2019 Christmas Greetings

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2019 Christmas Greetings

God is faithful, loving, caring and always present with us.  He has given us a beautiful year and this far, He has been our Ebenezer!  Through all of you our friends, our supporters in thoughts, prayers, material and financial gifts and through communication and visitation, we smile together and say “glory and honor belong to our God”.  We are all well, healthy and smiling to know that we are loved!  

 

Christmas is here, and although we are not able to do much with the children, we make joyful noises to God, praising him with the few who can put some words together and clap in joyful singing.  Besides David who talks fluently, 3 other children have learned several words and are able to join in the singing and also in our learning class.  Like we have done many times before, we plan to participate in Christmas carols in a couple Churches with 5 children who sing and enjoy being in a Church.  We look forward to that. 

With lots of love, we wish you all special Christmas season filled with God’s blessings and also a happy and prosperous New Year 2020. 

 

Praises and prayer requests: 

Praises:   Praise God with us for a year full of blessings.  Its been a year of good health for the children and the caregivers; Praise God for the many people who visited us this year and experienced the presence and the love of God in our Home.  Pray for continued health for all of us; for continued improvement in the various abilities of our children; for 2 children ready to join En-Gedi, but whose birth certificates need to be processed.  it has taken unreasonably too long.  Pray also that we will have a joyous Christmas season. 

 

May the blessings of peace, the beauty of hope, the spirit of love and the comfort of faith be your gifts this Christmas.  

 

From all of us at En-Gedi Children’s Home.

 

Margaret Njuguna

En-Gedi Children’s Home, P.O. Box 763-00204 Athi River, Kenya. 

Tel. +254-710-395756; +254-733-972027.

 

Web: https://en-gedichildrenwithhope.org                         megnjuguna@gmail.com

Christmas 2018 Greetings from En-Gedi

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Christmas 2018 Greetings from En-Gedi

Dear co-workers in the Lord’s ministry:

 

Please receive our special 2018 Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year 2019!

  

We are grateful to God for another beautiful year full of blessings; and for seeing God at work with us and in our lives; grateful that you have continued with us in this life transforming ministry.

 

En-Gedi Home has continued to be a safe haven for children with special needs and we have witnessed tremendous improvement in the abilities of the children – both physical and mental.  From just one child who could talk at the beginning of this year, we now have 3 and 2 others gaining new words consistently.  When we sing together, we now can hear more clear words than just a few months ago.  Two children are able to hold support and stand for a few minutes at a time.   As we do our best in caring for these children, God will continue to do the rest in their lives.  Thank you for the many prayers you offer for us and for your continued financial support. 

We already enjoyed our Christmas cake, though we still expect a few more from community people who have called to say they will bring cakes to the children on Christmas day. 

And, God continued to send welwishers to us to bring foodstuff and other goodies for these lovely children.  Glory and honor belong to our God.  Our pantry has enough food & supplies to take us another two months. 

October 2018 Update

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En-Gedi Children’s Home – October 2018 Update

Dear friends and servants with me, receive warm greetings from me and my En-Gedi family! 

I am encouraged by the words of 2nd Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded”.  And I read this verse with Colossians 3: 23&24 – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” 

These last couple months have been hard seeing one of our kids consistently trying to keep alive.  As much as I said I would be prepared for any eventualities related to the lives of these God’s special children, I get overcome by compassion and I keep

reminding myself that “at En-Gedi, we do our best and God does the rest”.  This boy – SONTO has a spine that curves to the back and it’s been so hard on his chest when both his head and his legs curve so strong in endless convulsions.  The specialist has said Sonto is not sick and that we just keep administering the tablet to reduce convulsions.  Please keep praying with me for Sonto and for peace. 

We are otherwise all fine and continue to witness God’s presence with us and His providence in our everyday lives.  Besides the challenges related to disability, we have had no sick children to warrant us to go to the hospital.  Glory and honor are to our God.  The caregivers are all fine and happily serving with me. 

Since the last update, God has provided resources for a back-up generator that makes our training centre cum guesthouse sell better.  Although we have not had any groups renting, we have had many enquiries and we are hopeful for income generation through this facility.  

Our garden is a resource for spinach, carrots, kale, plantains (cooking bananas) and papaya fruits. This helps us save money for other necessary supplies. 

Please accept my thanks and great appreciation for your continued prayers, thoughts and financial support.  Together, we are making a difference in the lives of these children, their families and the community as a whole. 

Pray with us for continued God’s guidance as we make decisions to take in more children; for continued health and strength for all of us.  Thank God with us for providing finances to build the children’s playground.  Thus far, the Lord has helped us!

Many blessings to you all,

Margaret Njuguna

Founder/Director – En-Gedi Children’s Home, P. O. Box 763-00204 Athi River, Kenya. 

Christmas Greetings – 2017

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Christmas Greetings - 2017

Dear co-workers in the Lord’s ministry,

 

Kindly receive our special 2017 Christmas greetings and best wishes for the new year 2018!  

 

Indeed we thank God for giving us a very blessed year; an year that has seen us complete our new facility and move in; an year that has registered tons of improvements in the abilities of our children; an year that we have registered a very successful community outreach; an year when truly God has met our needs according to His riches in glory.  He is a faithful God – Glory and honor are His!

 

We conducted thanksgiving prayers for the new facility on November 30 and we moved in on December 5.  The children who move around have been very excited and this excitement has brought out some abilities previously not noticeable.  For instance, John and David are able to wheel themselves – though just using one arm.  Our settling down is going well and as soon as we furnish a bit more, we will start to take in more kids and open opportunities for volunteers

Please thank God with us for: a) completion of this facility that will help many more children; b) thank God for those that, in different ways have contributed  to improved lives of En-Gedi children; c) thank God for His continued provision to our needs.  Pray that God will continue to be central in the En-Gedi ministry; b) pray that the children will continue to improve in their abilities; c) pray that God will touch people willing to come as volunteers to serve with us at En-Gedi; d) pray that we all experience a renewal of God’s love as we celebrate Christ Jesus’ symbolic birth this Christmas season.

Thank you all for being partners with me. 

Margaret Njuguna

MNjuguna

“I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 7:17–

 

 

“I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 7:17–

En-Gedi Children’s Home, P. O. Box 763-00204 Athi River, Kenya.   www.en-gedichildrenwithhope.org

November 2017 update

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En-Gedi Children’s Home – November 2017 update

Greetings to you all my friends and partners in serving God’s children!

 

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)

Please accept my great appreciation to you all for walking with us at En-Gedi with your prayers, financial support, visits, e-mails and cards.  May the God we serve together do you good!   

 

We are all fine and enjoying each day that God grants to us. Our children have continued to improve in their different abilities – both mental and physical.  To highlight just a few – John who couldn’t say a word 2 years ago when he joined En-Gedi has now over 20 words and most of them quite clear; Michael who just a few months ago started sitting on his own with some back support is now able to move with his back all over the room.  For the first time, he is now able to turn from laying on his back to laying on his tummy; Angel, our little armless girl is talking almost fluently now. It’s amazing how much all the children have improved.  Glory and honor are to our God.

Since the last update, God has provided resources for a back-up generator that makes our training centre cum guesthouse sell better.  Although we have not had any groups renting, we have had many enquiries and we are hopeful for income generation through this facility.  

On September 24, two of my staff and I took 5 children with us to a Presbyterian Church that helped resuce our girl Rose.  We were warmly received and with our children, we presented a praise chorus and I shared about seeing God’s face in disability.  Educating the community on disability is one of our goals.

On our last wrap towards moving to our new facility

Main entrance

     my office (to the right)   

storage room

therapy room

Working on final touches of the driveway, parking and gardens.                  Paving blocks being laid out.

Paving of the grounds is expected to be complete in another 10 days.  Soon after, I will have my Board members, parents & guardians of our children; my Church leadership and a couple prayer groups that I belong to come to make a “thanksgiving prayer to God” and dedicate the facility to God’s ministry.  It actually might coincide with your Thanksgiving and if so, lets plan to thank God together for His doings. 

 

Official inauguration is tentatively scheduled for July 7, 2018 and I am extending a very warm invitation to any of you who is able to travel to attend this occasion.  Meanwhile, I plan to travel to the U.S. and Canada (just Alberta) from mid April to end of May 2018.  This trip is to visit my N. America supporting families and congregations to personally say “thank you” and to share pictures and videos of En-GediI will correspond directly with many of you on these plans so that we work on my visit together.   

 

Soon after moving into this new facility, we will take in 3 or 4 waitlisted children. Individual families and congregations in our neighborhood have given us enough food and clothing to immediately support these additions.  And I am sure as we gradually take in more and more children, God will continue to increase our financial resources to cope with the growth of En-Gedi ministry.   Below are some of our waitlisted kids on the higher priority list:

Praises and prayer requests

Thank God fora) the far He has brought us in building this His ministry; b) for continued peace in Kenya despite some challenges we experienced after the national elections back in August; c) for rains all over the country after over a year of failed rains that caused drought and famine in many parts of Kenya.   Pray that: a) God will give us a good transition as we plan to move in to our new facility; b) that God will continue to guide me as I make plans for travels to North America in the spring; c) that Kenya remains to be peaceful.   I appreciate your support in raising the Contractors retention fee – half of which have to be paid on handover of the facility at the end of November. 

 

Together in His service,

 

Margaret Njuguna –  megnjuguna@gmail.com

www.en-gedichildrenwithhope.org