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.

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.

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:
iphc.org/donations/dunning

Ministry/Project Acct. #11521M:
http://donations.iphc.org/dunning-ministry-project-account

 

Update March 2016

This month marks one year since we returned to Kenya.  In some ways it seems that we just arrived, and in other ways it feels like we never left.  It has been a busy, but productive year.  We are very happy with our day to day life, the routines that we have established, and the progress with our work and ministry goals.  Life is good and we are thankful for it.

 

Family News:

The kids are both doing extremely well.  Sophie is still loving school.  She has mastered most of her sight words and is beginning to read books on her own, which is something that she is very excited about.  She most enjoys her Art and Science classes and amazes us with the things she is learning and applying.  She has continued to take ballet class one afternoon a week, but has decided to take a break from Saturday soccer….a decision Dad fully supports, but is a little sad about. 🙂 She is continuing to grow into her naturally sensitive and compassionate personality.

       Sophie in her ballet class…   

Ethan has recently gone through a growth spurt and, suddenly, no longer seems like a baby anymore.  In the last few months he has taught himself to ride a pedal bike and can now keep up with Sophie with ease.  When he rode for the first time, we were shocked, since he is only 3 yrs., but we attribute his rapid development to the balance bike he has used for the last year.  Riding his bike is his absolute favorite thing to do.  He is very excited to start pre-school next year, and has started asking a lot of questions about when he will get to go to school.


     Ethan riding his bike…  

 Jessica planned and oversaw an Alumni Weekend event at Rosslyn the first week of January, so when it was finished we decided to spend a few days at the Kenyan Coast in Watamu, Kenya.  It was a wonderful and much needed holiday, one that made us realize that we haven’t taken advantage of having the Indian Ocean nearby nearly enough!  We also spent a weekend camping with great friends in Naivasha in February.  We try to keep a good balance between our mission and People to People work, Jessica’s work at Rosslyn, the kids school and lives, and spending quality time as a family.  Taking advantage of the beauty of Kenya is part of that!

 

                                                          Daddy and kiddos exploring the river….                         Camping with friends…

         
       Family Ethiopian Lunch…
       

                                                                         Riding a camel in Watamu…                       Watamu Beach, Malindi, Kenya…

We did have a bit of a rough patch in January and February with different sicknesses going through our house.  Sophie suffered from two different bacterial infections and then had an intense allergic reaction (skin rash) to her antibiotic that stuck with her for a week.  Ethan was also sick a couple of different times with stomach viruses.  Jamie suffered from a really nasty food related bacterial infection that left him 15-20 pounds lighter, as well as a viral cold that had been going around.  Jessica also picked up that same cold virus (and passed it on to Jamie).  Sickness is a part of life, regardless of where you live, but we are thankful that we seem to be moving past that season….at least for now.

                                                                               


People to People and Ministry:

We have had a great start to the year with our ministry and projects.  As many of you know, we returned to Kenya with a goal of investing in income-generating projects to help sustain the feeding programs we work with, as well as in developing a micro-finance loan program.  We are happy to report that we have seen great progress in both of these areas within the last few months.

 Micro-finance Launch in Ethiopia

In early March Jamie returned to Ethiopia to launch the micro-finance loan program with a group of pastors there.  He met with the leadership of the church in Ethiopia and decided to launch the program on a small scale with a group of 15 pastors.  Each pastor was given a loan to invest into starting, or growing, a small business that will generate income to help sustain their families.  Each applicant submitted a detailed plan, and we are excited about the types of businesses that are going to be started because of these micro-loans….chicken/egg farming, cattle farming, sheep rearing, shiro powder processing (an essential spice in Ethiopian cuisine), roadside shops, and even a single chair village barber shop!  Our prayer is that at the conclusion of this year, the loans will be repaid (with no interest) and we can then extend the program to include many others.  These pastors are great men and women that pour themselves into their churches and ministries, and they are all farmers and agriculturists, but they all long to provide a good life for their families.  Our prayer is that this micro-finance loan program will be a great step towards helping them do that.  We have hired an assistant that will report on each applicant’s progress each quarter, and Jamie will return every 6 months to visit each one.  Developing the program and creating all of the requirements, payment schedules, loan agreements, and business plans has been a lot of work, but we are excited and hopeful about the potential that this program has for the future.

   
                  One of the loan recipients…                   With the leaders of the church…

      
    Bishop Desalegn and Ledia are using loan for a chicken project…    

      All of the loan recipients in meeting with Jamie…

 

 Odhole Village Trips

Odhole is a remote village that is located in the Tana River Delta in the Eastern part of Kenya.  The only way to access the village (without getting wet) is to use the local river taxi.  A few local missionaries have started a school and feeding program in the village, which is a predominantly Muslim community.  Heavy rains in December resulted in serious flooding issues for the community and school.  Through the People to People Disaster Relief Fund we were able to assist with food relief, temporary homes, and rebuilding the flooded choo (long-drop toilet).  Following the intense season of heavy rains, a new problem developed.  The standing water mixed with the intense heat provided the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.  Malaria is always a concern in this area, but the risk has increased greatly due to the abundance of mosquitos this season.  In February, Jamie returned to Odhole with Kenyan missionary Lucy Chengo to distribute 300 mosquito nets to the children at the school, as well as to host a meal for the community.  We were able to do provide this due to the generosity of some very good friends that completely funded the entire project.  We can never say enough how much we appreciate all of you that make our work possible!


                       The village of Odhole…                     

    
             The Odhole river taxi…                       Loaded down with 300 mosquito nets…


                Jamie with some of the children with their nets…               
    
    The children at the school…                           Children with their new nets…

 

 Calvary Christian Classroom Project

Speaking of generous partners…..we were recently able to assist Calvary Christian Preparatory School in Ruai with their growing student population with a permanent stone floor for the temporary mabati (iron sheet) classrooms they recently constructed, thanks to a very generous partner.  Our hope is to also paint the new building soon to make it a beautiful and welcoming space for the children.   We are also very happy to report that he chicken sustainability project is continuing to do very well and provides much needed income for the feeding program!

   
  New Classrooms with completed floor…          Ethan helping Eunice feed the chickens…

                  Rosslyn Academy SEW

Jamie (and a few of his “friends”) had the opportunity to be the guest speaker at Rosslyn Academy’s Spiritual Emphasis Week this year.  It was fun and exciting for him to connect with the kids, speak into their lives, and return to the place where he taught for 5 years.

    

        “Steve the Snake Hunter” talking to the kids…         .”J.D. the Country Boy”

                      

                                       “Grandpa Herb”                      “Grandpa Herb” talking with the kids..

 Updates You May Have Missed

Just in case you missed it, you can see our Christmas Project update by clicking here.  You can also read about Jamie’s trip to South Sudan and the micro-finance loan project we started in Lokichoggio, Kenya, in November by clicking here.


Sustainable Development Project Updates:

Hosanna Children’s Home Tilapia Pond
The fish pond at Hosanna is going well, though unfortunately, we lost many of the tilapia.  The cause is unknown and they were unable to determine exactly what happened.  The catfish are still growing and doing well, and hopefully they will be ready for market within the next couple of months.  Jamie constructed a bio-filter to help keep the pond healthy and oxidized, in hopes that the same problem will not happen again.  The funds generated will help support the feeding program and educational fees for the children at Hosanna Children’s Home.    

   
      Stocking the pond with fingerlings…  

                                                                  

   Biofilter Jamie built using local materials….

Nakuru CMD Farm Project

We are excited to announce that we are moving forward with the food production project for Christian Ministries to the Destitute in Nakuru.  In early March, Jamie visited the plots of land in Njoro, Kenya, that we have rented to grow maize, beans, and other vegetables.  The potatoes and vegetables have been sown and the maize, beans and peas will be planted within the next few weeks.  We now wait, hope, and pray that the rains will be favorable and the crops will grow well.  This project will provide food for the feeding program, as well as income through vegetables sold in the local market.  Alice (pictured below in brown) is doing an amazing job organizing and planning for this huge project!


The 4-acre plot of land where maize and beans will be planted…

      
       Alice showing potato growth…              The nursery with the vegetables…

        

     Ethan, Joe, Alice, and Gladys…                     The plot for vegetables…

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

For Credit/Debit Card Support:

Sus. Dev. Project Acct. #11504P
:
http://donations.iphc.org/projects/sustainable-development-for-feeding-programs

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

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

Sus. Dev. Project Acct. #11504P (Memo Line)


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

    
            Hiking in Karura Forrest…          Ethan on a matatu working with Daddy…

    
Fun at the pool…       

    
                  Picnic with friends..                              Daddy-Daughter Valentine’s Date…

                                                                                                 Mommy-Buddy V-Day Date…                   Day hike at Mt. Lonogonot…      

  
Kayaking in Turtle Bay, Watamu, Kenya…    Ethan passing out candy…    

    

             Rosslyn Academy Sports Day…             Ethan was excited to run in the toddler race…

Sophie running the 400m race…


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 in Kenya: Christmas Project Update

As you know, we had an ambitious goal of providing Christmas gifts and a Christmas Meal for the children at each of our partner feeding programs.

Because of the generous giving of others, we raised double the amount we needed!  So we were able to do even more than we had planned.  Please watch the video to see what was accomplished this Christmas.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Trip to South Sudan and Northern Kenya…

Last month I (Jamie) had the opportunity to accompany a medical team from Hope 4 Sudan to Kapoeta, South Sudan.  The rainy season was in full swing, so traveling was quite difficult.  We were not able to reach all of the destinations we had planned, but the team was still able to conduct 2 medical clinics reaching over 200 people.  While there I was also able to conduct People to People Updates for the sponsored children.

 

Since my flight passed through Lokichogio, in Northern Kenya, I stayed for a few days to visit the feeding program in Loki and Kakuma Refugee Camp.  While in Loki, I had the opportunity to meet with a group of 20 ladies from the church that were interested in starting a Shanga (Beadwork) shop.  They are very skilled in making beautiful beaded jewelry and crafts.  We decided to support them in their business venture by offering a start-up loan to these women.  We know that this small business can provide these women with additional income which will benefit them and their families, which include many of the children at the feeding program.  We are very excited about this venture!  We also had an early Christmas celebration.  Each child received a People to People T-Shirt, a Children’s Bible, and sweets.  We also had a large feast for the community.

 

I also visited the feeding programs in Kakuma Refugee Camp.  The ministry is continuing to grow…currently reaching over 300 children in 6 different locations every Sunday.  The different churches offer a meal to children after sunday school.  I visited two of the locations, having visited the main location in May.  One of the churches (Locholedome-Kakuma Phase 3) is a true “children’s church.”  The 80 member congregation is predominantly comprised of children.  They come to the church because they know they will find food and love there.  The pastor, Uwimana Verediana (pictured below in pink), is doing an incredible job reaching out to the needy children in this community.