The 2016 mission trip will be a memorable one for all those who participated. The team of five stayed at Omoribe in the newly constructed team hut, without electricity, running water, cell phone service or internet. For the first time we experienced daily life at the orphanage, from washing clothes early in the morning to worship and devotionals in the evening. Pastor Peter's wife, Joyce, taught the women how to prepare a simple Kenyan meal of tilapia stew, ugali and chisaga, a kale-like green.
The team was able to get to know the children of the orphanage better this year as the students were on break from school. We painted fingernails, played with Play-Doh, colored, played games and ran around the Omoribe grounds waving Glo sticks in our hands on a beautiful summer night. Besides just having fun, these activities allowed the team ample opportunities to practice English with the children.
The men on the team shared the gospel both at Cornerstone Church at Omoribe and at Rosiaga, a sister church about an hour away. We also visited the new home for widows at a nearby ministry run by Martha, a member of Cornerstone Church.
Construction of the dorm is progressing. Although we had hoped the children would be in their new home this summer, we need to raise $4800 to plaster and paint the entire building. Once this is done, the kids can occupy the dorm. An additional $2603 would cover a septic tank system and installation of indoor toilets.
The team also met with Evans and Dolvin, the first two Omoribe students to attend high school. In January 2017, five more students will join them if they pass their national exams this fall. Please be in prayer for funds to cover high school tuition and room and board. The total cost per child, including about $200 for clothes and incidentals, is $1000 per year.