Monthly Archives: November 2009

BTV Update 11.29.09

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Friends,

I’m happy to share with you this exciting event, the setting of the electrical meter at Choimim! Thank God, we finally have power now in the hostel, church and in the school. Something so simple that will be used to help change the lives of many. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support to help make this a reality.

Though we still have challenges ahead – improving our water sources, finishing the 3rd school building and orphan home and replacing a vehicle, we are very thankful for the facilities and opportunities to serve so many in need.

Please continue to pray for us as we look forward to our largest school attendance, over 180 children, who will be starting in January 2010, and for the privilege to love many more orphaned children by opening our second home in the early part of 2010.

Many God continue to bless you richly,

Damon, Randa and the BTV Team

BTV Update 11.01.09

Friends,

It’s only been a couple of days since our last update, but as is the case in ministry, things change quickly. We would like to introduce to you our newest arrivals to Noel Children’s Center in Choimim, Kenya, Noyta and Collins!! These precious children were picked up by our staff from a hospital in Kapsabet mid last week. To share just a little of their background, Noyta was abandoned by her mother at a village market and Collins was rejected by his family do to the issue of incest.

With the addition of these two, the total number of children at Noel Children’s Center is 8. The maximum number of children per house is 10, and God willing, we should have this home “maxed out” by early next year. Upon maxing out the occupancy of the first house, we will open the 2nd house which is of equal size and can also become home to 10 children. The reason for the smaller homes is to provide a more nurturing environment.

As we have asked before, again we would like to ask that you forward this email to your family and friends as we seek to raise sponsorship for these two children. The typical sponsorship is $65.00 monthly per child and can be spread out over a couple of families. We send out monthly pledge statements as a reminder and as a receipt for the gift.

Of course we are very excited to have the privilege to accept, love and nurture these children, yet now we are in a situation were we need to let our friends and donors know of a coming need, the construction of a new children’s home, our 3rd. We’re not pushed now, but if the past year is proof of how quickly God will provide children for our care, then we need to get moving! We may just max out the 2nd house early 2011. With this in mind, we desire to put a seed in your heart that we will need your help in mid 2010 to help construct a new children’s home. A house is $30,000 plus furnishings.

The issue of abandoned children any where in the world should be a major concern to us all, especially the Church. Without intervention, these children grow up on the streets, if they survive that long, and their lives are downright heart breaking and difficult to even watch from a distance. Many times they run in packs, steal, eat from the trash on the streets and sniff bicycle tire repair glue (or whatever) to get high, which just burns up their brains. We the staff of BTV are dedicated to live out the love of Christ daily by taking in as many abandoned children as possible. We must keep them off the streets, we must provide a loving home environment, we must help to provide them with a quality education so that they too will have the chance to compete in a global market, and most importantly, we must teach them of the love and grace of a loving Father, helping them as we can to develop a relationship with a God and Father who will never abandon nor reject them. This is a momentous responsibility, but it can be accomplished by fostering partnerships (individually and corporately), seeking your prayers and if possible your financial participation. Please keep BTV and the children in mind as you seek to glorify our God through your generous giving.

May God bless you and keep you: God prosper your labor with help from above; May His smile be your reward and His glory your goal. – Anon.

For His glory,

Damon, Randa and the BTV staff