Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Concert, A Banquet and Auction and a Rummage Sale!!

We have some exciting fundraisers coming up!! We hope you will join us in any of these great events!

Saturday, April 13th

A Great Night of Worship!!
(You’ll not want to miss this! )  

Singer/songwriter Peder Eide is coming to
Living Hope Church, 1840 W Mason Street, Green Bay WI
A Missions Benefit Concert

Saturday, APRIL 13th
Doors open at 6:30, Concert starts at 7:00
Tickets cost:  $5.00 at the door

Our good friend Peder, has graciously offered to give a concert on our behalf to help us in our efforts to raise support and start up funds for what God has called our family to do, to go to Kenya, Africa.

"For nearly 1/3 of his life he has led Christ-centered praise and worship for youth conferences, festivals, camps, churches and any other venues students and their families have gathered. His passion filled and creative approach to helping his audience "draw closer to God and closer together" through worship and experience been called "refreshing" and "heartfelt". It's more than just being a great musician or speaker. For Peder it's about being an effective communicator"

Here’s a promo video on his newest album release:

Come and be blessed!   Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, May 11th

Benefit for the Kelly Family to Kenya
(Delicious Food and lots of Fun)

Special Guest Speaker:  
Jason Witt 
Bethany International Missionary to Kenya, Africa

Join us for a fun filled night, served with great food, fellowship and hear about what God is doing in Kenya Africa.

More Details to follow

Saturday, May 25th


More Details to follow

Friday, March 15, 2013

"Can You Guess the Cost?" - part two

Two weeks ago, we posted a "Can you Guess the cost" contest. We have two winners. One person guessed very close and the other one was, well just a bit off...but because they guessed and the only ones who guessed, they get a prize!! :)  

Here are the answers to the cost of items. (KSH = Kenyan Schillings)

Item #1: 385 g coffee
775 KSH = $9.12 US

Item #2 2012 Toyota Prado
8.5 million KSH = $101,190 US

Item # 3  1/2 gallon of milk
220 KSH = $ 2.58 US

Item # 4 1996 Toyota Forerunner 
1.092 million KSH = $13,300 US

Item #5  Family Size Box of Rice Krispies Cereal
925 KSH = $ 10.88 US

Item #6  2007 Hard Top Land Rover Cruiser
6 million KSH = $71,428 US

Item #7  18 cubic feet LG Refrigerator
77,995 KSH = $ 917.58 US

Item #8  A generic brand 2 slot Toaster
5,900 KSH = $69.50 US

One of the common questions we are asked is, "Can you get....?" or "Do they have....?" It is amazing that in what seems like such a short period of time, how much Kenya has changed. Things such as washers/dryers, clothing, electronic products, vehicles, many westernized amenities have become more readily available. You pretty much can get everything. I like to tell people that "Yes, everything is available, it's just what are you willing to pay for it." 

In the U.S.A, we have many resources available to us. Readily accessible items helps keep the cost of goods down for the consumer. For Kenya, most of what is available to the consumer, is imported in from other countries. They do not have many manufacturing plants or resources within the country to make items that help keep the cost of goods down. So with everything imported, such as vehicles, comes a hefty import tax which then makes it very expensive. Another example of this would be fuel/gas. In Kenya, a gallon of gas is about $7 U.S. !! I've never paid that in my life!! Have you ?

Of course, everything is relevant, especially for where you live. Here's another example. I was walking in a market and saw a bouquet of roses. They were $3 U.S. for a dozen. Then, I walked into a Apple products store and saw a 32 GB iPhone 5. It was $1,845 U.S. Just another example of import and export contrasts. Roses are grown in Kenya and exported out of the country. Electronics are not made in Kenya, therefore have to be imported. 

So you buy what is needed and you don't purchase the things that are out of your budget. Not so much different than the U.S. just with different parameters. Our family loves cereal for breakfast, but at almost $11 for a box, that is one of the things that we will adapt and change our priorities to fit our means. I see a lot of oatmeal or toast in our future. :)

Some have wondered why our support funds amounts are so high. It is relevant to the cost of living in Kenya. Our hope is by sharing examples and picture(s) of what daily life will look like for us, that will bring an understand of why we must raise the amounts that we have projected. Here is a basic idea of the things we have to put in our budget.

Our Set Up expenses involve what it takes to re-locate our family and to Set Up our home.  
*Airfare travel to Kenya
* 2 months rent deposit and last month rent
* visas for our family to live in Kenya
* vehicles for family use and ministry use
* language school tuition
* kids schooling enrollment fees
* insurance for vehicles, health  
* all basic furnishings for our home: beds, stove, fridge, washer/dryer, dining room table, chairs, dressers, desks, sofa
* internet service/phone set-up costs 

Our Monthly Support (not included in the set up costs)

* monthly utilities such as water tank fill-up - 1 x a month, electric, sewer, gas for cooking
* rent, security/guard monthly fees
* fuel for transportation for both personal and ministry use
* Kids monthly schooling fees and school supplies
* Technology fees
* Medical expenses
* Food
* House hold supplies and toiletries
* Clothing
* Ministry expenses, donor care, hospitality
* Home assignment (funds to travel back to the US for furlough)
* Emergency fund

As daunting as the numbers seem to us, we believe that when God calls, He always promises to be with and to provide a way to do what He calls you to do. God is inviting all of us to be apart of His amazing work in Kenya.  

Will you consider joining with us in this? We can't do this on our own. 
We need your help!!

If you feel impressed to donate towards our SET UP or to commit to become a MONTHLY Partner, there are several ways to do so. On the left side of the blog is two thermometers and underneath is a Donate online link. You can also go to the tab at the top of the blog that says Online Giving...and that will direct you to the ways you can give.

Thank You!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fear, Faith, God’s Power

One of the first days we were in Nairobi, we attended a funeral of a Christian brother who was martyred for his faith.  During the funeral service for this man, I began to ponder what the purpose was for his life and why it ended so soon.  Why was his life taken and the life of the man with him, spared.  The more I thought about the reality of what it means to follow Christ began to sink in.  Would our life be required of me/us?  It could.  

Christ told his disciples to “take up their cross and follow Him”.  This man, knew the cost of his faith would be his life.  Yet he lived by faith daily and through God’s power was able to accomplish great things for God’s kingdom and had a great impact on the community in which he lived in.  He did not hide away in fear for his life, nor did he hide that fact that he was a christian and lived out his faith daily with great risk to his and his family’s lives.  He lived for God knowing the cost for his faith would mean his life.   God’s power was evident in his life, despite persecution, and through the lives changed because of his faithfulness.   

I wondered if I would see God’s power in the midst of our lives as we step out of faith.  Ironically, it was through one common sight, that was one example to me of God’s power in such an ordinary, yet slightly humorous way.

In Nairobi, a common form of transportation is a mini van /taxi/local transportation called a “Matatu”.  Generally, you will see them packed to the hilt with people jammed in there and sometimes even hanging out the sides as the catch a ride to wherever they are going.  The fun part is looking to see what the name will be plastered on the side of each matatu.  Each matatu has a “name”.

Throughout the course of the two weeks, one matutu keep reappearing in my line of vision with the name of “God’s Power”.  I joking commented on how often I was seeing God’s power.  But in all seriousness, I believe God was speaking to my heart, reassuring me of not only His presence in the midst of an emotional rollercoaster, but reminding that His power is not just for momentary times or in great crisis, but that His power is and will be present in the everyday details of our life, big and small.   

The truth is, the life God is calling us to is not without obstacles, difficulties, challenges, and fearful situations that will threaten our will, emotions, commitments and desire to serve.  His word says, “In this world you will have troubles, but take heart I have overcome it”.  What that says to me, that no matter what each day brings, God’s power is with us!  There is no room for fear, yet, fear will try to make room, in fact consume, grip. take hold of our hearts and minds and will seek to overwhelm us and devour in the process.

I wouldn’t be honest in saying I have no fear.  I have lots of fears.  But what God keeps whispering to my heart is that when I seek Him, I will find him.  Perfect love casts out all fears.   For He has not put a spirit of fear, but of love and of a sound mind.

Knowing that God is with us, brings great reassurance.  Knowing that His power resides in us brings great peace!