It has been a few weeks since we sent our last email update. Well as you can imagine there is much to talk about. Just a couple of weeks ago I was in Kenya spending time with staff, organizing new construction projects and working with a great group from Charlotte, N.C. who traveled to Kenya to work with the children at Choimim, teach in the Bible school and work among the women members at one of our sister churches in Mosoriot. The mission was very successful and a great blessing to so many who interacted with them. The staff of BTV would like to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to this team for their hard work, commitment and dedication to toward this successful mission.
As many of you know, BTV was blessed with a generous financial gift to help construct and equip a computer room at Noel Academy. This room will allow us the opportunity to equip the classroom with ten modern computers. Well, we’re happy to share with you that the construction of computer tables has been completed (shown above) and the computers have been purchased! God willing, a mission team comprised of members from several area churches will travel to Choimim in early February to set the equipment in place and orient the students and teachers. Please keep this project in your prayers as we continue to provide great opportunities to the children and to the villagers of Choimim.
Another tremendous blessing, we are nearly fully funded (cash and pledges) to build the third school building at Noel Academy. With work scheduled to begin in early January, the completion of this building will provide the additional classroom to accommodate a complete stream of students K-8th. We want to thank each of you for your prayers and support in helping to make this project a reality. We truly hope that you are blessed knowing that in some small way your partnership with the ministry has helped to make the lives and futures of hundreds of children brighter, that together we are reaching many for Christ, our ultimate goal.
Please consider traveling to Choimim this summer and join our team in our construction efforts or teaching in the local schools, ministering to the children at Noel Children’s Center or to just join in on a game of soccer with the neighborhood children (there’s only a few of hundred J).
To share some of our up coming needs and prayer request:
1. The school needs a school van. We sold our car to help stop the hemorrhage of costly repairs, and unfortunately this leaves us without a car. The proceeds from the sale of the car will need to be matched with an additional 10K before we will have the funding for a good used van which we will convert into a school van
2. Consider helping with the construction of the administrative block. The 4th building will have the school library, administrative offices and a health room. This wing will cost approximately 65K. This final building will complete the first stream for the elementary school.
3. We need books for the 3rd grade class. We would like for someone interested in supporting Noel Academy to consider purchasing the school books for the new 3rd grade class that will start early January 2010. The cost of this project is $1,200. The books are shared and will be with the class for several years.
4. Prayer request: Please keep in your prayers our offer to hire a new Headmistress for Noel Academy. She has an outstanding background in early childhood education and is currently working in one of the finest private schools in Nairobi. Her acceptance of our offer would be a great blessing for the work at Noel Academy.
Again, thank you for continuing to pray for BTV and for helping us to meet the objectives of this, His, ministry. May He bless you and keep you close.
In service for His glory,
Damon, Randa and the BTV Staff