Saturday, 24 October 2020
Saturday, 10 October 2020
BUT, the Government is ONLY permitting Schools to open Primary Classes 4 and 8, and High School Form 4., initially. So we shall not have our usual population - only approximately 155 out of 800. Also not our usual number of Teachers - approx. 18 out of about 48. We have had to ADD a Classroom for each Class/Form, in order to accommodate 'Spacing'. We have also had to Accommodate the need to provide hand washing points for all students and staff - ONE to ever fifty, AND provide a Temporary Isolation Room for any who may show symptoms of C.19 whilst they wait for transport to the nearest Medical Centre for Testing. AND, of course, we must equip ourselves with Thermometers to keep a check on temperature There is no doubt SCHOOL will be different as from now........
BUT it is a start. For us, one fraught with very real problems and challenges, which can affect the success of the School AND even the future of our Children's Homes. But we do not stand alone, or without Strength, for we continue to BELIEVE God IS with us in JESUS Christ, Alive and present in our midst. We ourselves are still weak humanity, but HE is strong and gives us Confidence and Assurance that we shall overcome.
Of course we have done our best to rally behind him, as the old guard, to encourage and pray with him. ONE of his activities has been in going through our twenty four classrooms to ensure desks and chairs are found in good repair and general condition. He and his Team are STILL involved in achieving this - together with so much more.
I have just now been walking around the initial area to be opened on Monday. Still a lot of work to be done in cleaning and removing litter. Amazing how plain dirt has a habit of collecting from no where - and even more amazing how it can remain hidden from the sight of those able to remove it!
Daryl still active identifying Hand Washing points. I Found him organising one for the Reception Office, and found others being actually MADE for children to use in the Dining Area. Can we actually complete it all by Monday? Our Teachers, who have still been laid off without pay, are also here this morning, going through the new proceedures laid down, and now walking around the Classrooms that will be in use, with Anthony Ndungu the School Principal. Very encouraging to see them all here, anxious to resume work; they are all amazing, and I must express to them all our very Thankful and Grateful appreciation of their loyalty to, and pride in, their School.
Life continues in other areas, quietly. The Covid 19 continues to dictate a lot of change and a lot of frustration, but not nearly to the degree of many other unfortunate Nations on Earth! Yesterday's figures for Kenya are - As at 9/10/20
Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Inclusive of yesterdays Confirmed Cases of 442 out of
40,620 30,876 5,327, Tested. Most of these new cases recorded from Nakuru, Nairobi, and Uasin Gishu in that order.
This is showing an increasing number, but relatively not dangerously so.
INSIDE Testimony Faith Homes we have recorded no Case so far, for which we are grateful, but we are aware that the incidence of recorded Cases is growing even in our area, and that with the Opening of School the risk of infection will rise, at least initially, for all of us and, to all intents and purposes, will be forced to open up our previous state of Quarantine to the local world around us.THERE HAS BEEN HEAVY THUNDER STORM whilst I was typing this. Everything is VERY WET, and outside is looking very grey and wintery. But our winter should be giving way to Spring! No! IN FACT here in Eldoret we have had a rather dull, cloudy and wet year. Surely it HAS found the odd day full of sunshine and blue skies, but for the most part there has been no HOT SEASON this year, and it look as it it may con-tinue. But we are GLAD to see plenty of rain this year, although it may well not be good news, at this time, for a good Maize and Wheat Harvest. Now we wait for what could be a VERY dry time.
AND NOW I AM SIGNING OFF - maybe permanently. BLOGGER.com has changed a lot of its Settings and arrangements recently, and together with hundreds of others I am finding these changes too much to cope with. I have found it impossible to properly Edit, and even Post my Blog for some time now, and although I have also tried to share my problems with the ' Managers' I have felt very unhelped by them. I have blogged since 2007 very happily, but not any more with them I think. I may try to find another way.
Esther and I are still well, and well occupied. We will be delighted to reply to any who want to keep in touch and want to hear more about what is happening here. We are much in prayer for all of you, wherever you are in our condemned world. Revelation remains THE book in the Bible to READ and pray over. There is so much there that reflects our world at this time, and also the mentality of mankind at this time. BE READY for CHANGE. It is coming soon.
Without love always in God and in His Son, JESUS
John, Esther, and Daryl Green, and ALL in Testimony Faith Homes Family
Saturday, 19 September 2020
ALL REMAINS THE SAME. to some extent, and the School remains closed to the public. Our own children from our four Family Homes are attending privately in the mornings only, Monday to Friday, but otherwise all is at a standstill. (refer my previous blogs)
Friday, 28 August 2020
opened on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, by her son, Edward, Prince of Wales in 1867.
On the Opening Day, Her Majesty was too emotionally overcome
to attend the Opening, remarking that it was not only a Memorial
to her husband, Prince Albert, but to the Constitution.
It has become a special British Landmark.
embracing not only British Ideals and Culture, but also
standing for all that is BRITISH, past, present, and future.
Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
instead of pulling it down, in spiteful self appraisal.
Saturday, 15 August 2020
NO - Kenya's Schools, Colleges and Universities all remain CLOSED till January 2021, BUT we felt that it was not a good thing to leave all OUR children idle, and forgetful, so our senior young people who have been in College and University, came to ask if they could open School for three hours a day just to keep minds alert and motivated. The photo below shows the group that offered themselves, and who have not been teaching for the past week in all classes from Nursery to Secondary Form 1V.
These EIGHTEEN, of our senior children, all studying in College or University, have all been affected by C.19's interruption of their Courses, but are all very determined not to let it get them down, and want to make sure those in the family following them are not allowed to drop behind, and get a chance to finally re-open REAL School well prepared and full of confidence.
AND the children have all, with Glad excitement, risen to the challenge, and given themselves to attending classes with full support and good will. More than a hundred of them, all from our four families -
But it will be enough to keep brains moving; a small stimulus that hopefully will save many from ending the year retarded.
I have just returned from what will be a Weekly Assessment with all the 'teachers'. They were all very happy with the past, initial, week, and full of determination to carry on until early December. It was so good to see them all so encouraged and determined to carry on - even without any reward!
Covid 19 AS ON 14TH AUGUST 2020 - including the day's count.
CONFIRMED CASES since March - 29,334
Recovered Cases............................... 15,298
the days count as on the 14th August -
New Cases Confirmed ..............................580
New Recovered Cases...............................198
ONLY 4 new Cases in our County - possible a total of 12. altogether. and not in our immediate
Saturday, 25 July 2020
The nearest, so far, that I have come to seeing a co-herant explanation has been in connection to an American Footballer - Colin Kaepererick who sat on the bench during the playing of the National Anthem as a protest. He later changed this to just going down on one knee (?). And since then it seems to have slowly adapted to a general symbol of 'protest'. Kaepererick himself explained himself by saying "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppressesd black people and people of colour". I am not sure if this covers every or any colour; I mean even white is a colour!
ANYWAY, it seems that giving this 'image' speaks mainly of 'PROTEST' - possibly 'allegience' to a cause - in the current use 'Black Lives Matter' in particular.
In the old days of my youth ( and in this I rather sympathise with Dominic Raab ) one might have only associated such action to proposing to the love of your life, or showing allegiance to the Head of State. It has now had to be commonised to include mass civil demonstrations, often accompanied with rioteous behaviour causing social insecurity.
What is wrong with our World? There are so many serious matters that disturb mankind, and so many problems affecting civilisation in general. YET the one that crops up the most - in every nation and tribe, is human discrimination. It is commonly noticed under the word RACIALISM, but in fact it begins with our human cacpacity to individually peck and pick, and to bite and devour each other in critisism and judgment. It is a universal and common fault in Men and Women - in MANKIND as a whole. We find it hard if not impossible to love one another as we love ourselves; that includes those of our own nationality, tribe or clan, AND those of another religion, political persuasion or colour. It takes little to set one individual against another in their private opinion, if not in physical conduct. SO WHY make it worse by finding those likeminded to accuse the rest? For example Black lives Matter! Yes they do, and it is true as a colour they have been abused and often marginalised. They DO matter, and OUGHT to matter EQUALLY with those of any other colour - including, by implaccation, the 'superior', most blind and self-righteous Whites. And let's face it not ALL blacks get on with each other, or value each other equally - YES, and not all whites speak well of other whit communities, or see them equally without critisism or prreference. THERE ARE GLARING WRONGS, but they will not be put right by bitter, resentful, and often hate filled, civil (even 'peaceful') action that stirrs up even more disquiet and critisism. The FLESH (the human selfish desire for justicie) is almost always without true Righteousness or Loving kindness. It is often more egotistical and unforgiving.
SURELY, if we all just concerned ourlselves with judging ourselves, individually, and apologising to one another for our wrongs done to one another, day by day, TRUSTING in each other's forgiveness, THEN we might truly learn to be kinder to one another. After all we ARE all sinners; we ALL do wrong. We all make mistakes in our life and living from birth until death. THUS Jesus teaches us to pray to GOD, our Father in Heaven - 'Foregive us our trespasses (against your law of love) as we forgive them that traspass against us. Matthew 6v12 .
The harbouring of gievences and wrongs done to us only blocks the way for us to love those who trespass against us; and our unforgiving heart will seek only vengeance. And, remaining in such a state can only set us up for further damage. And so the more, regretfully, when this is found in those who have been taught the Christian Way of life as it pleases God. For knowing the WILL of God they ignore it and act against it. Created in the 'Likeness of God', we should all take care that we do not seem wiser than He IS, and and, if we say we believe in Christ our Teacher, we should take added care to be found leaning to OUR OWN wisdom and understanding find and ourselves busy destroying our selves and each other. We should take time to read and study the words of the New Testament of the Bible, in the Book of Hebrews12 v14-15 -
'Strive to live in peace with everybody, and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will ever see the LORD. Exerecise forsight, and be on the watch to look after one another, to see that no one fall back from, and fails to secure God's grace, His unmerited (undeserved) favour and spirsitual blessing, and in order that no root of resentment, rancour, bitterness, or hatred, shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and many become contaminated and defiled by it.'I was born in 1940, and lived through that war to see the British people suffer fear and privation as the their young men and women faught to protect the freedoms of England's friends in Europe, and their own from jubjugation and dictatorship. Many faught with them. At home those left to hold homes and families together, became as one big family, all reaching out to each other, conscious of each others needs and heart aches, in ways that broke down all social and other barriers regardless of education, ethnicity, or beliefs. We were ONE nation. Not perfect, but united.
Eighty yeares have gone by and I am 80, and Covid 19 Rules the world, and all nations are suddenly threathened with the possibility of extrinction on many fronts. We now all need each other's good will and understanding. We all need to pull together regardless of differences of ANY kind.
BUT will we, can we, achieve it. I believe it IS possible. It is possible if your heart wants it. God has been good to me, and given me a glimpse of how it can be. I wrote about it in my Blog of June 27th this year. MY testimony! The testimony of a White British Citizen, brought up in England and educated in its History, and Politics, and happy that I did so. I am proud of my Country and of its Flag. I am one of those who always stood up to sing the National Anthemn at the end of a film at the Cinema, or drama in the Theature (as a mark of respect and allegiance the Queen who has been Head of State since I was twelve years old. I regard the heros and heroines that have gone before me - not counting their faults and failings for such are all of us. I stood for Queen and Country and in some way still do so, though for me has come a moment I have had to Look still higher to finally bow the knee and bow my head in submission, for now I have seen THE KING, the Lord of Hosts, Master of the Inuniverse and the Creator of the Earth we stand upon, and each one of us that walks and lives upon it. I must honour where it is due down here, for God has even admonished me to do so, but my final fealty is to God in Heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. HE is the Prince of Peace. HE is LOVE itself. HE is full of mercy, and loving kindness, and it is his desire that I should be like HIM. So though we all walk yet again in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil - for HE is with me. COVID 19 should be pulling us all together, and nearer to God. Can we now in 2020 find ourselves suddenly desiring it - before there are none of left? THEN it is time we stopping shouting at each other. We all stand condemned, but we can still help each other to survive
I Thank God for His Patience with me, and I thank God for my history - for it has been a learning process, and is still going on now in a very different world to the one I was born into, and a very different location. My wife and I still live among a crowd of black and brown Kenyans, Africans all from different tribes and backgrounds. I am English, She is Kikuyu. We have two of our owns sons. Both have married Kenyan girls from different tribes. Our Daughter has married an Indian. We see that living here has broken down tribe and colour barriers. They do not exist. If here in our tiny little enclave in East Africa, why not in the whole of Kenya, the rest of Africa, the World?
YES Black Lives Matter! It is essentially true that this is understood and acted upon.
BUT Brown, Olive, Yellow, Pink and White lives ALSO MATTER. and it is important that this is even MORE understood. We MATTER - all of us all together - none more, or LESS than the other.
LET US SEE people laying down their flailing, threathening arms; let us cease to hear, any more, the loud, uncharitable chants, slogans, and primitive vocabulary of those interested in nothing but their own notoriety. There is nothing truly beautiful or humanly attractive in it. Nothing commendable. Nothing Hopeful. I cannot approve it. It is not of God, and is not His Way.
C.19 figures have been going up, and there has been a kind of hype of anxiety everywhere - though to my mind nothing has in fact changed. Here at the figures as they were late on 24th July.
Total Cases Confirmed Total Recoveries Deaths
16643 7446 274
Number are still increasing day by day, and we are now waiting to see it we peak in August as predicted. If not then we will all have to think again. There was to be a further report on Monday next week, but it has been delayed. It is expected that if numbers do not abate then further
Lock Downs can be expected. We look to God keep us safe and fearless.
We have you all in our hearts as we pray, and we believe the Lord our God will hear our prayers and watch over your all. With our Love and Thankfulness for your continued care of us in His Name, and on His behalf.
John Esther, and Daryl Green, and all with us in Testimony Faith Homes, Kenya
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Another week has passed by, and Covid 19 still is taking lives, and infecting more and more.
Cases Tested Cases Positive Fatalities
233,641 12,062 222 as at 17th July - Friday.
This is an increase of some 27,057 Cases tested since last week and an increase of 2,614 confired Cases over the previous week. Plus 41 more deaths over the same period.
SO FAR only one reported confirmed Case in our Uasin Gishu County.
However, it is yet to be seen exactly HOW it will do so.
Most Governments are pushing to lift Lock-downs in their respective Countries, in an effort to save their Economies - and this at the risk of even seeing further waves of Infection as a result. And, indeed, hundreds of new Outbreaks or 'waves' of this Virus are being reported where lock-down has been lifted or seriously relaxed. Is the 'risk' justified, if multiplied deaths are to be the fruit? Either way, in my opinion, whether we remove all 'bans' or whether we retain them and see greater economic hardship, we will still be faced with more fatalaties than we need to expect.
SINCE the onset of this Pandemic it seems to me that the World Media, as well as individual Governments have appeared to HYPE the situation more and more. A kind of universal agreement to brainwash the masses into believing the worst, no matter what. Or, as one brother, this week confided to me - 'We are being culled! There is a conspiracy to reduce world population before all is out of control.' Be that as it may, this would not be the first time that the world population has been threatened with hyped up news forcasting irriversable catastrophe caused by disease.
"In 1997 we were told that BIRD FLU could kill millions worldwide - it did not happen.
In 1999 E.U. Scientists warned BSE could kill up to 500,000 people - fortunately only 177 died of vCID.
The first SARS outbreak of 2003 was reported as having a 25% chance of killing tens of millions, and being worse than Aids.
In 2006 there was another bout of Bird Flu which was declared the first Pandemic of the 21st century; the scars of 2003. 2004, and 2005 having failed to meet their body counts." This gives us a picture of progressive public scare mongering.
"in 2009 pigs replaced birds, and the BBC announced that SWINE FLU 'could easily explode' and it was suggested that 65,000 in Britain alone might die." (Simon Jenkins in the Guadian of 6//3/2020)
ON MONDAY OF THIS WEEK - 13th July - watching SKY NEWS during the evening, still in Lock-down, here in Testimony Faith Homes, Eldoret, Kenya, we found ourselves encouraged by an update on what we could expect should we catch the COVID 19 Virus - and painfully survive. The presenter was very enthusiastic in informing us that there could be worse things ahead - even if we did come through hospitalisation. It had now been ascertained that the Virus could seriously affect a number of our internal organs, such as Heart, Kidneys, Lungs plus, plus, and even weaken them, and causing further serious, if not fatal, medical conditions. The presenter seemed quite unconcerned by any of this, and did a good job of consisely unloading it on the already depressed public. SKY NEWS is basically Covid 19 these days, and it is a kind of labour of depression and negatism. DEATH to MILLIONS was surely enough of an inital scare, but now, even if you survive, the lasting affects of having the Virus might still kill you, or blight your life for decades.
It is little wonder that the latest hot topic is MENTAL HEALTH; the world is falling apart materially and spiritually, and it seems more by design, than by accident. And, worldwide, there is an increase in the suicide rate, especially among the young. It is as if the bottom has dropped out of life, meaningful life. Nothing feels secure or permenant any more, as if the whole world is poised and waiting for the NEXT step........
NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN TO GOD, and to bring Him into our lives.