Some of you may remember hearing about Phil’s trip to Kenya back in 2012. He visited the Dow Family Children’s Home to install cement floors in their school building. He came home talking my ear off about girls who “braided” his hair and how I just had to go see for myself what the Dow’s were doing. And then he showed me the pictures of beautiful children and my heart melted.
I began working with the Dows helping with administration items last summer. I started following their updates, reading about these abandoned children and how the Dows were stepping in to change their lives. This family truly lives by faith; giving their entire life up to serve children in Letien, Kenya. They not only run this amazing home, but also minister to the community through a school and church. We will never truly know how many lives they have and will touch! Intrigued by what they are doing, I started doing some research. I learned that there are approximately 153 million orphans worldwide! Just in Kenya there are approximately 2.6 million. How does this happen? And how do we sit here unmoved, armed with those statistics?
With the help of Phil’s uncle and his company, Doug Lamb Construction, we’ll be visiting the Dow Family Children’s Home on October 25th through November 4th. We’ll be going with a group of 10 people to build a pavilion and play area for the children. With 55 plus children, their eating area is outside. This becomes a problem during their rainy season, so a pavilion will help keep them dry during meal times. The majority of the children are under the age of 5. You could put that in the context of a bunch of Izzy’s running around looking to expel large amounts of havoc energy. They need a play area…and the staff needs a lot of prayer!
Other than loving on the kids, supporting staff in any way I can, I’ll also be helping to finalize the administration needs for the Dows as they will be partnering with Brittany’s Hope starting in January 2014. Brittany’s Hope is an organization from little old Elizabethtown, PA who is enacting global change for internationally abandoned children. Their work is amazing and they will be a wealth of support and stability to the Dow Home. (You should check them out, http://www.brittanyshope.org)
We need your help in these three areas. Pick one or pick all three but know that we’re calling on you to support in these areas because we believe you can make a difference in the lives of orphaned children with us.
- Pray! Pray! Pray! Pray for our plane safety and our traveling safeties once we arrive in Kenya. Pray for the funds to come in for the people going and also for the supplies needed for the playground. Pray for travel logistics to fall into place smoothly. Pray for the Dow’s and the children to be encouraged by our visit. Pray that ultimately, the community in Letien, our traveling companions in the air and on the ground, and all who we come in contact would be truly moved by our mission and see Jesus in it all.
- Give! Phil and I will need to personally raise a minimum of $2,000 to cover our plane tickets, additional travel costs, immunizations and extra baggage fees as we’ll be taking extra things over to the children. Please know that any amount you can give is truly appreciated! Any funds over our minimum amount raised will go directly towards funding the playground project costs and helping with specific needs of the home and children. If helping out with these direct needs sounds intriguing to you, email me at, jleighlamb (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll pass along the list of things we’ll be collecting closer to the date of travel.
- Join Us! Yeah, we know it’s probably a lot to ask you to join us on that 18 hour plane ride; but consider joining us in other ways. Such as learning about the Dow Family Children’s Home at http://www.dowfamilychildrenshome.org and Brittany’s Hope at, http://www.brittanyshope.org . Consider sponsoring a child in Kenya with the Dow’s or maybe in Ethiopia or Viet Nam which are two of the other countries Brittany’s Hope works in. Consider volunteering at Brittany’s Hope’s events, joining their board of directors, or at the very least, go “like” their Facebook page so you can begin to witness the change they are making in children’s lives. 100% of donations go directly to helping children (in thanks to a very generous sponsor who covers the organizations overhead and administration expenses). This percentage is unheard of and should be a relief to know that your monies really will make a difference in the life of an international orphan.
We know it’s not easy to give money, or time or even mental & heart space for one more cause. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it. We love you all and thank you for taking the time to read this!
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day. ISAIAH 58:10