Pauline (above) is a young widow who lost her husband to HIV. She was also diagnosed as HIV positive. For those who remember, on the last trip I sent out an update and prayer request for her. After her husband died, her mother-in-law attempted to run her off the husband’s land. Women’s land rights are an issue here in Kenya. Thankfully, the issue was resolved and the mother-in-law relented. The Lord defended this widow. Pauline has two children: Kevin who is 13 years old and in class 8 (junior high) and Bennet who 4 years old and is in middle class (pre-school). Both children are healthy and are doing well in school. Pauline grows crops on her small plot of land and sells vegetables in front of her home to make enough money to sustain her family. She also receives support in the form of food from EAZM and school fees for Kevin. When asked yesterday if she has any prayer requests to pass along to folks in the US, Pauline asked for prayer for peace and healing. We laid hands on her for healing for HIV and we are believing for a good report.
We are going to make it our aim on trips to begin to tell the story of each family that is receiving help from EAZM. I will post a spotlight for each family every month or so and we will continue to visit the families until we have told all their stories.
We visited several other families in addition to Pauline on Thursday. It was great for Elizabeth to see the plots of land that these families are working with. They have used the seeds from Esther to plant crops and the crops appear to be doing very well, especially with the extra rain we have received. The common need is going to be a consistent water source in dry season.
The wifi in all Machakos was out for the last few days, so this is my first opportunity to send an update. I am currently in Dubai, en route back to the US. Elizabeth should also be on her way back as of now.
Yesterday Onesmus, Esther, and I spent time talking and praying about the future for EAZM. Esther has some great ideas in mind for the grandmothers to start becoming more self-sufficient. She is going to do some more research into water storage tanks, chicken businesses, and the local market for bags and purses. I’ll share more as I hear back from her.
We are looking to return to Kenya sometime after the election on August 8. There has been a history of violence surrounding elections in Kenya so we will pray into the right time to go and, more importantly, pray for peace in this election. Thank you for joining us in prayer!