Monthly Archives: June 2007

BTV Update 06.30.07

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Friends,

I want to share with you the preschool class of Noel Academy. This class is made up of 25 children from ages 3-5. I hope you are as excited as we are about what you see. These children are in a clean, print-rich environment; they are learning, and learning well. Mr. Rogers, our elementary school principle, tested the students against the leading preschool in the county and our children were well ahead academically. We are just so appreciative to each of you who have contributed money to construct this facility and provide these classroom furnishings. As the class enrollment grows we will keep you informed on their progress.

Just to share with you a serious need, there are 2 children in the community who have lost their fathers due to AIDS, and the families cannot afford to send their children to Noel Academy. These children attend public school where some classes have over 60 children to one teacher, and they are educated, so to speak, in facilities which are filthy and very poorly equipped. These two families are active members of the church at Choimim and have no idea that we are asking our friends to help. I would like to ask if there would be anyone interested in helping to fund these two children’s education. The tuition for Noel Academy is $240.00 per year for preschool thru 4th grade (inclusive of uniforms and meals). If you should have an interest, please let us know. We would like to have these children in school as soon as possible.

As you know, I was in Kenya last week and I’m happy to report that the orphanage house is nearing completion and the primary school foundation is well underway. God willing, the orphan house will be completed at the end of August and the primary school (phase 1) completed at the end of October.

Pertaining to our evangelism projects, it’s a praise. We were blessed to work in three areas and had the opportunity to share the gospel with some 350 people making professions of faith. This is great for the work in the Nandi area, as we will have the privilege to disciple these people and God willing, get some of those committed into our Bible school.

Please pray for the church planting project going on this week in Nandi. We are blessed to have 19 volunteers from Georgia this week helping to plant 4 new churches in Nandi. Our goal this year is to plant 12 new congregations. This will bring the total of congregations participating with the Community Baptist Church movement to a total of 12 locally.

Thank you again for your support, your prayers and your participation.

To His glory!

Damon, Randa and the BTV Team

BTV Update 06.25.07

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Friends,

Please rejoice with us in the conferring of degrees to Rev. Robert Watima and Rev. Aineahs Barasa as they have completed their studies and are now receiving a Bachelor of Theology degree from Shepherds Theological Seminary, Cary, North Carolina. We are very proud of the hard work of Robert and Aineahs. Today I will be traveling to Kenya to present these degrees to these deserving men. Please continue to lift up the work that these men are doing, and pray that God will to strengthen their service to Him and to the work they have been called to.

We again want to thank everyone who has supported the work of BTV in helping to make these programs available to students who otherwise could not afford to further their education. Additionally, I want to thank the faculty of Shepherds Theological Seminary and Pastor Stephen Davey, President, for their commitment to our theological students, the furtherance of the Gospel and to the edification of the believer in the Word of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

My God continue to glorify Himself through the work of BTV and richly bless each of you who support and pray for us.

Serving for His glory,

Damon, Randa and the staff of BTV

BTV Update 06.03.07

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Friends,

We wanted to get the month off to a great start by sharing with you a picture of our classroom, our students and the furnishings. It’s all great, we all are so very thankful to the Lord and for those who have helped to make this school a reality. At the start of this school term, our class grew from 10 to now 22 students. It is our expectation to have nearly 40 students before the end of this term. From recent financial support we have purchased new tables and chairs for the students (an individual work space per child is quite rare but is now possible here). We are building bookcases, purchasing a wide screen monitor for their soon- to-be-donated computer and so much more.

Again thank you for your support, your prayers and your willingness to stand behind us as we reach a people with the love of Christ, our Savior.

Other praises:

Two weeks ago the BTV staff and the Bible school students conducted an evangelistic outreach and over a two day period had the privilege to see over 150 people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ. To God be the glory!!
From unexpected gifts received this past month, BTV staff was privileged to purchase musical equipment for two of our district churches. Both of these congregations were started by visiting churches last year. Some 300 people are worshiping and will enjoy the instruments as they are used as tools to reach even more for our Lord.
In the next couple of weeks, there are three groups traveling to Kenya to help plant additional churches, help with construction of the new primary school starting in June, teaching women’s studies and just loving our brothers and sisters of East Africa.
Staff has started a new church in a refugee camp of 140,000, in a community known as Kakuma, Kenya. Our goal is now to purchase land and construct a small church/Bible training facility. This will help us raise up men and women with the Word to help BTV establish our presence in Juba, Southern Sudan. Please pray for diligence and strategy to reach Africa with the gospel.

Please continue to pray for us, the men and women we minister to, our new church plant in Kakuma and God’s continued blessing on the day-to-day activities. And thank you again for your generosity. “He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.” Proverbs 19:17.

Blessing to each of you,

Damon, Randa and the BTV Team.