February 2019 Update

Partners and Friends,

We hope that each of you are well.  We are enjoying a hot and dry February here in Nairobi, which is quite the opposite of what many of you are experiencing.  If you find yourself really craving the sun, we would love to host you in Nairobi.

You may have heard about the recent terrorist attack in Nairobi.  A few weeks ago a group of Al-Shabaab militants attacked an upscale hotel.  Al-Shabaab is the same group that attacked Westgate mall several years ago, and have committed several other atrocities over the years, however, recently they have been less active.  The response of Kenyan security forces was effective and the threat was neutralized relatively quickly, however 21 people lost their lives.  We were not directly affected by this attack, however, many people lost loved ones and the nation has been shaken.  We are confident in the security measures that exist in our home and school communities, and security measures citywide are in place.  Please pray for those affected by this tragedy, for security forces that are taking measures to protect citizens from senseless violence, and for the nation of Kenya.

Family Update

We have had a great few months since our last update, and we have several exciting things on the horizon.  One of those is that we will be coming to the U.S. from May-July for our 3-month furlough.   We are looking forward to time at home with family and friends, and we are currently working through some ideas of how to maximize our time and connect with as many of you as possible during that time.  Of course, being away from Kenya for furlough means that the next few of months are going to extremely full, as we work on getting updates on the People to People sponsored children and make visits to several projects around the country.

Next week, I (Jamie) will be traveling to Santiago, Chile, to present at the 6th Global Assembly.  I have the opportunity to speak on the Power of Micro-Economic Investments in missions and community development.  Of course, this is a topic I am very passionate about, so I am excited for the opportunity.  My graduate studies are going well.  I am currently in an Applied Research course (which is proving useful in developing evaluations on the impact of projects) and then will move into my final course (Financial Management for NGO Management) of the program.  It’s been a great experience, but I am very excited that the end is on the horizon.

Jessica:  A big part of my work at Rosslyn Academy is overseeing various events throughout the school year.  In the month of December one of the things I am responsible for coordinating is the school’s annual Christmas Project, which is a four week long school wide fundraising project.    This year as a school we raised 1.6 millions shillings (approximately $16,000).  It is always amazing to see the Rosslyn community pull together to bless others during the Christmas season.

In the coming months I will be helping coordinate and run an International Schools Basketball tournament at Rosslyn, in which 6 different international schools will compete.  This tournament includes schools from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Senegal. Another component of my job during this semester is working with our new staff members and helping them make the transition to Kenya.  This is probably one of my favorite parts of my job at Rosslyn.  Having made many transitions in our life, I understand the importance of doing that well.  I truly enjoy helping people through this process and helping ensure that they have as smooth of a transition as possible.

Note from Sophie:  I am still doing gymnastics, and we just started learning moves on the trampoline.  Piano is going well.  I am learning new songs with fourth intervals.  A couple of weeks ago we started Basketball Intramurals at my school.  My Dad is my coach and our team is the cheetahs, but since our color is orange we call ourselves the Cheetos!  This semester I have four new students in my class, but two are just learning English.  I am trying to be a good friend to them so they will be comfortable and I can become friends with them.  Soon I will have the 3rd-5th grade concert.  I am in the chimes group, in the choir, and I am playing a piano part.  On Sports Day, I won the 400 meter for my heat, but not for my whole grade.  I can’t wait to see my family this summer in America.

Note from Ethan:  I am still in soccer classes on Friday and Saturdays.  I really like it.  Two weeks ago we had Sports Day at my school.  I got a 2nd place ribbon in the sack race and I won my heat in the 400m race, but got 3rd place overall for my grade.  At school we are learning about quarters, halves, and thirds in Math.  I am having fun in school.  We have something soon called Spring Break.  I am excited to go to America this summer!

Projects and Ministry

Northern Kenya Visit

A few weeks ago, I traveled up to Northern Kenya to visit our feeding programs in Lokichoggio and Kakuma Refugee Camp.  While there I was also able to celebrate Christmas (though late) with the community.  One highlight of this was that Sophie traveled with me!  This region of Kenya is very remote, and as far north as you can go before getting to S. Sudan.  Sophie has been asking to visit with me for years, so we finally made it happen.  During our trip, she made a “5 Clue Challenge” video for her classmates, so I will share that below for your enjoyment.  The feeding programs there are going well, and it was wonderful to be with our friends and to celebrate together.  However, the children and families in this region face tremendous challenges.  I am currently prayerfully considering ways that we can partner together to see a bigger impact in meeting the needs of this community.

Christmas Project

You may have seen this update already, but if not, please click on this link to see an update on Christmas Project 2018.  It went very well this year, thanks to the generosity of people like you!

Bryan Nix Visit

In November, we were able to host the new People to People Ministries Director, Bryan Nix.  It was great to get to know him, hear his vision for the ministry, and to allow him to visit some of the projects hear and learn more about our programs in Kenya.


Hosanna Dairy Project

The Dairy Project at Hosanna Children’s Home is running well.  “Sheriff,” as she is lovingly called, is producing around 18 liters of milk per day, which is both sold and consumed.  Around 10 liters per day is consumed, which is saving the home money.  The remaining milk is sold and the profits sustain the project, as well generate a small amount of additional income.  You may remember, Sheriff gave birth to a female calf in August, so we are awaiting the day (approx. 1.5 years from now) when she will be able to start producing milk as well.

The biggest expense of raising the cows is feeding, so we are currently looking for available land to grow fodder to supplement their diet.

Tana River Village Agriculture Projects

All three of the Irrigation and Farm projects in Tana River Delta are going well.  The different projects (Peponi, Gardeni, and Odhole) have recently produced maize, watermelons, tomatoes, kales, and other vegetables.  Because of the success of these projects and the empowerment they have given to communities, we are planning to do an additional project in Vumbwe village.  Vumbwe is home to around 74 people and it is one of the villages that our partner, Bocha, works with regularly.  The community longs to have access to a reliable water source so that they are able to farm and produce what they need to sustain themselves.  The project will be led by Halima (pictured below), a determined woman that has an incredible faith and passion for her community.  In addition to meeting critical needs and empowering communities, these projects are opening doors for Bocha to share Christ.

I will be traveling to this region in March to meet with the Vumbwe community, check on progress of other projects, and to conduct a Micro-Business training for a group of around 15 people.

Family Photos from the last few months:

In November, Sophie and Ethan were selected to be in the Rosslyn Academy Talent Show.  Sophie and her friend sang a song and choreographed motions, while Ethan played the djembe.

Over Christmas Break, we spent a few days at a beautiful cabin in the Abedares with friends.

In December we also took a family camping trip at Hell’s Gate National Park for one night and hiked the gorge.

We had a great Advent and Christmas in Kenya, but we missed being with our families.

Prayer Requests

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

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

Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

Christmas is Coming!

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

This year we will be providing gifts to 588 children at our partner orphanages and feeding programs, as well as a small monetary gift for around 40 staff members.  We will also have 5 celebratory meals at each location.  A breakdown of the requested gifts is below:

Hosanna Children’s Home: New school shoes for 60 children and a monetary gift for 11 university students, as well as a special meal for everyone.

Huruma Children’s Home:  New school uniforms for 50 children, as well as a special meal for everyone.

Nakuru CMD: New school shoes for 55 children and a monetary gift for 7 university students, as well as a special meal for everyone.

Isiolo Feeding Program: New school shoes and text books for 38 children, as well as a special meal for everyone.

Lokichoggio Feeding Program: New blankets for 127 children, as well as a special meal for everyone.  We will also be providing 27 mosquito nets for children that did not receive them last year.

Calvary Christian School Ruai Feeding Program: New backpacks filled with food items for 180 children.

People to People Sponsored Pastor’s Children:  A monetary gift for 60 children. (PtoP typically provides funds for this).

As you can imagine, this is a costly endeavor.  The budget for the above gifts, food, and meals is $8,300.  If you are interested in partnering with us to help make this Christmas special for all of these children, we would greatly appreciate it!  You can click here to do so: Dunning Ministry Account (choose “Ministry” in the account menu).  Any amount will be greatly appreciated!

2017 Recap:

(Lokichoggio Mosquito Net Distribution and Isiolo Computer Lab, not shown in video)

Update October 2018

Partners and Friends,

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

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

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

Project Updates

Christmas is Coming!

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

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

(Above images were not included in the video)

Tana River Village Irrigation and Agricultural Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

Micro-Business Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Speaking Opportunities

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

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

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

Family Update

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer Requests

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

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

Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

August 2018 Update

Partners and Friends,

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

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

Quick Trip to the States

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

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

Grad School Update

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

New School Year

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


Tana River Delta Drought Relief

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

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

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

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

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

Hosanna Dairy Project Update

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

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

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

People to People Updates

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

Agricultural  Projects

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

The two ministries are:

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

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

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


Recent Happenings

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Prayer Requests

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


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

Grace and Peace,
Jamie, Jessica, Sophie and Ethan

April 2018 Update

Partners and Friends,

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!
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.


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:

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…

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.

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