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.