The Kenya Shilling

One quarter is almost worth 25 Kenyan dollars, (actually called shillings). And, yes, they are divided into 100 cents.

Imagine going to buy a car and getting a bill for 1,800,000! Or making 180 a day, but not have enough money for a family meal. Or, paying 900 for a movie ticket.




I have another video to share with you from Mattaw. Mattaw’s theme verse is Isaiah 61:1-41.

Fundraising Update

I spent yesterday in Eldorado, Texas at my grandmother’s church. Everyone was touched to hear of Mattaw and the ministry taking place there. The church was very generous to take my support letters and send them to people in their community. There were also people in the congregation who were willing to partner with me!

Also, the Old Picture of the Day Blog was generous enough to send me some traffic. I have received lots of generous donations on line both yesterday and today. Thank you again!

Next week, I will be speaking at College Hills Church (my home church).

At the River

Today I spent my afternoon with the Christoval Texas River Ministry. These wonderful people go where many would not. Their intention is to share the love of Christ with those who find themselves at the end of their rope–those with severe drug addictions, felony charges, etc. They have given me many opportunities to witness, lay hands on people and to pray. Many of the people at the river are in the worst situations possible that life can offer. A few weeks ago I met a young man who was covered in tattoos of demons and severely wasted from a life addiction to meth. His wife told us he had been worshiping Satan, and he told us that his brother had committed suicide that morning. We shared Christ with them, loved on them and fed them. His wife rededicated her life to Christ, and we prayed over him. It is truly awesome to see someone broken and crying comforted by the presence of God.

I have really enjoyed my summer of ministering to people at the park. One of the things I have learned is that sometimes one of the best mission fields is in your own back yard. As much as I have enjoyed this River Ministry, I am even more excited as I prepare to watch what God is going to do in Africa!

Treating Epidemics

What a $20 donation can do

Around 1 million people are afflicted with cholera every year. Of these, 98% occur in Africa. When a child contacts cholera, they may die within hours of their first symptom. The bacteria (Vibrio cholerae) releases toxins leading to metabolic acidosis, hypokalemia, and eventual cardiovascular collapse.

Pictured to the right is all that is needed to save a life. WHO claims that their oral rehydration fluid (ORF) is just as effective as starting IV fluids when treating cholera. Described below are the ingredients to a homemade version.

Recipe for a Cure:

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 1 liter of water
  • supplement drink with bananas mixed with orange juice (potassium, vit C),
  • 20 mg zinc supplement for HIV children to increase life expectancy of  T lymphocytes. Which will reduce duration and severity of symptoms among those even without HIV.

San Jacinto Clinic

San Jacinto Team

Dr. Rider (the one attempting to give me bunny ears in picture to the right) and the San Jacinto School Based Clinic have become special friends of mine over the last few weeks. They have taken me under their wing and given me the hand’s on experience I need for my trip.

Free of charge, these people have made me part their family and poured days of knowledge into me. Dr. Rider has been spending two days a week training me–giving me countless opportunities to improve my assessment skills and critical thinking capabilities. She continually offers me motivation to answer questions I would have never thought of asking.  Courtney, Mary, and TeShawna, are pictured here as well, but there are many more.

I will try and post some updates on what I am learning from them. Dr. Rider and I spent the whole day discussing parasitic nematodes (those send shivers down my spine), but now I know what they look like and how to treat them!

See Mattaw

I would like to share with you all a video of Mattaw Children’s Village. Over the summer they will be building housing and adopting more children. By the time I leave in September, they will have rescued another 30 children. Not only this, but they are raising money to build a “baby house,” were they hope to adopt infants. I have a feeling my hands are going to be pretty full!

Peanut Brittle at Sister’s Cafe

The First Bite

I received my very first donation today! Sister’s Cafe at the San Angelo Airport has graciously agreed to sell homemade peanut brittle all this week to help with my airfare.
Pictured to the right is my first contributor. He has been in love with my grandmother’s award winning peanut brittle recipe for quite some time. As I was leaving the store, I turned and saw him placing money in my jar. I nearly cried, I would have given him a whole box for free if he only would have asked for it.