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Before You Buy Another Ugly Christmas Sweater…

Written by lauren. Posted in Children, Village Project Africa

Rotator-Sweater

$20 can provide a warm and bright Christmas for a child at Heritage Academy.
Give a sweater to keep a child warm both day and night.

Sweaters. How many do you have in your closet at this very moment? I have 15 pull-over sweaters that I just pulled to the front of my closet after hearing the weatherman announce that temperatures were going to be significantly colder this weekend.  I have to be honest and say that I don’t wear all the sweaters I own, but I keep some of them “just in case” I need an old wool sweater to keep me warm if I decide to build a snowman or “just in case” my size ever changes and I fit into that odd-fitting turtleneck. I have so many sweaters that I have to actually decide which one I will wear on a given day.

Torn sweaterThe kids at Heritage Academy cannot even begin to imagine what that morning quandary is like. When it comes to deciding what sweater to wear, most of them have one choice, if any choice at all. And they hold onto their sweaters—long after we would have tossed the same sweater in the trash or taken it to Goodwill—because they don’t have a replacement. They will either wear sweaters that provide some ounce of warmth or have no warmth at all. We often see children whose sweaters are barely hanging on their bodies because they need something to help them stay as warm as they possibly can.

Now, wait a minute, you might be saying, It’s Africa! Isn’t it hot? You might be surprised to learn that it is not warm all the time in Kenya. In fact, it can get down into the 30s at night during the winter. And for many kids at Heritage Academy sweaters are not only their source for warmth during the day, but at night as well. Many of the children do not have a mattress or a blanket to stay warm—they rely entirely on an often ragged sweater to stay warm.

This year, as you pull out your sweaters and get ready for cooler temperatures, please consider helping us provide a warm sweater for a child at Heritage Academy. Our Christmas focus this year is to raise money to buy new sweaters for the children of Heritage Academy. We don’t want to see a single child left cold because they don’t have a sweater or they have a sweater that barely counts.

Instead of buying another “ugly Christmas sweater,” why not provide a sweater for Christmas to a child in need? $20 will buy a high quality, durable sweater and provide warmth both day and night.  Contact us today for more information, or donate online. Just be sure to indicate that your donation is for the Christmas sweaters project. You can also send a check or money order the old-fashioned way to PO Box 382, Noblesville, IN 46061.

Your donation can make a difference in the life of a child!

 

 

Summer Visitors–The Hands and Feet of Christ

Written by margaret. Posted in Missions, Village Project Africa

It’s been a busy summer! Tomorrow our last group of the summer leaves the village and it is with great sadness that we see them go. Sometimes we wonder if short term groups are of any value, but I can answer that with a resounding “Yes!” They are of value, and they are Jesus’ hands and feet in this village. Sometimes, it is a simple visit to a home where the people are hurting, sometimes it is the healing touch of a medical doctor or nurse, sometimes it is reading or laughing with a child, sometimes it is giving a hug to a lonely and desperate widow. There are so many ways in which God uses us. And for this past week, it has been the skilled hands and minds of willing men to answer God’s call. In a few short days, they have ministered to us, and we have seen work accomplished that would take us months to finish—if we could ever get the work done at all. The cabinet they built to house the e-readers is perfect.  When they started with the scrap wood and humble resources that are available, I cringed—but when they finished and put on the final coat of paint, we all rejoiced at a job well done. 

When God called me to this place, I knew that we would be touching the lives of the women and children in the village of Makutano and the surrounding areas. What I didn’t realize is how this work would touch the lives of our visitors—followers of Jesus who carry pain and hurt, followers of Jesus who have sometimes lost their way, followers of Jesus who are lonely and troubled. It has been marvelous to hear their testimonies week after week. This morning was no exception as one of the men told his story of bitterness and brokenness and a cold and hard heart and how, through the witness of Pastor Joseph, Davis, and the villagers, God has touched him, renewed him, and brought him back into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord.

This summer, God has done amazing work in our midst. He uses the quietness, the rain, the mud, and the stars. He uses the times away from home and the testing of our comforts. God reaches to us in ways we never dream possible and we praise His name.

The dedication of the well at the school was a high point of the summer. The look on the faces of the mothers and children as they received a bottle of good, clean water is a moment we will never forget. And the reality of what this well means to the community came to me when one of our lead teachers said, “Today, our problem of water has ended.”

We are so thankful for the groups who have come this summer and ministered and share their love—this village will never be the same. I will never be the same because of their coming.

Blessings and love to you all,

Margaret

Road Trip for Water

Written by lauren. Posted in Health, Stories

A group of guys from OuiLove, one of our partners, recently went on a road trip to raise awareness and, hopefully, raise funds to provide clean drinking water for the people of Makutano and other places in need around the world. They created a video, hoping to catch the eye of Coca-Cola and win $1 million dollars in donations to provide new wells in our village and others they support.

To catch the eye of Coca-Cola, the video has to go viral—the more people who see it, the more “viral” it is. Please watch the video, like the video, and share it with all your friends and family. Let’s see what a little can do—because we know little is much when God is in it!

A Birthday Gift for Jesus

Written by lauren. Posted in Children, Education, Stories

Julie Carpenter has created a new tradition in her first grade classroom at Calvary Christian School in Kentucky. Last year, and again this year, the class celebrated Jesus’s birth by throwing a birthday party and bringing gifts in his honor—school supplies to benefit Heritage Academy! Julie shares the response and reaction she’s gotten from the children in her classroom this year.

My first grade class at Calvary Christian School supports the children at Heritage Academy through prayer and donations. They pray for the children everyday, and they were excited to help them when they had the chance.   For our “Happy Birthday Jesus” party, they brought in tons of school supplies for the children, and they wrote sweet letters as well. We hope the school supplies will be helpful to all of the children at the school, and we hope the letters will remind them that their friends in Kentucky love and care about them. 
 
I have two stories to share about two of the little girls in my class. 
  
Brooklyn
During the first week of school, I shared about my trip to Kenya. Brooklyn’s heart was touched when she heard about the children and saw my photos of them. Here’s an email from her mom:
 
Julie,
 
Brooklyn has asked me several times for the last week or so about us donating things to Kenya. Is this possible? She says she would like to make care packages with food and such. I think that’s absolutely wonderful that she’s feeling drawn to help out. She says, “But mommy, they don’t even have food or clothes or toys, I could send them some things I won’t eat, wear or play with.” 
 
Thanks,
Michele
  
Rachel
I have a class website, and I post photos on it throughout the school year for the families to view. Of course, the photos from my trip to Kenya are on there because we support the school as our international class mission. Rachel’s mom told me that Rachel asks to look at the photos of the children often. She talks about them and prays for them every day. She even wants to be a missionary now and go to Kenya to help them!  During our parent/teacher conference, we started talking about her passion for the children in Kenya. Her parents mentioned wanting to go on a mission trip as a family sometime. I immediately mentioned the medical teams going this summer because Rachel’s dad is an anesthesiologist, and I sent more information about VPA. Rachel’s dad made contact with the person in charge of the medical teams and they are now planning on going as a family with the medical teams in the summer of 2014!  I’m so excited for their family, but I’m even more excited for Rachel! God is working out a plan so her passion to be a missionary can be nurtured even more! God is so good!!!        
 
It’s a joy to pass the passion I have for the children of Makutano to my students. God is planting seeds in the hearts of His sweet children, and they’re growing in beautiful ways.  Merry Christmas! 

 

Project 5&2

Written by shelly. Posted in Children

bagsWe are so excited to be partnering again this year with Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis, Indiana as part of their outreach program, Project 5&2. The name of the project comes from Matthew 14 which tells the story of a boy who gave what he had—five loaves of bread and two fish, which Jesus multiplied to meet the needs of the entire crowd.

The goal of our partnership with Project 5&2 is to connect a family from Church at the Crossing with a child at Heritage Academy. The families are asked to pray for the child they choose and show love to him or her in what may seem like a very small way—by filling a backpack with necessary items that children in the school need to take care of themselves and to improve the quality of their education. Just as the crowd could focus more clearly on Jesus’s message when they were fed, these children can learn about both school subjects and the tangible love of God better when basic things such as soap and pencils
are provided.

We are pleased and blessed to hear that after this weekend’s kickoff, all 540 children who currently attend Heritage Academy have been paired with a family at Church at the Crossing or their current sponsor. All of the children will receive a bag and have families praying for them by name this next year. Because there was such high demand, and many people still interested in getting involved after the last child’s name was taken, Church at the Crossing has decided to go beyond blessing the children currently in our school—they are now creating bags for our “unnamed friends” who will form the new class for the new school year in January.

God is so great, and we are so blessed to be a part of the way He works to tie His people together despite apparent, even continental, barriers! Thank you, Church at the Crossing!

Want to learn more about Project 5&2 and the success of last year’s bags? Click here to watch the promotional video.

 

Photos courtesy of Carissa Drake

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