Jean & Michael Simmonds: September 2015
NEWS FROM THE TURNING POINT TRUST.
I cannot remember when we started sending monthly articles to churches who had enquired about the work of the trust, but it was a long time and, with 12 articles a year, many news reports ago! We feel it is time to sign off because Jo and Jon are now settled back in this country but still working for Turning Point and our access to news and information is now more limited than theirs. They are in regular contact with Kenyan staff and trustees and more able to share joys and needs so the articles will continue but will have a different name attached!
Since we began writing these, we have shared stories of lives transformed by education, the farm project, the microfinance scheme and in many other ways. We have tried to introduce you to staff members, children and families who live on the slum and at the farm and, as the work has gradually grown, we have shared the joy of 3 projects working in different areas of the slum with similar aims but meeting varying needs, the school, the library, the fun and joy of camps, holiday clubs and staff retreats. Maybe you feel as we do that much has been achieved and it has....but there is potential for more.
How is it that two young people with vision but little experience, moving to a culture they know little of, can change so many lives? How is it that the Christian staff, many of whom live in the unspeakably awful shacks crowded together on Kibera slum and face every day the open sewers, the endless rubbish, poverty and disease, can keep smiling and trusting?
There are several words that sum up the answers to those questions, they are detailed in 1 Cor. 13: faith, hope and love. We, whose lives are cushioned with comparative riches and comfort have much to learn from them. However they would say that they see God at work through our prayer, care and giving and that helps sustain their faith, hope and love.
You may never have the opportunity to meet these amazing people but we are united, different life experiences and gifts but one in the body of Christ. Their faith inspires us, our love enables them so please, keep praying and giving so that hope stays alive.......and who knows what God will do next?
Thank you everyone and God bless you all.
Jean and Michael Simmonds.
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