Update October 2018

Partners and Friends,

It is always a joy to pause and reflect on what God is doing through the work in Kenya, as we write these updates. We feel so blessed and often times unworthy of the amazing people we have the opportunity to work with here and the opportunities our family are afforded by living here.

We also enjoy putting together these newsletters because it gives us an opportunity to let you know how much you mean to us.  We are fully aware that without your prayers and support of our family, the work taking place in Kenya would not be possible.  Please know that we think of you and pray for you often.

We have added a new section to the newsletter this month with a personal update from Sophie and Ethan, so be sure to read all the way to the end to see what they have to say.


Project Updates

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is just around the corner! Last year we had an amazing Christmas with all of the People to People partner feeding programs around Kenya (You can see a recap of last year’s Christmas Project below).

We are currently in the process of determining what each program prefers this year.  We know that we will be providing gifts for nearly 500 children, as well as hosting 5 Christmas meals/celebrations!  Many of these gifts will include school shoes, backpacks, food items etc.  We will share a more detailed list once we have it finalized.  This is a costly project each year, usually costing between $7,000-8,000, but it is a project that is very dear to our hearts.  If you are interested in supporting it we would greatly appreciate it!  You can click here to do so: Dunning Ministry Account (choose “Ministry” in the account menu).

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Tana River Village Irrigation and Agricultural Projects

The projects in Peponi and Gardeni are both doing very well.  As you remember, both of this villages were devastated by the flooding in April (click here for more details), as both were completely under water and all residents had to relocate to temporary camps.  In recent months they have returned home, begun rebuilding, and started farming once again.

Recently, Bocha (our partner that oversees these projects) made an amazing connection with a young agriculture student from Edgerton University that was looking for a place to do his internship.  Bocha convinced him to come serve in the communities in Gardeni and Peponi for his internship.  He has introduced the communities to many beneficial farming concepts!

In Peponi, the maize crop is growing quite well and they are expecting a tremendous harvest.  They also have planted green grams (lentils) that are doing well.  In Gardeni, they are growing tomatoes and onions in seed beds, and have planted watermelon as well.

The farm project in Odhole Village is also getting off the ground.  They were affected terribly by the flooding, and the village could only be accessed by boat.  Since the water has receded, they are in the process of preparing the land and will start planting in the coming weeks.

These projects provide much needed food relief to the communities, as well as help sustain the workers that live and serve in these communities.  With every seed that is planted, each crop that is harvested and through the abundance of water flowing from each well, these communities are seeing God’s grace in their lives, and the love that Christ has for all of us is being demonstrated.

We hope to start another similar project in a village called Vumbe, but are lacking funds.  If you are interested in helping us get this project off the ground, you can click here (Choose Ministry in the account drop down menu), or email us for more information.

Micro-Business Seminar

Recently, Jamie was asked to give a micro-business seminar to a group of youth from South Sudan and Eldoret.  The seminar was designed to give these boys some tangible ideas of how they could sustain themselves and their families.  It covered the basics of creating a business plan and vision for starting a small-scale business.  We are hoping that this will lead to partnerships with these boys moving forward.

Since the seminar went well, we are also hoping to continue adapting the training so that we can offer it more regularly to partners and groups.  Jamie’s coursework and our experience partnering with sustainable projects over the last few years has really informed this seminar, but he has also been meeting with a few experienced local individuals for suggestions on how to help make the training more complete and beneficial.

Rosslyn Cultural Field Studies (C.F.S.)

Each year Rosslyn Academy sends 16 groups High School Students to sites all over Kenya to serve and to learn from communities and projects.  Jessica coordinates all of these trips and teams.  It is a massive undertaking, but she does it brilliantly.  This year’s trips were all a great success.

In addition to Jessica coordinating all 16 sites, we also host one team of sophomore students.  We take them to Emmanuel Preparatory School/Emmanuel Worship Center in Kanja, Kenya, for a 5-day visit.  During our time there the students assisted in classrooms, participated in a plastering work project, learned about Embu culture, experienced the beauty of the surrounding area, and saw first-hand how tea is processed…from hand-picking leaves from the bush to the tea being roasted and packaged in the factory.  It was a great group of students, several of which Jamie taught when they were in 3rd grade.  It is a unique experience to be able to reconnect with these kids and to see who they have become and are becoming.

This is our fourth year leading a group, and it has become a trip that our whole family looks forward to (especially Sophie and Ethan).

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Speaking Opportunities

Jamie was asked to speak on the topic of Service at the CFS kick-off chapel for all of the Rosslyn High School students.  He spoke on the idea of approaching “service” through a posture of humility, love, and a desire for mutuality.  He also spoke in the Middle School chapel that day on the topic of being Contemplatives in Action, as we seek to see Christ in every moment of every day. He was reminded of how much he enjoys teaching and connecting with students.

He also had the opportunity to speak at Emmanuel Worship Center in Kanja, where he shared a message on “The Parable of the Merciful Father”.

In addition to giving the micro-business seminar, he also had the opportunity to develop a Cross Cultural Competency Training seminar for one of his graduate courses.  He presented the seminar to the staff at Calvary Worship Center as a trial.  He received positive feedback and encouragement, so he is planning on continuing to build upon it for opportunities to share it in other contexts in the future.


Family Update

We have had a combination of several public/school holidays over the last couple of months, which has given us the opportunity to get out into nature several times as a family.  We have learned that this is one of the most refreshing, life-giving, and rewarding ways we can spend time together.  We are thankful that we have had so many chances recently, and that we live in place with so much beauty!

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Jamie has just completed his 7th course in his International Development Degree.  He only has 3 more courses left in the program.  The program will be finished on April 28, and it is safe to say that he is counting down the days. He has also has been asked to speak at the 6th Global Assembly in Santiago, Chile, in February.  He will be sharing on our experiences with Micro-Businesses in missions.  He is excited for the opportunity.

Jessica continues to enjoy her work at Rosslyn Academy.  The beginning of the year is always busy, as the HS CFS program takes place only a few weeks into the school year.  Now as we look forward to the Christmas season and the celebrations we facilitate at our partner feeding programs and orphanages, she is also gearing up to to lead Rosslyn’s Christmas Fundraising initiative called the Christmas Project.  Last year this endeavor raised 1,700,000KES for 4 amazing organizations.  She is excited about this upcoming season of work and sharing the love of Christ with those in need during this very special time of the year.

Message from Sophie:  I am enjoying 3rd grade so far.  My teacher is Mrs. Gitonga.  She is an amazing teacher.  I just started learning cursive and multiplication.  My favorite specials class is Art.  I like Art because we learn about famous artists like Keith Harring and Vincent Van Gogh.  I am also taking piano and gymnastics classes.  In piano I am learning scales.  In gymnastics we are doing backbends and aerials.  I played Intramural Soccer after school.  I liked making new friends, but soccer is not my favorite thing.  But Daddy says I am a good defender.  My favorite author is Megan McDonald, because I love Judy Moody and The Sisters Club books.  I also love going on hikes with my family because we see beautiful things.

Message from Ethan:  I love 1st Grade.  My teacher is very nice and funny.  I like Math because it is fun.  My favorite specials are Music and PE.  Ambassadors Soccer (on Saturday) is really fun.  I also have soccer practice on Friday with Coach Lydia.  On Wednesdays I have drum lessons.  My teacher said that I’m doing good.  We had a Harvest Festival at our school.  I got to ride a horse and a camel.


Prayer Requests

  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that we are being called.
  • For continued direction and wisdom in our work.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and follow Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, villages and churches that we have partnerships with.
  • For our extended families as they live life without having us and the kids nearby.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

We love and appreciate you all!  Your support, prayers, and encouragement mean everything to us.  Thank you for partnering with us.

Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

August 2018 Update

Partners and Friends,

We are currently in a place where we feel that we are starting afresh, embarking on a new year, which may seem odd considering it is August.  Due to Jessica’s involvement at Rosslyn Academy, the kids starting a new school year, and our tendency to travel to the States for furlough during the summer months, the pattern and flow of our lives seems to lead to a new beginning each August.  Perhaps my spending 10 years as a classroom teacher created a permanent since that the year begins in August, not January.  Regardless, we are excited to be settling back in and are looking forward to what this year will have to offer.

(Disclaimer….this is a long update, sorry!  Please read it in sections and come back as often as you like).

Quick Trip to the States

This summer, we spent nearly 4 weeks in the U.S.  We referred to this trip as a bonus, because it wasn’t in the plans to go.  I needed to attend the Residency for my second (and final!) year of the Master’s in International Development that I am pursuing, however, originally, I was going to go alone.  Fortunately, it worked out for Jessica and the kids to come along and to have nearly 2 weeks with each of our families.  We normally expect that it will be 2 years between seeing family, so this 1 year bonus was a blessing.

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On our way back to Kenya we had a 24-hour layover in London, which was just enough time to give the kids their first tour of many popular sites.  We’ve recently read The BFG, Chronicles of Narnia, and watched several movies that were set in London, so they were excited to see the actual places that inspired these stories.

Grad School Update

As mentioned above, I am now in my 2nd year of my graduate program.  The residency is an intense 18 days of coursework, connecting with professors and colleagues, and laying the groundwork for the year to come.  This year’s courses are focused on Disaster Relief and Mitigation, Advocacy, Cross-Cultural Skills, Applied Research, and Financial Management for non-profit work (with a small focus on Micro-Credit).  All in all, these courses, as well as the ones I’ve completed (Economic Development, Community Development, Theology of Poverty, Leadership, and Program Planning) are giving me so much knowledge and resources to (hopefully) be more effective in our work.

New School Year

The kids have now started back to school.  Sophie is in 3rd grade (hard for me to imagine that if I were still teaching, she is now old enough to be in my class!) and Ethan is starting 1st grade.  They are looking forward to a new year.  Sophie has decided to continue with piano and gymnastics this year, and to also participate in Intramural soccer and basketball (short seasons with 8 sessions after school).  Ethan has decided to continue playing soccer with Ambassadors, and to start taking drum lessons (I know that I am extremely biased, but he seems to be a natural).  With a piano, drums, my mediocre guitar playing, and Jessica’s voice, a family band may be in the works.


Projects

Tana River Delta Drought Relief

In March and April, Kenya received an incredible amount of rain, following a season of prolonged drought.  Sadly, the copious amount of rain led to extensive flooding wreaking havoc in many regions of Kenya.  One of the most affected regions was the Tana River Delta, where we have relationships with several villages through our partnership with Bocha Hussein.

These people deal with extreme drought the majority of the year, but during the rainy season heavy rains come to the highlands, which causes the Tana River to completely flood their villages in the Delta (this year was extreme, which happens every few years).  They go from no water to a dangerous amount of water.  Thousands of people lost their homes and had to relocate to temporary relief camps.  In April, we conducted a food relief distribution at one of the relief camps that housed three of our partner villages.  We were able to provide food relief for nearly 500 families, as well as a medical clinic in one of the camps.  Since then, we have also sent funds for a few smaller distributions in villages with extreme malnutrition, and were able to help with some medical needs to children affected by malnutrition and cholera.

The only benefit of this flooding is that the soil is nourished with minerals transported from the highlands, and the water table is replenished, which is critical since they rarely get significant rain.  Both of these effects will aid in the long-term success of the irrigation/farm projects we have started in these villages, but this benefit is a future one, and offers little consolation in the moment.

The water has started receding, and many are returning to villages to start the rebuilding process.  However, the needs are still great.  We are considering doing another distribution in the coming month.  Speaking of which……

Humanitarian Relief Prayer Request:  We are currently prayerfully considering methods that we can use to make our response to humanitarian disasters more efficient and timely.  I have formed a partnership with a local company in Nairobi that produces a UN-approved, fortified food option for extreme scenarios.  We would love to be able to provide this product in times of disaster, however, transport and storage are a huge consideration.  We are thinking through what possibilities we have available.  As you know, our primary goal is to partner with these communities in ways that promote long-term, self-sustainability (through projects like the irrigation and farm projects), however, in times of extreme disaster, acute, immediate needs become the priority.


Hosanna Dairy Project Update

The project at Hosanna Children’s Home is going extremely well!  The Sheriff (the dairy cow we purchased a few months ago) gave birth to a healthy, female calf (that will one day provide milk as well!) and is now producing 20 liters of milk per day, after the calf has eaten.  The milk production is being used for consumption for the orphanage (10 liters) , as well as providing much needed income to sustain the home (10 liters sold @ 40cents per liter).  Between what is earned in sales and saved through producing milk instead of buying, is around $9 per day.  Alternative food options to boost production are also being considered.  This project is off to a great start!  Thanks so much to those of you that supported this project.

For more detailed info on this project, check out the last update: April 2018 Update

Hosanna Fish Project Update:  You may remember that we helped start a Fish Sustainability Project at Hosanna a few years ago.  The project has had ups and downs, but is still pushing forward.  They have just harvested catfish which were sold, but mostly consumed by the children.  The pond has been restocked with Tilapia fingerlings.


People to People Updates

We now have over 200 children in the People to People Child Sponsorship Program for Kenya.  In May and June we were able to get updates on all of these children, which is always a great way for us to stay connected, and continue to build relationships with these kids.  If you are interested in sponsoring a child from Kenya, you can email rlowder@iphc.org and request one of our children!


Agricultural  Projects

We currently have two farm projects that we are partnering with for two great ministries.  These farms will generate income for these ministries helping them to become self-sustaining.

The two ministries are:

SMILE STAR’D SANITARY PAD PROGRAM is a ministry that provides young girls with sanitary pads and menstrual health education in order to help keep them in school.  Many girls in rural Kenya start to miss school once they reach this milestone in their lives, fall behind in their studies, and eventually drop out.  This project, run by our friend Alice Wambui, aims to provide these girls with an option to remain in school.

ODHOLE COMMUNITY VILLAGE:  We were able to recently provide a borehole, elevated storage tank, and irrigation pipes for a farm in Odhole village (one of the villages affected by the flood).  The next step is to start the farming activities.  They are planning to plant an 11-acre farm.  The harvest will be used for a few purposes: to sustain the village school feeding program ministry, to meet the needs of the team that is living in the village and teaching at the school, and to provide relief in times of crisis.

If you are interested in supporting these farming projects, or any projects like the ones mentioned above.  You can make a contribution here: Dunning Ministry Support (choose “Ministry” account in drop down menu) and 100% will go towards such projects (if you have a specific project you would like to support, shoot us n email and we can help you get it set up!)


 

Recent Happenings

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Prayer Requests

  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that we are being called.
  • For continued direction and wisdom in our work.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and follow Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, villages and churches that we have partnerships with.
  • For our extended families as they live life without us and the kids nearby.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

 

We love and appreciate you all!  Your support, prayers, and encouragement mean everything to us.  Thank you for partnering with us.

Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

April 2018 Update

Partners and Friends,

I began the last email by stating that we would get back into a regular pattern of sending out these updates, and I now realize that it has been nearly 4 months since we sent one!  We, once again, apologize for the delay.  My graduate school courses are providing an abundant source of knowledge and growth, but it has come with tremendous demands.  My most recent course was extremely demanding, but I am encouraged that my current one is much more manageable.  All that to say, I have found time to write something that isn’t for a class! 

2018 has been a great year for us, so far, but is moving along so quickly.  It is hard for us to believe that Sophie is nearly finished with second grade, and Ethan will soon move on to 1st grade!  This year they have continued to grow in their interests and in developing their personalities.  Sophie has a strong sense of compassion and justice, and Ethan is extremely thoughtful, kind-hearted and generous, though they are trying to figure out how to apply these traits to one another on a regular basis!  Sophie continues to love learning to play the piano, gymnastics, and reading.  Ethan most enjoys soccer, Star Wars, super heroes, and getting as dirty as possible.  They both love camping and hiking, but they don’t really have a choice on this one…it is a family requirement. 

Jessica and I are both doing well.  She continues to thrive in her role at Rosslyn Academy, as well as providing tremendous support and insight into our work.  On March 26, we celebrated our 13th Anniversary, and as far as I can tell, we are both still happily married. 

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Wedding Anniversary Pic

We will be coming to the States for a few weeks in June/July for my Masters program, but I will be spending the majority of it on the Eastern University campus in Pennsylvania.  I will have a few days with family before class begins, and a few days after, when we are hoping my sister will be visiting so that we can see her and meet our new nephew, Asher (born January 20).  Our plan was for me to come for my courses, but to bring the kids for a “bonus” visit with grandparents.  However, Jessica’s parents thought this plan was incomplete, so they have offered to bring her home as well!  So it looks like Jess and the kids will have a mini-vacation in the US…..while I am slaving away in class.  We have gotten used to only coming home every couple of years, but we are so thankful for this small bonus trip so that we can see family. 

Aunt Jenn’s Surprise Visit

 Jessica’s sister, Jennifer, surprised the kids with a visit during their Spring Break.  They were so excited to wake up to find her sitting in the living room.

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Zipline at the Forest


People to People and Ministry

Northern Kenya Visit

Jamie traveled to Northern Kenya to visit the People to People NK feeding programs, in Lokichoggio and Kakuma Refugee Camp.  In Lokichoggio, we were able to distribute over 100 mosquito nets in an effort to prevent malaria contraction among the children.  We were also able to share a meal with over 200 people in the community.  This feeding program feeds over 100 children every Sunday.  They face many challenges in this region, including food insecurity, lack of assess to water, frequent drought, lack of education and diseases, so we hope to be able to increase feeding to at least 2 days per week, and more if possible. 

The feeding program in Kakuma Refugee camp happens every Sunday in Locharidome, a poor and arid area just on the outskirts of the camp.  The children in Locharidome are mostly abandoned and are extremely vulnerable.  They depend on the weekly meals for survival.  Of course, one meal a week isn’t enough.  We also hope to increase the feedings at this site to at least 2 days per week.  This program is operated by an incredible woman named Veridiana, a refugee from the DRC, and her team.  They sacrifice their own time and resources to feed, teach, and instruct these children.  We are honored to partner with her. 

If you are interested in supporting these feeding projects.  You can make a contribution here: Ministry Support (choose “Ministry” account in drop down menu)

Hosanna Dairy Project

Hosanna is home to 65 orphaned children, and is one of our partner orphanages that we work with in a variety of ways.  They have had a successful dairy project over the last several years that has provided both milk and income to the home.  However, their current cows have gotten older and are not producing as much as they used to. 

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, we were able to purchase a new heifer recently.  She is a holstein breed, and is named “The Sherif.”  She is pregnant and should give birth in the next two months.  We are hoping for a female birth so that she can be raised as another producer.  If a male is born, he will be sold.

Once she starts producing, we have been told to expect anywhere from 25-40 liters of milk per day.  Some will be used for consumption for the children, the rest will be sold for profit and for feeding costs.  The current rate in this area is 40/- a liter (40cents).  This project is going to make the orphanage a decent income, as well as save a lot of money since milk will be provided.

 

Creation Care Conference

In February Jamie attended a Care of Creation Conference with our partner from Tana River, Bocha.  This conference provided education and training in conservation agricultural practices.  These practices will help Bocha sustain the agricultural projects in the villages in Tana River, maximize crop yields, while conserving water and healing and restoring the soil.  We are excited to see the positive effects of these practices.  My hope is to send more of our partners (that are interested) to these conferences in the future.

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Speaking/Worship Opportunities

Jamie has had several opportunities to speak recently.  These included Calvary Worship Center, St. Julian’s Centre, Locharidome IPHC, and Rosslyn Academy Elementary’s Spiritual Emphasis Week. 

Upcoming Events

May is going to be a busy month for us.  We will be visiting all of our partner People to People programs to get updates on the 171 sponsored children in Kenya.  Jamie will also be traveling to Tana River County to visit the three village well/farm projects that have been started, to initiate a small micro-finance program for some community members, and to spend time with our partners there.


Recent Happenings:

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Prayer Requests:

  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that He is calling us.
  • For continued direction and wisdom in our work.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and follow Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, and churches we support.
  • For our extended families as they live life without us and the kids.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

 


                    

We love and appreciate you all!  Your support, prayers, and encouragement mean everything to us.  Thank you for partnering with us.
Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

December 2017 Update

Partners and Friends,

First of all, we need to apologize that we have not been as faithful with updates. As many of you know, Jamie has started a Masters Degree in International Development from Eastern University, which is already greatly impacting and benefiting our work. Adding the work of this course load into the mix has made life much busier, and sadly, updates like these have suffered. That being said, you are all a critical component of this work, so it is very important to us to keep you informed and updated. After the first of the year, we will get back into the rhythm of a more regularly scheduled update. Thanks for understanding.

We came back to Kenya in August, after 3 months in the US. Since returning things have been a bit unsettled in the country, but things are slowly returning to normal. Kenya held presidential elections in August, with incumbent President Kenyatta winning the election. However, the opposition appealed that the results were flawed. The Supreme Court sided with the opposition declaring an additional election in November. A short time before the election redo, the opposition claimed that the necessary revisions had not been made to ensure a free and fair election leading them to boycott. The opposition also called all supporters to boycott the election. This resulted in extremely low voter turnout, however, President Kenyatta won the reelection with ease. This entire process has led to tensions along political and tribal lines. There have been incidents of protests and violent clashes as tensions have boiled over, but most incidents have been controlled relatively quickly. That being said, sadly, many lives have been lost. In recent weeks, things seem to be settling back to normalcy, and the majority of Kenyans simply long to move forward. Please keep the nation in your prayers as they continue to move forward.

Our family is doing well. As mentioned above, Jamie has been finding a balance between being a full-time grad school student, while not letting it negatively affect our work. He seems to have found a good balance, and the coursework is already adding great value.  In addition to assisting in our work, Jessica has been in an extremely busy season with her role at Rosslyn Academy.  She coordinates the HS CFS trips (16 of them!), alumni relations, staff recruitment and the annual Christmas Project (this year the school raised $17,000 for 4 excellent local organizations).  She loves being able to serve in this capacity.  Sophie and Ethan are both doing well.  They are halfway through 2nd Grade and Kindergarten.  Sophie has enjoyed taking ballet and gymnastics this year, and Ethan continues to enjoy soccer on Saturday mornings.  We are all looking forward to Christmas, though it is always a difficult time of year to be away from family.

One big change for our family is that we moved to a new house in September.  It is located just outside of Nairobi so that we get the benefits of being in the city without being in the middle of the madness.  Some of our closest friends live next door, which has been an incredible bonus for us and the kids.  Our new house is located in the middle of a large coffee farm, so we get the benefit of driving through beautiful countryside each morning (pictured below).  There are always issues with moving into a new space here (power inconsistencies, water and plumbing issues) that we have had to navigate, but we are extremely happy with our new space.

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Our morning commute. (there is route with a paved road, but we prefer this one. This road is around 1km long).


People to People and Ministry

Tana River Village Food Production Projects

Earlier in the year we began a partnership with local missionary, Bocha Hussein, to start food production projects in villages in the Tana River Delta of eastern Kenya.  This area is prone to extreme drought and the needs of the community are extreme.  The pilot project was done in Peponi village in April 2017.  A water well, irrigation plumbing, and funds for land clearing and seeds were provided.  The farm has been extremely successful, providing vegetables and maize to the community.  They are currently in the second cycle of maize, and the farm is thriving.   In September, a second project was started in Gardeni village.  They are in their first harvest cycle, but they have planted tomatoes, maize, and other vegetables.  The crops are growing well!  It is our hope and prayer that the wells will continue to produce copious amounts of water, and that these farms will continue to thrive, providing much needed food sustainability to this community.

In January, we will start an additional food production project in Odhole village, through local missionary Lucy Chengo.  Lucy has a school and feeding program within the village, so this farm will help sustain these programs.  There are also numerous villages in this area that Bocha works with that we hope to start similar projects for.

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The future project site in Odhole.

If you are ever interested in specifically supporting such projects, donations can be given here: Dunning Ministry Account (choose ‘Ministry’ in account drop down menu).

 

Drought Relief

As many of you know, East Africa has faced a severe drought over the last year.  Many of the communities we work with have faced tremendous circumstances.  Fortunately, People to People Ministries contributed a generous amount of funding so that we were able to distribute relief to over 800 families in Tana River County, Isiolo, and Tharaka.  Rains have returned, however, much more is needed to overcome the great challenges that this drought has caused.

 

Rosslyn CFS Trip to Kanja

Every fall we have the joy of leading a group of 16 Rosslyn Academy Sophomores on a CFS trip to Kanja to work with Emmanuel Worship Prep. School.  It is always a great experience for the students to learn more about the culture and beauty of this country that they call home.  It is also a great opportunity for them to serve alongside amazing men and women that pour into the children of this school every day.

 

Coastal Pastor’s Conference

Jamie had the priviledge of joining colleague, Kevin Sneed, on a trip to teach at the Coastal Pastor’s Conference in Mombasa.  It was a great time to connect with pastors from this region and to learn about some of the work going on there.  He was able to try out Kenya’s new train service, the Madaraka Express, to Mombasa.

 

Christmas Project 2017

This year’s Christmas Project was a great success at all of our partner orphanages and school feeding programs.  In all, 140 kids received new school shoes, 130 received new school uniforms, 36 received new textbooks, 100 will receive mosquito nets, 180 received new backpacks filled with food for their families and caretakers, one school received funds to complete a computer lab, dozens of staff received Christmas gifts, and over 400 children and staff enjoyed a special Christmas meal.  A video update will be sent out soon with more information!

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Recent Happenings:

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Advent Reflection from Jessica:

There is something about the season of Advent that always puts me in a reflective space.  Nightly our family gathers together to light the candles on our advent wreath, we do our nightly advent reading and then put a new piece on our Nativity scene as we tell the kids the story of Jesus’s birth.  We light candles that represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love and we pray a prayer that simply states, “May the God of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace be with us, preparing us for the coming of Jesus.”  As I pray that simple prayer, I can’t help but reflect on how the God of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love has been with us throughout this year.   2017 for our family definitely had some unexpected twists and turns.  We started the year anticipating our upcoming furlough.  After two years of being away from our family and home, we were definitely longing for the opportunity to return for a short period of rest and time of reconnecting with family, friends and supporters.  We set our sights on the months ahead knowing that they would be busy, but also saw the temporal nature of that season, anticipating the rest that would be on the other side.  We navigated the ends and outs of the first few months of the year held and quickly found ourselves in April with only a few short weeks before our departure to the States.  As many of you have heard our story, I won’t belabor this part.  To be brief a car accident in which we flipped our vehicle (thankfully everyone was okay) and an emergency room visit for me with the diagnosis of gallstones and needed surgery once we arrived in the States, on top of a busy work season, left us feeling completely drained as we departed for our furlough at the end of April.  Anticipating a need for rest in between our time in Kenya and our busy furlough travel schedule awaiting us in the States, we scheduled a stop off for our family in Scotland.  What was meant to be a time of rest and renewal (and in many ways still was) turned quickly when I had a bad fall off of a bunkbed knocking out my two front teeth.  This resulted in a summer of dental appointments and concern over the prognosis of how my teeth were doing and if they were in fact going to be okay.  During the summer Jamie was also slated to start a Masters Degree in International Development, which he was/is extremely excited about, but that also added its own level of stress and elevated work load.  We then returned to Kenya to a very tense political environment with the elections taking place just days after our arrival.  Due to perceived irregularities in the election process this tension continued through the recent presidential inauguration on November 28th and if we are truly honest has yet to completely dissipate.  This year has held struggles, difficulties and high level of stress.

I have talked with friends recently who could recount their year in a similar fashion and for each of you reading this I am sure you can do the same, inserting your own struggles into the story.  But as I reflect on a God of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, I challenged myself to find those moments in this past year.  I saw Hope as I watched the nation of Kenya navigate a political system ravaged by tribal division and tension.  Yes, there is still tension and there were casualties associated with the election season, but I watched people take a stand and rise above it all.  I experienced Peace when even in the midst of tragedy and uncertainty God reminded me that he is always with me, if I will take the time to pause and be aware of his presence in every moment of every day.  I experienced Joy as I daily watched Sophie and Ethan grow and develop.  Ethan’s personality and quick wit continually catch us off guard with the things he says and the humor and continual laughter he brings into our lives.  Sophie’s compassion and desire to do good leave us reflecting on how God is going to use these qualities in her life as she continues to grow and mature.  I felt love as Jamie and I continually encountered people while home on furlough who expressed that they think of our family often and hold us in their prayers daily.  I experienced love from our families who support us unconditionally and who were overjoyed to have us home.  I experienced love from our friends around the world who are constantly checking in and supporting us during the hard and good times life brings.

As I reflect on the year I do so with a grateful heart.  Sure, I would love to change some of the events of this past year, but I am thankful for the way God saw us through all of it.  My prayer for you this Advent Season is the prayer our family prayers nightly:

May the God of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy be with you, preparing you for the coming of Jesus.

Thank you for loving us, supporting and holding us in your prayers.  You are continual source of encouragement for our family and we are truly grateful.


Prayer Requests:

  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that He is calling us.
  • For continued direction and wisdom in our work.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and follow Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, and churches we support.
  • For our extended families as they live life without us and the kids.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

 


                    

We love and appreciate you all!  Your support, prayers, and encouragement mean everything to us.  Thank you for partnering with us.
  Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is just around the corner! Last year we had an amazing Christmas with all of the People to People partner feeding programs around Kenya (to see recap of last year’s Christmas Project, click here: Christmas 2016 Update).

We have met with all of the local directors of each project and determined what the greatest needs are for this year. We will be hosting a Christmas party for each project, as well as providing each child with a gift. Here is a breakdown of the plan (for snapshot, scroll down):

There will be a special Christmas meal at three orphanages: Hosanna Children’s Home, Huruma (Mercy) Children’s Home and Nakuru CMD. Hosanna has requested new (basic) school uniforms and shoes for each child. Huruma has requested new school shoes for each child. Nakuru CMD has requested new school uniforms for each child. This will be 100 pair of shoes and 132 school uniforms!
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The students at Calvary Christian Community School Ruai do not meet during the month of December, so we will celebrate with them during the last week of November (on American Thanksgiving holiday). We will provide each child with a new school backpack filled with food items for their families/caretakers, since many of them depend on the school feeding program to supplement meals and will lose this benefit during the month of December. This will be 180 backpacks and food bundles.

At the feeding programs in Northern Kenya (Lokichogio and Isiolo) we will have a special meal (in January in Loki), as well as a gift for the children. The children in Lokichogio have requested mosquito nets (and school fees for 9 High School students, if possible).  The Isiolo feeding program has requested new shoes and school textbooks . This will be 110 mosquito nets and new shoes and textbooks for 40 children.

People to People will also be providing funds for gifts for over 70 Pastors’ children in Kenya.

We would also love to bless the directors and staff of these projects that work tirelessly to provide safe, loving, environments for these children. So any excess funds will be used for this.

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The total cost for this is going to be around $8,000. These funds will provide:

-a special Christmas meal for around 500 children
-100 pair of shoes
-132 school uniforms
-180 school backpacks
-food gifts for 180 families
-shoes and textbooks for 40 children
-mosquito nets for 110 children
-funds for gifts for 70 pastors’ children
**Amount does not include supplemental gift for directors and staff, or school fees for Loki High School students.

If you are interested in making a contribution to support this project, it will be a huge blessing. Every donation given, no matter how large or small, will help bring joy to hundreds of children. Help share the love of Christ this Christmas! (There is a delay on receiving funds, so if you choose to contribute, please shoot us an email so we can expect it: jamandjessdunning@gmail.com Thanks!)

To make contributions, use this link: Dunning Project Account (IMPORTANT: Choose MINISTRY option in Account drop down menu)

Or mail checks to:
World Missions Ministries
Attention: James/Jessica Dunning
PO Box 12609
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73157
Check Payable to : I.P.H.C. Memo: Dunning Ministry Account #11521M

Christmas in Kenya: Christmas Project 2016

This Christmas, because of the generous giving of our supporters, we were able to provide Christmas meals and gifts to hundreds of children in Kenya.

Snapshot of Giving: 197 pairs of shoes, 745 people fed, 102 shirts/school supplies, 206 food bags, 30 new school desks, water pump, church roof construction.

Please watch the video to see what was accomplished this Christmas.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Update November 2016

  We pray that you all are well and are enjoying the Fall season.  We have been moving into “Spring,” though being on the Equator causes seasonal changes to be far less drastic.   In Nairobi, we don’t get the beautiful colors of leaves changing in Autumn, but we do have “Jacaranda season.”  During these months, the city of Nairobi is clothed in blooming, purple Jacaranda flowers.  The weather is nearly perfect, with plenty of sunshine, blue skies, and comfortable temperatures (this is nearly year round though), and in the late afternoons and evenings the heavy rains come.  It has become one of our favorite times of year.


   Not the best photo….took it while driving on a road close to our
house…but it gives an idea of what the city looks like this time of year.

    We have had a great couple of months since our last update.  We are excited to share it with you.  It is very important to us that we keep you all informed and updated on how things are going, so if you ever have questions or would like more info, please let us know!                                                           


People to People and Ministry:

  Garcen/Malindi Trip

  Jamie recently made a trip to Tana River County in Eastern Kenya with fellow missionaries, Ron Wooten and Michael McRae.  You may remember that we have been supporting the work of local missionary, Bocha Hussein, in several villages surrounding Garcen.  We have recently helped Bocha start a shamba (farm) project that will provide food for the people in this very needy area.  Despite the current drought, they are growing large, healthy watermelons for consumption and for income.  They will soon be planting tomatoes and sukuma wiki (kale).  This area of Kenya is an extremely difficult place to live.  A few months ago, the people in this area were suffering due to extreme flooding….now they are suffering from severe drought.  Thankfully, we have been in a position to assist them in times of disaster (in partnership with People to People Ministries), but the needs are still great.  The current drought has taken the lives of many livestock, and there has been a cholera break out in many areas, so medicine is greatly needed.  There is also food shortage, affecting many people.  If you are interested in helping us with these needs, you can do so here: http://donations.iphc.org/dunning-ministry-project-account (Also, if you do, please send us a quick email letting us know.  Thanks!)

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Isiolo Church Update

  The church in Isiolo is nearly finished!  This building will not only provide a place for the community to fellowship and worship, but it will also be the base for the daily feeding program in this community.  All that is lacking is the roof, but we are hopeful that this will be completed through our Christmas Project (more info below).  Thanks for supporting this endeavor!

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Christmas is Coming!

 We have a lot of exciting things planned for our partner People to People feeding programs, orphanages, and schools this Christmas.  If you are interested in reading about it or is supporting this effort, please click here: https://dunningsinkenya.com/2016/10/18/christmas-is-coming-2/  (Also, if you do choose to support, please send us a quick email letting us know.  Thanks!)

Nakuru CMD Water Filter Project Update:

  The water filtration system for Nakuru CMD is finished!  The reverse osmosis filter is installed and the children now have copious amounts of clean fresh water.  We are also thankful that we have connected with John….a former street boy that spent his teenage years as a resident at CMD.  Since leaving CMD, he has become a very successful business man, and has started several water-related businesses.  When he found out about this project, he contacted us and has been offering his expertise and advice with this project.  The next stage is to raise the water tanks, so that we can pipe some of the fresh water to a water kiosk in the community.  We will be able to sell the water to the community, at an affordable price.  It will benefit the greater community as well as generate a little income for the orphanage.  We are also planning to plumb water to the washrooms (flushable toilets!) and kitchen, so that the children and staff can have access to water without having to carry buckets from the tanks.  The best news is that we already have obtained funding for this project!  Hopefully, we will move forward with the next phase in January.

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Sustainable Development Project Updates:

Hosanna Children’s Home: Fish Project

The fish pond at Hosanna is continuing to go well.  The majority of the first round of fish have been sold, and the pond will soon be restocked.  Even though the project is doing well, we recently found out that the owner of the land we are renting for the fish pond (and a greenhouse that grows vegetables for the program) has decided to sell the land.  It is a very valuable piece of land, so he has a lot of interest, but he is committed to allowing us to have first priority.  The cost of the land is quite high, but we are believing it is going to come through.  If you are interested in helping us with these needs, you can do so here: http://donations.iphc.org/dunning-ministry-project-account.
(Also, if you do, please send us a quick email letting us know.  Thanks!)

      

Nakuru CMD Farm Project

This project has continued to grow and develop.  Alice Mwangi (pictured below) has done an amazing job overseeing this project and ensuring it’s success.  Vegetables are being produced every day, a new round of potatoes and beans have been planted, and the maize will be ready to be harvested within the next few weeks.  Once the maize is harvested, much of it will be sold to generate much needed income for the institution, as well as to help sustain this food production program.  Another supporter has also assisted CMD in purchasing a grinding mill so that some of the maize can be converted to cornmeal to sell (Ugali is a very popular Kenyan food—similar to grits, but denser—that is made from cornmeal), as well as provide income by offering grinding services (posho mill) to the community.  Thanks for the support on this project!

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Heri Ministries/Odhole Village Chicken Project

A few months ago we were able to (in partnership with People to People Ministries) provide a micro-finance loan to Lucy Chengo of Heri Ministries to start a Chicken Project.  Lucy has a ministry that takes in women that have been abandoned by their families after conversion to Christianity.  She provides food, shelter, and practical training in sewing projects.  She also assists and oversees the work in Odhole Village (which we have assisted in the past through mosquito net delivery, disaster relief, and development).

This Chicken project is doing well.  The layers are laying, but the production isn’t quite as high as it needs to be, so we are currently looking into ways to help increase production.  The egg sales are producing income for this ministry, but we are trusting that the production is going to continue to increase.

              With Lucy and the Chickens…                

If you are interested in supporting other projects like these, you can use the information below: 

For Credit/Debit Card Support:
Dunning Ministry Acct #11521M:
http://donations.iphc.org/dunning-ministry-project-account

Support Mailing Address:
IPHC-World Missions Ministries
PO Box 12609
Oklahoma City, OK
ATTN: James and Jessica Dunning
(Make Checks payable to IPHC)  
Dunning Ministry Acct. #11521M (Memo Line)


A Few Family Highlights 

The kids are having a great school year so far…

Our 1st Grader and Pre-Schooler…

Family Hike in Hell’s Gate National Park

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Camping Trip in Naivasha

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Sophie has started taking piano lessons…

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Ethan started “Little Kickers” Football Camp

 
Trick-or-Treating Star Wars Style

Jessica’s Trip to Chicago

Rosslyn Academy sent Jessica to a Alumni Engagement
Strategies conference in Chicago last week.  Her Mom
and Dad were able to meet up with her for a few days.  


More Pics:

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Prayer Requests  
  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that He is calling us.
  • For continued direction, favor, and wisdom in our ministry.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and serve Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, and churches we support.
  • For our extended families as they adjust back to life without us and the kids.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

                                                        

                    

We love and appreciate you all!  Your support, prayers, and encouragement mean everything to us.  Thank you for partnering with us.
  Grace and Peace,

                                                                   

 

Philippians 1:3-6: I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all of my prayers for all of you.  I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion, until the day of Christ Jesus.

Opportunity to Give/Support:

As always, we are looking for opportunities to expand our network of partners.  If you are currently one of our partners, would you prayerfully consider sharing about our ministry with your friends and family?  We would love to have open doors into new churches, small groups, and home groups.  If you have friends, family, or contacts that you feel may be interested in learning about our vision for outreach in Kenya, please let us know.

Click here for more details about our ministry.

Interested in becoming a Partner?
You can make a donation or become monthly supporter by clicking here.  Information for mailing checks can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

 

Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is just around the corner!  Last year we had an amazing Christmas with all of our partner feeding programs around Kenya (to see recap of last year’s Christmas Project, click here-ChristmasUpdate2015).

This year, we are again planning to celebrate this wonderful season with each of the People to People partner orphanages and schools by hosting a Christmas party for each project, as well as providing each child with a gift. Here is a brief breakdown of what we are planning:

We will be hosting a meal at three orphanages, Hosanna Children’s Home, Huruma (Mercy) Children’s Home and Nakuru CMD.  All three of these orphanages have requested new school shoes for each child.  So we will be purchasing 185 pairs!

The students at Calvary Christian Community School Ruai do not meet during the month of December, so we will celebrate with them during the last week of November. We will provide each child with a sack of food items for their families/caretakers, along with special treats.  We also want to provide the school with new classroom desks.

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At the feeding programs in Northern Kenya (Lokichoggio and Isiolo) we will have a special Christmas meal, as well as a gift for the children.  The children at Lokichoggio have requested People to People T-Shirts and school supplies.  The Isiolo feeding program has requested funds to complete the roof on their new church building, which also become the permanent home of the feeding program and fellowship.

People to People will also be providing funds for gifts for over 60 Pastors’ children in Kenya!

The total cost for this is going to be $6,000. We already have $500 committed from People to People, so we need $5,500. These funds will provide a special Christmas meal for around 600 children, 185 pair of shoes, food gifts for 200 families, 30 new student desks, school supplies and t-shirts for 80 children, funds for gifts for 60 pastors’ children, and a roof on a new church building!

If you are interested in making a contribution to support this project, it will be a huge blessing. Every donation given, no matter how large or small, will help us bring joy to hundreds of children. Help us share the love of Christ this Christmas!

Please consider making contribution as soon as possible…this will ensure we have the funds to move forward by late Nov.  To make contributions, use this link: Dunning Project Account

Or mail checks to:
World Missions Ministries
Attention: James/Jessica Dunning
PO Box 12609
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73157

Check Payable to : I.P.H.C. Memo: Dunning Ministry Account #11521M

Update: August 2016

People to People and Ministry:

 Isiolo Trip: Northern Kenya Feeding Program

  We are building a church in Isiolo.  We wanted to lead with that….now for the explanation.  In June, we traveled to Isiolo to check in on the feeding program, as well as to get updates on the children and host a special meal with the community.  The feeding program is continuing to do well.  Many families in the community rely on this feeding program and receive great benefit from it.  Unfortunately, this program has been facing difficulties recently.  The church that hosts the feeding program has no permanent place to meet.  They have been renting a small room for the feeding program, as well as a place for their small fellowship to meet.  It has helped, but renting this space has been unreliable and expensive.  It also fails to give the ministry a feeling of permanence.  We do own a large piece of land, but until recently security concerns have kept us from being able to build a permanent building…until now.  On this visit the local Chief and Governor assured us, that because of the consistent support that is being offered to the community, he will stand with us by providing security so that we can build a permanent structure on the land.  To have this kind of support and partnership is a huge blessing.  We are very excited for this fellowship and for this community. If you are interested in helping with the construction of this church, or in supporting this feeding program, you can do so here. (If so, please send us an email at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com so that we can properly allocate the funds.  Thanks!)

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Ministry and People to People

We thought we had finished the People to People Updates for this year, but we recently got a message from the main office In OKC that a church wanted to sponsor many new children.  So, in July we were able to add several new children from our existing orphanage partnerships.  We were also able to visit Huruma Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya, and add them into the People to People partnership program.  This is a great ministry that we have helped in the past through land hiring for crop production, but we are grateful that we will now be able to partner with this orphanage on a regular basis.

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     Nakuru CMD Water Filter Project

We have been working on a water filtration system for Nakuru CMD. They have a well on the property with nearly unlimited amounts of water, but it’s not consumable due to high levels of fluoride.  We are installing a reverse osmosis filter and piping system to fix the problem. This will not only allow them to consume the water freely, but we are also considering opening a water kiosk to sell the water within the community (at a discounted rate as compared to city water).  This will benefit the greater community as well as generate a little income for the orphanage. The whole system was quite expensive, costing way more than we expected, but we are believing this is going to benefit the children of Nakuru CMD greatly.  We are hoping this project will be completed, with the filter installed within the next week.

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Sustainable Development Project Updates:

Nakuru CMD Farm Project

This project has really taken off and things are going even better than expected.  They have started harvesting sukuma (leafy vegetable similar to kale/collards) and they are getting 3 large sacks every week and a half.  This is giving a large nutritional boost to the feeding program.  These plants will continue to produce for the next year!  Beans were harvested a few weeks ago, producing 5-90kg sacks, and last week we harvested over 4,000lbs. of potatoes!  The maize is also growing very well and will be ready to harvest in November.  This project is providing food for the feeding program, as well as income through vegetables sold in the local market.

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Hosanna Children’s Home Tilapia Pond

The fish pond at Hosanna is continuing to go well.  Because of the well-established program, they have received a grant that will allow them to expand the current fish pond.  The grant will upgrade all materials as well as restock the pond after selling this stock.  This is a huge blessing because it increases the profit greatly as well as improves the program for the future.  The funds generated will help support the feeding program and provide educational fees for the children at Hosanna Children’s Home.    

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Garsen Church Relief and Farm Project

There is a small fellowship in Garsen, Kenya, that has been devastated recently by flooding.  This fellowship was started and is lead by National Missionary, Bocha Hussein.  It is an extremely needy area in the Eastern part of the country.  We are thankful that we were able to offer relief support to the families, as well as give funds to replant and expand a farming project for the families in the church.  Our prayer is that this will give them a chance to recover, as well as provide them a chance at a brighter future.

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If you are interested in supporting other projects like these, you can use the information below: 

For Credit/Debit Card Support:
Dunning Ministry Acct #11521M:
http://donations.iphc.org/dunning-ministry-project-account

Support Mailing Address:
IPHC-World Missions Ministries
PO Box 12609
Oklahoma City, OK
ATTN: James and Jessica Dunning
(Make Checks payable to IPHC)

Dunning Ministry Acct. #11521M (Memo Line)


Top-10 Family Moments

(in no particular order)

1.  Back to School!

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Our 1st Grader and Pre-Schooler…

2.  Sophie’s Birthday!  Sophie turned 6 on June 11.
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3.  Aunt Jenn and Ashley visit.

4.  Stedman PH Mission Team: Maddison and Courtney Visit

5.  Visiting Projects as a Family

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6.  Family Hiking Trips: Mt. Longonot and Ngong Hills

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7.  Visit to Thompson Falls

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8.  Visits to Giraffe Sanctuary and Elephant Orphanage

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9.  Walks in Karura Forest

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10.  Jamie’s Mt. Kenya Trek/Jessica’s Ladies Get-a-Ways to Amboseli and the Mara.

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   More Pics:

(Because everybody loves pictures of the kids)

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Prayer Requests 
  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that He is calling us.
  • For continued direction, favor, and wisdom in our ministry.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and serve Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, and churches we support.
  • For our extended families as they adjust back to life without us and the kids.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

Opportunity to Give/Support:

As always, we are looking for opportunities to expand our network of partners.  If you are currently one of our partners, would you prayerfully consider sharing about our ministry with your friends and family?  We would love to have open doors into new churches, small groups, and home groups.  If you have friends, family, or contacts that you feel may be interested in learning about our vision for outreach in Kenya, please let us know.

 Click here for more details about our ministry.

Interested in becoming a Partner?
You can make a donation or become monthly supporter by clicking here.  Information for mailing checks can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Update: May 2016

We hope that you are all doing well.  As you are entering into the summer months in the States, things are cooling down in Nairobi, with the “winter” months approaching. We use the term winter loosely as the coolest nights are in the 50’s.  This summer we are staying in Kenya and are looking forward to hosting several groups of visitors.  It will be a busy, but good couple of months.  We hope you enjoy the update below about what we have been up to since our last newsletter.  We love and appreciate you all so much.


Family News:

The last couple of months have been quite eventful for our family.  We celebrated our 11-year wedding Anniversary in March, Ethan had his 4th birthday in April, and Sophie had an end-of-the-year ballet recital, school concert, and Award Ceremony, in addition to all of the activities that come with the end of the school year.

11 Years….

Sophie just finished her last week of KG.  She had an incredible first year of school.  She is looking forward to the holiday, but is also a bit sad to leave her friends for the summer.  One of the downsides of going to an International School is that families frequently relocate, so Sophie is getting used to having friends come and go.  We are very proud that she received the “Simply Sweet” Award for her class.  This award goes to the student that is kind, compassionate, and frequently puts the needs of others first…..that is our girl.

     

                                                          Sophie at her ballet recital…                  KG Award Ceremony…  

Early birthday celebration with classmates…

Ethan celebrated his 4th birthday in April.  He decided to have a Star Wars party…he has never seen any of the films, but absolutely loves the characters.  In addition to Star Wars, he is extremely interested in Dinosaurs right now.  He is learning all kinds of facts about them and amazes us at what he retains.  He can pronounce names of dinosaurs that we didn’t even knew existed.  He is very excited about starting pre-school in August, because “I get to play with my friends all day.”

           
                      Star Wars Birthday Boy…                             Light Saber Cupcakes….  


With his best bud… 

As you know Jessica has been working part time at Rosslyn Academy.  Her duties have recently increased slightly. In April she planned and oversaw a fundraising gala event at Rosslyn Academy.  The event centered around the school’s Spring Musical Production of Les Miserables and was a fundraising night for the school’s Going Green Initiative. It was a beautiful evening and raised over $5,000 for the initiative. She has also been busy assisting the new staff coming into Rosslyn as they are preparing to make the transition to Kenya in July. Jessica has wrapped her duties at Rosslyn for the summer, so it will be nice for us to be able to travel around the country as a family during the break.                                                                          


People to People and Ministry:

We just completed a very busy season, which leads into a small season of reprieve before we start Visitor/Team season that comes in the summer.  We are very excited about the progress we are seeing and what the future holds for our work.

 
People to People Child Updates

Each year we get updates on the children that are sponsored through People to People Ministries.  This process includes getting updated photos, as well as having the children write letters, make crafts, and complete questionaries.  We currently have 75 sponsored children in Kenya, so this is a time-intensive procedure, but we enjoy getting to know the children on deeper levels through this process.

     

        Children working on updates…                            Update process in Lokichoggio…

    
      Ethan and Sophie love helping with updates…

 Lokichoggio Trip: Northern Kenya Feeding Program

In early May, Jamie traveled to Lokichoggio with Joe, the People to People Kenya Assistant, to get updates on the People to People children, as well as check-in on the feeding program there.  The feeding program is continuing to reach nearly 100 children every weekend.  Many families in the community rely on this feeding program and receive great benefit from it.  Our hope is to be able to increase the frequency of feeding days and we are currently working towards that.  We were also able to check in with the Women’s Beadwork Micro-Business  that we helped to start. The women are making a lot of beautiful products and are working towards finding reliable markets.  This business is providing extra income for these women and their families. We have made a few orders from them, and we will continue to do so as we move forward, but we are praying that they will also be able to find a consistent market outside of us.  We were also excited to see that the Moringa seeds we delivered last year are growing well!  Within a few months these plants will start providing a nutritious supplement for the feeding program.  As happy as we are with all of the progress with this project, there are also many needs that we are in the process of praying over and considering.  There are serious issues present: poor healthcare, poor economy, security risks, and the need for more feeding days.  We will share more on these needs as we determine the best way forward.  There is a lot to be thankful for and proud of, but still much to do.  If you are interested in helping this program, you can do so here. (If so, please send us an email at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com so that we can properly allocate the funds.  Thanks!)              

           The people of Lokichoggio PH Church…       Jamie and Joe boarding the MAF Flight…            

                       

                 The women that prepare the food..            The Women’s Beadwork Micro-Business…             

  

One of the Moringa tress…                               Some of the children…

  

      The children lining up for the meal…             The view from the church compound….

Playground and Classroom Projects

We often focus on the major needs at our partner projects (feeding, income-generation, school fees, medical, etc.), but we also like to be able to do things that are strictly to bring joy to the kids.  Thanks to some very generous donors, in the last two months we were able to deliver two playground sets to Calvary Community School Ruai and Nakuru CMD.  We were also able to complete the classroom project at Calvary Community.  Seeing the smiles and hearing the excited shrieks of the children….it doesn’t get much better.     

Bishop Laban Wekesa

In May, we were sad to see the passing of Bishop Laban Wekesa.  He had been battling cancer for the last few years. He was great man, leader, and friend.  He was the Director of Nakuru CMD and Pastor of Nakuru Worship Center. He was one of the first people we met on our initial trip to Kenya in 2002. His heart for abandoned children, love for others, and compassionate leadership (along with his wife Gladys Wekesa) greatly impacted us as young college students. Over the years he has played a large role in our development and in who we’ve become. We are thankful to have known him and for the gift of working with him over the years. He will be missed, but his vision of Christian service and compassion for the “least of these” will go on.
                                                                                                                           

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With Bishop and Sister Wekesa in 2007…

                                     


Sustainable Development Project Updates:


            Hosanna Children’s Home Tilapia Pond

The fish pond at Hosanna is going well.  The fish were recently weighed and the progress was extremely encouraging.  Within the next couple of months the fish will be ready to be sold in the local market.  The funds generated will help support the feeding program and provide educational fees for the children at Hosanna Children’s Home.    

Nakuru CMD Farm Project

We are excited to report that the rains have come!  The crops are growing extremely well and we are very thankful.  This project will provide food for the feeding program at Christian Ministries to the Destitute in Nakuru, as well as income through vegetables sold in the local market.  Alice (pictured below in brown) is doing an amazing job organizing and overseeing this huge project!

                                        

If you are interested in supporting other projects like these, you can use the information below: 

For Credit/Debit Card Support:
Dunning Ministry Acct #11521M:
http://donations.iphc.org/dunning-ministry-project-account

Support Mailing Address:
IPHC-World Missions Ministries
PO Box 12609
Oklahoma City, OK

ATTN: James and Jessica Dunning
(Make Checks payable to IPHC)

Dunning Ministry Acct. #11521M (Memo Line)


More Pics:
(Because everybody loves pictures of the kids)

 
            Tinga Tinga the Musical…              Ethan helping deliver watermelons..
    
Cool Chameleon we found…       

Funny kid…

                                                                                                 Easter Egg Hunt…                              Digging for dinosaur bones…      

                                                                                                                 Ethan and Sela chilling in the backyard…              Sophie’s Class Art Show    

    

         Indian Lunch with Daddy…                  Sophie’s end of the year concert…

Making breakfast for Mother’s Day…


Prayer Requests  
  • That we would love God and others as He loves us, and that we will be faithful in all the areas that He is calling us.
  • For continued direction, favor, and wisdom in our ministry.
  • For our marriage to grow stronger every day.
  • For Sophie and Ethan…that they will feel a meaningful connection to our ministry and that they both will grow to love and serve Jesus.
  • For the Nation of Kenya, and the individuals, ministries, and churches we support.
  • For our extended families as they adjust back to life without us and the kids.
  • For good health, safety and protection. 
Can we pray for you?  Please send us your requests at jamandjessdunning@gmail.com

                                                        

                    

We love and appreciate you all!  Your support, prayers, and encouragement mean everything to us.  Thank you for partnering with us.
  Grace and Peace,
                                                                   
Philippians 1:3-6: I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all of my prayers for all of you.  I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion, until the day of Christ Jesus.

Opportunity to Give/Support:

As always, we are looking for opportunities to expand our network of partners.  If you are currently one of our partners, would you prayerfully consider sharing about our ministry with your friends and family?  We would love to have open doors into new churches, small groups, and home groups.  If you have friends, family, or contacts that you feel may be interested in learning about our vision for outreach in Kenya, please let us know.

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Interested in becoming a Partner?

You can make a donation or become monthly supporter by clicking here.  Information for mailing checks can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Support Mailing Address:

IPHC-World Missions Ministries

PO Box 12609

Oklahoma City, OK

ATTN: James and Jessica Dunning

(Make Checks payable to IPHC)

Support Acct. #11521S (Memo Line)

Ministry/Project Acct. # 11521M

For Credit/Debit Card Support:

Support Acct. #11521S:
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