Oh how I wish you could have all been with me at the MDP Education Centre in March. Weekly we get requests to take more girls but because we are at full capacity, we have had to turn away many children. However, in one case we just couldn’t refuse. Josephine, one of our class 6 girls who had been married off at an early age, enduring it for two years, ran to our Centre for help. She has been with us now for three years. Josephine came to us one day and pled with us to go rescue her 8 year old sister, Naisiae. She had received news that her parents planned to circumcise her in April and marry her off. James left on his motorcycle to find her. Upon his arrival at the school she was attending, he spoke with the headmaster. The headmaster confirmed that the information was indeed correct. They called Naisiae to the office and asked her if she wanted to be rescued. She said yes, so James put her on his motorbike and proceeded on to her village. The mother met them and he asked if it was true about the circumcision and marriage. The mother responded, “Please, we have plans for Naisiae, if you must take someone, take one of our boys.” With that James brought Naisiae back to the Centre. A happy Josephine was there to meet her little sister, she helped her get cleaned up and brought her back to the Matron and myself. I had the privilege of helping her move into one of the rooms, with sheets, blankets and mattress. She had nothing but the clothes on her back. Other children brought her clothes and shoes to wear. They all welcomed her with open arms.
Everline, another 10 year old girl was totally orphaned and would have been living on the street had not our Manager, James Nanka, found her and brought her to the Centre. Though we are crowded and in need of more room and sponsors, we pray and know that God will protect His precious children.
My last evening at the Centre, we had a party with the children, some of the teachers from the school next door and many of our church mama’s. We all enjoyed a relaxed evening of singing, laughter, sharing food and ending with devotion together.
With the Christmas money that came in for the children, we bought each girl her own copy of the book “Jesus Calling”. There is a simplified version for the younger children. The children clapped as they were shown the books. They were all reading them aloud to us. What fun. Thank you all donors who donated to the Christmas fund. Thank you also to Terri Yoshida who sent additional Christmas gifts to the children to go along with the books. Thank you to Arielle Oster who provided new boxes, and shoes. One surprise and blessing that we received was from a store owner where we buy a lot of our supplies for the children. She gave us 28 pairs of rubber shoes. We are so blessed! Thank you to each of you helping to provide for our children and ensure an education and safe place for them to live.
Maasai Development Project