April 24, 2017
I have been so anxious to write this letter to you, to share the marvelous works of God in Maasailand. As most of you know in the month of March, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) joined MDP for their Mission Trip. On this trip we were privileged to have an outstanding group of physicians, dentists and nurses along with the other adult support team from UCA as well as the 30 students. I want to share the vision of the faculty/staff and students of UCA. Knowing that Kenya was suffering a drought and people were starving in some of the places that we would be going, under the direction of Mr. Dean Kravig and his wife Lorrie, the students raised $8,000 to buy food to feed the hungry. Most of the money came when faculty and students together volunteered to eat only rice and beans twice a week. The money the cafeteria saved was then given to the food fund. At the clinics we would distribute food to the people who had come for medical and dental help. Smiles and tears of joy were seen as people exclaimed, “Thank you for your help, not even our government has been willing to help us and we have been starving.”
In one area, because we would be returning a second day, we were advised not to give out food the first day. The second day we took enough food for 200 families. When we arrived at our destination for the clinic, there were lines of people. I knew immediately that we did not bring enough food, for when word got out that there was food, many more people would rush to the clinic site. So before we opened the doors we prayed to God, reminding him how he took the 2 fishes and 5 loaves and fed the multitudes, and asked for God to provide the same for us that day. By three in the afternoon, one of our lay pastors, who had been helping the students distribute food at the truck, came to me and said that we were almost out of food. I instructed him to bring whatever food was left into the building and that I would close the doors. All the people inside waiting would, at least, get food. As the pile of food went down, the lay pastor who had helped pack the food into the truck, so knew where it all had been packed, and where he had previously searched and found nothing left. But he decided to go out once more to the truck, and there he found two bales of food! When he brought it into the clinic, there was a cheer and smiles and laughter, knowing this was a miracle. By this time, those who had seen the Dr.’s had received their food and had gone home, and yet there were about 200 more people outside. So we had everyone line up and we let 10 people come into the building at a time. Just as the food was coming to an end, two of the students went back out to looked in a bin in the truck and saw nothing, but decided to open the bin again, and when they did, two more bales of food appeared. When they walked into the building the cheers and tears were on student’s and adult’s faces alike. Three times this happened. One last time a few students, and me included, went out to check the truck because there were still people in the line. When we found nothing we were disappointed, but when we got inside the building and made mention we couldn’t find more, and what were we going to do, Lynette looked out the window and said “but look”! We all looked out the window and not one person was standing in line and everyone had received some food. Then the tears really fell. At the end there were 12 packets of Green Grahms left. We just closed all the doors and had a Spirit filled praise service. We had 7 bales of food that we did not bring and there were 12 packets left, just like the story in the Bible. My heart swells with love and feelings of having been blessed to have witnessed this miracle. There will now be a church started in this village as a direct result, and at the request of the community.
Another blessing that UCA brought to our MDPEC Centre was sidewalks! To those of us in America, we take sidewalks for granted. When it is muddy we have nice roads and sidewalks to walk on, we don’t have to walk in the mud, either barefoot or maybe with the only pair of shoes that we own. Words cannot express the joy and appreciation that our staff and children feel about the sidewalks at the Centre. I also want to mention that UCA also raised the money to pay for the sidewalks. Dean Kravig and Chris Kramer put long hours in to make sure that it would be complete before they left. Our thanks to the students and faculty who worked so hard.
Our own five MDP students who just graduated from high school and are waiting for college intake in September; Stephen, Letuya, Sopei, Noonia and Tomonik, all worked alongside the group helping with the sidewalks, the laundry, and baking bread for the group. As a graduation gift to them, we took them on safari with us when the clinics and work was over. What fun!!
At the close of the mission trip UCA left enough money to continue the food program and we have provided food for two separate schools to make sure children have at least one good meal a day. We are very grateful for the mission spirit that UCA has instilled their students, and the parents who gave their children the opportunity to experience “being” the hands and feet of Christ. We are also very grateful for the Physicians, Dentists and nurses that donated their time to help others who could not get help otherwise.
Our next trip will be in October, if you are interested in joining us on of our life changing trips, please contact us.
OH MY, I ALMOST FORGOT! OUR TRACTOR FUND IS NOW UP TO $11,000!!! Thank you for your donations and being such a big part of our ministry!
Maasai Development Project