Scholarship Fund for Boy in Samburu, Kenya

Covenant Children, Inc. has created a scholarship fund so that Daniel (last name withheld for his privacy) will be able to complete a four year degree program at African Nazarene University in Rongai, Kenya.  We are honored to support this young man’s vision and we’re confident his success will be multiplied and reflected many times throughout the region.  Here’s why: Continue reading

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December 2010 Lamp Newsletter

Our special thanks this Lamp issue to our guest writers; Andrew Blumenthal, Vern Miller, Mike Steinel and Noreen Sullivan and to our photographers Charlie and Cathie Schmelzenbach and Andrew Blumenthal.

We also want to thank Beverly Hoch for her fund raising concert and the endless hours she donated to provide resources for Instruments of Change. Thanks to the Hoch-Steinels, for hosting Leighton Pinetown at their home in Denton, Texas for seventeen days and Dr. Karen Webb for providing medicines for Archer’s Post. Continue reading

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School Supplies for Children in Kabira Slums

We have made it home from our trip to Kenya and though we miss all the wonderful relationships we have established among our Kenyan family we are happy to be back with our state side loved ones.

We had some amazing experiences which we will tell you about over the next several days and weeks. This story is stuck in my mind though:

We took some school supplies to the teachers in the Grace Community School which is located in Africa’s largest slum, just on the outskirts of Nairobi. This slum is literally hell on earth, but several years ago we found a school which now teaches grades 1-8 and accommodates 396 of Kabira’s thousands of school age children. This school, a temporary structure ( like all the buildings in Kabira) is down hill from the garbage dump and the latrine. It was raining when we arrived along with all that implies. Continue reading

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Helping Sick Children: Our Schedule for Kenya

We are back in Kenya now.  Our team consists of Charlie and Cathie Schmelzenbach, Leonard Ball, Vern Miller and Noreen Sullivan.  We have a big agenda and hope to accomplish a great deal on this trip.

We will be at Archer’s Post on Monday, Oct 25, to Friday Oct 29.  we will be in Lake Nukuru for nights of Oct  30, 31.  We depart for Nairobi on November 1, and from Nov 2 through Nov 8 we will visit a tea business.  On Nov 8 we take our return flight from Amsterdam. Continue reading

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Upcoming Kenya Trip to Provide Food, Health Care to Children

​Well, we’re making our final preparations for our October 20th trip to Kenya.  There are about 8 or 10 of us and we’ve got our tickets, hotel reservations and plenty of enthusiasm.

​We’ll be visiting the orphanage Covenant Children, Inc. supports in Rongai, just outside of Nairobi, where we’ll be bringing books (including a children’s encyclopedia) and clothing.  Of course, there’ll also be food to buy for the ever increasing number of kids our friend Margaret Mbote looks after, and some maintenance we help with at the site.  But this year, our musician friend Vern Miller will be joining us to conduct a brief music camp, so we’ll also have with us some instruments for the kids. These music camps have been stunningly successful for Covenant Children, Inc. in South Africa and we expect it to be equally rewarding at St. Paul’s. Continue reading

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