By Roger Oakland
(Director and founder of Understand the Times, International and Bryce Homes International)
If you have follow our reports from our Bryce Homes over the years you will see that we have a policy. It goes like this: We report, and you decide. We do not beg for money. We provide information with regard to specific needs as we see them and then let people respond according to their own desire.
We have also found that if we do not let people know about certain needs or problems, there is no response from the people. Obviously, with over 80 Homes in the Bryce Homes Program in seven countries, we cannot respond to every need. Nor do we feel that we are called to do so.
Our underlying motive in our program is to have the poor work towards self-sufficiency. However, it is obvious in many situations, hopelessness overpowers the ability to do much working until we can assist them out of hopelessness.Widow Phoebe and her children
This coming month we feel led to tell you about the situation with Widow Phoebe and her four children in Kenya. The rains in Kenya right now are relentless and the temperature is very cool. Phoebe lives in a deplorable shack that has a leaky roof and no stove for heating. She cooks outdoors on a fire surrounded by three rocks on which she balances her pots. She has one mattress for herself and four children.
The bottom line is that we would like to construct Phoebe and her family a new home comparable to the others we have already constructed in Kenya for widows. She owns her own small plot of land. The three-room house would cost about $2500 to $3000. In the past, people have designated funds to Kenya for this purpose. Maybe someone or several others would respond to this need. With the resources that come in, we will build this house and others as God provides through His people.