Our 46th Wedding Anniversary photo, taken at home here in Testimony Faith Homes on Wednesday evening this week. Daryl, Carol, and their children Jesse, Becky and Jeremy together with Hellen and baby Abigail were all able to share a meal and spend the evening with us. It was so good. Also our family in the UK, Steven, Anjie, Tonya, and Eric, plus Michael, Janet and Liam Green all able to phone IN with Prem and Lizzy Joseph, and their children John-finney, and Rachel - all over the period from 14th (our Anniversary), the 16th (our party) and 17th Esthers 73rd Birthday. We have been blessed in all of our forty six years together and look forward to many more, if the Lord Jesus does not return quickly- that would be so much better for we never be seperated if He comes.
Esther was almost overwhelmed by so many cards and Greetings from so MANY places and family members. She deserves every one of them, for she has been such an exceptional Mum and Grand-mum to SO MANY. She has been, and continues to be, a woman of great grace and patience, full of hope and optimism. She has first of all been such a support and encouragement to me, and then to all that have worked together with us here in TFH, and then, of course, to ALL the children that have come to be part of our home and family. A very remarkable woman, and Gift from God both to ME first, and to the Ministry second.
The WEATHER has cleared a little, and the heavy clouds have gone, to reveal an ocean of clear blue sky. Beautiful! Only a few fluffy clouds, and for the last three days no rain - but it is unlikely to last. Temperatures currently about 68f which in Europe is probably thought to be reasonably clement and even warm - for us it feels more like 30f. and rather COLD with a brisk breeze. Nevertheless the children are all in the Pool having a whale of a time. They LOVE it all.
IT MAY BE THAT THE 'ELEPHANTS are getting ready to trample the grass again! The Election is over, but the Votes are in question, and in the midst of a re-count, with both sides more and more strongly accusing the other, and damaging the well being and peaceful status of Kenya.
We pray it may not be so, and that the 'grass' of this nation will not be precipitated into renewed violence. Freedom of Speech may well go hand in hand with a vibrant Democracy, but is it the best liberty to bring down peace and civil obedience when it is full of malicious invective, jealousies, covetousness? I feel sure some migh like me to share my own view of the Right and Wrong of what is now the talk of the nation. I fear I cannot oblige for I feel very much that the 'truth' of the matter, such as it may be, may only put both PARTIES, and their supporters into the very same mire and reproach as all the rest. A case of the 'Pot calling the Kettle black' so to speak. Politically both sides - Government AND Opposition - have good reason to repent, and then to come together to repair the damage now being done, by way of the fragmentation of national unity, and the general abuse to the economy willfully and also through and by dishonesty in business and government affairs; SO SAD.
Oddly the Proverb quoted here, is reputed to have originated from Kenya in the long distant pass. It is very applicable - and not only to Kenya in particular. Well, for the present the Opposition continues 'smoulder' with discontent. We continue to pray they will not be allowed to BURN, and at the same time bring a Bush Fire upon all the land. Please continue to remember Kenya in your prayers.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS will soon be over, and the 3rd Term of the year will begin. It will probably be the shortest as well since national examinations in Primary and Secondary will both be taking place by the end of October into November....Thinking of the School took me back yet again the to te photo below. Good to remember the 'Beginnings' of things, and I seldom get tired of going back and remembering the ones that began with me in 1983, in borrowed rooms, our School. I was nominal administrative Head then, and Anthony Ndungu my Assistant.
ABOVE IS A PHOTO OF SOME OF THE EARLY TEACHERS THAT TAUGHT IN TESTIMONY PRIMARY SCHOOL - 1983-1988+ (Top Left - Stephen Mwaura; Anthony Ndungu,; Brendan Luwangu; and PhilipWakaba. Bottom left - Judith Gechengechi; Judy Towett; Susan Iraya; Titus Mbatiah, John Gitari; and Peter-John Anderson.
I may have shown this photo before, but I often go back to it as it speaks of the beginnings of our School. Mr. Ndungu, Mr. Mbatiah, and Mrs. Iraya were the ones to begin in 1983 in Classes 1 - 3 and then others followed in 1987 onwards. Anthony Ndungu is still with us, now as Principal over All. But we remember the rest with much Thanksgiving and Happiness. You will always be a special part in our Memories. Mr, Titus Mbatiah has since passed away in the Lord. His Father Mr. Zacariah Mbatiah later became Head of our Secondary School till his retirement, and is also now with the Lord.
AND TO CONCLUDE, THIS WEEK. a recent photo of a heard of elephants in front of Mt. Kilimanjaro - with very little snow left to be seen. I always feel great affection and admiration for the Elephant, so brutally hunted down and mutilated .
THE LORD continued to demonstrate that He keeps watch over us all here, as this week funds had all but run out, and we WAITED on Him to help us fact the coming week. On Friday we had word that Gifts were on the way to us, and yet again we felt the burdens lifted. Thank you all who have and do remember us. God Bless and keep YOU through the coming days.
Love from us all in Jesus Name
John, Esther, and Daryl Green