Patchwork Blessings

Written by lauren. Posted in Stories, Village Project Africa

Recently Margaret was contacted by a lady from the west coast of the U.S., Taza.  Taza mentioned that she is part of a small group of women that meets weekly to make quilts. In Taza’s words, “It is a very positive and restorative activity” in itself, but they were looking for a place to which they could donate the quilts so that they would be a blessing to someone else.

Now consider this: We are currently in the process of building a dorm for 20 of our most vulnerable girls.  This dorm will hold twin-size bunks on which to provide these girls a place to sleep.

When Taza first contacted Margaret about quilts, Margaret wasn’t really sure what they could do with them!  Then she thought of the dorm and mentioned the idea to Davis and to Taza.  Davis thought the quilts would be wonderful for the girls’ beds, and Taza’s group has gotten very excited about being able to provide quilts for our new dorm in Makutano.  They have 4 quilts made already, and they hope to be able to send the rest this summer!

If the girls are able to stay in our school through 8th grade, some of them will be with us for the next 4–5 years.  As each girl enters our dorm, they will be given a new quilt of their own that they will be able to use during their stay with us, then keep as a reminder of their special memories at our school. 

God knew the need we will have, and He had already moved in the hearts of these ladies
to meet that need before we even knew it existed!  Just like the patchwork squares on a quilt that are intricately, delicately, and purposefully joined to create something special
and beautiful, so is God purposefully joining His people around the world to take care of His children!

We continue to see God’s blessing upon our mission, and we are thankful to Him and to those of you who faithfully provide our prayer and financial support!

“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory!”  Philippians 4:19

Little Dresses for Africa

Written by lauren. Posted in Children

Little Dresses“Little Dresses for Africa” is bringing excitement to our village children!  On January 21, a group of 7 from Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis will be the “donkeys” for Jesus, taking about 200 dresses that the women at the church have made for our girls.  In the last few months, they have had old-fashioned sewing bees to make the dresses, and we are so excited to make the delivery next week!  Not wanting the boys to be left out, the men got together and bought 150 pair of shorts, and others donated t-shirts.  Thank you to Church at the Crossing and the women of  Lydia Ladies for a job well done! For more information about “Little Dresses for Africa,” visit www.littledressesforafrica.org.

For One of the Least of These

Written by lauren. Posted in Children, Stories

Matthew 25:35-36 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…” This report from Davis tells how VPA was able to minister to “the least of these” this past week and shines a light on a critical need in Makutano:

A neighbor brought in a girl whose mother died when she was 5 years old. Her father has remarried, and the step mother had taken her out of school and has been cruel to the girl, who is now 13, by doing such things as burning her clothes. It was a dreadful situation. She has been going from place to place trying to find somewhere to stay, and at some point connected with this neighbor woman. She doesn’t own a single dress, and the neighbor gave her one so she could attend our school interviews. She is smart. Very smart–at the top of her class. We took her in. She will live in our widows’ village with two other children and go to our school, and we will feed and clothe her. Our critical need now is boarding facilities for vulnerable children like this girl. May the Lord open a way so that we get a dormitory for children who are mistreated and they can find a place of refuge.

Please pray with us that God will provide the funds we need to complete our classrooms and build boarding facilities for the children who need them!  Thank you for your encouragement and support!

A Year End Thanks

Written by lauren. Posted in Village Project Africa

Village Project Africa received approval for non-profit status a year ago this week, and since then has been so richly blessed by God and all of you who have been so supportive of our efforts in Makutano. We set a goal to raise $40,000 in our first year and thanks to all of you, we have more than doubled that goal with less than half a percent of that going to cover administrative costs! As we close out the year, we’d love to end with a solid $100,000 donated.  Whether you can give $5 or $500, all the money we raise will help us continue to fund and expand the programs we’ve offered this year.  You can mail in a donation, give one through PayPal (see our website,www.villageprojectafrica.org for more info), or even donate stock! 

This has been an amazing year because of all of you!  We thank you so much for your commitment to seeing opportunities for change in Makutano, Kenya and helping to
enact them!

 

Happy New Year!

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