The 1947 Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street is about a little girl and her mother who are surprised by the gift of a house for Christmas from Santa Claus. We have good news to share- much better than this Christmas classic- about one of our students in Kenya and a real Christmas miracle that just unfolded over the last few weeks.
One of our students named Melvin is an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle along with her three siblings and five cousins. The house they lived in did not have enough space for all of them, and some of them had to sleep outside which was dangerous for the children.
Steve and Ann McGregor from Charles City, Iowa have sponsored Melvin, and when they found out about her living situation, they offered to help build her a house for Christmas adding to funds raised from the last Rafiki Run. And within just a few short weeks, the materials were purchased, and the construction was done between December 3-6.
On Friday last week, Melvin came home from boarding school not expecting to find a new house on the site of their property, and she was crying tears of joy.
Today (December 20), Bishop Kaaleng (founding pastor of Children of the Kingdom) and Veronica Lemuya (current Children of the Kingdom director in Kenya) gathered a small group of former and current Children of the Kingdom students along with church members and other people in the village to come together for a house blessing.
May you and your family have a very merry Christmas, and may you be blessed knowing that your gifts to Children of the Kingdom really are making lasting difference and helping to make miracles unfold in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Kenya and in India.
This fall, we have had several students graduate from programs, and there is much to celebrate as we recognize the achievements of their hard work through the years. In the midst of a world that seems very dark right now with weariness from Covid-19 still being an unwelcome guest along with political divisions and global challenges, good news is hard to come by. So take a moment to read this letter written by one of our top students, and give thanks to God with us for what He has done in and through her life through Children of the Kingdom!
My name is Deborah. I’m 22 years old. I was brought up in a Christian family and am the first born in my family. God has been gracious and full of unending love, for He has been our provider, our sustainer, our hope, and our every good thing. I was privileged to get sponsorship from Children of the Kingdom at a young age. It was all God’s doing through the hands of the concerned individuals that I got this opportunity and the blessings of being a child in this program.
Being in Children of the Kingdom has really transformed my life from all angles, and it has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of things. It has given me the joy of being an ambassador of Christ, and it has gifted me the happiness of pursuing my academic life with minimal struggles. I have not only turned out strong spiritually, but also socially, academically, and economically, and I can proudly look back with assurance that I have lived up to Children of the Kingdom’s commitment to equip us to be servants in the Kingdom. I’m so grateful.
My loving parents are pastors at International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Nataparkakono. We are a happy family, and I have one sister and two brothers. God has always seen us through, and everything has always turned out for the good at the end of every single struggle.
I started my primary education at Loyo Primary School from class one to class three, and I later transferred to Lodwar Girls Primary School in 2010 from class four to class eight. In 2014, I managed to score high marks for my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education. My primary level learning experience was a success through the help of Children of the Kingdom which gave me support with finances, school uniforms, books, pens, and all other academic necessities.
I later on joined Our Lady’s Girls Secondary School from 2015 to 2018 for form one to form four, and I managed to pass and get my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. My education journey was challenging as I was learning different things every day, and nothing was easy compared to my primary level education. But my full time gratitude goes to God and the entire Children of the Kingdom family at large for their moral and financial support.
In September 2019, through the continuous support from my sponsor and from Children of the Kingdom, I joined KCA University and I took a diploma course in procurement and logistics management. In addition to school, I had the added responsibilities of managing many things as an adult. Through the help of my loving parents, I was able to cater for my other expenses outside my school fees.
I finished my diploma studies in April 2021, and I was privileged to secure an internship opportunity in the Ministry of Health Services and Sanitation in Turkana. This helped advance my learning in the classroom into a practical zone of experience as I was able to acquire skills and gain knowledge in the field. This was a big breakthrough for me as I can proudly tell myself that learned so much through this experience.
I graduated from this part of my program with a diploma in Procurement and Logistics Management. I’m so grateful and I am so proud of this accomplishment.
I started the next step of my program to earn my degree in the same course in September 2021, and it’s my prayer through the support of my sponsor and Children of the Kingdom at large that I will complete the program.
I want to start by deeply thanking my sponsors, Jane and Brevard Haynes, for their love, moral support, prayers, and financial support. Thank you for always ensuring that my academic life could be a success. I pray that God will bless you abundantly.
I wish to sincerely thank all involved in the Children of the Kingdom organization, , especially Madam Director Veronica Lemuya for always being a supportive and understanding mom, a caring and loving friend, and always being my number one teacher of life. She really inspires me and shows me the essence of working hard in life. Being a girl child in Children of the Kingdom, Madam Director has been always an easy person to approach not only as one who challenges gender narratives but also as an understanding mom; she is a role model to many young ladies in Children of the Kingdom.
My great appreciation goes to the rest of Children of the Kingdom staff for their support and for giving me an opportunity to pursue my dreams. May God bless you.