“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.
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!
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
Happy New Year!