Orphan Ministry Update

Printable Version (PDF)Orphan Ministry Update Over the last year we have needed to re-evaluate our orphan ministry and upgrade some things according to the current needs of the children. We have finished most of the work on the fencing and are doing maintenance and repair on some of the buildings. We also needed to get new mattresses, blankets, and mosquito nets for all of the children. We have used
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Setting up a house in Siaya!

We made it to Siaya today. We were a day later than planned due to my health, but we made it! We drove both vehicles fully loaded down (& up⬆️), in order to setup a 2nd house close to one of our village churches, Bible College branch, & our orphanage. We will begin spending part of each month here in Siaya & the other part in Kisii town (5 1/2 hours away). The house needs a LOT of cleaning! And
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April 2016 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)April 2016Prayer Supporters and Friends,We thank you for praying for our ministries while we are here in the States on furlough. On Easter Sunday Five Adults walked the aisle and invited the Lord Jesus to LIVE in their hearts. Those are souls that are added to your account. AMEN!!We covet your prayers for all of the changes that Abigail and Breanne will be facing in less than
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November - December 2015 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters and Friends, Nov./Dec. 2015 Merry Christmas from the Shelby Family. This time of the year has become special for all of us; especially this year, because of having the opportunity to see all of our family while we are on furlough. We pray that you would also have a Merry Christmas with your family during this holiday season. We
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August - September 2015 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters and Friends, August - September 2015Thank you for your prayers for our family and ministry in Kenya while we are on furlough. Thank you for praying for our traveling mercies. I am writing this letter on my flight to California where I will be in 11 churches over the next 3 weeks. At the end of the month we will be in a Mission’s Conference back in
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September-December 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable (PDF) VersionDear Prayer Partners,Happy New Year, 2015! We want to thank you for your prayers and support over this past year. God has enabled us to get so many things done this year. We are excited to be in our new building in Kisii. We have been using the new building since the first week in November, and we have already seen around 30 saved in services and during Youth Camp. We were
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June-August 2014 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters and Praying Friends, June - August 2014It has been a busy few months since we wrote, and a lot has taken place. In July, while traveling home from our church in Sidundo (where we baptized 13), I had a serious problem with our vehicle. The engine threw a rod, which blew out a large hole in the block, so I had to get towed back to Kisii Town (should
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August - November 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Prayer Partners and Supporters,We thank you for your prayers for Tonya as she was in the USA getting more treatments and B-12 shots, in October, to use here.  She should have enough to get her through until May of next year, when she is scheduled for another round of tests.We are finishing the year for the our Bible College, and on November 30th we will have a graduation
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July 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters, Praying Friends and Family,Greetings from Kenya! Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for our family and ministry in Kenya. We had a good time visiting with other missionaries for the 4th of July. God bless America!!!Orphan Ministry:We are currently using much more money to help meet the needs of the children than we have coming in. We have received
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April-June 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters, Praying Friends and Family,Greetings from Kisii, Kenya. It has been a very busy few months, with a lot of traveling and tight scheduling. Thank you for your prayers! I have had a few bouts with Malaria since the beginning of the year, but we have been able to catch it early enough so it only lasts about a day or two. It has been nothing like it was last year.
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January - February 2013 Prayer Letter

Printable Version (PDF)Dear Supporters and Friends,Thank you again for your prayers and special offerings for Tonya as she went to the States for some blood tests on her iron and B-12 levels. She is doing better with less headaches and more energy. She is taking B-12 injections twice a week, and it is helping. They do cause some nausea, but she is coping with it. The doctor wants her to return
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October 2012 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends, October 2012We want to thank you for your prayers and support for our family, and our ministries that God is continuing to bless. Over the last few months it has been very busy, and it has been difficult to get a letter out. Electricity and internet have also been a problem in trying to get a letter
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April-June 2012 Prayer Letter

Dear Supporters and Friends, April - June 2012We have finished moving into a newer house in Kisii on the other side of town. After praying for about a year and looking slowly in other parts of town, the Lord opened a door for us to move to a quieter part of town. The owners are one of the first families that we met when we first came to Kisii,
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Orphan Project - Day #12

Group #1 of the CLAIM Team flew out @ around 8 AM today, the kids & I drove to Nairobi to be with Luke a few days & to get some rest before heading back to Kisii, & group #2 is on their way to the airport right now. Their flight is scheduled to leave close to 11 PM.
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Orphan Project - Day #11

The CLAIM Team headed to Nairobi & Miss Katie, our children & I headed home to Kisii this morning. We made it to Kisii without any trouble. Luke & the Team were broke down on the side of the road for a little while, but they got everything back up & running. They should be getting into Nairobi right about now. Please pray for them & all of their flights tomorrow. What a wonderful
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Orphan Project - Day #10

Please pray. We have 2 Team members who are very sick today. I just took one of them back to the guesthouse to rest. The church was already full when I left. And there were so many children that I was not able to get a count. But I will be sure to try to post more this afternoon once church is over. Thank you for your prayers!Our last services today with the Team here @ Sidundo. Not sure of the total
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Orphan Project - Day #9

The roofs are on all the buildings! The trees are all planted! The Jesus Film was able to be shown in full tonight to around 368 people! We praise the Lord for His goodness. And we thank you for your prayers. The Team was able to meet the orphans that will be living in the home they built & they were able to take pictures & give out gifts to each of them. What a blessing the CLAIM Team has
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Orphan Project - Day #8

Wow, where has the tome gone? The project is almost complete (just need the metal roofing sheets-please pray that we are able to get them), 400 trees have been planted & watered, VBS went very well (around 160 kids/175 with the adults & workers included), tomorrow we will make a couple of special visits, we will have a time to sit down & get to meet all the orphans, & we will be showing
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Orphan Project - Day #7

We were able to water all of the trees that we planted (that takes a while when they are on the perimeter of a 5 acre plot)! The Girls' dorm is almost finished; I believe they have just a couple of more rows of bricks. The trusses are all finished & ready to go up. Please pray that we are able to get the metal roof sheets tomorrow (the hardware stores are giving us a hard time getting the supply
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Orphan Project - Day #6

I was told that around 70 trees were planted today. The boys' dorm was finished, & the girls' was started. Miss Katie & I spent the day driving to Siaya searching for food supplies & bottled water. So I am sure that I will be surprised by the progress when I go to the site tomorrow! The buildings are going up so fast!Sorry I forgot to say that the mid-week service went well also. Thank
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Orphan Project - Day #5

We were able to plant 125 more trees, & the boys' dorm is almost finished (just 2 more rows of bricks & then the trusses can go up). Please pray for the Team as a few of them are having some health issues due to the intensity of the equatorial sun, & Bro. Phillip (the Team leader) has a kidney stone.
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Orphan Project - Day #4

We planted about 50 more trees. The kitchen/dining hall is ready for it's roof tomorrow. All of the bricks, gravel, sand, & cement have been delivered. The wood for the trusses of the 2 dorms & all of the metal roofing sheets will be delivered tomorrow.Tomorrow we will be having a ladies' meeting @ the church where we are building the orphanage. Please pray as I teach these ladies what God
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Orphan Project - Day #3

Where do I even begin? God is so good! The church has been praying fir 200 in attendance for their 1st service in their new building & on their own property. The day started with people coming slowly by slowly, because of all the rain. But by the time preaching started, there were over 290 in attendance!! The building was completely full, and all of the children had to meet outside. We had 18
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