Wow! Talk about off to a fast start! I arrived
in Kisumu last Saturday to stay in a home my
friend Steve had rented for a couple of guys,
and had offered it to me if I wanted it. One
of the guys that I had put into another home
had been chased off (he wasn‚t totally
innocent) and was staying in the house, so I
arrived with one guy. Couple of days later, I
heard that Sammy had run away from the home.
We went out looking for him that evening until
it got dark but didn‚t find him. It was
a pretty sad feeling. I can only imagine what
the Father feels as His children run away from
During outreaches on my last trip, I had spent
a lot of time praying for the boys on the street.
I would ask them in Swahili if I could pray for
them, and then just pray in English. As we were
looking for Sammy, one of the boys named Dowdi
who was always high on glue every time I saw
him, recognized me and with a big smile and came
over and wanted me to pray for him. A couple
of others that we came across that evening requested
The next morning, after praying for success in
finding Sammy, we went out again to search for
him. What a great feeling it was to find him!
He had done some glue, which was distressing
since he had been sober for several months. We
invited him to come and be part of Family of
Hope, which is the name of the ministry. He is
very thankful to be with us and said, „I
never thought I‚d live with people like
I‚m so thankful to have Isaiah, who was
my translator on my last trip working with me.
It‚s already a bit overwhelming, as things
are happening so quickly. I can‚t imagine
what it would be like without him.
A third guy came in the following day, and we‚ve
got another coming in this evening. All of these
guys were at the other ministry. I was hoping
to get them with some good sobriety going, but
3 out of 4 have used some form of substance since
being out of the other home. The pull of their
addictions is so strong, especially if they have
to sleep on the street.
I ran into one of the street leaders downtown
and will talk with him about coming in sometime
next week. Anybody want to come and help?J
I don‚t know exactly how much it‚s
going to take, but I‚m guessing about a
hundred dollars a month to support each of these
young men. The other ministry was trying on $70
a month, but they seemed to always be lacking.
Mark, Sammy, Steve, and Charles are the current
four. Simon will most probably be in next week
with others following. I was hoping to get a
dozen guys in, but we may only do eight to ten
to start with. If anyone would like to sponsor,
or partially sponsor one of the guys, we would
be so grateful!
Thanks so much for all your prayers! I‚m
sure going to need them!