July 5, 2016
I hope that you all had a fun and relaxing 4th of July. Just a little over 2 weeks ago now I arrived back from Kenya. We had a wonderful time with the mission group from Florida, Oregon and Sweden. We were privileged to team up with Todd Gessele of Totally Inspired Media, as he made a documentary of our trip and the work of Maasai Development Project. Coming out soon will be a video that you will be able to use in your churches, special interest groups, and schools. We will also be putting individual clips on YouTube , our Maasai Development Project Facebook page, and our website page at www.4mdp.org.
While in Kenya, we took in five additional girls. One of our new girls, Julia, the youngest girl, is between five and six years of age. When she was born her father refused to accept her and demanded that the mother put Julia out with the cows. If the cows trampled and killed her, she was not his, but, if the cows left her alone then he would accept her. The mother ran away with the baby to her mother’s home, but after only five months, the grandmother passed away. The husband finally took the mother back into his home but was in the process of making arrangements to give Julia to a neighbor who would take her “in” and eventually marry her to one of the men in that home. Word came to our Centre of her situation, so working with the Child Protective Service, James, our MDPEC Manager, went to get Julia. Julia’s mother told James to never allow her to come back home, saying “I never want to see her again”. My heart breaks for little Julia. On the day she arrived at the Centre, she lost her first tooth. She is so tiny that I couldn’t believe that she could actually be six years old.
Nashipei’s father used to work for MDP as a lay pastor before he passed away suddenly from cerebral malaria. Nashipei is now about 12 years old, although she looks more like 10. The men from the family came to the mother and demanded that she circumcise Nashipei and marry her off, for she was a burden to the family and at least they could get more cows. When her mother refused, she was badly beaten. After several beatings, we were able to get Nashipei away to protect both her and her mother. Please pray for her mother. We are hoping that the beatings will stop now that Nashipei is away.
The other three stories are just as sad. None of these girls have sponsors as of yet. Please share the word with others to find help for these children. Visit our website to meet our new girls, again at www.4mdp.org.
MDP has another need that we need you, our ambassadors, to help get the word out. We need a tractor and mower. As many of you already know our Centre is on 15 acres of land. The only method of keeping the grass cut is by slashing by hand. It is a continuous, daily process of slashing to keep just the immediate area around the dormitory, kitchen area, and guesthouse grass short. Because of the heavy rains, the grass is waist high. The girls have created a walking path to the school next door. However, it is becoming dangerous. In just the past two weeks, two Black Mamba’s were seen out by the walking path, dangerous, in that they are not only very poisonous but very aggressive as well. Then not far from the guesthouse, a huge Puff Adder was killed. This snake is the most deadly in Kenya. It was so big that three men throwing stones at it could not kill it. They had to have iron rods brought to them to use in killing the snake. With a tractor and mower we can keep the grass short and keep our children safe. With a tractor we can also plow our own field for growing maize and beans. Two acres has been designated for this purpose, but is standing idle due to the inability to cultivate without the high cost of renting a tractor. I have someone looking into the cost of a tractor, they have Massey Ferguson and John Deere tractors in Kenya and we have decided to go with the John Deere, but we now need the funding. We are looking at approximately $15,000 to $20,000 for a used tractor. This does not, however, include the mower or plow. If you can help us with this project or know of a group that might be interested in helping, please pass the word along.
MDP is also contemplating on having an Ambassador Tour. This tour would take our donors out to sights all over Maasailand to where we have MDP workers. We will spend time “walking in the shoes” of our Lay Workers visiting Maasai homes. They would visit the various schools where our MDP children are currently attending boarding schools, and stay at the MDPEC Education Centre, helping with projects there. Of course a trip to Kenya would not be complete without a Safari to see the “Big 5” and to stay in a luxurious safari camp. Keep this in mind and let us know if you are interested. This is a great way to see your donations in action and become a part of the work you are supporting. Looking forward to hearing from you.
All the Best,
Maasai Development Project