Saturday, 15 October 2016


A HAPPY FAMILY REUNION,,,,. Yes indeed.   It was taken on the steps of our School Hall in in 1989, twenty years after we began to build homes and families for children who had lost them.  ALL adults in the photo spent a good part of their childhood with us,..  and to day many are now parents with their own children, still in touch with us and glad to have spent time with us without regrets.     More than 120 attended this Reunion out of the 220 that had come to be part of TFH.  In another three years it will be our 50th Birthday, and we expect an even bigger crowd to be with us to
THINGS ARE NOT THE SAME however, mainly due to Government policies regarding Child-Care, and the pressures upon it from World Organisations.       When God spoke to me to notice 'orphans' it was impressed upon me that I should try to provide family homes for homeless kids who had lost both home and family.    The idea was to have married couples with their own family come to be parents in any one of our family units, and to become Dad and Mum to another 30 odd boys and girls who needed home and family, and who were suffering due to the loss of them.    A unified Family extended to include more than ones biological children.       Then a slightly 'expanded' version of the old cultural 'extended family in the Kenya tradition.     We took in boys and girls between 0 and 10 years from any tribal or cultural background, trusting in the Kenya Children's Department, as it then was, to assist us to help only most needy, and completely orphaned.     We were welcomed with open arms and great deal of real interest in those early days.  
In 2015, after having avoided the issue for some years, we found ourselves facing an edict to remove all those of our children, eighteen and over; out of their 'homes' where they were still attending School or College, and into some kind of 'digs' or hostelry in Eldoret Town.      We had resisted because we had disagreed with the idea from the start.     We had taken young kids and infants into family home environments and brought them up together.     We could see no happy, normal reason to now tell them to get out of their family circle.     When we finally did so it was quite traumatic for some,  and even now having tried to make the break in continuity as little as possible, we see, if not heartbreak, at least bitterness in the hearts of many.       In order to comply with the now named Department of Children's Services, we made available two houses on our compounds to be used as Hostels for over 18 Boys and Girls.     When the day arrived for them to be occupied those over 18 left the home and family they had been brought up in and those who had acted as parents to them, and moved away into a sexually segregated and less homely atmosphere whilst they waited to complete their education and find employment so that they could finally leave us with dignity, and a little security.      It is working, but it is not the same as it was, and is certainly not an improvement but rather a setback in now being able to continue following our initial vision.     We are still able to be together, but the idea of 'family' has been raped and torn apart.    
THIS WEEK we have been again warned, with all those also engaged residential child care in Kenya, that we should expect to see all Residential Children's Homes closed down or severely regimented to accommodate Government needs within the possible next few years   -   and instead the oft failed practise of Fostering will take their place.  
TODAY, at the East African Orphan Summit 2016, it is stated that it is   'estimated' that 3.6 million orphaned and vulnerable children are in Kenya - of which 2.4 are orphans, some 350,00 or more on the streets of our town and cities.    Another 50,000 are said to be in 1,014 registered and regulated children's numbered.    'The number of unregulated and unregistered homes is unknown but expected to as high as that of the Registered ones - THUS the number of children housed in these orphanages is much higher than estimated.'     

This seems at serious odds with what the Government is admitting.     Nevertheless it IS saying that this year a million will be cared for through their OVC and Fostering Programmes.    It sounds good, but in practise the issue is a doubtful one, with a sizable number of 'fostering placements' finding their way back to the streets annually.

How do we feel about this?    

We feel that Fostering is not the ONLY way of assisting and securing children adrift in society.   In our own set up we managed to provide an ongoing, safe, and secure environment based on loving 'parent child' relationships.     We avoided situations and conditions that would further disrupt a child's security and normal physical and phsycological development.    Children who are fostered often end up being moved from home to home or just running away..    Children's Homes have been more able to give children an unbroken opportunity to conclude their walk from childhood to adulthood without interruptions of any kind, and FEW run away.  The latter scenario is obviously BETTER for the child than the first.   We shall continue to devote ourselves in assisting true and needy orphans, by finding ways and means of giving them back what they have lost, and sure foundation to begin their own lives upon.   We shall hope to keep you posted on how things develop as days go by.    
Finally as a postscript to the foregoing let me add this extract from a report made by the Institute for Research on Poverty:-
'Some agencies shave no more awesome power than the right -with the due process of law - to take children from their parents for an indefinite period of time and dispose of the as they see fit.   Although no one disputes the need for foster care, no one endorses it as a solution to the problems for which it is invoked.   When children are abused or neglected by their parents, or when the parents cannot - for any number of reasons - care for their children, someone must intervene to see that the children are adequately looked after.   That someone is usually the government, and the intervention is frequently foster care.'

BUT what IS good for the child?     What ARE the effects of foster care on the functioning of adolescents and adults.

'The authors raise the question of what we should expect from foster care..   Is it sufficient that the care doesn't damage children more than they  have already been damaged by the events that led to the break up of their family?    Should we rate foster cares as successful if it produces outcomes equal to those of adults in a comparable group in the general population? Or should we seek to devise a system of caring for these need children that enhances their future chances?'

Daryl spent three days this week attending a special Seminar convened in Eldoret.    He feels the Government is quite determined to follow through with its program but for the intervention of God.


THIS WEEK,  I have been busy trying to put our Address Lists in order.   I think I have circulated everyone both on and of E-mail.    But let me again encourage those who have received any notice from us to do their best to confirm their contact addresses.       

We also had a Donation from many of you via AENON.    We do thank you all, and may He bless each and every one.

Lovingly from us all,

John, Esther, and Daryl Green

Saturday, 8 October 2016


THIS IS THE OLD JACARANDA COTTAGE.   Try to imagine it without the addition of the double story right hand arm of the building, as it was when we took it over in 1975.   When we were given, by the Lord, this cottage, it comprised only the three quaint buildings to the left.    Francis and Elaine Wainaina, who had been with us in Testimony House, had moved into this new place as its first houseparents together with a group of about 15 boys and girls, more than half taken off the Eldoret Municipal Rubbish Dump where they lived!   In September 1976 they were to write  -  'We are now settled very happily in Jacaranda Cottage, rejoicing particularly because it is truly and miraculously 'ours', and we feel that we have grown into a real Family rather than just a collection of individuals.   We would, or course, like to extend our Family, but we need to wait for the Lord's time.   MOST of the boys we have living with us can now be relied upon to help out in daily chores.    We have planted MAIZE in the garden!   We have a GOAT, and a kid!   And NOW we also have a hundred day old chicks.     In the care of the house and the animals we are trying to encourage and teach the boys to help.'
Francis and Elaine were to remain in Jacaranda until August 1981 but the Family they began there continued and grew in same house until they all moved into the NEW Jacaranda Cottage in 2015, exactly opposite the old house.    Since then the 'old' house has become a Day Care Centre, AND the ground floor of the double storey extension has become the new Jean Potts Hostel for Girls.
The photo to the left, taken in the 80's shows the sitting room of the old Jacaranda Cottage, during a prayer time with Joshua Mbithi who, together with his wife Miriam, were houseparents there from 1985-2003.   FORTY + years is a long time to look back and to see God's Faithfulness.    SO FAR just ONE HUNDRED children have found home and refuge in Jacaranda, including the current residents.       We now have THREE Homes on that Plot with 90+ children cared for.    We have a Dairy, a Poultry Project, an Allotment, AND a Day Care Centre and Girls Hostel.   Such progress - SUCH a Blessing in the sight of God.

THIS WEEK, we had a visit from a Team from NEW LIFE HOMES in Nairobi founded by brother and sister Beckenham from the U.K.    'In 1993 Clive and Mary Beckenham became aware of the plight of abandoned babies; particularly those infected with HIV-AIDS.   A year later, as a Christian response to the dilemma, they opened their first baby rescue centre in Loresho, Nairobi.   In 1999 they relocated to our present larger property in Kilimani.
WE rescue abandoned babies (newborn to six months old) and care for them until they can be adopted.   If they are NOT adopted and approaching three years old  then they outgrow our baby and toddler units, and are transferred to Hebron House in Nakuru.

Over the years we, as a Children's Home have assisted New Life by taking some ten children who had outgrown their time there.    They are still growing up with us even now.    And so it was especially good to be able to welcome for a short visit their Team to be with us.    They were indeed very happy to get an opportunity to look round and also to have chance to meet up once more with the
children we have had from them.     We truly appreciate this ministry and we feel very glad to be able, as the Lord allows, to join hands with them.    Thank you Clive and Mary.

LASTLY FOR THIS WEEK a view of our Greenhouse showing our first crop of Tomato Plants beginning to take to the sky! There are a few gaps, it seems in the planting, but there may have been a good reason since the planting has been done professionally, not ourselves.    They look fairly healthy. and we look forward to seeing the fruit.      The planting has been staggered with the most recent to the right. To the Right is a recent photo of our Layers putting on weight and size. They are doing really well.

Reading in Psalm 73 I found the psalmist ASAPH rehearsing his 'backsliding'  and then saying

Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
Thou hast holden me by thy right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth that I shall desire
beside thee.

My flesh and my heart faileth:
but GOD is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
that I may declare all thy works.

So go into the week ahead dear family, in faith, and in His Strength.      We do pray for you and Thank God for you all in Jesus Name.

John, Esther and Daryl Green

Saturday, 1 October 2016


SOME OF OUR CHILDREN ON STAGE ABOVE!   Mainly they are between 4 and 9 in this photo.  Some have been with us since they were much younger.      MANY are not doing well in School - down in the bottom ten in their classes of 36.     We do have one or two who were born brain damaged, but the majority are fine, and should be more than able to be 'average' students.   They laugh, play, and eat well, but present themselves as unable to put their minds to learning.     Of course all children are different, and all of ours have come from different backgrounds and gene banks...... but even so we are currently troubled to see the trend to be growing.      Is it something to do with our School, or is it linked to life in our 'Homes'?    From time to time I have shared how things are in Kenya, and even in Eldoret.    How our population is rising more and more, and unemployment rising with it.  Currently unemployment is over 60% and the majority are young people.    What is the future for those growing up?     The Government has mounted a drive to ensure ALL children attend School, and is encouraging Parents to take a long term look at where their children are heading - increasing awareness of opportunities in Colleges and Universities..........BUT at the end of all that there are less and less job opportunities.       AND at the same time those job opportunities require higher and higher academic qualifications, so that only the very best equipped will be taken.    The number left jobless only increases by leaps and bounds.      And FOR US another possible problem looms.   That of Tribalism!
There is a renewed feeling in some areas that only a particular tribe should live and work there, thus shutting those of another origin out.    So far it is only being spoken about..........but it keeps cropping up, and is becoming an oversensitive issue.

Testimony Faith Homes, (the Homes and the School) entertains more than 12 different ethnic groups among the children and staff.    Our County of Uasin Gishu is among those areas where tribal preferences are often talked about.

BUT out main concern is that WHEN the time comes for our not so bright children - especially those not of local tribal origin - will they
find work opportunity and future.    The RACE is on for the 'job-seekers' -  they must be of the right origin, with the most preferred qualifications.      It looks as if in the future, the way things are going, that even a road sweeper will have to have 'degree' before being employed!
SO we shall be looking into this very carefully in the next months, and we shall not only be examining how our School handles children needing motivation, and perhaps also a special approach, but also into the home family life in our 'Homes' and the involvement and concern of our houseparents in discovering what is causing some of their children to demonstrate any untoward disinterest in learning at School.      We shall also seek help and advice from Christian councillors
and educationalists around us.     Way back in the 1980s many of our Secondary children became depressed, falling away in their School work.     Even then they had begun to look forward, and see little to hope for in their own futures.     But now it is in the PRIMARY section.     Is it possible that somehow even young children have begun to 'give up' on life?  PLEASE feel free to offer you own suggestions that might help us.


THE FENCE is now REBUILT, and SAFE.     It looks a little untidy still, due to the pointing and the underpinning, but we are told it will soon 'weather' and look like the rest in a year or so.  We hope so!  At least the TREE is safe , and our Grounds in some degree protected.    The cement work in the lower left corner is the main SEWER which is also undergoing minor repairs.

Our son Edward, Daryl's brother, who has been managing the Homes BAKERY,  (sorry no recent photo)  went through an operation on his left leg last Friday.     In his youth he was an ardent footballer, and his reward has been to develop Varicose Veins in both legs.    Additionally he also has been suffering a Tropical Ulcer on the same leg, and after about two years of discomfort he finally went to the doctor who told him if he did not allow him to operate he might lose the leg.    Even worse there seemed danger of a blood clot.    Ed is 45 and he managed to be scared enough to agree to the op.     It was quite successful, but he may have to have a further op on the other leg sometime in the future.    He is convalescing at home with his wife.

It is STILL raining.      Again, to day, even as I write, it is pouring down.    This is not the right time for rain, and the danger to Maize and Wheat harvests are now likely to become a reality.    Very strange weather.     If the harvest does fail then we will face famine to some further degree.

LASTLY just to mention that it was Daryl's 44th Birthday on 27th of September.    He was very pleasantly surprised to be presented with a Cake AND a small Gift by his Administrative Staff.  We also had him (plus his family) all to supper with us in Green Cottage that evening.

And thus another week - though not quite so busy as the previous one - has flashed by here.    Thank God we are all well, and the LORD together with you all in prayer and support have been our provision and encouragement throughout.    God Bless each and every one of you.

John, Esther, and Daryl Green

Saturday, 24 September 2016


THIS WEEK I AM NOT POSTING ANYTHING!!      My mind feels a blank right now, due no doubt to a busy week of social engagements and both of a visiting and welcoming kind.    So I have paused, and in doing so perhaps might find new content and focus.     The LORD be with you all, and also encourage YOU to find time to PAUSE also, and to take stock.     Our love to you all in Jesus.

John, Esther and Daryl Green

Saturday, 17 September 2016


THESE ARE VIEWS of the front fence of Testimony House & School; in fact you can just glimpse part of the School between the 1st and 2nd pillars of the fence, in the far distance.    Elgonview Road is just noticed at the bottom right corner.
Did the fence collapse?  No, but it was very close to doing so; dangerously close.    The big Jacaranda Tree with its blue blossom had been putting out a stabilising root right under the fence foundation for more than thirty years, and slowly tilted the fence, along a ten meter span.  
Not a big thing, but costly.
The original wall'footing'
had to be removed, the offending root cut into, and then the whole fence rebuilt with the dismantled material.   Three days work.  We decided to take out only one of THREE roots in order not to endanger the tree.   The remaining roots will not expand more, and so the foundation was remade to accommodate them.     It would have been a shame to fell the tree or cause sits slow death.        One of the reasons for doing this repair was accentuated when local traders set up their fruit and vegetable table right in front of it. and made themselves a prime target for an impending accident!!    We have no entitlement to move such traders on, but if the Fence had collapsed on top of them we would have been liable to be sued!!


TESTIMONY FAITH HOMES AND SCHOOL sit on eleven acres of land, most of it well built upon, and the whole land, buildings, and contents alike need a pretty constant and careful watch kept upon their wear and tare, to say nothing of unexpected conservation.      And, of course, the more one has the more one must spend to keep it all in good shape - progressively!    Rather like each one of us, and we are noticing this in our selves as well, as WE grown older!!        Sharing this just to show that behind our daily ministry we also get involved in propping everything up, and keeping it shining for Jesus.
We have been waiting for the RAINS to slow down in order to get on and paint Jacaranda Cottage Buildings roof.   Normally we have to repaint a roof every three to five years due to the weather conditions.     However it is too expensive to try and do this for all our roofs at one time;  we try to do one or two a year.    THIS week, the rains having greatly reduced, we have at last got around to painting the whole of the Jacaranda roof, which now includes the Day Care Centre and Jean Potts Hostel.  We had kept part of Jean's Gift to us for this very purpose.    So far the First coat of paint has gone on, but there will be another to finally complete.     AND THEN it will be time to think of Testimony House, and then The School, and then maybe even our cottage.    And so it will go on, and on, till He Comes.

On the left, taken from the road, we can see the initial paintwork completed, and on the right it is just beginning on the other side. It is a slow and difficult job due to the heat (very hot to stand on the iron sheeting) and also the irregular shape of the roof

TO THE LEFT another closer view of the one above, with one of our Painters perched on the ridge, just to give some perspective as to size and area.   This part covers the Girls Hostel. The 
part covering the Day Care is out of the photo, to the right.     Here the new tin panels we have put in to shut in the old dorma window can still be noticed but by the time painting is done we hope them to look one colour with the rest.   Quite a big job.      And again, it is something more going on, on top of our daily chores and costs.
And it is also upon DARYL, on top of his general duties, to be the one to 'notice' and then organise for all this Care and Maintenance to be attended to.    It certainly keep s him busy.


AFTER REFURBISHMENT of the Poultry Unit, we have now commenced re-introducing layers into the project.     We had laid off taking layers, and devoted ourselves to breeding broilers.   However from now we shall be taking in up to 600 broilers, and 400 layers.     The first batch of chicks have just come in - they look so small, like fluffy yellow ping pong balls. under the lamp.

THESE tiny chicks will need careful watching and coddling as well before they are relatively safe and strong.   Regular attention to warmth ( our early mornings and nights are just now quite cold), food and water.    We hope to be able to provide for our own egg need, with some over, to sell.
So this week quite a lot has been going on, more than usual in fact, although at least something is always happening in relation to keeping a watch all the time..    In the end that is pretty well all we are WATCHMEN.     We are Watchmen over ALL that God puts into our care.      It is the prime responsibility of Man.     And we must, in the same spirit, be Watchmen, and women, over one another, from birth to the grave.     A very full time, and demanding occupation that does not diminish with age!    WE all have a Watching Brief.

This young man is LOOKING, but I cannot be sure that in  looking he is WATCHING.    Maybe he is just meant to be looking out on the world around him without any real involvement or concern.    To me, seeing him there with his hands in his pockets, he seems rather hopeless and helpless in lonely despair at what he sees.  This is not what God has in mind; he is looking for the 'Here I am send me!' response  found in Isaiah 6, and it is not a 'once off ' response, it is meant to continue, until nothing is left to be concerned for!

We should be on guard and alert at all times to observe the needs around us.    Not only the needs in my house, and my own life, but the needs of those I mix with, and of the world around me.   And I should be ready to identify the need, and to be able to point it out and to be involved about it.   In the photo to the left we see an aged wall, long neglected, and beginning to sag.    The Level has been placed upon it to clearly show just how evident the sag is.    It is a PRECISE OBSERVATION made with an appreciative eye.   It is a 'measured' observation made, not by a casual passer by, but by a dedicated STEWARD going about his or her master's business; ready to 'blow the trumpet' of Alarm, Make a Stitch in Time, and ready to step in to secure the matter.

TODAY it is not that we do not get involved, we have lost the interest and courage needed to do so. Rather we stand disconsolately inactive as life passes by.   Maybe this was the situation with LOT, that 'righteous man' who 'grieved his soul' watching the gradual deterioration of moral life around him that threatened even his own family, ineffective and afraid to initiate any effort to change it.    A man who KNEW what pleased God yet stood by and became overwhelmed by, and even willing to negotiate with, the evil around him.    Yes, I see a huge similarity with his situation and that of this present generation - As in the Days of LOT!    Yes indeed.    We need the SOUND of the Watchman's TRUMPET on every front.     We need to be aware of what is washing over us day by day taking us further and further away from God's Likeness.    A day to remember Romans 12v1-2 

WE have received news of an incoming Gift from AENON today, and we shall soon acknowledge to those who may have shared in it and the one preceding, together with a News Update.   May God our Father truly bless you all.     With our Love and prayers always with our deep appreciation

John, Esther and Daryl Green

Saturday, 10 September 2016


AT  LAST proof that the Green-house is UP, and planting begun.   The intention is to plant Tomatoes in stages to give a fairly constant crop.   It is hoped to SELL as well as USE.   The Greenhouse is in the centre of the plot, and other veg is being planted either side of it.  It covers an area of 30 x 12 metres, and is sited on the Testimony House compound.   Thus we have completed all the preparation in setting up the various projects planned to assist us in helping with our Cost of Living.   This structure has been professionally erected, and we have had the soil tested, and planting is being carried out by the Forestry Department.     After that it will be up to our own staff to keep it going and in good shape.   It comes with two water tanks which feed the 'drip-feed' lines that keep the area watered.      The supplier has guaranteed the work for three years.     We shall see.    It is in a reasonably sheltered situation, but we do get occasional strong squally winds, and of course it gets quite warm at times.

Some weeks ago I shared that work was going on in our Nursery School in order to expand and improve the Toilet Facilities for the children.      This has now been completed, and we are happy with the outcome.

What you see here is the Boys section, the baby toilets separated by a curtain from the wash basins and entrance.    The photo on the right showing all six of the toilets from another angle.    The Girls Section is on the other side of the wall with its own entrance.     All are now in use as from Thursday this week, when the School opened, and once again it is the School Parent Body that have financed it..   This entire block of buildings was originally built by TEAR FUND from the UK, way back in the late 70's as a Training Course for Mechanics.      It was, with their approval, later converted into Primary School in 1983.


THIS WILL BE A SHORT BLOG for this week.      We have had quite a lot of humdrum and very ordinary things going on day by day, including extras such as the Interviewing of more than ten shortlisted teachers to fill four vacant places on the School Staff, and also making unsuccessful visits to seek for places for our job hunters, and so on.     Nothing very remarkable or sensational.     I hope you will excuse me from just rambling on.    Hope to bring more next week, God Willing, and in the meantime we shall be remembering to pray for you all.     God Bless you every day.

John, Esther and Daryl Green

Saturday, 3 September 2016


BRONZE,SILVER, and GOLD MEDALS, being presented Daryl Green, as CEO of Testimony Faith Homes who were hosting the Swimming Event for the East African Secondary School Games.     The Finals for all the Swimming Events were held yesterday, and were just completed before it poured down with RAIN!   Otherwise the weather had been good throughout.    I cannot at present give an account of the numbers of students competing from the more than six East African Countries taking part in the Games.    A good number, and those in the Swimming Event filled the pool so that not many spectators were able, or even allowed, to watch.   The area is enclosed and small, but well equipped and clean.    The Games Authority were impressed and pleased with it.    Their President and Vice President attended and also presented Medals with Daryl, and seemed quite delighted with everything.    The Table Tennis Event was also held on our compound in the School Hall ( one of the tables used was one presented to us some years back by the Westhoughton Pentecostal Assemblies of God - still in good condition and regularly used by our own children.

Our middle aged housemaid, Alice, plus our son James, also attended to the supply of Refreshments during the actual competitions.   In the photo you can see them with Esther in the FOOD Tent - right.
THEN below various views commencing with the Starting end and spectators pavilion.   This gives a little idea of the venue as it was.
These photos will have to do for the time being.   Swimming Events are not easy to photo in a way that proves visually exciting, and in our case there was more Splash than splendour.   Nevertheless it was a great opportunity to declare the Goodness of God for US, and to open up chances to point to God's reality and faithfulness as we shared with our visitors.


Last February we were approached by a 'lady' who is a member of our County Legislature.     She also runs a private school some kilometres out of town.    She told of a family of four children living not far from her School whose mother had deserted leaving the children without food or aid of any kind.    We talked some time with her, and said that although some of the children were older than we would usually take, we would be prepared to take all four provided, she approached the Children's Office, and permitted them to visit the 'family' and then provide us with a Case History confirming her story.    The 'lady' assured us she had already done this, and that a history would be given to us.   We then stated that all we would then need was a Court Order for each child, and a copy of their Birth Certificates.      She left us full of grateful thank, and not long afterwards the children and all the papers we requested (except for the Case History) arrived, and the children were Admitted.    The Children's Office assured us a Case History would follow.
BUT RECENTLY, some of the children Admitted began to share their own version of their history. They said that their mother was still at home, and that she was the sister of the woman who had brought them to us.........and on further investigation this proved to be the truth.    They were not in need (the mother still at home and with many well off brothers and other family).- it was pure and simply an attempt to get them into FREE care and education.      When we shared this with the Children's Office and they faced the woman, she denied everything.   But she lied.     Thus is the average level of our national honesty and integrity.      The fact that we, as a Charity have housed, fed, clothed and educated four children at our own expense when we had no need or reason to do so seems of no consequence, even to the Children's Office, who now say it was OUR fault for not making our own investigation before the children arrived.       Very disappointing.      The matter is still going on and the Children's Office think it may be another two months before we will know their recommendations - whilst we continue to pay the piper!        Both the woman and the Children's Office seemed to have co-operated to 'push' the children into the Homes.      We trusted them, and were misled.       The children have been happy enough with us, but the youngest who is about 7 has been very unhappy, and is missing his mother seriously.      


TO THE RIGHT is a recent photo of FRANCIS and his wife Eunice.   It was taken recently at a supper party arranged for us all by Sammy Kirui.
Francis is the younger brother of Simeon Olumzee.    Simeon collapsed almost a year ago and has been unconscious for most of the time until about a month ago.  ( I had mentioned this in previous Blogs).  He remained still unable to move.  A blood clot had entered the brain causing what doctors think was a Stroke.    Simeon then suddenly died in early August.  He was 51. The Hospital Bill had become very high, into millions of Kenya Shillings, and the Hospital Management were very anxious to be paid.     The Kenya Army stepped in on behalf of their deceased member, and paid a big chunk of what was owed, but still leaving a lot to be found.     All this was upon Francis' head since none of the remaining family, including Simeon's wife, could afford to pay anything.      Then last week an arrangement was made so that the body could be buried, but the eldest sister to Simeon and Francis took the body from the Mortuary and buried it secretly at night in the public cemetery without even a Service.      Now the wife, who also wants the body to be buried elsewhere, has reported the body to have been stolen!      It has been a very unpleasant and unfortunate saga.      No one is sure what will happen now.     Francis has felt really stressed about it all.     Please spare him a prayer, and for the whole matter to be straightened out properly with agreement on all sides.        The Enemy really knows how to disturb our peace.

TODAY IT IS STILL RAINING AND COLD.    The Primary School Standard V111 students and their parents were called together with the Staff to pray for the National Examinations which are to be held in November.     Normally this event happens nearer the Day, but this year the Government has banned all public Meetings within the School precincts (nationwide) in order to prevent importation of drugs AND also advance copies of the Examination Papers.    Our Meeting this morning starting at 9.30a.m. was very well attended by the parents, and ended at 12.p.m.     

SO that is about all for this week once more.      School begins on Monday for the 3rd Term of the year and this time will be quite short - two months.    Thus the Christmas Holiday will be VERY long indeed.       God Bless you, every one.      Keep looking UP!

John, Esther, and Daryl Green