Our children, your children

Yesterday, our team made dinner for all the kids and staff at Naomi’s Village. Nachos with guacamole, mango salsa, homemade tortilla chips and brownies with M&Ms were a big hit!

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Today, we had the great honor of co-teaching with some of the Cornerstone teachers here at Naomi’s Village! It was incredible to observe the engaging lessons all of the teachers, American & Kenyan, prepared over the weekend. The teachers from our team worked diligently to create eye-catching visuals to use for math instruction and modeled how to use  many of the classroom manipulatives we’ve used in our training that were graciously donated by so many of you. Cornerstone teachers are thrilled to receive these tools for teaching, and continually talk about their excitement to get in their classrooms to use them. After a morning of co-teaching, we all sat down while taking chai to reflect on the morning of effective teaching methods. CPA staff has shared often how grateful they are for the ideas, strategies, and tools we’ve shared with them during our trainings. The LORD has provided in countless ways, and no doubt our trainings are a testimony to his generosity, giving us as His children what is BEST.

In the afternoon, a group of us went to visit Comfort the Children, a non-profit in Maai Mahiu that focuses on a holistic approach to community development. CTC initiatives focus on five areas, all interrelated: education, environment, economy, health and community.

We learned about initiatives such as adult literacy and computer classes, health education in local schools, soccer teams, free HIV screening, counseling and treatment, and community trash pick up. We met the women who sew L.I.F.E. line products which are available here. Many of the women involved in L.I.F.E. line are the moms of children with special needs who are educated at CTC. Our team brought mendozis and sodas to share with the children and teachers. We shared lots of hugs and really enjoyed learning about this great organization.

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With only a few days left, we have Tuesday in Kijabe with the Mendonsa’s and visiting the missionary boarding school, Rift Valley Academy. Wednesday is a day we are all excited about …a day with the Cornerstone staff at Lake Naivasha.

Thank you all for your prayers! They mean the world to us here in Kenya.

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Training and a tour

Today was full of new experiences for all of us! This morning, some of our teachers worked with the Cornerstone teachers on math strategies, while the rest of our team taught the classes.

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The math sessions went very well. We were bursting with math games, strategies and manipulatives and we basically played all morning long. Everyone enjoyed playing the games and the Cornerstone teachers were excited to take the games and materials back to their classrooms.  We are really bonding with them and enjoying our time together. The best part is leaving behind all of the manipulatives that were so generously donated by our supporters! Thank you!!!

This afternoon we were off on another field trip. The CPA team and the Cornerstone teachers went to visit a local public school. The Kenyan teachers were very gracious to allow us the privilege to observe in their classrooms. After school, we met with the staff and had a great conversation about education over soda and Mendazi’s. Once introductions were made, we were able to ask and answer questions about how we do school in America vs. Kenya. It was a very interesting conversation for both sides.

We are off to see some animals tomorrow!! We are very excited to see the countryside and the animals of Kenya on a safari. We love and miss you all!!

Incredible!

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Hi Everyone! This is Lindsay! What a super couple of days we’ve had at Cornerstone Prep! Our team has so enjoyed getting to know the CPA teachers. We’ve had wonderful discussions about education and helping shape Kenya’s future leaders. Yesterday, Pam and J’Layne led a wonderful training about strategies for teaching English Language Learners. We ALL walked away with excellent ideas we can’t wait to try in Kenyan & American classrooms. Today, Jacob and Brittany L. facilitated an outstanding conversation about behavior reinforcement and classroom management. What a wonderful experience participating in conversation all centered around student success!

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During these trainings, the rest of our team has done a phenomenal job of pushing into the Cornerstone teachers and teaching the Naomi’s Village students. Our team has been simply amazing…stepping up to lead trainings, teaching engaging lessons, and serving their hearts out. Needless to say, our trip has been so wonderful.

Our God is a mighty God, worthy to be praised. A personal highlight for me today was leading worship with the ECD (Kindergarten) and Grade 1 class. We started worship time with a Kids Village few songs, then one of the little Grade 1 students led a song for us. The best part was hearing many of the children finish the sentence , “God is ___.” We heard…

God is good.

God is merciful.

God is refuge.

God is faithful.

God is unchanging.

God is deliverer.

God is provider.

God is love.

Little Quincy, 4 yrs old,  shared that last praise, making us all a little teary-eyed. Yes, our God is love. Everything he does is his demonstration of his love for us. Beyond grateful to claim that truth here with these brothers and sisters.

Continue to lift us up in prayer. Your prayers are felt in countless ways. By the way, a team a teachers is the best team to have ever, not that I’m partial to teachers or something… 🙂

Christ is all!

-Lindsay 🙂

Prayers for our team…

-Safe travels as we visit a public school Friday at 2pm (6am Texas Time)

-Good health

-Intentional servanthood…especially as we get more tired as the week goes on

-Peaceful sleep

-Relationships with the Cornerstone teachers continued to be strengthened

We’re here!

It’s been an amazing, busy, wonderful couple of days in Kenya! It’s about 11pm at night on our first full day at Naomi’s Village and want to share a couple prayer requests and a little about our trip so far.

We began our teacher trainings today with the Cornerstone Preparatory Academy teachers and began with some ice breakers.  The photo shows our ‘Guess What?’ game… Each person had a sticky note with a noun taped to our backs, and we had to ask each other ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions to find out what word was taped on our back.   One huge praise is that connections are happening quickly and we are building friendships with the Kenyan teachers.

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A few of our prayer requests:

  • Continued good health for our team
  • Supernatural energy
  • Continued strengthening of relationships with Cornerstone teachers
  • Discernment of God’s will

Thank you for your continued prayers! We’ll post again soon with more stories. God is doing some amazing things at Naomi’s Village and we can’t wait to share them with you!

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Will you pray for us? (2 more days!)

Our team is packed (29 team suitcases with 1,450 pounds of supplies), fully funded (praise Jesus!), and ready to go!  You’ve given money, time, and supplies and for that we are so grateful!

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1: 3-6

We believe that God listens to prayer, and we ask you to partner with us in prayer while we travel and serve. Here are a few of our requests.

1. Team Unity- we want to love and serve each other well.

2. Each team member’s focus will be to serve every moment that we are there.

3. Communication with the CPA teachers will be easy and open and that we will be an encouragement to them.

4. Our families- pray that our families will have peace while we are gone, especially those that are leaving behind children.

5. Prayers that everyone will be very flexible.

6. Safe travels with no delays, no missing baggage, and a stress-free connection in London.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3

“The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.” -Billy Graham

Packing party

Naomi’s Village needs your help

Naomi's Village- water project

We have 3 days until our team gets on a plane to Kenya, but need to share an urgent request from Naomi’s Village:

Due to the recent addition of a guesthouse at Naomi’s Village for visiting missionary teams and the planned construction of Rift Valley Fellowship Church multipurpose building and Cornerstone Preparatory Academy main building, we need to raise $17,500 to start an additional 3.5km water line to supply the needs of these ministries asap.

This line will originate 8 miles from Naomi’s Village in the mountains from a natural spring, for which we already have the permits to build an intake and trap water. The line will connect with our current source and bring an additional 35,000 liters of water per day to us for life giving ministry to glorify God.

You can read more about Naomi’s Village, the guesthouse, and Cornerstone Preparatory Academy at www.naomisvillage.com

Tax deductible donations can be made by credit card at:

www.naomisvillage.com/one-time-donation/

or by check mailed to:

Naomi’s Village
P.O. Box 793841
Dallas, TX 75379-3841

Please give. Come visit. Help change Kenya.

Make Jesus known.