August 2, 2017
Wow, is it really August and is summer going to be coming to an end in the next month? What a beautiful summer we have had. I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have.
We are getting ready for our annual board meeting on the 14 – 16th. I just got off the phone with our MDPEC Manager, James Nanka. He has been sharing with me the developments at the Centre. All but about one of our students are back at the Centre for the August holiday. Many of the schools let out early because of the upcoming elections next week. Everyone is praying for a peaceful election. Please pray with us for peace in the country and protection of our Centre, our lay pastors and their families.
Over the past few weeks, five girls came to our Centre. James has been able to reconcile all but one back to the parents. This young girl had already been circumcised and was preparing for the traditional cutting of her hair the next morning before being taken to her new husband. She is nine years old. While everyone was drinking and feasting, she ran away out in the bush and walked 16 kilometers to our MDP Education Centre for help. Two more girls will stay at our Centre for the holiday at the request of the Government Child Protective Services, but they will be going back to school and their parents when the holiday is over. We are out of beds and in need of purchasing more beds. With the expansion of the kitchen, thankfully, the room we were using for the kitchen store can now be converted into another room for girls.
THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO RESPONDED TO OUR SOS LETTER! The batteries and the water pump have now been purchased and we almost have enough money to get the vehicle properly repaired. What a blessing each of you are to Maasai Development Project, our staff, workers and children.
I look forward to sharing more with you next month. Please pray for guidance as we meet with our board, planning the future of MDP and making decisions that affect the lives of our children, lay pastors and the communities that they serve.
In His Service,
Maasai Development Project