One of the great joys of this life adventure, living and serving in Africa, is being part of a community that stands with us as we work at Kijabe Hospital. Each month we receive emails from supporters, asking for prayer requests, staying in touch, and reminding us that we are the boots on the ground for an amazing group of people that cares about suffering here in Kenya. When times are difficult, when futility and chaos seem to have the upper hand, we are lifted and encouraged by your prayers, and by knowing that you join us in advocating for the most vulnerable.
We have written blog posts before asking for help with a sick child whose family is devastated by medical costs, and you have responded. We have been able to pay for hospital bills and a prosthetic leg for a teenager with cancer. You have enabled us to travel into the most bleak, unstable regions of Africa, to provide medical care and compassion, to let those on the margins know that they are not, indeed, God-forsaken. The monthly support provided by our dedicated community of supporters has sustained us over the last two and a half years. You have allowed us to serve at Kijabe Hospital, to train doctors, to pray with gravely ill patients and their families, to quietly pay a hospital bill for a dedicated pastor who’s leg was lost to infection, to try, in our imperfect way, to tell people, in word and deed, that God loves them.
But now, it is our turn to ask for help. As part of our work here, we are sustained through one-time and monthly contributions from over 100 individuals, families, and churches, who allow us to serve here by supporting us financially and prayerfully. There is a natural attrition rate as supporters’ situations change, and over the last 6 months, we have fallen behind in our financial support. For the past two months, our account has been “in the red,” requiring us to urgently seek additional financial support.
The very responsible policy of Serge, our sending agency, is that if we carry a negative balance for three consecutive months, our “salary” is reduced, and if the situation is not remedied, we must temporarily return to our home country to increase financial support. A good friend of ours, also working in Kenya, is currently in the US, not able to do his work here, for just this reason. As a faith-based non-profit, Serge is responsible to both their donors and the IRS.
Due to this shortfall, we need $7,800 in one-time contributions, to bring our account balance even. We also need 17 new supporters of $100 per month, to bring our budget into balance. We are reaching out to you, to see if you, your family, your church, or your organization can come alongside us in our work here. Please know that any financial support is put to immediate and hard work here at Kijabe hospital.
Here are the practicalities of how to provide support to our ministry. All donations are tax deductible.
1) Go to the link: https://www.whm.org/give/missionary?ID=51553
2) This will take you to the Serge/World Harvest Mission page for donations to our work here in Kenya.
3) In the box, enter how much you would like to donate, and make sure you use the menu right below that to indicate whether this is a one time donation, monthly, or annual donation.
4) After you click “Add to Donation Cart”, you’ll be taken to a registration page to checkout.
5) Your options are to donate by credit card, or by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). EFT is the most simple and secure way to donate. Setting up EFT allows Serge/World Harvest Mission to transfer your donation directly from your checking account to our mission account at Serge/WHM.
To do this you’ll need to look at one of your checks, to get the routing number and your account number.
The routing number is the nine digit number to the left, and your account number is the next set of digits, after the colon.
Follow along the rest of the registration page, and you’re done!
We consider ourselves amazingly fortunate and blessed to be serving in Kenya, and we hope and pray you will join us in our work. If you have any questions about our work here, or about financially supporting us, please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann at email@example.com.
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