LTRP Note: The following is an update from Understand the Times regarding the Bryce Homes in Kenya that UTT and Lighthouse Trails readers solely support. Two weeks ago, Lighthouse Trails sent out our Winter Offering appeal to our readers in order to raise money for new latrines for 16 of the homes plus money to move one of the Bryce families out of the slums of Nairobi and to a rural setting (where a house will be built for this large family that consists of several orphans) in western Kenya. We are happy to announce that the money we needed to build the 16 latrines and also move the family has been raised. Construction of the latrines is beginning right away, and the construction of the new home will begin in February. Also, below Roger Oakland talks about a special donation that was sent to the families recently that was for new clothing. In the slideshow below Roger’s update, you can see some of the children in their new clothes.
By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times and Bryce Homes for Widows and Children
The Bryce Homes Program in Kenya is now headed into the third year since it was founded in November of 2011. From our initial commitment to establish five homes we have been able to expand the program thanks to the generosity of the donors. We are appreciative of the regular reports, from Lighthouse Trails, regarding the progress of the program.
Each month financial support is sent to our representatives in Kenya who distribute food and other essential needs to sixteen widows and their families. The remaining four homes are supervised by married couples who have taken in orphaned children along with their own family. Three men, two of them pastors, participate in the organization of the program and the distribution of the food and essential needs.
Beside food and clothing we are concentrating on improving the standard of living for these families. Our latest building project is focused on building outdoor latrines for sixteen families as well as the construction of two new homes to replace shelters that are no longer fit for living. We are pleased to announce that funds raised by Lighthouse Trails and Understand The Times necessary for these projects has nearly been met. Four latrines will be constructed immediately and the remainder will follow in the New Year.
We are in the process of moving one of our families who presently lives in the Kibera Slums located in Nairobi to a rural location not far from where our other 19 homes are located. This project will begin in February.
During the month of December we sent funds beyond the regular monthly support for purchasing new clothes. [The slideshow below shows] some of the children with their new clothes. Note the smiling faces that reflect the joy these children are experiencing now that they know there are brothers and sisters around the world who love and care for them.
Understand The Times and Lighthouse Trails would like to thank the numerous partners who have given to this program which has changed so many lives. While churches that once supported our Missions projects in the past have withdrawn their support, God has raised up individuals from around the world, many whom we have never met, to come along side and catch our vision to assist orphans and widows in Kenya.
To each one of you, we say, thank you, and may the Lord bless you throughout this coming year.
Understand The Times