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Yesterday, our KTA volunteers officially started helping out and working alongside Action Ministry down at Blessed Camp.  Our overall goal and objective with our volunteers is that, by the time they leave, they will have had tons of opportunities to spend time with and get to know Action Ministry and the heart behind what they do.  Today went very well considering it was the first the day and they were easing themselves in.  But after today, I am feeling confident that new friendships are budding and lives are being enriched.

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Here’s a little update on what each volunteer had to say about their first days!

“I continue to be impressed with the quality of leadership at Action Ministry. Peter Ochiel and his team are doing a tremendous job. It is also wonderful to see the progress that has been made in just a few months on the Blessed Camp compound.” ~ Karin Carlson

“This being my second first day working with Action Ministry, since I was a volunteer before, it was great seeing the progress with the new addition to the tailoring shop.  I am excited that the crochet skills that I am teaching will go hand-in-hand with the objectives that Action Ministry has set.  I am also excited about the new ladies in the class and getting to know them and their stories.” ~ Kim Docter

“I really enjoyed getting to know the teachers and students.  This being my first time to Kenya and with Action Ministry, it is a challenge, but I am excited to see the heart of everyone there and to serve alongside them.” ~ Kaity Parrott


It’s that time of year again when the isles at Walmart are lined with pallets full of school supplies and children searching for the perfect lunchbox. There is an excitement in the air as children psych themselves up for a new school year.  This time of year always makes me think of You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks’ (aka Joe Fox’s) line, “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name.” A new school year is a fresh start and a clean slate for so many children.  It’s full of endless possibilities and excitement.

But, sadly, for many children around the world this same joy and excitement is mixed with doubt and hopelessness as the likelihood of their parents being able to send them to school is minimal.  Action Ministry and Bringing Hope to the Family, both working in their respective communities, desire to change this reality as much as possible.  Know Think Act is passionate about education and we desire to help these two organizations enroll as many children from their communities into local schools as possible.

The gift of an education can mean far more than a chance to go to college for students in east Africa.  It can be a source of hope for the future. The opportunity to earn an education can transform their entire outlook and help break themselves and their families out of an ongoing cycle of poverty. If you would like to be a part of this change please click here to see our partner’s lists of children that are needing scholarships.

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Through this blog we love to share stories of individuals that our partners are assisting within their communities in eastern Africa. We often share success stories, challenges and opportunities for you to make an impact in the lives of people that are partner’s are serving.  Today we would like to share one of those opportunities with you. We want to introduce you to Deborah Warangi.

Deborah is four years old and has cerebral palsy. She is the daughter of Peter Mbugua, who is one of Action Ministry’s staff members. Peter and his family have been struggling to keep Deborah in a nearby school for children with cerebral palsy. Since attending this school Deborah is now able to walk. She is still not able to speak or have complete control over her arms and legs. We desire to help provide Deborah with the care she needs to help her excel in life as much as possible.

The beauty of this need is that it not only helps Deborah in a way that no ordinary school could, but it also takes an added burden off of Peter and his family and allows him to better focus on the community at Blessed Camp.

If this is a need you would like to get involved with please click here.  We want to thank you for joining us on the blog today.

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Today Katie, Chris and I visited Blessed Camp for their weekly planning meeting with some of the Action Ministry staff. It was great to get to know their staff and hear their vision for Action Ministry.

Right now Action Ministry consists of Action Church, Action Clinic,and Action School that teaches 1st through 3rd grade. Action Ministry was formed to minister to the community of leprosy victims that live in an area south of Mombasa. It is so encouraging to see how much the Action Ministry staff has done for this community, and how invested they are in bringing the love of God to those who suffer from leprosy, when much of the rest of the world had written them off.

It was super exciting to hear what future plans there are for Action Ministry, from income generating projects to leadership development classes, I’m so excited to see what God has in store for Blessed Camp and Action Ministry!

Who knows exactly what the future has in store for Action Ministry, but whatever it is I am so glad to be partnering with a ministry who loves God, loves people, and is committed to making a difference in the lives of those around them.

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Peter and Peter taking some notes during the weekly planning meeting.

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A very fun looking, and empty (school is in break right now) classroom at Action School.

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A group photo of myself, the Sasser family, the Action Ministry staff, and Mary who is visiting from Kaihura!

Feb
2014


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I mentioned previously that Hope Academy Primary School was undergoing some physical changes. Well yesterday, I went to see the how everyone was settling into their new buildings, and I would love to show you the “new” Hope Academy!

Now that Hope Academy has opened a boarding section many of the old classrooms have been turned into dorms. With children boarding, BHTF hope that there will be a bigger emphasis on academics for the children who are boarding.

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Hope Academy also added the last class of primary school this term, the P7 or primary 7 class is meeting in a lovely little brick building on one of the hills near the main building of Hope Academy. This building gives them a peaceful, private place to study, as well as a beautiful view.

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The new classroom buildings at Hope Academy are open and airy, they are continually being improved upon, and I can’t wait to see how Hope Academy will continue growing, changing, and bettering itself in the coming term!

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