity

Pastor Wangai and two of the women in the sewing cooperative

I have known Pastor Wangai for many years though the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, of which he has been a member for many years.

Here he is with 2 of the widows in his congregation. I am particularly touched by the serenity in the face of the woman sewing with their first new machine.

They currently have 2 machines, and at least one more is on the way… and I am hoping it will actually be 2 new machines!