Alton Webteam: October 2015
News from the Turning Point Trust
"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit." (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
For five weeks up to October 5th, the public schools in Kenya were closed due to teacher strikes. Strikes around this time of year are not uncommon; there is an unresolved pay dispute going back to 1997, and striking before the exam period gives teachers maximum leverage. However, this has been the longest strike in 58 years. In November, half a million students will sit for their KCSE exams that will determine entry into higher education, and 937,000 14 year olds will sit their KCPE which has equal significance to GCSE's in the UK.
At Turning Point, we have 4 taking the higher KCSE exams and 36 taking the KCPE who have had a far from ideal run-up this term, not to mention 105 others in non-exam years who have also been out of school. It has been a time of dryness and drought. The strike has been tough on parents too — children at school get a meal at lunchtime and that is one less meal to find each day. A five week strike with children and teens at home idle will have been costly to them in very many ways. Praise God that by running our own Fountains of Hope school, the children who attend there have been able to continue unaffected.
Where poverty and injustice abounds, there are frequently circumstances that could be described as drought. For the children and families we work with in Kibera, some of those circumstances cannot easily change. But the passage in Jeremiah reminds us of an important truth: our fruitfulness is not governed by our circumstances, but by where we have our roots. And so at Turning Point we continue to weave Bible teaching and discipleship into our core programmes.
We continue to sow truth that will enable the children to know where to find living water in what seems to be a dry place, how to bear fruit even when the heat comes, how to trust in His loving favour towards them despite circumstances.
Please pray with us for these children & young people. Pray that their roots go deep into Him. Pray for fruitfulness in their lives that confounds the expectations of others, that the glory may go to Him.
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