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Hope Anew Christmas 2015

 

 

Merry Christmas to all of you!

November and December saw us welcoming fellow laborers in the Lord’s harvest.  These were young men from two different ministries, One Hope International and Child Evangelism Fellowship, who came to assist us with Vacation Bible School and other teaching activities.  We have prepared a ten minute video for our newsletter; enjoy seeing what the Lord has done over the past two months. (Click on the photo below to view the video)

Rejoice, Rejoice because we have a Savior who came in the the world to rescue us!

The Kamaus

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works.  Titus 2:11-14

 


September/October 2015

Maureen and Edwin Measure children for the smock uniform that they will be wearing in the nursery school; our board members stop by to take a look at the room being prepared for our tiny students.
On a quiet Monday morning in October, the few remaining touches to the pre-school classroom were made.  The room was bright, cheerful and welcoming in readiness for the first diminutive students of Hope Anew Learning Center.  Three years has passed since we had received our mandate from the Lord:
“Advancing the Kingdom of God through Educating children in impoverished communities about the glorious works of God and His power to liberate from sin and hopelessness… Encouraging them to become mature disciples of Jesus Christ …Equipping them with skills to enable them to accomplish the purposes for which they were created, and fulfill the will of God in their generation.”
Currently, we are in Phase One of the vision of Hope Anew Ministries which was to establish the children’s center in the slum, where we could hold Bible clubs and have recreational activities for children.
  Pre-school-through grade three would also be offered at the center.
The children’s center was established in 2013, and now the pre-school, another avenue of fulfilling the Lord’s call for our ministry, which is reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ, has opened.  We have nine children who are attending the school.  This was a four week pilot program for us so that we could familiarize ourselves with what it would be like to operate a pre-school. It was a very valuable time of gaining information, especially for Maureen and Edwin as they created their classroom routines with the children and learned their personalities as they interated with them.
The first day of school!

Maureen established a special time in the school day where students can spend time with books.  In doing so, it is hope that a strong love for reading will develop in the children.

Storytime with Maureen and Edwin
Our partner in ministry and nurse, Robyn from Least of These medical ministry, came to teach a lesson about dental hygiene.

Robyn demonstrated the proper way for children to clean their teeth.

For the last day of school for this year, the nursery class had a celebration with cake, popcorn, and some silliness.

Now that we have gotten our feet wet, we will dive in completely!  School will open again in January of 2016 and we are anticipating wonderful things that the Lord will do in this first year of operating our preschool.  We are praying that God will give us a class of sixteen children.

Praise & Prayer

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15 NIV

  • Praises & thanksgiving for the opening of Small Beginnings pre-school.
  • Pray for Maureen as she prepares for the coming school year.
  • Ask God to send a born again, godly, qualified pre-school teacher to join the teaching staff.  Pray that God will send someone who loves Him and loves teaching children.
  • Pray for the returning and new students, that God will open their hearts to Him, and that He would give them undertstanding of their school lessons.
  • Pray that God will provide the funds to hire the new teacher and the additional expenses associated with operating the pre-school.

May the grace and peace of God rest upon you,

The Kamaus


August 2015

Greetings from Nairobi!

It is our prayer and hope that this update from Hope Anew finds you at rest in your spirit and full of joy!  Please click on this link to Sway.com, which is where we have prepared our newsletter for this month.

There you will find more photos and videos of various activities that have been going on at Hope Anew.

May God’s awesome grace & peace strengthen you hearts!

With gratitude for all of you,

The Kamaus


A Puppeting We Go

Greetings to you!

The months of June and July were full of opportunities for hospitality.   Whether we were doing the hosting, or the recipients of invitations to visit, the times of fellowship has been enriching.  We also have great news in that God has opened some doors for us that allow us to reach more children with the Gospel.

A Puppeting We Go

We have prepared a video for our latest update, so please take a fifteen minute break to catch up on the exciting things that have been happening at Hope Anew.

Grace & Peace,

The Kamaus

 

 


Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts

“God’s Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions. One of the most effective ways of influencing our minds is through memorizing Scripture.  David said, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You”
(Psm. 119:11).” 

– Jerry Bridges

Towards the end of last year, we embarked on a Scripture memorization program with the girls who participate in the Sewing Hope: Crochet group. Those who desired to own their own crochet hook and yarn, could “earn” these items by memorizing Bible verses grouped into themes such as, God’s Plan of Salvation, Bible Promises, Jesus and His Cross, How Can I Be Sure I am a Christian?, How Can I Grow?, etc. For each verse correctly recited, five points are given and when a parpticipant reaches 100 points, a crochet needle is provided. They can then go on to earn more points in order to acquire their own skeins of yarn. We are excited about this because the Word of God is being hidden in their hearts and it will not return to Him empty, but will fulfil the purpose for which it was sent. (Isaiah 55:11) They are also learning a new skill that they enjoy and can develop.

During the April school break, Kimberly scheduled crochet classes for any who were interested.
In this particular class, there were four boys present.
While were were in the United States in February and March, we had an opportunity to share what we were doing in the Sewing Hope: Crochet program. Kind supporters of Hope Anew, donated crochet hooks for us to use.
A participant in the Sewing Hope: Crochet program, proudly shows her handiwork.
Here is a closer look at the pieces; Kimberly has been encouraging the girls to be creative in thinking up ideas for crochet jewelry that could they could sell.
In the month of April, we had hundreds of children visit the center. It was a very busy time for us.
We were very grateful for Mark Maisonville’s idea to install a basketball hoop. It was a big hit, especially with the teens!
On the last day of school break, we provided refreshments for our Luke 2:52 Youth Group. Many of them were going to be traveling to other parts of the country to return to their boarding schools. It was a opportunity for fellowship and to pray for them before there departure. Lord willing, we hope to see them again in August during the next school break.
As Explorer’s Club children complete their lessons, a certificate is prepared for them and a treat of sweets and stickers are given. Recently, we have also been able to give them a New Testatment because of a donation of 1000 Bibles by Gideons International.
Praise & Prayer
“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15 NIV
  • Thirteen children remained behind in Hope Club to be counseled on how to receive Christ as their Savior. Praise God for those who responded to His invitation.
  • Continuue to pray for provision of water on Hope Anew’s Land.
  • Continue to pray for an increase in giving towards our general operation fund.
  • Outreach Opportunity

 When the schools are in session, activity at the center slows down, but we still have schools in the slum visit the center. They make use of our facility for recreation, library, watching DVDs and using our rooms for other activities. We are thinking that we can use this down time to begin going to one or two of the schools in the slums and provide Bible teaching to the students. We are fortunate in that the Kenyan government makes allowance for religious instruction inside of the schools. Please pray that God will open a door for us to begin this outreach.  In the picture below, one of the schools is using one of our rooms for teaching music.

 Click on this link to hear them singing!


Sewing Hope

Who could have known that a friendly visit by a Bonnie Larrison_Anderson, a friend of a ministry partner to the Hope Anew Child Friendly Space (HACFS) last year, would lead to the launching of our newest ministry: Sewing Hope. Bonnie is a nurse who lives in the west coast of the US; she was visiting in Kenya last year and was encouraged to visit HACFS. After returning home, she contacted Hope Anew to inquire about beginning an outreach to women by teaching them to sew; we asked her if she would consider working with youth instead since they are our ministry focus. After taking time to seek the Lord, Bonnie came back to us to say “yes”, and then began to raise funds to purchase material and sewing machines. She returned to Kenya in September and after meeting with her and receiving reports on how the Lord had provided for the sewing outreach, “Sewing Hope” was born!

 

“My prayer is that I am sowing hope in these young ladies lives with the Sewing Hope program. Each class includes a short time of prayer and sharing from the word of God as well as instruction in sewing skills.” ~Quote from Bonnie
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“One of the long term goals of Hope Anew is to teach vocational skills to youth. I had no idea of this last year when the seed was planted for the sewing classes. It is so fun to be a part of an answer to prayer and to partner with this great team of people.” ~Quote from Bonnie

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Little Ivy (not her real name) is a cheerful girl; she is seven years old and a first grade student at one of the schools located in one of the slums near Mukuru Kayaba. Her school visits HACFS to play games, use the resource centre and sometimes watch child friendly movies and cartoons at HACFS entertainment centre. Ivy lives with her mother and father in the slum; her parents are self-employed. She loves school; maths is her favourite subject. Ivy has had a problem of late, it has been difficult to eat sometime even sleep, her teeth hurt a lot when she eats and feels uncomfortable when she drinks water due to the sensitivity. It is challenging to see a dentist because that means money for dental fees and money is in short supply. Her parents have to juggle the meagre income they earn and decide between paying rent for the little shack in the slum to putting food on the table.

 

Visit With the Dentist Anyone?

 

 

Not long ago, HACFS staff received a request from our partners, Least of these Ministry, to host a volunteer dentist from the US on September 18th. The dentist was willing to provide free dental screening and service to needy children. HACFS staff invited several schools in the slum to bring any of their pupils who needed dental care.

 

 

 

 

Ivy’s school selected 21 children and brought them to HACFS to see the dentist. After the initial screening, eight needed tooth extractions. Ivy’s teeth were in very bad condition such that four of her teeth needed to be extracted. The removal of the painful teeth has brought Ivy welcome relief! She will now be able to eat and sleep without pain. This will also help her concentrate better in school and not miss classes due to toothache. It is delightful to know that her teeth will grow back and she will regain her beautiful yet painless smile. Her parents are grateful that not only will their daughter not be suffering toothaches, but the free dental service their daughter received at HACFS means they did not have to toil long and hard to raise the$30 needed for the removal of her teeth. This is a lot of money for a struggling family in the slum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 2014

 

November 2014…..what an exciting month!  

  • Another 5 acres of land purchased! 
  • Unexpected training in trauma healing 
  • 600+ children reached with the gospel!  
  •  Over 2000 children gospel extravaganza participation!  

Yes, we’ve had a very full month in November;  schools are out on break which meant hundreds of children at the center daily.  We are grateful to God who has seen us through without major emergencies!  Now, kindly allow us to share how the various events above unfolded.

By God’s grace,  the additional Hope Anew land in Saikeri.

God’s Provision

We received a gift of $20,000 from friends of our family and  ministry to use in the area of the greatest need.  About the time the donation came, we had been praying for provision of funds to purchase a piece of land adjacent to the four acres Hope Anew already owns.  This is because part of the vision and mission of Hope Anew is to establish a camp site, a farm and later a school for the needy children we serve.  For this reason, we knew that we would need much more than the four acres but did not have the funds.  This donation was therefore, very timely.  Now, Hope Anew owns 9 acres of land!  This addition means that we can now roll out the next two phases of our vision, namely the camp site, farm and further down the road, a school.  However for this to happen, we will need to fence the land to keep out cattle and other wild animals such as zebras, giraffes and predators (how do you explain to a parent that their child was eaten by a hyena??!!).  We also need to sink a bore hole because none of the other projects will be possible without water.  Please, kindly pray about these needs and where possible, consider giving a donation as you are able.

Mark is putting in beacons for the newly acquired property.     

The trainer of the workshop is taking us through each lesson.

The Bible Society of Kenya (BSK) is dedicated to translating the Scriptures in the 53 languages of all tribal and ethnic groups living within Kenya.  They also produce materials and provide training in various areas on how to use God’s Word for the practical issues in our lives.  One such training is called Trauma Healing for Children.This curriculum was developed for those who minister to children who have experienced a range of traumatic events in their lives such as war, tribal violence, abuse, neglect, etc.We were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves taking part in a training session over a period of three days.  We had not planned for the workshop, but God arranged for one of the representatives of BSK, who is a pastor, to come and train us how to counsel children using these materials and we came away feeling that we had gained valuable skills that we can put to use with the children who attend Hope Anew Child Friendly Space.
Edwin and Chris found themselves bound together as they took part in an object lesson designed to show us how unforgiveness and bitterness towards those who have hurt us binds us to them like an unwanted weight that we carry around. Only through forgiveness and if possible, restoration of relationship, can bring about release from bondage.

Kelvin, Mark and Chris standing in front of the tents and seating for the Universal Child Day event.

Universal Child Day

November 20th, was the Universal Child Day, our friends from GOAL Kenya decided to sponsor the event at our centre by providing four big tents, four hundred chairs, food and refreshments. Initially, we were a bit apprehensive about the idea of 600 children at the center at once.  How would they all fit?  What would they be doing for several hours?  How will we manage crowd control? You can imagine our angst!  Gratefully, God reminded us that it was an opportunity for children to hear His wonderful plan for them through Jesus Christ, so we prepared to make a clear gospel presentation at the event.
Six hundred plus children turned up!  The children participated in fun activities such as games, songs, dance, puppet show and skits which were presented by our staff and other volunteers.  God’s word was presented and He was lifted up before the children.

Maureen, Kelvin and Edwin presented a health teaching warning about the dangers of taking medicine not prescribed to you.  The skit performed was about a disobedient young boy who takes medicine that does not belong to him and the subsequent consequences.
A very creative mime was performed with the actors portraying a young person held captive by sin and the devil and the freedom that Christ brings.

In one of the skits performed at the event, the actors were portraying an abuse and neglect situation which may lead children to rebellion and a downward spiral into all kinds of antisocial activities inluding crime. 

Game time favorite of musical chairs!

Praise & Prayer

“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15 NIV

  • Continued spiritual growth for children who have made a profession of faith.  Here is a list to pray about taken from the book of Colossians:
  1. That they may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom.
  2. Pray that they will walk worthily of the Lord to please Him in all areas.
  3. That they would be strengthened in power, according to the might of His glory
  4. Pray that they would be rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith.
  • Funds for fencing and digging a bole hole.
  • Ask God to provide for His work at Hope Anew.  There is a need for our general operating fund to increase.
  • Pray for the spiritual and physical safety of our families.

Two Thousand Children in Gospel Extravaganza!

Also in the same month, Bible Society Of Kenya invited Hope Anew to participate in their year end Bible Eagle Club event.  Two thousand children from various backgrounds were invited and almost 1000 additional children showed up! The children participated in Bible lessons, scripture memory competition, fun activities such as bouncing castles and a climbing tower,games and dancing were also held.  

Kimberly and Kelvin assisted in teaching a group of children during the lesson time.  Specifically, they are teaching about sin and the need for a Savior.

Answered Prayer!

With an attendance just under 3,000, the Fun Day was a success!  At Hope Anew, we were relieved to have transported 61 children to and from the event safely.  One interesting note is that the materials used for teaching the Bible messages to the children, were the Program of Pastoral Instruction (PPI) lessons. If you will recall, these were the lessons that were prepared in April when Kimberly joined a team of other children’s workers to put together Bible curriculum to be placed in all of the public schools in Kenya.  At this time, they have been printed and distributed to select schools as a trial run  before the new school year in January, where they will then be launched throughout the country.  It was exciting to see them being used at this outreach, another answer to our prayers!

Children enjoying their lunch.  The PPI books are lying next to them.

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August Happenings

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Maureen, with our pre-school group, Baraka Ndongo

Hello Friends!

We hope this finds you all doing well.  You have not heard from us for awhile, but rest assured that we have been well and quite busy.  You will be happy to know that we survived the August school break!   We had lots and lots of children and we are grateful to God that there were no serious injuries during the various activities at the center. During the third week of August, we held a full week of discipleship and we were honoured to host three missionary ladies from Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Kenya who assisted in the outreach program.  The three ladies came daily for five days and over one hundred children were reached.  It brought back memories for Kimberly of when she was on staff with CEF fourteen years ago!   Over twenty children who indicated a desire to know the Lord, were counselled.

On August 23rd, we were delighted at the opportunity to take a group of 17 youth from the slum who frequent the center for a day trip to Karura forrest.  This is a park located in the outskirts of Nairobi and endowed with a clean, serene and beautiful surrounding.  None of the youth had ever visited the park, which is a twenty minute drive away (without traffic!).
The purpose of the trip was to build relationships in an informal yet fun filled environment which we hope will enable us to relate and engage well and hopefully earn the right to speak to their lives.   This became necessary after we noticed that a number of  teen youth had been coming to the center on a regular basis but we lacked a focused outreach to their particular age group.  The history of Hope Anew ministry has mainly focused on children ages 4- 12 but it’s becoming clear that a gap exists from ages 13 -17,  so in obedience to the Lord’s direction, we have begun to make a concerted effort to reach out to them.  We are calling this youth group “Luke 2:52 Youth”.  This is in keeping with the goal of Hope Club, which is to teach children how to grow in wisdom, in favor with God, in favor with men, and in stature (preventative health measures).  Naturally, teenagers need to continue to grow in these areas also.

We thought that you might like to take a look at what we have been up to over the past several weeks, so we prepared a video for you to enjoy.

 

 

 


Growing Little By Little

Small Blessings

On any given day at the Hope Anew Child Friendly Space, you may find a touching sight.  You will see Edwin, one of our activity co-ordinators, walking hand in hand with a pre-schooler or two, who have attached themselves to him.  As they stroll around the recreation area together, the youngsters giggle and skip happily with their tall hero; they just seem to be drawn to him. During Hope Club, the teaching is often interrupted by the little ones because of frequent trips outside, fighting over chairs, moving around chairs, crying, etc.  A few weeks ago, Edwin approached me and asked if he could create a class for the preschoolers.  This request has given birth to a new club called Baraka Ndongo (Small Blessings).  Each Saturday during Hope Club Baraka Ndongo group gathers together to play games, sing, hear a short Bible lesson and learn a memory verse and work on a craft.

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Edwin and Irene taking a stroll around the center.

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Edwin with Small Blessings group; they are learning about Creation.

 

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Maureen with Small Blessings Club members.

 

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The youth group meeting together to watch a movie that they will discuss in another meeting.

Youth Group

Meanwhile, Christopher has begun ministering to the group of youth ranging in age from 13 to 16.  We are also very excited about this development because this age group is very vulnerable of the changes that are taking place in their lives as they transition from child hood to young adults.  It is our desire to reach out to them and provide them with opportunitities to hear and respond to the Gospel, receive counseling, take part in recreational activities and learn new skills.

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Explorer’s Club

We have also begun Explorer’s Club which is a discipleship program for those children who are interested in having a more in depth time of learning God’s Word.  We are using materials that are produced by The Mailbox Club.  We meet once a week on Saturdays where we go over the lesson, answer discussion questions, pray and children work on the puzzles contained in their book.   2014-05-21 15.36.47 After the lesson,

 

Kimberly corrects the answers and writes encouraging notes and rewards the children with stickers.

A faithful attendee of Explorer’s Club.

Discovering God’s Creation in Hope Club

Recently in Hope Club, we took some time to learn interesting facts about butterflies, such as the fact they have tastebuds on their feet in order to taste the leaves before they lay eggs on them! Afterwards, the children worked on a butterfly scratch art craft that was donated by a friend of our ministry.  They were really delighted to design their own butterflies.

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We were surprised to see this little boy attend Hope Club. The first time we saw him was when we took the photograph of him in the picture below.

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We do not know his name, but we were delighted to see this little one again. When this picture was taken in 2012, we could not have imagined that we would see him again and at Hope Club no less!

 

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Creativity abounds!

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Dakota and Irene (daughter of one of our staff) are enjoying a snack together.

 

 Welcoming Dakota!

For the month of June we have been pleased to welcome a young man by the name of Dakota Sams from Delaware, USA; he came to volunteer with Hope Anew. It is especially encouraging for us to reflect on the fact that Dakota used to attend Kimberly’s children’s church class at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Newark, Delaware, in his elementary years.  Who could have ever have known that all of us would meet together again in Nairobi, Kenya!

Dakota and Chris painting a new gate for one of the offices.

Dakota has been assisting Mark with various projects around the center and practicing Swahili with the staff and children.

Good Shepherd ABS

This fine group is our Adult Bible Study group at Good Shepherd church in Nairobi. Every few months we have a “Swallowship” which is a potluck meal gathering for fellowship with each other. The Kamaus hosted the event on this occasion.