A Letter to our Partners

I wrote a personal letter to our partners, and felt led to share it with the public and those interested in joining us. I hope it helps you see what your partnership can do.


YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE - HERE's HOW

Friends and Family,

In 2014 I was invited on a trip to Kenya. I didn't know it would change my life and begin something larger than I ever could have imagined.

During that trip, while working on a school in the slums of Africa, I met a little girl named Beth. She hung around as we worked and kept us entertained with hugs, smiles, and quiet company. As we prepared to leave for the evening, she waved goodbye and walked out of the gates of the school, alone.
As a Dad, all I could see was my little girl walking down the streets of a slum area, with no one to protect her, no one to guide her, and no one being sure she made it home safely. I asked what would happen to her. "She always walks home like that.", was the answer.
That answer wasn't good enough for me. I knew something needed to be done.

At that time, Christlike Academy was a small two story building surrounded by a dirt yard, and they offered a standard Kenyan education and two meals of porridge and rice to 70 children. Children just like Beth, whose parents had either abandoned them, left them on their own, or left them with relatives.

So I created Feed.Teach.Hope.

Today, three years later, Christlike Academy sees 180 children a day. The children are provided two meals with rice and vegetables. We have added four classrooms and two playgrounds. The school is fully accredited and is a certified testing center with students who consistently score in the top percentage with their peers in Kenya. It has a fully functioning scouts and physical education program. Not only are the children being educated, but hearts are being turned towards God as children are supported, cared for, and ministered to.
Additionally, for three years we have funded the work that Linus is doing in his home church in Misiri and through training church planters across East Africa. In 2017, Linus was able to travel to the United States and receive a Masters Degree, and is now working with an international church planting network, Acts 29, for admittance, training, and networking with other pastors.

This wouldn't have been possible without God's mercy, and without a lovely little girl named Beth capturing my heart.
And it wouldn't have been possible without each of you, our partners. THANK YOU

You have brought us so far - and we still have so far to go!

We have set two 2017 year end goals:

$25 for 25
and
18 by 18

Learn more about our Year End Intiatives here:
http://www.feedteachhope.org/25for25-18in18

We are asking for you, our partners, to share everything you can about Feed.Teach.Hope.
We will be posting news throughout the month of December that you can share. 

As you share, please do so not only on social media, but pick out a few close friends to sit down with and show our video to, to tell our story to. 

We believe YOU are our best advocates.
We could spend to create large advertising campaigns, but we know that God creates and builds beautiful relationships between our partners and those they know.
We want to be good stewards of the gospel message God has given us, and we want to help you be good stewards of it also.

So - here's what we need your help with:

  1. Identify 25 friends to share Feed.Teach.Hope. with. Share on social media, in person, through email, and in any other way you want.
  2. Point them to our website: www.feedteachhope.org/25for25-18in18, where they can sign up to partner with us. 
  3. Ask them to share with 25 people they know.

We are so thankful to be alongside you in what God is doing in East Africa.Thank You so much for your help and for your support!

- Rick Bowers


November 2017 | What Story Is It?

78a42082-5756-4036-bfd2-35e9c088ea21.jpg

 

WHAT STORY IS IT?

 

Whether we have noticed it or not, our lives are dominated by narratives. We are who we are and we behave as we do because of the narratives of our upbringing. Some of us may believe and buy into those narratives, and they may be positive for us, others of us may see those narratives as lies, we may run from them, and we may live our lives contrary to the stories they tell.
Not only do our past narratives shape us, so do our current ones. If we pause to look and listen to the stories we are being told, we can almost see them unfolding before us - page by page. Fictional stories like the prosperity narrative, that obtaining financial stability and material goods will make us whole. There are others, like the image narrative, that we are who we portray ourselves to be, and our likes and followers establish our identity. Finally, one we all so quickly begin to believe, the narrative that the world is broken, and we are so small we can't do a thing to change it.
Friends, the world is broken.
But praise God that he uses us as His tools to change it.
Be cautious of the fictional narratives that you believe, and be even more aware of the narrative you are telling.
If someone were to read your life, your actions, your words, as a story - what would they see?
Fear? Doubt? Envy?
Faith? Service? Sacrifice?
The true story, that sin broke the world and now all men have fallen short, that God stepped into that darkness with a light to draw all men to Him, the light and life of Jesus Christ - are you telling that story?
It's the best one...
In Kenya, Pastor Linus, his wonderful wife Liz, and the other Pastors he trains, are telling that story over and over. They are telling it to the children at Christlike Academy, to the people in the Misiri Slums, and to tribes and people groups that have never heard it before.
It's not just a story.
It's the story - the story that offers the greatest hope.

Thank you for helping us tell this story to East Africa, our prayer is that you continue to tell this same story in your life.
God Bless You

 
37954a73-659e-4a3c-8103-fc74a6d41e1a.jpg

PASTOR LINUS NGAINE KIRIMI & ACTS 29

Since 2009 I have been working with and attending churches who are part of a church planting network called Acts 29.  What started as a small movement of church planters seeking to support and train other church planters in a couple of states, has now grown into an international church planting movement and an organization who seeks to take the story of the gospel to the ends of the earth and to foster a family network of men and women who are called to do that same thing.
Last year, Feed.Teach.Hope. and Hamoreh (a partner organization in East Africa) began sharing with Acts 29 about the work that Linus was doing in East Africa with Christlike Academy and with training church planters.
Over the past year we have worked with Acts 29 and with Linus to have him go through the rigorous assessment process that pastors with Acts 29 walk through.
Because of your help, Feed.Teach.Hope. was able to fly Linus and Liz to South Africa last month to have a personal meeting with representatives of Acts 29. 
Because of God's grace and providence, I am proud to report that Linus has achieved Candidate status with Acts 29. This means he will work through several activities over the next year with Acts 29 to become a Member.
Rejoice with us at God's goodness and help!

October 2017 | The Things We Don't Know

6417dee4-7ee0-4474-95ef-dbaf6213998c.jpg

 

THE THINGS WE DON'T KNOW
 

When we visited our feeding program at Endarasha, we had the opportunity to play games with many of the children who had come there for help. One of the games we played tested whether or not we knew which books were in the Bible. One person would shout out a name, and if that was a book in the Bible you would jump up in the air. I was relieved that none of the children jumped on such easy ones as "Bill!", but that they seemed to know their Bible well enough to make it a challenging game for us all!
Along with providing food and life skills, we know it's of infinite importance to also teach the gospel to these children. For nearly all of them, the idea of a loving savior who cares about them in their plight and doesn't leave them there alone, is foreign.
It's something they don't know.
Because they don't know it, it's far from their minds and not a concrete truth they can rely on.
We want them to know it. We want them to feel it and to believe it. That's why we teach it, that's why we show them the truth of scripture and the generosity of you, their brothers and sisters around the world who love Jesus and who support them.
It's the same reason we send you this newsletter every month.
We want you to know the things you don't know.
We want you to know more about the children and communities you are supporting. We want you to grow in your understanding that the children and adults who live in these communities and who love Jesus, they are your brother and your sister. We want you to feel affected by the truth that some in these communities do not know who Jesus Christ is, and we want you to be excited about helping us tell them.
When we pray for the work we are doing in Africa, we pray for another work that we also believe we are doing; the work of helping you understand that God uses people like you to do His work throughout the world.

You are an unceasing blessing to us and to countless people in Eastern Africa.

Thank You

 

8096293e-8cb6-4b53-a0f7-50f594cd0291.jpg

 

WOMEN's MINISTRY - LIZ KIRIMI

In addition to the work in Limuru and the Misiri Slums, Linus works to train pastors and plant churches throughout East Africa and he and his wife, Liz, have a specific heart for the unreached people groups in Northeastern Kenya.
God has also given Liz a heart for the women in these areas, as well as in their own Misiri Slums. Feed.Teach.Hope. is currently working to build out a specific ministry to help support Liz's efforts with the women of Eastern Africa.
Please continue to pray with us for God's hand in this and watch for news to come soon!
 

September 2017 | It's About Helping

3b0153b0-eea5-4667-b3b2-1b19621c5816.png

Our home state of Texas has been ravaged by flooding and destruction that areas like Houston and Port Arthur have never seen. Many of our supporters and all of our board members participated in multiple efforts to help those affected by hurricane Harvey. We made phone calls, checked on families, cleaned out destroyed homes, and prayed with and for those who had lost so many things. Just as Texas was beginning to clean up the mess, another hurricane hit Florida. Such devastation in just a short amount of time, but what we learned was that people like you were there to help.
Recently, a friend shared an article that pointed out something amazing - for many people, when FEMA finally arrived on site, homes had already been cleared and garbage stacked outside - by faith based organizations and churches.
By people like you.
You have helped.
You have eased burdens.
You have put others first and yourself last.


We are proud of you, our supporters, and thankful for each and every one of you.
Not only have you always answered the call to help a community in East Africa that God has connected you with through Feed.Teach.Hope., but you are diligent to stop what you are doing and move in to help when your home state has been so affected.

You are making a difference.

At the end of the day, we know that it will take much time for these areas of Texas to return to normal; but they will.
At the end of the day, it's about stewarding well the gifts God has given you, whether its finances to support a slum school in Africa or a hammer and crowbar to pull out ruined drywall.
At the end of the day it's about pouring yourself out for others in need.
At the end of the day, it's about being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.
At the end of the day, It's about helping.

Thank You


9491ca79-4cf4-4a3e-ba8e-41ac56498685.jpg

HANNAH & JANE

Meet Hannah, 13, and Jane, 12. They joined Christlike Academy in January of this year and live in the Misiri slums with their Grandmother, Hannah.

When Grandmother Hannah met Linus, she shared their story with him. 
One day, Grandmother Hannah received a visitor from Nairobi. The guest had two small girls with them, both still infants. She informed Grandmother Hannah that they were her granddaughters and that she couldn't care for them. She said, "You can either keep them, or kill them.", then she left. Grandmother Hannah did have a son who disappeared in Nairobi over 20 years ago, but she did not know if these were her granddaughters. Still, she resolved to raise and care for them.
Hannah and Jane have been attending Christlike Academy and are being cared for with education, food, and clothing from your support of Feed.Teach.Hope. Additionally, Hannah has had problems with her ears and was able to obtain medical treatment thanks to your support.
Hannah and Jane have also now joined Sunday School classes at Linus's church and Liz has been meeting with them to share with them more about Jesus.
God is so good, and so are you - our partners.

You are making a difference.

August 2017 | Providence

61baa067-1b79-418a-afe6-eda9cf9994ff.png


 

The idea of choosing a person to lead always produces tension in those who are choosing and those who will be affected by the choice. Determining a good leader is no easy task, nor is it one that always ends up with positive results. Sometimes bad leaders are chosen and the result is catastrophic. Sometimes good leaders are chosen, and there are times of peace. Either way, whether a leader proves to be good, bad, or mediocre, we shouldn't be surprised by the outcome. Leaders will always let us down, because leaders are human.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” I Samuel 8:4-9

The people of Israel wanted a leader like the nations around them. A man to follow. A voice to listen to. A King to lead them. Until this time, God had led them through the words of prophets, but the people no longer wanted it this way. They wanted their own leader, just like everyone else.
They got him; and more. As time went on, they would begin to see that these leaders, unlike their God, would give in to sin, selfishness, laziness, and many other things which would draw from their ability to lead the people well. From here forward, there's no doubt that Israel would understand that choosing a leader wouldn't be easy, nor always result in good.

For our friends in Kenya, a recent election reminds us of this tension. At the writing of this letter, Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected as president; and already, protests have claimed the lives of Kenyans due to unrest at the election results.
As we pray for our family and friends in Kenya, and for the country and its leaders as a whole, we must remember that nothing is out of the providence of our God, even the leaders that are chosen. Paul tells us in Romans 13, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."
God is not absent in the choice of, tension around, nor results of, choosing a leader. Sometimes we choose poorly, God is there. Sometimes we choose wisely, God is there. Regardless of the outcome, God is present and still in control of all things.
Though leaders may rise and fall, our God stays constant. Of that, we can be sure.

“THERE IS NOT A SQUARE INCH IN THE WHOLE DOMAIN OF OUR HUMAN EXISTENCE OVER WHICH CHRIST, WHO IS SOVEREIGN OVER ALL, DOES NOT CRY, MINE!” 
Abraham Kuyper

Please join us this month of August as we pray for our friends and family in Kenya, for the children and teachers of our school, for our pastors, and for the people and leadership of the beautiful country of Kenya.
 


f4372422-c75e-4bc3-944d-3966e5e0dc28 (1).jpg

We have WONDERFUL news!!!

Many of you might remember Purity. She was one of the first girls we met at Christlike Academy. Though she was quiet, she was smart and wonderfully sweet to us. As time went on we learned her story, a tragedy of abuse at an early age. Last year, her grandmother left the area and asked Linus and Liz to care for Purity as she expected to never return. Linus and Liz have been caring for Purity since then and recently have completed the adoption process and are proud to officially make Purity part of their family!

I know adoption is very close to our hearts and the hearts of many of our partners. Please join us in praying for Purity and the Kirimi family. If you have anything you'd like to pass on to Linus and Liz, please reply to this email and we will be sure they get it.