|Joni Eareckson Tada|
I recently attended the Global Access Conference organized by Joni and Friends in California. It was a really great event with over 1,000 people from around the world leading disability focused ministries. It was an honor to share my Kupenda experience during the two workshops I led and panel I served on. I stayed after the conference to participate in a small working group on disability and missions as part of the Lausanne movement. I even had the opportunity to hang with Joni Eareckson Tada. All of this created some exciting connections and opportunities for Kupenda. Despite these encouraging developments, it’s been challenging to be enthusiastic.
|My dad in Kenya|
Last Tuesday, all my dad’s organs began shutting down because of heart failure. My family said our tearful goodbyes since the doctors told us he was going to die any minute. Miraculously, he made an amazing turn around that night as my little sister sang hymns to him. It shocked the medical staff and renewed the faith of many people in my dad’s life. We have been able to interact with him but he is still in the intensive care unit, and on a ventilator. No matter what happens to my dad in the next hours, days, weeks, months, years…we are grateful that today there is still a chance he will recover.
|Me playing the guitar|
We are finally contracting out some expert help to get caught up in several areas like child sponsorship, strategic planning, and development of a communication center in Kenya. The contract will be for 160 hours of work by an experienced professional for $5,000 USD. I need much more help than this but our resources are too limited and uncertain for any additional financial commitments. Would you consider contributing to Kupenda at this time to help us meet these growing needs? Perhaps you could give $104 (my dad’s age and mine combined) in honor of my dad’s life and my birthday on Saturday…the day he became a father.
It seems miracles come only after we cry out in unimaginable grief and pain….and many times they don’t come at all. We don’t know why we had our miracle last week but my dad’s health improvement reminded us that anything is possible even if the experts say it’s not. I hope the same might be true for other difficult circumstances we all are facing in life and Kupenda. During this tough time in my own life, I am grateful that Kupenda is much more than me.
Thank you for bringing hope and love to the lives of children who may have never had it without you.