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:
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!)
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!
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.
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!
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:
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
Camping Trip in Naivasha
Sophie has started taking piano lessons…
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.
(Because everybody loves pictures of the kids)
- 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.
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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