As a follow up to last week's blog we are really happy that our new system for those studying our Child Protection Course has worked really well. So far, only one student has been moved over to the new system, but we are pleased with the progress so far. The student was able to receive his marked assignments and the next one to complete via a private page on our website. He has also been able to complete his next assignment and upload it back to the site for us to receive. We thank God for His help in this very practical way and trust that other students will also find it an easy and beneficial system as we slowly migrate them over.
It has been a week of working on our website. We have been asked numerous times lately if it is possible to sign up for regular giving via our website. So, in response to these requests we have spent quite a number of hours working on the website and this facility has now been made possible. The page for signing up to support us by Direct Debit also has the option to make a one off gift. It is also possible to select to Gift Aid your donation. As this is new, we have a link from our home page or you can read all about it by clicking HERE.
The system has been tested and this morning our first supporter; using this method; has signed up. They have said it was very easy to use and we appreciate their feedback. If you don't already support us on a regular basis (eg. monthly) we would encourage you to do this. It really helps us and makes planning so much easier. Even small amounts like £5 a month really do make a difference. By using the online system, you can sign up for the amount and frequency of your choice and select the very day you would like to give. It really is a simple process which helps more than we can explain. If you are already supporting us by Standing Order, there is no need to change to this unless you prefer to do so.
We thank God for His provision through another month. Praise God our rent for the Nairobi office has been sent today on time. We also have the rent for our Malaba office and it will be transferred by the end of the week. We do, however, really need funds for transport to enable both Eunice and Joyce to travel to ministries. This is essential. We are also in need of application forms to be printed as a matter of urgency....these are costing £96 for 500 or £154 for 1000. Quite a number of centres have expressed their wish to enroll children and are waiting now on these forms. Please help with this need if you feel led to do so. Otherwise please do pray for God's provision.
We thank God for more children enrolled this past week. One Pastor who we met at a seminar in July in Kenya, is really keen to use our lessons in Schools and we were really encouraged to hear this week of 100 children now registered. He is awaiting feedback from another Principal. Please pray that he will find good favour as he visits these Schools and seeks to gain entrance to share the Word of God.
This week we will join with the Kenyan Association here in Northern Ireland for their AGM. William and I are both members and have been involved for a few years; with myself currently being a committee member. Pray that all involved will know help in preparation for the meeting and that God will be glorified in everything which will be discussed.
We would also ask you to pray for another meeting we have this week. An idea was put to us quite a number of months ago and we have been praying regarding the possibility of this new ministry. We discussed it with our team while in Kenya and have been planning quite a bit since then. This week, we will be having our first "exploratory" meeting. We are reluctant to say much more at this stage; simply because it is "exploratory". However, if all goes well, which we hope it does, we trust this will be the start of something quite exciting; and something which we will be able to share more about at our anniversary meeting at the end of October. Please pray that God will undertake in every aspect of this meeting and that we will very clearly know His leading regarding decisions which need to be made.
Finally, it is October..... so our Anniversary meeting to give thanks for 10 years of Feed my Lambs is coming soon. We are expecting to receive our printed invitations within the next few days. Do please pray for us as we distribute these. We would love you to come. For catering purposes it would be helpful if you could let us know if you plan to attend. For this purpose, please feel free to use the RSVP form below. The meeting is at 8pm on Friday 28th October in The Baptist Centre, (Brownstown Hall), Brownstown Road, Portadown, BT62 4EB. It would be wonderful to see you.
Many thanks again for standing with us in the place of prayer.
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