Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Motivated by the Heart of God, Meeting the Needs of the People"

This was the mission statement from Miracle House, the ministry that we were working with in Kenya. Deanna Bjork and her husband, Dan, founded this non-profit organization that seek to develop international children’s homes to care for orphans in a loving, Godly family environment. They currently have children’s homes in two different cities in Kenya: Webuye & Limuru. We were commissioned with developing the master plan for their base camp, which will be in Nakuru. We developed the master plan, which included 8 children’s homes, a pre-primary school, dining hall, chapel, and staff housing to name a few. The ministry also wanted to incorporate agriculture within their site to help support feeding the children.

We stopped by Webuye on our way to Nakuru. Some of the children sang for us, which was so great.

We were able to meet all of the children of Miracle House one day during the week. The Webuye kids drove 4 hours to meet at the site, and the Limuru kids drove probably 2 hours. Nakuru is in-between them and they came out to see where they will all be united together at Nakuru! For most of them it was their first time meeting each other. We were able to help dish out PB&J sandwiches to them.

But unfortunately it starting raining when we were on the site, which you will see later, does not have any shelter. So we all scrambled into the vans! Here's a great pic to showcase the chaos.

Miracle House Kids! Along with those who either help care for, teach, or run the program.

Deanna getting to say goodbye to the kids right before they head out for either a two or four hour drive back! They ended up just being on the site for an hour or two total.

This kid made me smile so much! He wasn't use to white people so whenever we would go near him he would start crying. He has the best smile though, which I couldn't really capture. Deanna says that he doesn't even come to her yet. But his mom brought him over and he didn't cry! Woo-hoo! So I got a picture of him and his mom, with him somewhat happy. : )

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