Over the last few months, Lydia, Abraham and I have been going once a week to serve in a school in the Kibera slum. This very large slum is home to anywhere from 1-2 million people and is close to our home. We can walk to the school in about 20 minutes. The school, Changing Times, has around 400 students, preschool to grade 8, and was started by a Kenyan man, George Okoyo, who wanted to reach out with the love of Christ to those with so little in the slum. Most, if not all, of these kids would be street kids if this school did not exist.
The teachers work for an annual ‘gift’ as their pay, and invest so much into the lives of these precious children who would otherwise have little hope. Some of the teachers grew up in Kibera and know first hand what these kids’ lives are like; many of them choose to live there now to continue to relate to the children. Recently, land in Kakamega, a county 200 miles northwest of Nairobi, was donated to the school where they are continuing to build a boarding high school. This school is for those who complete grade 8 and pass the Kenyan exams allowing them entrance into secondary school. It is common for Kenyans to go away to boarding school for secondary education. For many of the kids who attend the high school, this is the first time they have lived life outside of Kibera and have seen what exists outside of the slum.
While serving weekly, we assist with children ages 3-6 years old who are in the youngest classes of the school. We help in a variety of ways such as correcting papers, reciting charts with the kids, helping students understand their lessons, and simply loving on and playing with the children. Sarah has joined us in serving during her summer break and is enjoying getting to know the kids. Jon Michael has been doing an internship at On-Field Media, the media department of Africa Inland Mission, for the month of June, but hopes to join us in serving now that his internship is done. I’ve included some photos of Lydia with the youngest students, ages 3-4, that a friend of ours took when we were there one day. Please pray for this school, these children and their families, and for us as we continue to serve and love these precious children each week, that we would be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.