Firstly we were saddened to learn of a serious accident on the Naivasha - Nairobi highway a few days ago. 40+ people lost their lives. We assure those affected and the country of Kenya of our prayers for their people in these days. We have travelled that road on more than one occasion and we just pause to thank God for His protecting hand upon us. But not all loss becomes worldwide news. We have also been made aware of a family in Nairobi who have lost a wife and mother. A dear young man and his two little children have had their home changed forever. Little children who cry for their mother but she doesn't come and a father who somehow needs to provide them with security in the midst of such loss and uncertainty. Please pray for this little family.
Over the past few days we have been looking back in many ways. As we have written our prayer letter we have reflected on the past year and God's many blessings....it started with uncertainty but has really ended on a high point as far as the ministry is concerned. As we think about this 10th Anniversary year coming to a close we have been remembering how God has led us since the work began in 2006 and indeed how He led even over the previous years to bring us to that point. We have thought of those who prayed for us then and who still pray for us now. We have talked of those who were once supportive of us, but their focus has now changed. We have shared memories of those who are no longer with us; yet again, more names to come off our mailing list before sending out this next prayer letter. On a personal note, my nephew and I found ourselves looking back through old photos and videos clips yesterday. We had so many laughs as we looked at him and his brother getting up to their antics; only a few years ago, but how much they've grown. Sadness too as we saw dad in those clips, but thankful for the time the boys had with him.
I suppose most people find themselves looking back as a year draws to a close. However, it is also a time to look forward. William and I are excited for what God has in store for the incoming year and for the future of the work we are involved in for the Lord. We are looking forward to continuing to serve our Saviour. We are conscious of His leading in our lives and in our ministry. We have had big decisions to make in the past months and no doubt there will be more in the months to come, but we are so glad that we have a Heavenly Father who speaks and shows us His will for our lives. Our desire is to continue to serve the one who died for us. William and I would like to personally thank those of you who have faithfully stood by us; in the ministry and as friends. We appreciate this so much. As we step out into another year, we are thankful that we can trust a never failing God.
I know I speak for everyone in Feed my Lambs when I take this opportunity to thank you for your prayers for them and for the work over this past year. I know I speak again for Joyce and her family when I thank you for your prayers for little Joseph when he was so sick earlier this year. Thank you also from Eunice for your prayers for her. For the children and those who teach them....they all appreciate your prayers. Over the Christmas period there will still be those who are using our materials....pray for them. We are thankful to them for enrolling and supporting FML in this way.
Our Nairobi office is already closed for the holidays. Joyce will still be busy this incoming week visiting centres. William and myself still have a meeting to take; a prayer letter to finish, print and post and some other administration which needs completed, all this side of Christmas. Please pray for us all in our various roles.
As far as this blog is concerned, we are taking a break until the New Year. So, it just remains for us to say that we wish you and your family and congregations a very Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year from all in Feed my Lambs. May you continue to know much of the Lord's blessing in these days.
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