Stories from the Children of the Kingdom

A note from the Children of the Kingdom director, Emily Huff. (The Child of the Kingdom Ministry is Share International’s child sponsorship program providing food, education and discipleship to children through college.)

As the holidays are around the corner, I am keenly aware of how much I have to be grateful for. The people in Turkanaland and in India have given me a perspective on gratitude that has forever changed me. My heart is to write and share with you about these brothers and sisters in a way that moves you beyond statistics, to truly loving our neighbors (near and far) as ourselves. The best way I know to do that is to share with you a few of their stories.

Alice Lokulan, the mother of Lorot Ekom and Michael Ekai Ekiru (children sponsored though the Children of the Kingdom ministry), shares the following:

“I thank God for His provision through SISL (Share International Small Loans) program which gave me a loan to put up this food items kiosk. It has really helped me to sustain my family after losing my husband a long time ago. I take Share International as my husband because if it were not for the loans, I don’t how I could have survived with my children. God bless Children of the Kingdom (COK) and Share International! Now I can use the profit from this kiosk to buy clothes and food for my children. Through the COK program, the school fees of my children (Michael Ekai Ekiru and Lorot Ekom) are paid for. God bless Hans Schenk and Brant Bousquet for sponsoring my children. I have nothing to give to them, but a cry to God bless them and their families abundantly. I give thanks also to COK for the gifts from Michael’s sponsor, because through them a house was built for our family. This really touched my life and made me recognized in the village. Glory to God.”

Alice Lokulan, widow and mother of two working at her food kiosk provided through Share International’s Small Business loan to help support sustainable income to Turkana families.

Dorcas Koki, a high school graduate testifies:

“Glory be to God for His love for me in my life to go through the Children of the Kingdom program. I count myself blessed because the support from COK has made my academic life a reality. I say thank you to COK and my sponsor who paid my school fees from primary to high school which I finished last year in 2009. Many have dropped from school due to lack of school fees. COK has made me realize my dreams and career in life through guidance and counseling by the COK staff in Kenya. I thank God also for the COK outreach program which has helped me to share God’s love to many youth where many have seen God’s power and manifestation. These outreaches have helped me grow spiritually. I have known what to means to share the gospel and our very lives.”

A letter from two girls in India who are being sponsored through Children of the Kingdom:

“When my parents asked Jesus Christ about our future, the Lord answered our prayers and sent Ratnakar (Share’s Children of the Kingdom director in India) to us. He understood our downtrodden state and told us COK will support our education – our family was very happy. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for understanding our need and sponsoring our education. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year 2011. We will continue to pray for you and your families always. We thank the Lord and Praise Him, for all his mercies through you.”

“We always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”            2 Thessalonians 1:3

Giving thanks for the ways you continue to share your lives and share the gospel through your generosity,

Emily Huff                                                                                                                                       U.S.A. Children of the Kingdom coordinator

To Sponsor a child or donate money to support the ministries of Share International, Inc. contact us at the following address:

Emily Huff
207 N. Service Rd E.
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 497-0311

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An “Eye” on Turkanaland

Dr. Patrick Kuria has been on the STORM trip to Turkanaland, Kenya the past two years. He is an ophthalmologist from Nakuru town in Kenya.

“Greetings in Jesus’ name. Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits, God of our salvation! I herewith thank you for your continual great spiritual and moral support Share international has rendered to Turkana Land. I thank God for giving us an opportunity to be part of this.

The truth is that there have been moments when it hasn’t been easy, the Lord of the truth, (knowingly or unknowingly) has used Share International to encourage us to intergrate our Evangelistic and Social mandate response toward both the Great Commission (Go ye into all the world…Mark 16:15 Kjv) and the Great commandment (…love your neighbour as yourself…Mark 12:31). Thus serve a holistic person by reaching both the needy rural and urban communities with quality and affordable eye care. Indeed, the lamp of the body is the eye…(Matt.6:22).

I am very moved by Share Internationals’ uncompromising love and faith commitment that has greatly enhanced this remarkable success and abiding achievements. God is just not to forget your work and labour of the love that you have shown toward His name, in  that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister (Heb.6:9-10)

Thank you for your displayed team Spirit, zeal, co-operation, understanding and hearty warmth through it all, please keep it up.

May the Almighty God be with you, fully inspired to put a smile on someone’s face for Christ’s sake; seeking intimacy with God: leaving a mark in serving the revealed purposes of God, in our generation.  As we walk our talk and talk our walk individually and corporately as worshipers, covenant keepers focused, people with a destiny, doing exploits, more so: as an act of worship. ”

Much love,

Patrick Kuria

Calling from the Desert

Thoughts on STORM 2010

by Dana Trauth

My dream, since 2004, had been to go to Kenya, Africa with the Murimis. I had been captivated by the voices of the Turkana people singing praises to Jesus, in a video, and I thought it was the most beautiful sound in the world. The years quickly came and went as I finished school, took care of my family through a terrible hurricane, got a job, and still the dream lingered. I had always loved Africa, as if I was born with that love, because I don’t really know where it came from or when it had started to grow. I would tell people that it’s not “if” I go to Africa it’s “when” I go to Africa. Then in 2010 that dream came true. In June of 2010, it was just me and a carry-on piece of luggage on a plane bound for a different continent. Aside from the jet lag, Kenya quickly began to feel like home.

It was when I met the Africans that I truly began to see a passion and a joy I had never seen before for our Savior. One such African, Jeanette- a 25 year old girl, became a fast friend and fantastic buddy for my journey. She even had enough patience with me to teach me Swahili, a language I was eager to learn. Every day she asked me if I was ready for my “Swahili 101”. She always had a smile on her face ready for whatever the day brought us. It was custom for us Americans and the Africans to introduce ourselves on a daily basis to different villagers. The Africans always began their introduction with Bwana Asifiewe or translated “Praise the Lord”. They would tell the crowd their name and then say something along the lines of “I love the Lord” or “The Lord is my Savior.” It was as if they couldn’t introduce themselves without identifying the Lord. It was their relationship with Him that was so vital to their identity that the two were inseparable. I was in awe. Living with the Africans for two weeks reminded me of the beauty of faith, the power of prayer, and the importance of community. The joy of their salvation, their confidence in the Lord and His power, and their complete trust in Him radiated off of them so much that it made you want to be like that in return.

In Lodwar, the desert life is hot and a bit extreme. I remember waking up one morning and hearing the Africans of Turkana singing and it touched my soul. I forgot that I was hot, that I was jet lagged and dirty I couldn’t wait to join them. While there Mary Murimi had the wisdom to encourage us to seek out a different prayer partner everyday. This partner was preferably someone you didn’t know and it was that partnership that made a huge difference in our day. It was those exact prayers of boldness, confidence and hope that got me through each day. One such time was with a woman named Vikki. She  felt the Lord calling her to me. She walked over to me, hugged my shoulders and prayed. Through her prayer she saw into my heart and vanquished the enemy, through the power of the blood of Jesus, away from the places in my heart I did not know he held and I was restored.

In Lodwar my job was to work with the children. I loved learning Swahili but not being able to communicate with the Turkana children did not hinder us a bit. I was truly amazed at the work of our interpreters. They knew just what to say, they knew the just the right games to settle their rowdiness and they paved a bridge for me to talk with the children. The smiles on their faces were so precious. I was part of a team that taught four bible lessons with a theme of “Friends of Jesus”. We walked through creation, the fall, and the death and resurrection of Christ all through the eyes of the friends of Jesus.  The kids were surprisingly responsive. They were attentive during the stories and knew the answers to many of the questions we asked. I could tell the work of the church was reaching their hearts. Each village had a different personality and each group of children mimicked that personality. But it was the interpreters that made a lasting impression on me. Two of our interpreters were part of the children of the kingdom program, both now being sponsored through college. Just to see them do the work of the Lord first hand made me want to encourage everyone to sponsor a child. They were not only getting an education but a chance to serve the Lord in a place thirsty for the living water and I got to be a part of it all. Often times in the desert, in a place that I didn’t know the language or much of the customs, I felt useless. But what I learned was that just by being from America and flying all the way to Kenya and then visiting them in the village meant all the difference in the world to the Turkana people. It was enough just for me to go because it showed them love on a whole new level. They showed me love as well each time the women let me hold their precious children and teach them the word of the Lord.

My favorite day of the trip was the day we went to Lake Turkana to baptize the villagers. These men and women had been discipled over the year and I got to be a part of their baptism. This was the most humbling and powerful experience I have ever had. I stood in the middle of Lake Turkana with John Nakara at my left and a new Turkana believer between us, hands in each one of ours reciting the words “I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” and was humbled. There just aren’t enough words to explain that moment. Maybe the best way to describe it would be silence.

It was my dream in 2004 to go to Kenya and it was in 2010 that the dream came true. I am truly amazed that the Lord used me, an ordinary girl from Louisiana, to serve the extraordinary people of Turkana. It has been many months since I have walked the sands of Turkanaland but my heart is still there with them. I will not forget what the Lord showed me in Africa and I anxiously wait for when I can go back.

Here are some things I learned:

  1. If a camel comes up to you in a village that is normal.
  2. Wear more sunscreen.
  3. There is tremendous power in prayer.
  4. The Africans here value their salvation – something I should do more often.
  5. Thorns hurt.
  6. Jeanette has already planned when I am coming back.
  7. The work of the church is changing the lives of the people here and their lifestyles.
  8. Take Dramamine before getting on the little plane.

STORM Trip Medical Testimony

I really enjoyed the STORM-2010 trip.  I was able to spend time with the medical team.  The team is led by Derrick Lowoto, nurse, who has been with Share for many years.  Anna Karimojong continues to faithfully serve as nurse aide.  The new funding available this year allowed the addition of Emily Sarara, clinical officer, and  Christopher Lokoli, pharmacy technician.  We were able to refine the program as it adapts to the partnership with RMF (Real Medicine Foundation).  The partnership with RMF since early 2010 has provided a steady supply of medication for the first time.  This has allowed the mobile clinic to be much more effective as the staff travels to 8-10 outlying villages which have little medical access.  The vehicle used for the mobile clinic was purchased in large part through the Tindale House Foundation’s generosity, and has been vital for these outlying clinics as well as transport for emergency cases.

SIHP’s (Share International Health Program’s) goal is to share the good news of Jesus Christ with patients as we offer quality medical care to the needy.  We saw about 1,492 patients and by God’s grace, about 191 made a commitment to the Lord.  Common illnesses included malaria, parasite infections, anemia, and bronchitis.  Dr. Patrick Kuria, ophthalmology, came for the second time and ministered to hundreds of patients with poor vision and eye disease.  It is a privilege to be involved with the Turkana people through Share Int’l.  The SIHP team would like to welcome interested and qualified medical personnel to join us in 2011!

Dr. Rebekah Bartsch