Friday, 14 February 2020

BY THE GRACE OF GOD - we live.


ABOVE is a photo taken at Nairobi on the 11th February during the State Funeral 
of President Arap Moi, who passed away at the age of 96 on Tuesday 4th February.
I watched it all on television.    Hundreds of thousands packed the Stadium, and Statesmen and Presidents from all over also attended.    It cost the taxpayer Ksh.300,000,000/-  to arrange and put on.  Too much?  Probably!  Worth the Cost - a matter of argument.  BUT it was good for Kenya to note his passing, and to be able to revalue their opinion of him.
During his time as President he was blamed and accused of many things, including a number of truly awful atrocities and social corruptions.     However, on the other hand he maintained peace and security in the Country at large, without tribalism, and saw the Ecomony stabilise and improve.  He also permenantly, and publically mainained his Witness to Jesus Christ, as his own Saviour.    NO, he certainly was not perfect - but he WAS respected, and even honoured.      The Country has not seen such leadership, or enjoyed the same security, since he peacefully handed over as President some years back.      His presense will be missed, and not only by those of his own tribe.     
I personally never met him, or spoke to him, or received a letter from him, but I must confess that my final assessment was rather BETTER than worse.    I admired him as a serious man politically, and spiritually.     But he was not always personally as strong as he might have been, and on many occassions was not in full charge of all that happened during his term of office.    HE did what he could, and Kenya was in fact blessed, and improved by his Government.   

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ON SUNDAY, THE 8TH,  I had woken up after a very disturbed night.    I have for some time now been enduring from what my doctor thinks is Peripheral Neuropathy.   It causes ones feet ( in my case) to tingle, and be inflicted with flashes of pain; like being stabbed with pins, or burnings.  Not pleasant,   However, it had been less of a problem previous to Sunday.    Then, when I awoke on Sunday morning, and put my right foot to the floor, my HEEL felt so tender I could not stand on it.
I managed to get dressed, shave, and finally put my shoes on.   I could walk, but very tenderly indeed.    And so I went to church to witness THE DEDICATION of little Nathan Kiptoo Wathika.

Pastor Mike was officiating.      By the time I arrived in the School Hall I was ready to sit down again.    I could not bear to stand for the Worship......    THEN I found Mike calling me to the front. He wanted me to stand with him and assist with the Dedication.      Ahh!    I nearly did not make it.  BUT I did.     It went well and I have a photo of it.     However, Mike had taken the infant from his mother to pray for him, but somehow ended up with the child lying across his arms.    When I went to lay hands on him, I could not get both hands to where his head was and ended up with one hand on his little head while he lay peacefully in Mike's arms.   Mike could not get a hand on him at all.    Well, but the Holy Spirit was with us, and all went well amid great rejoicing.      My photo did not show Nathan very clearly, but I will include another of him as well.  He was born last July.
I hobbled home, and my heel worsened.     Monday I refrained from walking altogether, and rested.     I could  still manage to get around, but very painful.    This continued though Tuesday.  I talked to the Lord about it.     Immediately the pain subsided.   That night I slept right through with any discomfort.     Thank You, Lord, with all my heart  -   and so today I was able to do our weekly shopping with Daryl.     A cursory search in Internet provided a possible hint that this sudden heel pain could have been an incursion of something known as Plantar Asciliitis.      Amazing!    I hope it will stay well away.     SO, right now, I feel well and normal, and am happy with my Valentine of 49 years - still as beautiful as ever in my eyes!
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TOMORROW, Saturday, is our Spiritual Emphasis Day, when ALL our staff come together from 9a.m. to midday to seek the Lord and to also hear His Word.    It is a Termly Fixture and all staff in the Homes and School are required to attend without fail.     It is always blessed and uplifting, and it is also a continuing incentive to improve our unity and togetherness in the whole work.   It is purely for us adults working together, and not for the children - but they will all be well occupied and safe.
For this reason I started writing the Blog this afternoon (Friday), in order not to find myself out of time.

This Afternoon the Wind is BLOWING gustily around us.    Not a hurricane, but  certainly gale force.
The sun is shining in a blue sky, but clouds are building up on the horizon.     Not hot, but not cold.
This evening School will close for Half Term.    It will open again Tuesday next week, in the morning.   Quite short.    But these days holidays tend to get shorter in favour  of more and MORE lesson time, and we seem to sinking into an 'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy' phase of education.    It isn't doing so well, we think, but with the Lord we might win........

Having been almost stationary for most of the week I have been able to read a little, and also spend more time than usual on the Internet.    Did me good; I am almost still so caught up in local matters within the Homes and School that I rarely have time for real irresponsible pleasure.    In the Bible I have decided to read through, once again, the Book of Micah.    SO good, and so very rewarding to read again.    Then, on the side, I came across a book by Heather T. Forbes, and B Bryan Post, first published in 2006 by Beyond Consequences Institute, Orlando, Florida -  'BEYOND CONSEQUENCES, LOGIC, AND CONTROL' (A Love Based Approach to Helping Attachment Challenged Children with Severe Behaviour.      I have found it immediately interesting, challenging, and still very much up to date with current problems with children who have come through varied problems in their background and family. It will be helpful to US here, I think.
THEN in browsing around in the Internet I accidently found my self connected to the Oxford Union and a whole world of oral comment and debate on a host of subjects by a galaxy of well known and not so well known celebrities, politicians, philosophers, theologians, and even adventurers.   I was delighted!      It was a Window, suddenly opened to my rather stagnant mental mind.   And I was also refreshed and emotionally moved to weep and laugh by good oratory and use of words.     
It could have been a rather dull few days for an old duffer like me, laid aside and useless, but instead it has been like an INJECTION and a re-awakening, to something missed, and almost forgotten. It did me good,      BUT I am still busy reading, and will no doubt continue to be, whereas my free  time with my computer may disappear quickly as my feet, renewed, take me constantly away from it.

Esther and I send you all our love and prayers.       We hope you are constantly able to push your way up and through the layers of atmospheric pollution,  political theatre,  ecological challenge, and the fear and dread of invisible viruses and germs.    Go on thrusting,  up and through them all.    There is unfailing SUNLIGHT above it all; clear skied, clean air, incisive clarity to see and plan by. God will be there, above all. Call out to Him, take hold of His hand, and let Him pull you up to where HE is, above the smog and infections of the Earth we live in.
God be with you always

John Esther and Daryl Green          








Saturday, 8 February 2020

BY THE GRACE OF GOD - we live


ABOVE is a photo taken at Nairobi on the 11th February during the State Funeral 
of President Arap Moi, who passed away at the age of 96 on Tuesday 4th February.
I watched it all on television.    Hundreds of thousands packed the Stadium, and Statesmen and Presidents from all over also attended.    It cost the taxpayer Ksh.300,000,000/-  to arrange and put on.  Too much?  Probably!  Worth the Cost - a matter of argument.  BUT it was good for Kenya to note his passing, and to be able to revalue their opinion of him.
During his time as President he was blamed and accused of many things, including a number of truly awful atrocities and social corruptions.     However, on the other hand he maintained peace and security in the Country at large, without tribalism, and saw the Ecomony stabilise and improve.  He also permenantly, and publically mainained his Witness to Jesus Christ, as his own Saviour.    NO, he certainly was not perfect - but he WAS respected, and even honoured.      The Country has not seen such leadership, or enjoyed the same security, since he peacefully handed over as President some years back.      His presense will be missed, and not only by those of his own tribe.     
I personally never met him, or spoke to him, or received a letter from him, but I must confess that my final assessment was rather BETTER than worse.    I admired him as a serious man politically, and spiritually.     But he was not always personally as strong as he might have been, and on many occassions was not in full charge of all that happened during his term of office.    HE did what he could, and Kenya was in fact blessed, and improved by his Government.   

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ON SUNDAY, THE 8TH,  I had woken up after a very disturbed night.    I have for some time now been enduring from what my doctor thinks is Peripheral Neuropathy.   It causes ones feet ( in my case) to tingle, and be inflicted with flashes of pain; like being stabbed with pins, or burnings.  Not pleasant,   However, it had been less of a problem previous to Sunday.    Then, when I awoke on Sunday morning, and put my right foot to the floor, my HEEL felt so tender I could not stand on it.
I managed to get dressed, shave, and finally put my shoes on.   I could walk, but very tenderly indeed.    And so I went to church to witness THE DEDICATION of little Nathan Kiptoo Wathika.

Pastor Mike was officiating.      By the time I arrived in the School Hall I was ready to sit down again.    I could not bear to stand for the Worship......    THEN I found Mike calling me to the front. He wanted me to stand with him and assist with the Dedication.      Ahh!    I nearly did not make it.  BUT I did.     It went well and I have a photo of it.     However, Mike had taken the infant from his mother to pray for him, but somehow ended up with the child lying across his arms.    When I went to lay hands on him, I could not get both hands to where his head was and ended up with one hand on his little head while he lay peacefully in Mike's arms.   Mike could not get a hand on him at all.    Well, but the Holy Spirit was with us, and all went well amid great rejoicing.      My photo did not show Nathan very clearly, but I will include another of him as well.  He was born last July.
I hobbled home, and my heel worsened.     Monday I refrained from walking altogether, and rested.     I could  still manage to get around, but very painful.    This continued though Tuesday.  I talked to the Lord about it.     Immediately the pain subsided.   That night I slept right through with any discomfort.     Thank You, Lord, with all my heart  -   and so today I was able to do our weekly shopping with Daryl.     A cursory search in Internet provided a possible hint that this sudden heel pain could have been an incursion of something known as Plantar Asciliitis.      Amazing!    I hope it will stay well away.     SO, right now, I feel well and normal, and am happy with my Valentine of 49 years - still as beautiful as ever in my eyes!
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TOMORROW, Saturday, is our Spiritual Emphasis Day, when ALL our staff come together from 9a.m. to midday to seek the Lord and to also hear His Word.    It is a Termly Fixture and all staff in the Homes and School are required to attend without fail.     It is always blessed and uplifting, and it is also a continuing incentive to improve our unity and togetherness in the whole work.   It is purely for us adults working together, and not for the children - but they will all be well occupied and safe.
For this reason I started writing the Blog this afternoon (Friday), in order not to find myself out of time.

This Afternoon the Wind is BLOWING gustily around us.    Not a hurricane, but  certainly gale force.
The sun is shining in a blue sky, but clouds are building up on the horizon.     Not hot, but not cold.
This evening School will close for Half Term.    It will open again Tuesday next week, in the morning.   Quite short.    But these days holidays tend to get shorter in favour  of more and MORE lesson time, and we seem to sinking into an 'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy' phase of education.    It isn't doing so well, we think, but with the Lord we might win........

Having been almost stationary for most of the week I have been able to read a little, and also spend more time than usual on the Internet.    Did me good; I am almost still so caught up in local matters within the Homes and School that I rarely have time for real irresponsible pleasure.    In the Bible I have decided to read through, once again, the Book of Micah.    SO good, and so very rewarding to read again.    Then, on the side, I came across a book by Heather T. Forbes, and B Bryan Post, first published in 2006 by Beyond Consequences Institute, Orlando, Florida -  'BEYOND CONSEQUENCES, LOGIC, AND CONTROL' (A Love Based Approach to Helping Attachment Challenged Children with Severe Behaviour.      I have found it immediately interesting, challenging, and still very much up to date with current problems with children who have come through varied problems in their background and family. It will be helpful to US here, I think.
THEN in browsing around in the Internet I accidently found my self connected to the Oxford Union and a whole world of oral comment and debate on a host of subjects by a galaxy of well known and not so well known celebrities, politicians, philosophers, theologians, and even adventurers.   I was delighted!      It was a Window, suddenly opened to my rather stagnant mental mind.   And I was also refreshed and emotionally moved to weep and laugh by good oratory and use of words.     
It could have been a rather dull few days for an old duffer like me, laid aside and useless, but instead it has been like an INJECTION and a re-awakening, to something missed, and almost forgotten. It did me good,      BUT I am still busy reading, and will no doubt continue to be, whereas my free  time with my computer may disappear quickly as my feet, renewed, take me constantly away from it.

Esther and I send you all our love and prayers.       We hope you are constantly able to push your way up and through the layers of atmospheric pollution,  political theatre,  ecolological challenge, and the fear and dread of invisible viruses and germs.    Go on thrusting,  up and through them all.    There is unfailing SUNLIGHT above it all; clear skied, clean air, incisive clarity to see and plan by. God will be there, abe all. Call out to Him, take His hand, and let Him pull you through and UP to where He IS, above all the smog and infections of life on Earth.
God be with you always

John Esther and Daryl Green          







Saturday, 1 February 2020

HERE once more is a photo of our current TEAM caring for all the children in Testimony Faith Homes - the orphans in particular.   
From the Left you can see, Daryl Green, the current Director,
Grace Mwangi,  Relief Houseparent;   Hesketh and Alice Muli, Parents of Drakeley Cottage;   Esther and John Green;  Eunice Lahol, Mum in Charge of Testimony House;   Catherine (Senge) and Micah Yego, parents in Tyndale Cottage;   and lastly David and Dorris Chumba, parents in Jacaranda Cottage.
I have this photo on my Desk Top to remind me always to pray for us all; our constant desire is to be more, not just team, but integral parts of a family to which each of the children in our care belong.  We are quite a mixed bag of individuals, but all plucked up and brought together by the LORD.

Please do remember us in  your prayers.   Daryl, as Director carries the weight of administration, Esther and I, as being semi retired from official responsibility, are none the less also still caught up in the daily ebb and flow of life, and each of our Mums and Dads, constantly needing the love, wisdom and faith to see each child  brought safely  through to the day they can leave us and stand on their own. 

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Testimony School
I must apologise for not putting anything UP last Saturday, and also for not letting you know.   But I have often said that I may not always be regular.     My previous publication shared a challenge we were facing regarding the cross over from Primary to Secondary Education.     In particular in relation to three of our children who, having concluded Primary, attaining little or no progress academically, now found themselves being forced into four more years of Secondary Education.        We were told they had no choice and neither did we.      We APPEALED and finally managed to get the local Ministry of Education Inspectorate to have the three children we were concerned about Assessed.
The result was that they agreed that it would be better to keep the children back from the need to go on to Form 1 of Secondary School, and rather seek some practical training that might better assist them for the future.        Thank you LORD, and a big sigh of relief.      The two boys will now be able to find trade training and the girl has already joined a Tailoring course not far from us.     A STORM in a teacup?   Yes, in a way, but if we had not stirred ourselves a lot of damage would have been done.
THEN, the Head of OUR school said he would not take 4 of our Primary leavers into the High School because they had not obtained the necessary pass mark the School had set for Admissions!!
They (the children) then faced being sent to an OUTSIDE School of inferior standards.     Daryl felt this was going against what the School had been built for - to provide superior education facilities for needy and deprived children in order to given them the best base for their future.    The object of the Headmaster was to ensure the School progressively improved its overall Grade in the National Exams years by year.    It HAS been improving generally - even though we have been accommodating children who are not especially clever.           Many of our kids in the Homes have had difficult beginnings which have often impaired their scholastic ability - especially early on.    The School was built to accommodate them, and give them the best assistance, and chance, to re cue their losses and face the future with hope.     Some still do not take advantage of this, but many have and DO.       The Headmaster apologised and has now accommodated the four.   Glory to God       Even after fifty years we find ourselves still having to PUSH our vision for our children against the tide of material concepts and ambitions.      These children, if pushed to another, and inferior school, would have suffered, feeling somehow segregated from the rest of the Family- they would not have done better, and instead sunk lower.      Schools should always put their pride and aggrandisement last, and the welfare and success of the child first.      Not MANY wise in heaven!
But many who have been judged below average end up at the TOP,,,, and by God's Grace many will BE in Heaven.

LAST SATURDAY we were all waiting on God;  funds were very low, and as usual we found ourselves looking up, from where our help comes from - from God Almighty, our Father in Heaven.
The weather did help a great deal as it was very chilly for the time of year (usually the HOT and DRY season) and the sky grey and the ground WET!  (Even as it also today as I write.)   And, of course, as with the opening of any School Term, we had found our normal outgoings more than stretched by School expenses ........
On Sunday the 26th, I felt I needed to just be alone with God, and spent the morning in prayer instead of attending the Morning Service.      I was so greatly blessed, and assured during that time.   I had also been enduring some discomfort in my left kidney area for some days, but as I closed my Bible and rose up from my chair every vestige of discomfort left me.       Late that evening, checking my E-mail, I found a message advising us that funds were on the way to us - enough to keep us all going into February.      How very good and gracious is our God, in the Name of Jesus.      We have never been in control of our income in any way - no way to KNOW when or even IF our needs would be supplied or taken care of.     We have only walked with the Lord in trust that He would not forget our sharings with Him, of our life and needs.      God has bent down His ear to hear us, and to answer.   Indeed before we even said a word, HE had known our need, and already set things moving to supply them.       We enter the Year ahead standing confidently holding on to God's Word as it is found in the BIBLE.         And with all the world whirling around us all, seemingly breaking up physically, politically and spiritually there IS only ONE safe place to be - safe in the nail pierced hands of JESUS.         AND He, the KING of ALL, is coming.      Let us not fear His Coming if we know Him, but let us wait with patience, kept safe by His Power.     Let us not look down or around us, but instead let us look up with expectancy  and longing - and let us also recall the words of Psalm 91 and trust in them to be as true and reliable as when they were written to all who will BELIEVE and TRUST in the living Name of JESUS Who is God indeed.

Our love to you all as ever as we cross over into another week full of the unexpected!

John, Esther and Daryl Green



Saturday, 18 January 2020

SHOULD PARENTS DECIDE ON THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ?

THIS IS NOT A PHOTO OF TESTIMONY KIDS.    It is merely a photo of a class of bright looking children from a school in Europe.
One or two of them did not do well in the Class they were in and parents decided to let them REPEAT.    This in order to let them mature a little, and gain better focus in their studies.
BUT these days the educational pundits feel that this is a wrong idea.    Children should go on,  no matter what.    For them to beheld up will effect them badly psychologically and give them all kinds of other 'hang ups' that will effect their attitude to school and learning generally.
KENYA, as it always does, follows the rest of the enlightened world, and is also now BANNING parents, or even School Authorities, to insist on a child repeating a Class.       I am, generally, happy to  go along with this.  I do believe it is more damaging for a child to have to be left behind, and see his/ her classmates pass on in front.   It is a special embarrassment and also an added reason for a child to feel inferior, or a failure.       BUT there are ARE cases were to let a child continue to follow and progress by fiat in an average school, might prove even more damaging.     WE, here in Testimony Homes often find a child with a special need or challenge in their lives, which adversely affects their aptitude in academic pursuits.      Currently we have four who have consistently been unable to cope with  with normal written studies.      Not retarded, but definitely either very without interest in academic studies - though with certain aptitude in various physical and even technical areas.     In the past we have been free to remove them from a class to assist them to 'catch up' under a special curriculum, prior to later rejoining their class encouraged and better equipped,   OR even removing them from formal school and putting them to a more vocational training in order for them not to wast precious years, and to provide a short cut to being prepared to earn their own living in order to secure their own life and Independence.      ALL of them are now facing a CONTINUANCE in formal school.     They have just completed their final year in Primary, all at the bottom of the class, and will now - according to the latest Directive from the Ministry of Education here - have to continue on to  High School.         This will definitely present us (and no doubt a large number of other caring parents) with huge difficulties, including the worry of finding another four years of comparatively wasted education in the wrong direction, with the prospect, of at the end, still having  to find a future for a child still unprepared or trained to leave home.      It is called PROGRESS.     As if all the learning and wisdom previously discovered had never taken place, and we are faced with NEW and advanced knowledge that has suddenly sprung in the minds of a new generation who have no previous awareness of how they managed to be where they  are.       AND, of course, this is just another manifestation of how The Rights of the Child  are slowly taking away the right of a parent to choose and have authority over their children.      It is, in truth, not the People who Rule, but just a few elected representatives who in the end promote their own ideas and view, often far removed from, and without even the understanding of those they are said to be speaking for!    So much for Democracy ..       God of course is rarely regarded.      And if He were, then there would only BE His Will to deal with.      A Tyranny?   Possibly, if HE were unjust and unrighteous and unholy.     He however IS all of these things, in Perfection.     He has the RIGHT to Rule, but we, poor fallen, muddle headed, selfish creatures, cannot in reality be trusted to Rule or Guide anyone, even ourselves.        Ah, how I long to see Him COME, and to experience HIS Kingdom on this Earth.

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TO THE RIGHT is  photo taken in 1983 when Esther and I, plus our three children, were in the U.K. for some months, visiting Stan and Doreen Hyde in Brixham Devon.    Many of you will remember that Stan Hyde, who was then pioneering Brixham Pentecostal Assembly, was my first and from then on continuous encourage-ment.    He and Doreen, and the saints at Brixham stood with me, my family, and the  ministry right from our first meeting in 1968 up to the present.     There grew a great affection between us, and we felt 'family' together .
Stan passed on to Glory five years ago, and we missed his letters and his exhortations, even though the Love of the Saints in the Assembly he began, continues to reach out in support and encouragement to us all.           I am saying thus, since after Stan's  passing, Doreen lived on until  2nd January this year, when she also passed on to be with the Lord.  She had not been well for some time, and contracting Pneumonia, the Lord had mercy and took her into his arms.    Our daughter, Elizabeth, who had always felt so very close to both Stan and Doreen, was able to be at Doreen's Funeral, even as she and her brothers were at Stan's.      We shall miss them, but not ever forget them, nor all the family Bob, Val, Jan, and Shirley who we also  love and pray for and remember.      NOW we look to the day when we shall ALL be together again as we meet in the clouds of His Coming.    What a DAY that will be.
Doreen was buried yesterday, 17th January.     Many of our children in Testimony Homes  will also remember her; her loving affectionate laugh, and gentle spirit, always able to be there for a hug and a little private prayer - always  together with Stan, a constant example, together, of Jesus being their life and strength.       We Thank our Father in Heaven for such companions, such good friends, and such a strong sister and brother in the Lord Jesus.

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James Manu, our son, has just returned from his latest visit to the Eye Clinic.    He has to attend at least one every month.      His good eye is still suffering an infection which is proving difficult to eradicate.    The drug needed to be prescribed cannot be given safely so far, as Manu's liver is also showing a weakness.     However,  this is said to be only temporary, and as soon as it has improved the new medication for his eye will commence.      Good hope for his right eye therefor is still believed for.     His Epilepsy has eased under medication, but his medication for this has also affected his liver!    It also tends to make him sleepy -  BUT his doctor and neurologist both feel a different drug will improve this situation, and he will start with it soon.    He is very patient, but even so often feels depressed by this, and by the fact that he still cannot find  regular work, and yet is responsible  for himself.      We continue to love him, and to believe for him, that he will yet come to trust in God's love for him, and even discover healing.     Thank you for remembering him, and for praying for him.

This month has seemed to be somehow a long one; we are still only half way through it.    School has opened, and now most of our kids are IN school, but we do still have a good number waiting to begin their College Year, and a number more waiting to START out on a Course for the first time after leaving High School last year.      Always a bit of a Hurley burly, every January.    But we are ALL well, and generally there is good and happy spirit pervading the Homes and School together.  We DO thank God for His Grace and Mercy, fresh every morning to us all.

God Bless and be with you all, and uphold you day by day, constantly proving His Presence with you  in JesusName

John, Esther and Daryl Green












Saturday, 11 January 2020

OUR CHILDREN - is their future secure?

HERE IS ABIGAIL, just after completing her first week in 1st Grade of Primary School.   She will be SIX in March.  She and her Mummy, our daughter Helen, now living about three kilometres away from us.     Helen also teaching at Testimony Nursery School.  So happy to have them both close by, and able to see, every day.    Nairobi was too far, and we only met on School Holidays.   So happy for them both.    Wish ALL of our children were just as close by.   Our biological children, adopted children and ALL those we brought up in Testimony He from 1969-1998 who, although not able to be adopted, were non the less still very much OUR sons and daughters.     To all the others that have come since 1998 we have had a different relationship, but still close - as Grandpa and Grandma Green.
In the end, though, our hearts get entwined with each, and every one, and Oh, such JOY to see one and another still around us, AND even the more when one from the past pops in to see us and remember times spent together.       From first to last, all will be especially precious to us in our hearts

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The LAST of our University students left us today.    And it was with great happiness and Thanksgiving that we waved him off.    Last year, during his 2nd Semester, he had suffered what appeared to be a nervous breakdown, and he had to be admitted to hospital for some weeks, and then remained at home with us for a period of medication and rest.    He then returned to his University, returning to us for the Christmas break.       He seems quite recovered from all ill effects within himself, and very joyously returned to his Studies this morning.      A lot of prayer has gone up for him over the last nine months, and we want to Thank all those who joined us here in lifting up this young man in prayer.     Surely the LORD heard and has answered.     
BUT the Enemy, ever busy to bring confusion and frustration,  has yet again brought a threat to all those now returning to their University Courses.    THE DAILY NATION on the back page of their Edition for yesterday, 10th January, that -
LECTURERS vow to down tools over Ksh.8.8billion
 Lecturers will down tools as from January 20th
unless the Government agrees to honour a deal
signed last year.
The Lecturers feel the Government is running circles around their agreed promised Salary Increase of last year, of HALF what they were then owed ( Ksh.16..2 billion), and which to date has still not been received by them.        The Education Ministry of the Government is currently pleading that they do not implement this threatened Strike, but instead go back to the 'table' for further talks with the Government.       
The trouble is that the Government really does not have money, and the Lecturers now want action not more words.     This may be a 'reasonable' reaction their part, but it spells more than frustration to the students, who are continually struggling to get through their degrees.   On page 18 of the same edition of the Daily Nation is another article entitled  'Kenya's Higher Education Full of Uncertainty.'     The writer begins by stating ' The quality of education in Kenyan universities is declining in terms of teaching, research and student welfare.'         AND the added factor of suspended Lectures due to the whim of lecturers and a government strapped for funds, only adds to the cloud of DESPONDENCY that hangs over every student's head, to say nothing of the PARENT'S
anxiety and fear of losing hard found funds to pay for the HOPE they seek to give their sons and daughters, to find a future in our currently uncertain, competitive, and jobless world.

We are of course praying for all of OUR young people.    We have UNDIMMED HOPE in the help of our Lord Jesus.    Never has He been discovered unable to hear, OR to achieve the desire of our heart.

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THE WEEK has ended well.    |It has been a busy week, and thus a good one, since we all had things to do and  accomplish which kept our minds alert, and renewed our inner energy day by day.
The School \(our School) opened successfully on Tuesday.       All of our students returned, AND more than 25 new students in addition - a trend which has continue  through the week.     THUS yet again, we can say the Lord heard our prayer, since we had been hoping our own increase in our Fee structure would not have diminished our numbers.     We are indeed ENCOURAGED.
The Year has found ALL of us in prayer, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit.    We sense a new 'Stiring in the 'Mulberrry Trees'.     Hallelujah!!

God Bless and Cheer you all,  in the Blessed Name of Jesus.

John, Esther, and Daryl Green

Saturday, 4 January 2020

ENTERING INTO 2020 AND THE UNKNOWN FUTURE

AND SO HERE WE ARE INTO 2020, AND A VIEW OF OUR SCHOOL FIELD ONCE AGAIN, some two months since the last posted on 9th November 2019.     May not seem much progress, but in face WE can see a huge difference.   The whole plot though still with a slope, is now comparatively LEVEL and beginning to grass over.     The planned Track that will surround the field is now mapped out and we hope in the net month to lay a surface on it.    We have until March to have it ready for use..       Our team of some twelve grounds staff, and Daryl  himself, all worked very hard to do what has been done, and not a rock or a stone in sight.       BUT you CAN now see clearly the MANSIONS on our boundary that are being built.    The owners are now busy building high stone walls to keep our foot balls - and maybe a little noise - from intruding upon their from lawns.
It is being built up all around us; and imagine when we arrived 47 years ago there was literally nothing but open fields and forest around us as far as eye could see.
TO THE LEFT we are looking to the right of the one above, toward the Primary Boarding Block.
The Field extends to about an acre in this direction, and Daryl and his team have already put in a full Basket Ball Court in the foreground and also marked out further areas as Volley Ball. Net Ball and Tennis Courts.      It will all take time to complete but the progress so far is very encouraging, and we feel proud to own the  work of our own selves.     We thank the Lord for the dedicated labour and joyful team work that has gone, and will continue to go, into this project.and school OPENS NEXT TUESDAY, for the 1st Term of the year.      Our adopted daughter, Helen who has been teaching Nursery School in Nairobi has just joined our school and will be living not too far from us with her daughter Abigail who will be 6 in March.   Time flies, but it is nice to have them both nearer.         Both Primary and Secondary School did well in the National Exams this year and we hope to see increased interest and patronage for the School from our locality so that our own children will continue to enjoy free schooling all the way to Form 4 of High School.  Everyone helter-skelter to buy articles of school uniform and footwear - always a last minute rush every year, and then, at the same time, added effort to find College places - and fees - for the thirty who will be continuing with further and hopefully 'higher' education with us this year.    But some will be concluding College this year as well; for example Pauline who is our first NURSE will be Graduating this year, and quite a few others.   

TO THE RIGHT a view of Nursery School with its playground, and a double story block of 4 Primary Classroom in the background, and another block of EIGHT Primary  classrooms to the extreme centre right, also behind the nursery classes.....we have 107 students in Nursery aged from 3 to 51/2 and 7 classes altogether
To the right - midway front - you can just glimpse the two room that used to be a duo one room staff house when we arrived in 1972.  We added to it in 1976 to accommodate a Mechanics Course, and then in 1983 it became the beginning of the Primary School until it moved to new buildings in 1987.

David & Absalom
THIS SUNDAY I shall, God Willing, be sharing with our children and staff on the topic of 'Forgiveness and the Family'
I shall be using a well known text from Deuteronomy 21v18-21.
Over last year a few of our more difficult teenagers (yes we DO have them from time to time) tested the patience of some of our house parents, and were told to LEAVE the Homes.    They were not  prepared for this and it was a real trial for them  WHEN we began we felt any child coming to us had been brought by God, and that our welcome into the 'Family' was for better or worse, until the were old enough to find a job and find an independent life for themselves.    WE, me and Esther, were tested on many occasions by some who had come to stay.    We let two or three GO, but they all came back, and we let them in.   Some of them were to remain  a trial until they were ready themselves to brave a life own by the sweat of their own brow.
I have been a little troubled in my heart bout losing others more recently.    We offered a HOME and FAMILY not a halfway house, and to now renege when a teenager is tugging at the leash seems NOT to be what family is about.       In the Scripture quoted the text begins with the word IF - raising the question as to whether it could actually happen, and it has been said  that no such case is as cited has ever been brought to light as having actually occurred.      Others have said that it could not have happened if the parents had brought their child up with God in mind.      The Scripture merely wanted to underline the importance of respecting our parents and emphasising the awfulness of not doing so.       And it seemed it did not happen.
This led me to remember David's trouble with his son Absalom, and his forgiving heart , all the way to Absalom's death.         So I have felt to share on these thoughts and to hope that our teenagers and parents in the Homes, and even our Director, will see the Lord more carefully and unselfishly in those instances when their human endurance and patience is tested to the limit.   


So let me close once more.      We continue yet again to Wish you all, God's richest Blessing for this New Year, and the Patience to endure where it is needed along the way.     You are all remembered by us all, and appreciated in our hearts always.

John, Esther and Daryl Green

Saturday, 28 December 2019

CHRISTMAS PAST BRINGS 2020 INTO VIEW


THE FINAL SCENE OF OUR NATIVITY PLAY as presented at our Concert on the 21st December.  The Children pulled out all the stops and really did so well.    The Hall not quite full,but well over 300 attended and were most appreciative  and encouraging.    It was an excellent prelude to all that we had planned over Christmas, and our Father in Heaven also provided all that was needed - even a little break in the Rain on Boxing Day so that everyone - except me and Esther - were able to swim and pic-nic as hoped.     Some of our Old Boys also remembered us, and senT us Gifts to make our Christmas a truly 'GLAD' one, and we were thus so very warmed in our hearts to know that so many keep us in their hearts, and see us as 'family' still, reaching out to us they grew up with all those who have joined us since they left to start their own lives and family.

A number also came to visit and call upon us, in our homes, and it truly was a demonstration of Family.       Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning Services also went so well and were blessed.


And here a Christmas glimpse into our sitting room in Green Cottage, and just below one of the many Angels that adorned the tree, reminding us that we all, who are His children. are all constantly care for by an angel appointed to watch over us and for us.   We are never alone!

Saturday.........The decorations linger on after the Festival, and we move on, day by day, by His Grace, into uncharted waters.      How Wonderful it is to know that JESUS walks with us too.    Whatever confronts us will find Him by our side, confronting it with us.    That is Security and Confidence indeed.
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James Manu our son has been with us over the Christmas.      The university Student he lives with had returned to his family in Mombasa for the holiday, and so Manu would have been alone.  We felt it was good for him to be at home with us - just in case a seizure might find him alone.      THIS morning about 10a.m. he was walking into our kitchen when he suddenly collapsed onto the floor. Yes. it was another epileptic attack;  quite a strong one.     He hit his head but not too badly, and he regained consciousness quite soon, but was not able to stand steadily for about 20 minutes. His head hurt, and he had a bad paijn at the base of his spine.    We took him off to our Doctor who was very kind and understanding and was able to confirm that there was no serious injury.       He is now himself again.
BUT his medicine has been increased.   

I had not had to witness this kind of distress since I lived with Rev. Powell whilst at Rotherhham in 1968.    There was young man that  lived in at the Church House, and he had  Epilepsy.  Brother Powell used to pray for him every  time a seizure took hold of him, and I also at times used to join him.   We did not, during my two month stay, see any improvement.      I would find myself crying tears of pain when I had to witness theses attacks.    I was so distressed to see the physical ravage upon this young man, and so frustrated to be so helpless to do anything for him, and also at not seeing the Name of Jesus  totally banish his suffering.         Seeing Manu, this morning also found me in tears as we laid hands upon him in the Name of Jesus without any visible effect.       Esther and I both felt quite drained of strength and energy afterwards - and somehow dissatisfied that we found ourselves powerless even as we testified to the Power we believe Jesus has given to every Believer by the Holy Spirit.      We do not mistrust the LORD in this, we know HE has it all in hand, and that finally we shall understand that power IS at work in Manu, and God's Mercy and Grace will have their perfect work in him finally.

HOW LONG did Jesus, Mary and Joseph remain in the Stable?  Not very long I think; they must have soon moved into something more suitable.   A 'house' the Bible tells us.    They did not, however, immediately leave Bethlehem, which was only about five miles from Jerusalem.  NAZARETH was 90 miles away so it is unlikely they made that journey before Jesus was circumcised eight days after his birth.   It was probably in this first week of His life, that the Wise Men arrived, and found then in the 'house'.     Herod soon realised they were not going to give him news of Jesus and planned to have all the children in the area who were two years old or under.  The Wise Men were warned of this and left - and very soon afterwards God sent an Angel to Joseph to warn him to take the Family, to Egypt to escape Herod's soldiers.
Egypt was only about 40 miles away.   They only needed to cross the Border to be safe from Herod's men.        They  did not stay long away, since Herod DIED shortly afterwards, and they were then able to return.

The Gospel of LUKE 2v21-22 tells they went to Jerusalem as soon as Mary's Purification days were over - a maximum of 40 days after the Birth of Jesus.     Luke does not mention the flight to Egypt.
But he does say that after their visit to Jerusalem they went home to Nazareth, and not back to Bethlehem.        This makes sense to me,  as if they had been returning from Egypt it would have been convenient to first visit Jerusalem on the way home, so to speak.

This FIRST WEEK  and MONTH of His Life was very eventful and shadowed with malice and danger for them all.      Not an easy, comfortable, or peaceful period.    YET all the while it is clear that GOD was with them, watching over them, guiding their steps, and intent on keeping them all from destruction.      YES none of us may be able to avoid the storms and even nightmares of life as we live day by day, but with HIM by our side, we WILL be kept  safe as we go, and finally gain the ultimate goal and victory,      It is a GOOD and IMPORTANT truth to live with and by, as we enter the New Year.       Let us take strength and courage from this, and trust in the LORD of our Life who goes not only with us, but even in front of us, to assure us moment by moment of our constant Salvation from all the Wiles of the Devil.           Of course, we may often be blessed to live lives that are comparatively peaceful and uneventful, but in truth every day does bring it trials, and unpredictable events and confrontations, and it is good,when jolted into sudden fear, fright or apprehension, just to know HE is with us.    Yes, GOD WITH US, we need not fear, but calm ourselves as we tighten our grip in His hand.       Remember, RAIN or SHINE, Jesus will ALWAYS be with us  no matter how totally devastating and catastrophic a scene may engulf us.     FEAR NOT, HE speaks peace to our soul - and He IS our assurance, that all IS well.

God Bless you all.      God Bless you for your care of us all here, of your own dear encouragements,  and fellowship.    How greatly we long to see you and to embrace you in His Love.    God Bless you in the Year ahead as we all entrust our days into His Care.

John Esther and Daryl Green