Monthly Archives: May 2014

When Hunger Has a Face and a Name

IMG_2274The other night my husband, William, was out late talking with someone in our yard. When he came in I asked him what was up “His family is dealing with hunger” was his reply. And it hit me like a punch in the stomach. These are my neighbors, my friends; their kids are hungry. Tonight. As I eat my beef stew.

IMG_1922bWe’ve hit the time of year that is often referred to as the hunger gap. In this farming community harvest season takes place in Sept – Dec. During those months bellies are full and people are celebrating. People are healthy and happy. Some of the harvest is stored and kept for later, and often some is sold to help the family out of tough financial situations or to pay school fees for the children. Come March everyone is busy getting their seeds in the ground during planting season. We all look to the skies and pray for rain so the crops might grow. And then May and June roll around…

It’s a beautiful time of year when everywhere you look you see green. Incredible rain and thunderstorms. Little plants growing. New life. But if you take a look beyond the beauty of the land, you will see the pain of her people. Those beautiful green plants don’t have any food to offer yet. And so families anxiously await the time when fresh corn can be plucked and eaten. But for now they deal with hunger.IMG_1878b

Pray for us to have wisdom about how to help our neighbors. To look at big-picture, long-term solutions. But even as we pray about and seek out long-term answers, we deal with the fact of hunger today. And yes, we did make sure that our neighbor’s family got some help. But this is a struggle that is faced on a daily basis by too many people in our world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” – Matthew 25:35

Prayer Points for May

IMG_2325Here are the latest prayer points for Hope Matters. Thanks for standing with us in prayer!

  • Give thanks with us as we rejoice in God’s provision for a piece of property for Hope Matters. The three acres have been fully purchased with no balance-due!
  • The next step is to begin developing the land. We will need to get things like electricity and a borehole for water before we can begin construction. Pray for God’s provision for development of the land.
  • This month we have a few public health outreaches planned. A basic healthcare class will be taking place on May 12 and 13th. Pray that the students will come ready to learn and that we might have a positive physical and spiritual impact through the course.
  • This month we have a volunteer with us for a week. Pray for Lexy as she serves alongside our team in Kenya.
  • Pray for the rains to be steady and strong. We have been facing a shortage of rain which is greatly impacting many of the farmers in our area. The rains seem to have started this week, but we have had a few false-starts this season. So please pray for consistent rainfall so that crops can grow and empty bellies can be fed.
  • We are praising God for bringing us through the technology challenges. Michelle is back to work on a dependable computer. Although internet continues to be a challenge we have found a place in Eldoret where a strong connection can be made when needed.
  • If you follow international news, you may have seen Kenya making headlines recently. There is an ongoing struggle with a terror group making random attacks. Although we are very secure in the village and are many, many, miles from the hot spots, we would greatly appreciate your prayers for peace in Kenya and for wisdom for the authorities as they struggle to get ahead of the terrorists.

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