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:

(Because everybody loves pictures of the kids)

    


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.

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