November 2016 | One Year in 55 Days

In 55 days, it will be January 1, 2017...

...and on that day we hope to have Christlike Academy fully supported for one year. We know this is a lofty goal, but we also know that we have partners who can help us achieve it.
We need your help.

ONE YEAR in 55 DAYS
Our mission as an organization is to bring hope and a bright future to impoverished people groups. We believe this is done primarily through church planting. Therefore, just as it was a church planter who started Christlike Academy, which is now providing meals and an education to 185 slum children, we want to help support other Kenyan church planters to begin to redeem and restore the communities they are in. In order to do this, we must be able to support Christlike Academy first. We want to be faithful to the place where God has first connected us and shown us a need.

Below is a breakdown of the monthly operational costs to support Christlike Academy and the total for our year end campaign.


CHRISTLIKE ACADEMY Salaries (12 Teachers, 4 Support Staff, Security) $1400 Supplies/Stationary   $50 Food   $225 Water/Electricity   $30 Rent   $160 Firewood   $33 Bus Fares   $50 Total Monthly Operational Cost   $1948 Total Yearly Operational Cost   $23,376 Year End Goal   $30,000 Our year end goal includes fees, Christmas bonuses for Christlike staff, extra funds for uniforms, and a one-time need of $3,000 to construct additional classrooms for classes 7 & 8. Christlike Academy was founded by our pastor in the Misiri slums who saw a need for food and education to be available for children who couldn't obtain it. Christlike provides an accredited education to children who live in the Misiri slum and who would otherwise have no opportunity for schooling. Certified teachers travel in from the area to teach the students. On average, these teachers make the equivalent of 80USD per month and work just as hard and diligently as our beloved teachers here in the United States. Because our teachers work so hard with the students, some students are scoring consistently in the top of their grade level in the region. In addition to schooling, the children are provided with two warm meals a day and those especially poor are often sent home with an additional meal. Christlike typically provides uniforms to those students who cannot obtain them and this sometimes becomes their only clothing. When we first visited in 2014 the school had 85 children. When we arrived in October of this year, that number had grown to 185. We now have children attending who are ready to move up into classes 7 and 8 and we must construct a building in order for them to do so.

CHRISTLIKE ACADEMY
Salaries (12 Teachers, 4 Support Staff, Security) $1400
Supplies/Stationary   $50
Food   $225
Water/Electricity   $30
Rent   $160
Firewood   $33
Bus Fares   $50

Total Monthly Operational Cost   $1948
Total Yearly Operational Cost   $23,376

Year End Goal   $30,000

Our year end goal includes fees, Christmas bonuses for Christlike staff, extra funds for uniforms, and a one-time need of $3,000 to construct additional classrooms for classes 7 & 8.

Christlike Academy was founded by our pastor in the Misiri slums who saw a need for food and education to be available for children who couldn't obtain it. Christlike provides an accredited education to children who live in the Misiri slum and who would otherwise have no opportunity for schooling. Certified teachers travel in from the area to teach the students. On average, these teachers make the equivalent of 80USD per month and work just as hard and diligently as our beloved teachers here in the United States. Because our teachers work so hard with the students, some students are scoring consistently in the top of their grade level in the region. In addition to schooling, the children are provided with two warm meals a day and those especially poor are often sent home with an additional meal. Christlike typically provides uniforms to those students who cannot obtain them and this sometimes becomes their only clothing. When we first visited in 2014 the school had 85 children. When we arrived in October of this year, that number had grown to 185. We now have children attending who are ready to move up into classes 7 and 8 and we must construct a building in order for them to do so.

As 2017 approaches, you will find out more about each of the needs above. Each need that your support goes to when you donate plays a vital role in helping at Christlike Academy, from firewood to uniforms. Your partnership and support would mean so much to us and to the teachers and children of Christlike Academy.

We'd like to ask that instead of Black Friday spending and traditional gifts at Christmas, you would consider donating to Christlike Academy. If you'd like to find out more how you can donate to Christlike Academy as someone's Christmas gift, please contact us.

As we enter the holiday season, please be blessed by this message from Pastor Linus in Limuru. He says these words often and as he pours his life out to train church planters and share the gospel with people all over Kenya, there is never any doubt of the depth with which he means them:

"May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God our Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you forevermore. Amen."