03 April 2016

Turkana M4 Kids Camp 2016

Next week Bud will head back up to Turkana with our older boys.   We are excited for a month there with our family. Our littles always bring so much to missions there. But it's not always easy y'all. But worth it.  The littles and I will meet Bud up there the week after. He will go back to Kakuma to teach and minister. Then we will settle back into our apartment and get ready for the M4 Kids Camp. We usually go with an idea of what we'll do and God fills our schedule as we just trust and follow. He's a good shepherd ya know!  

This week we are at the Mattaw Children's Village. It's always a joy to be back with family here. A few nights ago we went to house 6 for dinner and devotions. So great to get to sit in and see the bond amongst our newest Mattaw family.  For devotions, the teenage boys were on a lesson all about how we should give to those in need. As they read the following scripture, a scripture with such a simple truth, I could see the light bulbs turn on. 

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." James 2:14-18 

Sometimes we need to get back to the basics. 

When we meet the physical needs, we so often see the spiritual needs met. All of it is the gospel demonstrated. We often teach that our one calling is to Jesus. He is our first. But if that is there and it is true, it's His nature to pour His perfect love through us to the world. And it always looks like something. A ear to listen, hand to hold, the sick are healed, families restored, a voice to speak for those that can't ... or it's as simple as beans and rice. 

This school break, we will be having a kids camp in a more interior village from 18-22nd. Last time we did the kids camp in an IDP camp where twice a day we were feeding and loving on around 800-1000 children. This time we are going up north, to the the interior or reserve (as Kenyans there call it). We are expecting around 300-400 children. We've been told it will be a tad more calm as oppose to our rough and tough kids last time. But we sure love the little rascals from the IDP camp and plan to go back in August. For this trip, we are still needing to raise funds. When children are on break from school, they can often go days without eating. We want to fill their little bellies again so they have strength to play and the attention to listen.  And so they can simply know how loved they are!

In order to feed the children twice a day, plus supplies for the camp, fuel and getting our team from Mattaw there to help, we are aiming to raise $2,500. Any amount helps!  Around $5 will help send one child to camp. You can go to our website and under the donate tab find information how to donate. The easiest is through PayPal but you can also send in a check. 


A kids camp has never been done in this area and surely they are wondering what it is. So we are pretty pumped for the fun ahead! 

And we can't do this alone. We weren't meant to!  So we thank you for those investing through prayer and finances. Thank you for going with us to the ends of the earth to feed little bellies with beans, rice and Gods Word!  


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