Lack of education scandal

 

Great to travel to Miti Mingi this morning and the sun was shining, although the early morning was very chilly. Every day has been torrential downpours, and we have had to pray that we could reach the teaching place in the villages. Another reason why it will be so good to get the Training Centre started. Once even part of it is built we will start doing the training there, then students can come into the centre and stay for a few days. Our dream is to have it fully fitted out with IT equipment so that we can teach the students all year round from UK, or anywhere in the world. These young people and adults so deserve the chance to have education that will equip them for a career and life in general. Interesting that in our Needs Assesment session this morning, the young people all wanted us to teach them ‘How to manage the concerns we have for the rest of our lives’, and they also wanted teaching on ‘How to deal with early marriages’.

I thought about our own children and grandchildren, and all the amazing opportunities they have for education, and the life choices they then can make. The young people here should be able to see education as their right…….  I feel a huge righteous indignation on their behalf. We need help to build this centre both financial and practical. 

This village is full of lovely bright young people who currently have no hope for the future. 😪

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Joy in Kianjoya

We love to be in Kianjoya, with one of our adopted sons Pastor Tall Paul. Had a great time preaching on Upendo Metameta (Love Sparkles). Then mobbed by the teenagers, such a beautiful time chatting with them all…… our team were very happy 😀❤️

We’ve been teaching there for three days. Taboos have been well aired and thankfully some broken. Full and frank discussions on marriage, FGM, mental health, addictions, women’s health, cancers, sexual health etc. These folk are like sponges and soak up the teaching.

 Tomorrow is our last day with them 😢

Tribal forgiveness and reconciliation

We are a very happy team. Amazing things have happened in Ndgara, more than we dreamt of. This community has been full of violence and fear for some years. The government resettled a group from a far away place, these people came from an area of tribal fighting and killing. They arrived with nothing, the local tribe didn’t want them there, and so it started again. Every time the new people started to gather anything to call their own, a chicken, a goat or a cow, the locals came and stole them. They used weapons, causing more fear and hurt. There seemed to be no solution.
Last time we were there we asked the students if they could find it in their hearts to invite some of the other folk to our next training session. When we arrived sure enough they had done that, and they came. We taught amongst other things, on forgiveness and reconciliation, and the Holy Spirit was all over the place, it was a beautiful sight, we were in tears. Later in the day we stood with four tribes, all together worshiping and praying…….. something momentous and powerful happened  there today. Transformation happened before our eyes.
All the students decided to form a group called PottersHeart Dgara, the group intend to take this teaching to the whole community and further!
We have been humbled and blessed, I’m so proud of The PottersHeart team, everyone of them gave it their all.

Linden x

We cried tears of joy

Our first day of teaching was pure gold……… We arrived at Ndgara, down miles of soggy wet muddy track. This is hard terrain, the land of no work, no economy and no clean water. Life is tough here. We taught here for the first time on our last trip, teaching as they requested on family planning, nutrition and hygiene. We didn’t know what to expect, had anything changed we pondered.
Father had given me a word for them based on Mathew 16v19. He was handing them all keys with which to unlock solutions to their issues. I shared this with them and then asked for feedback on last time’s teaching……… we were blown away by the response.
First Alice stood up, she had not stopped teaching, everywhere she went and to anyone who would listen. She had plunged into the family planning topic, even going with some of the ladies to The Dispensary (which is a 7 mile muddy walk) to make sure they had the contraceptive injection! Her neighbour about 22 years old already had seven children and was struggling to feed one child never mind seven.
Then Esther spoke, she had been teaching groups of people on all the topics, but concentrating on the importance of boiling water. Even in the rainy season people walk seven miles for water, but this source is shared with the animals. Esther has been very effective in explaining how this was causing the children and adults to be sick, some even dying.
Daniel was next, he told us he had nine children, the youngest about 3 years old was with him. He explained that the young one was the last because we had taught him about family planning.
We sat and wept, tears of joy. The flip charts we had left proudly pinned up on the wriggly tin wall, we were humbled and reminded that a little teaching goes such a long way, and really does transform and save lives. These folk were still living in harsh circumstances, but they now have hope for the future.
Their church is a small wriggly tin building with a mud floor, no electricity. They do have a long drop (hand dug toilet) but it is almost full, not pleasant, especially in the heat! They just haven’t got the money to build a new one. We would love to help them, if you feel moved to give a donation towards this go to http://www.pottersheart.org.
We also had a session on mental health issues and making your own sanitary pads….. but more on that tomorrow.
Please pray that the rain stops or the road will become unpassable!! Linden x

God given blueprint!

Do you ever look back just to see how far forward you have come, how much has been achieved! Our journey in Kenya started about seven years ago, when I was working for the charity Links International. In the seven years infant mortality has dropped significantly, and the adults are living longer. The latest WHO data published in 2018 shows male life expectancy to be 66.7 and female life expectancy is 68.9. Which is pretty good when you consider that not even a decade ago life expectancy was about 50 years.

This data makes me happy but not complacent its still not good enough…….. and then we go into a new village, somewhere right off the beaten track and there we are back seven years and further. Babies dying from simple diarrhoea, people believing that rain drops on you cause malaria, also believing that new born babies should have their uvula cut out to stop them choking, and so much more.

How can we not keep on teaching, training up local people who will cascade the teaching right round the villages.

A few years ago I woke up with a download from Father God, a fully worked out plan for a Youth & Adult Training/Community Centre.   To be honest I thought no Father you must be joking we are too small a charity to think of this……… His answer was, with me nothing is impossible. At that point all we had was a rough drawing that John, my husband, had done the next morning.

Where are we now:

We have a plot of land, a newly drilled bore hole, a newly dug pit latrine, and a block built house for the pump and electrics. This house will also give a home to the person who mans the borehole.

We desperately need to get on with the building, the only way forward for these beautiful folk is education, training, a way to release their amazing potential. We are building this because there currently is NO OTHER provision……… education for youth and adults is a distant dream. The Kenyan government is bringing in requirement for all the Pastors to have a qualification, at present they have no way, no hope of this happening….. help us to provide that way for them in this Centre.

The young people who dream of thriving not just surviving currently have no hope of qualifying for anything. I find myself imagining how I would have felt if that had been my children or grandchildren. Help us give them a place for quality free education in this Centre.

We are just the small kids on the block, fund raising is hard even for the big guys with all their promotional materials and marketing departments. I sometimes feel like I’m always asking people for money, I don’t like feeling that way, but I can’t leave it, this centre was ordered by Father and it needs to bless many lives for generations to come.

Can you help us, any donations will go straight into building materials, no giving is too big or too small. Even the cost of a coffee and cake will help!

Thank you to all who have supported us so far on the journey

To donate go to http://www.pottersheart.org and press the Donate button.

Thankyou

Love Linden x

 

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Tickets bought for our next trip to Kenya

It’s always an exciting moment when the next set of tickets are bought and the arranging begins. We fly to Nairobi on the 19th October and return on the 6th November. This trip will have a slightly different emphasis as we continue the training and transitioning process for our successors Jackie and John Goble. It will still be a packed and busy two weeks teaching and training in the villages, but this time we have added four days on at the end so that Jackie & John get to know Paul & Jonah more, they are the brothers whom we partner with in Kenya. Paul & Jonah are born and bred in the village of Miti Mingi, their Dad was a Pastor, and they have followed in his footsteps. Even though the going is tough for them, and their families they both have ‘Community Development’ stamped through them like a stick of rock! They are passionate about seeing the people begin to thrive, to see their potential released, to see them being able to come up with brilliant solutions for a better future. You can see why we love them, and why we work so well together.

Things are changing in Kenya, but out in these very rural areas the poverty is still horrific, people hungry and thirsty, with little or no education…….. it needs to change now. No one should be hungry or thirsty, or denied the right to access education based on poverty. Sometimes it does feel overwhelming but then we remember the starfish story……… the boy in the story just kept picking one up from the thousands stranded on the shore and throwing them back in the sea. He couldn’t change the circumstances for them all but the ones he could help he did. Thats what PottersHeart is committed to doing, if we can help we will!

Thats what so many of you are doing to when you support us in pray and financially. We are so grateful to have raised the extra £1600 to drill the last 100 metres for the borehole… we couldn’t have done that without you……. thank you so much xx

 

 

 

 

 

Fun at David’s Tent

The stand looked good, the weather was brilliant and we had hundreds of visitors to see us. We gave at least 200 people a felt PottersHeart made by the lovely ladies of the Nettleham PottersHeart…. big thank you to them. Also huge thank you to all who have made the decision to continue this journey with us. Together and in Him nothing is impossible! Here’s to POTENTIAL RELEASED x