Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nzioka Is Top Student!


Nzioka Is Top Student!


By Dawn Brown


I remember meeting Nzioka Musembi during our visit to one of the primary schools in Mbooni.  I saw the scars on his face and could tell they ran under his school uniform too.  A school administrator and a teacher had brought him to us and began speaking words I couldn’t understand.  My mind wandered, trying to imagine what this child had experienced in his young life.  I knew I could never even begin to understand. 

I wondered how he felt about being paraded in front of us.  Were we the first white people he’d ever seen?   Were we bizarre looking to him?  So many other children were watching.  Were they his friends?  Did they treat him well or was he ridiculed?  What kinds of emotional hardships has he faced?



Teacher, Nzioka, Joseph Onesimus (our team leader), Administrator~
Our team being introduced to Nzioka.
 
They told us he was very intelligent, had much potential, but was in and out of school because his widowed mother didn’t have the funds to keep him and his sister in school consistently.
 
I handed him a piece of paper and asked him to write his name.  How would he feel when I asked him to hold his name up while we took his picture?  Had he ever had his picture taken before?  Had he ever seen a camera?  Would he feel like a celebrity or would it be demeaning?
That was the system I was using to keep track of the names and faces after we returned home.  I knew from other short term mission trips, that memories fade, even when you think they won’t.


“Oh God,” I quickly and silently prayed, “May we do more good for this boy than harm.”
 
We had spent the morning in meetings with administrators & teachers, learning how their educational system works compared to ours, and what type of needs they have. 
 
Elizabeth Mativo told us it was significant that the educators brought Nzioka to our attention over all the other children in the school.  She had not been fully aware of the financial need and she was not aware of Nzioka’s strong possibility of above average achievement. 
 
It was shortly after our trip and more investigating and interviewing, that Elizabeth added Nzioka to the list of orphaned children that Child Arise is trying to keep in school consistently.  Praise God and thanks to you donors, she has been able to do that!
Elizabeth & Nzioka in his new shirt given by Child Arise donations & sent by sea container.
 
 

In Kenya, not every child can attend high school.  A difficult national test is given and only those who pass are allowed to enter.  The passing children are told which high school to report to, based on their performance on the exams. 

 
Early this year, the announcement came that Nzioka was number one in the entire district of Mbooni!  Mbooni district is huge!  He reported to the top notch, Nakuru National High School.  It’s a great distance from his home, so he doesn’t often get back to see his mother, sister and grandmother.  So far he is doing very well in high school.  At this time, he hopes to become a doctor someday and longs to help others.
 
Nzioka's mother and Nzioka at the feeding program and Bible lesson.
 
Traditionally, when a woman marries, she becomes part of the husband’s family and moves to his family area.  After the death of Nzioka’s father, the husband’s relatives started to abuse his mother.  Eventually, she moved her children back to her widowed mother’s home to escape the situation.  Nzioka has been raised by his mother and grandmother for years.
 
A common practice for men, his mother now works in a faraway city, trying to sell biscuits and candy in the streets, to people riding the Matatus (mini buses or trucks that transport people).

Nzioka's mother.
 

There’s never enough to meet the most basic needs of her children, her mother and herself.  In the past, she and her mother have found work as land laborers, or fetching water for businesses or any other manual jobs they can get.  They work very hard, but earn little.
 

Nzioka's sister and mother on the left.
 
When Nzioka was a little boy, he fell into a cooking pot of hot broth and was badly burned.  The scars remain on his face and body.  I wonder what kinds of scars are hidden on the hearts of Nzioka and the other orphaned children of Child Arise. 

 When you donate to Child Arise Kenya Widows and Orphans Ministry, you are helping kids like Nzioka to have HOPE for the future.  God is using YOU to make a difference.  THANK YOU!


Prayer Requests From Missionary Elizabeth Mativo
U The children are on trimester school break.  Pray that the extra time with those in the feeding  program will be spiritually fruitful for all.
UPraise for the growing acceptance of widowed women within the church.
UPray for funds for a tanker truck to carry the water from our borehole to schools, businesses & homes.  There are people who need it, but it’s too far.  We have plenty of water, but no way to get it to them.

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Widows & Orphans Ministry


827 5 Ave Dr W, Andalusia IL 61232


309-798-2596


dawn@ChildAriseKenya.com


ChildAriseKenya.com


Child Arise Kenya is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt ministry

 

 


 

 


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our World, Their World, The REAL World.

Our World, Their World, The REAL World.  The REAL Gospel

By Dawn Brown

The world you & I live in is so very different than the world where the women & children of Child Arise live.  Our American world, gives us a much distorted view of the REAL world, the world where the majority of humanity lives.
 
Every 4 seconds in the REAL world, a child dies from a preventable cause.  If you earn $40,000 per year, you make more than 99% of the people in the world & if you make just $13,000 per year, you are in the top 10%!  My guess is that most reading this are at least in the top 10%.
 
Do you follow the REAL Gospel?  Many of us in the United States call ourselves Christians because we’ve made a decision to accept Christ as our Savior.  That’s very important, but there is so much more.  The REAL Gospel is not just “fire insurance” or a “sin management program”.  It’s the entire story of Jesus given to us in the Bible.  He showed us how we are to live with His words & by being the example.
 
We are to live our lives differently than how we lived before we trusted Jesus to be our Savior.  “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”, are the words He gave us in what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  God’s “will be done on earth”.  That means here & now!
 
His Word tells us that the rich are to share with the poor; being generous with our money & our belongings.  The healthy will care for the sick.  The strong will protect the weak & seek justice for those who are marginalized & treated poorly.  God’s followers should have character traits of compassion, mercy, justice & love above & beyond those who do not have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them.
 
In their world, Ruth, a widowed elderly lady takes care of 3 children whose parents have died.  Two of the kids are seriously disabled & can’t take care of themselves at all.  They are older, but not potty trained, among many other problems.  How hard that must be for her with no income, no public services, no running water.
Ruth & 2 special needs orphans she cares for.


Widows Group praising God.
Ruth & Katheu, the child who is abled, say they praise God for Child Arise.  Katheu is thankful to be in school now.  Ruth says she gets so much encouragement from the Widows Group, Bible studies & prayer times.  This family has received food & blankets from Child Arise too & they are grateful.
 

Widowed woman explains to American team how important the
Widows Group is to encourage each other in the Lord.
 

In their world, widows are not treated well at all.  They are less than “second class citizens”.  Rhoda, a widow, receives no material help from Child Arise, but says she is blessed abundantly by the difference Elizabeth Mativo has made in her life with the Widows Group teaching & fellowship.


Beatrice (right) is thankful for her goat.
In their world, there are very few jobs, if any.  Beatrice is one of the younger widows.  Her young husband died in his sleep many years ago.  She raises their 17 year old son alone, trying to find work to provide for them, but it’s never enough for 2 meals a day & his school fees.  Beatrice is always at the church or Widows Group when there’s a time of prayer.  She loves the Lord & praises Him for the goat she received through Child Arise.
 
Has God filled you with love & concern for those living in poverty?  Does your heart break when you hear about the needs of the poor widows & orphans in Mbooni?  Has He given you a desire to help the women & children of Child Arise?  We need YOU!  THEY need YOU!


Mia Reynolds & her grandma made pot holders & sold them for Child Arise
Children have helped Child Arise.  A girl made pot holders & sold them, donating it all to Child Arise.  We’ve had kids sell their garden produce, do bake sales, sell bottled water at garage sales & hold lemonade stands.  They told others about the kids in Mbooni who will be helped.  Vacation Bible Schools have given their offering.  These kids are seeing something greater than themselves.  They are caring about the needs of others.

Sami, their friend, Mary & Joe Dailing sold baked goods & bottled water at their mom’s garage sale & made a display to explain the need for clean water, food & education.
The 5th Annual Bike Ride Fundraiser just took place.  Riders ask for donations for riding, to support this ministry.  God put it on the hearts of 3 women to start this fundraiser.  They had no idea how to do it, but they began.  They followed God’s leading.  They continue to be used by God & are dedicated in DOING something for these women & children.
Lori Rice, Abby Benevidez & Kelene Henning head the Bike Ride fundraiser.
We need more who are willing to come along side us to raise awareness of the needs of these precious ones & the work the Lord is doing through Elizabeth Mativo.  Pray & ask God how He wants you to be involved.
   
Invite friends to your house to hear about the needs?  What about your Bible study group, Sunday school class or co-workers?  Hold a dessert fund raiser at your church?  Host a yard sale with proceeds going to Child Arise?  Ask God what your roll should be & call us to discuss it.  The possibilities are endless!
 
Prayer Requests From Missionary Elizabeth Mativo
U The children are just getting back to school after the trimester break.  I am so thankful for the donors who provide the funds for some of them to go to school.
U Pray for Nzioka.  He was top student in our entire district on National exams.  He is doing well in his first year of high school.  He has to change buses many times & it’s very far away, so he doesn’t get to come back to Mbooni to see his grandmother.
U Praise God.  The new high school students are adjusting well & doing good in school.  The boy far away from Mbooni is doing fine.
U I have been sick for 3 months.  I had malaria & now pneumonia.  I have medicine, but it is taking a long time to get well.  I am able to continue with the ministry because it is not bad enough to have to stop.  Praise God for that!
U Pray for funds for a tanker truck to carry the water from our borehole to all the schools, businesses and homes.  There are people who need it, but it’s too far from them and we have plenty of water, but no way to get it to there.
 
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Donations can be made to

Child Arise Kenya

Widows & Orphans Ministry

827 5 Ave Dr W, Andalusia IL 61232

309-798-2596

dawn@ChildAriseKenya.com

ChildAriseKenya.com

Child Arise Kenya is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt ministry



 
 
 
 

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Life Is A Precious Gift

Life Is A Precious Gift

By Dawn Brown
Mueni, in the red sweater, was always helpful
Mueni was one of the first people we met in Mbooni when we arrived at Elizabeth Mativo’s house.  As we drove up, out came Elizabeth to greet us, along with Mueni and another teenage girl.  They had been helping Elizabeth to prepare for our arrival.  Hosting American’s takes a lot of work, you know.
 
This February, Elizabeth called to tell me that Mueni died.  She was an unwed teen mother of a little toddler. 

Mueni
 
Mueni comes from a large family who do not follow Christ.  Unbeknownst to them, Mueni found herself pregnant again with no husband.  Although this is becoming more common in Kenya, it isn’t as common or glamorized as it is here in the United States.
 
I imagine that she was feeling shame and fear.  She secretly sought out an abortion at a city hospital and started the abortion procedure, funded by the married father.  At home the next day, she became extremely sick.  Still, nobody knew about the pregnancy and she didn’t tell her mother and grandmother why she was so sick or what she had done.
 
Finally, that evening, she couldn’t bare the pain any longer and she told her family.  They live close to Elizabeth, who is always helpful and has one of the few cars in the area.
 
Elizabeth immediately took action and rushed the young girl to the hospital.  It was too late.  Mueni and her unborn baby died before they ever made it inside.
 
As you can imagine, her family is very distraught over her death.  Her mother and grandmother told Elizabeth that Mueni said this was her second abortion.  They were devastated by this news too and said that if they had only known, they would have told her to have the babies and they would have cared for them.  They would have told her they didn’t want her to abort her babies. 

Mueni's mother and grandmother
 
It saddens me to think that in recent years, our government has advocated, and our tax dollars have been spent on promoting the evils of abortion to the people of Kenya.
 
Now, her little boy Joel, about 4 years old, is the newest orphan in Child Arise.
Joel is now orphaned
 
Mueni dropped out of school after completing the 8th grade.  I have seen her in many pictures helping with the feeding program and I’ve even seen her in pictures working with the men as they were placing the water tank on top of the tower during Phase II of The Well For Life.
Mueni helping with the tank
 
 
Elizabeth and her late husband, Pastor Mativo, have been very close to Mueni since she was a very little girl.  She always enjoyed being around the Mativo house when they were on furlough from the mission field. 
 
I’ve talked to Elizabeth several times about Mueni’s death and found out that we met a lot of Mueni’s family members when we were in Kenya, but I just didn’t realize they were all connected.  We met Mueni, her mother, her grandmother, many of her siblings and cousins, plus her little boy.
Joel when we met him in Kenya 2012
 
The Mativos have witnessed to this family so much over the years, both with words and with their acts of kindness and compassion.  I think the reason so many people from this family are often with Eizabeth is because they are drawn to Jesus in her. 
Elizabeth asks that we pray for this entire family, that because of this tragic death of Mueni and her unborn babies, they will come to a saving faith in Jesus. 
 
Mueni never professed faith in Jesus Christ, but my hope is that in her final hours or minutes, she accepted Christ as her Savior.  She surly had the knowledge.
 
 
Prayer Requests From Missionary Elizabeth Mativo
Pray for the family that just lost the young single mother, due to abortion.  Pray that the Lord will comfort them & bring people who will encourage them, not tear them down with mean words or despise them.  They are not a believing family.
 
Continue to pray for the ministry.  The needs are there & we are not able to cater for all needy orphan students.  Pray that the Lord opens ways.
 
 
Pray for God’s wisdom & guidance for the board of Directors in America & our Board of Directors here in Kenya.  There are so many widows & orphans that truly need help.
 
Pray for peace in our country & for improvement of economy.  Life is too expensive here but we thank God for everything.
 
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100% of your donation goes to Kenya!

Donations can be made to

Child Arise Kenya

Widows & Orphans Ministry

827 5 Ave Dr W, Andalusia IL 61232

309-798-259

dawn@childarisekenya.com

ChildAriseKenya.com

Child Arise Kenya is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt ministry