Thank you for your prayers over another week. Pray for Eunice in the Nairobi office as she has a lot of lessons which need marked at the moment. As a result of our committee meeting a few weeks ago she also has various other task to complete which will then enable others to do their part, so please pray that she will have opportunity to do this. Pray for her as she communicates with those who using the lessons with children. Pray that she will continue to be a help to them. Petty cash is currently needed in order for her to travel around as part of the work. Pray that this will soon be available. It is very difficult to work without this. In our office we also have lessons packed and ready to be sent to Joyce in Malaba. Pray that funds will soon be available to enable this to be transported.
Do pray on for Joyce as she works in that area. She also needs petty cash to enable her to travel with lessons to some centres. It is so vital that children are able to avail of the lessons. Joyce also has been asked to teach the Word of God in a few Schools and plans to take one week each month to do this. Pray that funds will be available for her to travel.
It is our aim that children will have a good grasp of the Word of God as a result of using our lessons. We do not just distribute the lessons and leave them to get on with it. They are encouraged to memorize Scripture. Recently we made the decision not to present Bibles to a particular School as we felt the lessons had been rushed and copied. Our reasons were explained to the teachers and the children are retaking the lessons. This has happened a few times; it is hard to take this stand, but essential if the lessons are to be used correctly and children are to learn effectively.
This past week William has been busy; along with others; painting the hall we attend on Sunday evenings. He has really enjoyed doing these practical tasks for the Lord. The week has gone fast as he has been working as normal during the day and then painting in the evenings and on Saturday. We thank God that every occupation and talent can be used in HIS work.
Yesterday, (Sunday) we were due to be back a the Old People's Nursing Home for our monthly meeting. It was to be William's turn to share God's Word. However, the home has been closed for a number of days due to sickness so the meeting was cancelled. We will return, God willing, in September. Please pray for this ministry. It is out of our comfort zone, but the Lord has really helped us in the 4 meetings we have taken so far and we have enjoyed serving Him in this way.
I have been in the office this past week; a little during the day, but mostly in the evenings. A slightly different routine at the moment. As always after a mission trip, there is a long to do list. We thank God for progress made in the various tasks I was dealing with last week. This involved initial planning of new teaching materials; typing up minutes from our committee meeting in Kenya; listing items for printing over the coming weeks and planning amendments for them, as well as other tasks. We thank God for new opportunities for ministry which have opened up during and since our recent time in Kenya. Some of these were new ventures which were revealed while we were there, while others are ministries we have been praying about literally for a number of years. We thank God for bringing things together and making things clear that we have prayed about for some time. We look forward to sharing more about these ministries over the coming months as things are finalised. Pray that these will be used for God's glory.
From the elderly to the children and I thank God for His help as I shared from the Word of God using an item from our home during the children's spot in our Church yesterday morning. Thank God for these opportunities.
We also give thanks to God for helping in some "official" things. One particular issue has been an ongoing struggle for quite some times. We have been trying our best to do what we needed to do but continually seemed to hit a brick wall. No-one really seemed to be able to guide us through to completion. After more hours of searching online, I finally was connected to a person who could help and who works for the organisation in question. Previously even the "official" people couldn't advise us! Thankfully we now have a clear picture of the procedure, requirements and what we need to do. Whilst we are able to put some things in place while here in the UK, most of the work will have to be done when back in Kenya. We do not anticipate it will be an easy or straightforward process, but we are delighted that we finally seem to be getting somewhere and at least know what we need to do, what we can do here and what we need to do when we return to Kenya. Praise God for this breakthrough.
Please continue to pray for the financial needs of the work. As well as the petty cash needs mentioned above, we also need just over £1000 by the end of this month in order to pay various bills which will become due then. This includes; but is not limited to; the rent for our Nairobi office. We thank God for His provision for this over recent months, especially in regard to the arrears in our previous office. We thank God that everything was paid up to date and we appreciate very much the interest shown in this need and the prayers of God's people. However, now that we have moved, the need is not over, we still need to pay the rent each month and we ask that you continue to pray for God's provision. We have had a few issues over recent weeks which have been out of our control and we would ask you to pray that things will soon be sorted out.
The week we really appreciate prayer as William and I represent Feed my Lambs at the Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention. We will have a stand/literature table at the event and look forward to sharing about the work we do. We appreciate your prayers for us as we head shortly pack the car and head off to get set up. Then, as we travel back and forwards each day, please pray that the Lord will be with us. We will be coming and going from home at different times of the day and evening this week so pray that the Lord goes before us in all of the activities. Pray that there will be those who will be interested in the ministry of FML and that there will be those who will take our literature and pledge to pray for the work in Kenya, Uganda and even here in Northern Ireland.
Thank you again for standing with us. We appreciate it very much.
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