Bo and I arrived safely in Machakos late Thursday night. We spent the last 2 days talking and praying with O and E. It has been some of the best time of discussion and prayer that I can remember. The Lord is really giving clearer vision and wisdom as to how to approach that vision. One of the challenges here is knowing the difference between what your local government worker tells you or allows and what the law really requires. If you rely on your local government worker’s advice, it may not protect you in the future. We have run into that problem again. Esther has had to work the last 4 months to fulfill all of the required reporting for every child in the program, both those with the grandmothers and those in her home. This has been a huge challenge, but it has also forced the ministry to set things in order and have a clearer perspective of the work. We have also run into trouble in housing for all of the children according to regulations. They have had to keep the twin girls in a different home until in compliance. We are looking to add on additional temporary housing by next week in order to keep all of the children here.
Esther has found favor with a Emily, a new Ministry of Children manager, who is enforcing the law correctly but also showing grace to help us set things in order. It will pay huge benefits for the future and allow for growth. Emily really cares for the children. She sees Esther’s heart and realizes she is someone worth investing in. In fact, the rescue center asked Esther to take in another child. Upon hearing the boy’s story, it is hard to blame Esther for saying yes. So now there will be 8 at their home. I hope to meet with Emily next week so that we can have a clear plan for the children’s program.
Tomorrow Bo and I will travel with Onesmus to visit a new fellowship in one of the poorer neighborhoods in Nairobi. Monday we hope to handle some different business chores here in Machakos and then make our way to Nairobi to pick up the girls. One of the girls, Kathryn, will not make this trip. She lives in Houston. Thankfully, she is safe. But the Lord has spoken to her that it is best and wise for her to stay back and hopefully come on a future trip. We are looking forward to Vanessa and Taylor’s arrival in Kenya and for everything the Lord will do in their time here.
Thanks for praying!