The village of Kamukuywa is 8 hours from Nairobi in poverty stricken Western Kenya. It has been my home for the last 4 months, and God willing the next 8 as well. This is the location of a Christadelphian High School- Agape in Action Academy-which is built on the same land as the home of our brother Justus and sister Annette Mabuka- the amazing couple who have taken in around 100 orphaned and unwanted children- many of whom now attend the high school.
I am also living onsite in volunteers quarters at the school and teaching full time, running the library, organising sports activities, doing lots of computer work for the school and helping out with ecclesial activities such as Sunday school and lots of youth talks.
When teaching a class of uniformed students it is easy to forget that many woke up in a mud hut, had no breakfast, walked many kilometres to get to school and don’t even own a bag to put their schoolbooks in. When I sit and talk with my students I find it heart wrenching to hear their stories, many are unwanted by their parents or else they are orphans. Living with grandparents, cousins, uncles, friends, not enough food to go around, no money for anything but the bare essentials- sometimes not even that.
However, despite the poverty and the heart-wrench these kids are just like any others anywhere in the world, they are intelligent and inquisitive, super friendly, have a great sense of humour and love their sport. The students I teach are so keen to learn, they begin study at 6 am and continue at school for most of the day until 10 pm with a few breaks for sport and food. Here in this school they have food, safety, security and education. It is a haven from the struggles around them and their education can potentially help them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. But, most importantly, at this school they are shown a greater means of gaining security, security that extends beyond this life. A hope of a better world to come.
Being here I have found my kingdom vision and desire for Jesus to return to increase every day. No death, no sickness, no hunger, no corruption, no crime.
These are things that previously I knew existed but didn’t greatly affect me.
These are things that affect my students and friends here on a daily basis!
Whilst I know I can’t feed, educate and help everyone what I can do is give them knowledge of someone who can, of a time when all the struggles will be done away with. Teaching bible studies and especially working on building our kingdom visions is something I have loved doing with these keen and receptive students!
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Rev 21:4
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
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Tabby – April 2014