Jean and Michael Simmonds: May 2015
The Turning Point staff greatly appreciate meeting supporters from the U.K. It reminds them that they are not alone in their work; others also care deeply about the children and families living on Kibera.
Recently a group from Holy Trinity Church, Knaphill in Surrey visited the Fountain of Hope School and spent time with both teachers and children. Most teaching in Kenya is purely learning by rote but this group were able to demonstrate more creative teaching methods which are both more appealing and more helpful for slum children. The teachers were so encouraged by the impact that the lessons had that they are asking for more visits like that because relational interactive work with these children is so important. Now, the staff feel that they are not working alone at the school, the awfulness of the slum doesn't isolate them because other teachers in far off places know about them, understand the needs and problems they have to deal with and are standing alongside them and praying for them. There was time for fun too! The staff against visitors netball match was a great occasion....though nobody has said who won!
There will be another visit at the end of May, after this article has been sent but before you read it. A team from Christ Church in Woking, where some trustees worship and much of the administrative work for the charity is done, are also flying out. They will be taking a group of the staff who live on Kibera away from the slum to stay at a Retreat Centre for a couple of nights.
These are people who will never have experienced having a holiday. They will sleep in beds, not on mud floors; have bathrooms with water on tap, tiled walls and flushing loos. They will be away from the polluted air and environment of the slum, eat three meals a day and sit on grass in a garden. All special and exciting opportunities for them....but things we take for granted. With the UK team they will worship, share, listen, learn, relax, laugh and know they are valued. What a wonderful experience to offer to some very special people.
Do pray that this treat will be a blessing and encouragement that stays in their memories for a very long time.
Jean and Michael Simmonds.
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