I want to express my deep gratitude to each and every one of you in ways I cannot fully articulate. Love beyond words is what I feel because of the many ways you have continued to support Mwanzo and me personally.
Many of you gave to Mwanzo during the Special Offering in April, or during GiveBIG in May. Thank you for your support! These gifts, along with the Love and Justice ministry’s expression of love in action, and the support of your prayers, have raised hope and saved lives. You provided food and learning materials for the nine months that schools were shut down. So far, thanks to you, we have not lost any children or staff to COVID-19.
Further, in 2020 we completed installing solar panels on the school roof, and we started a tree-planting project. In the same spirit, I ask for your support with a matching grant soon to be announced, we plan to break ground for the community center this summer when I travel back to Rabuor.
When I am in the village and am getting ready to travel back to Seattle, Mwanzo students, staff and community always ask me to bring greetings and expressions of appreciation—and they also send with me various gifts to express their thankfulness. They recognize that yours has been love that keeps giving. In February 2020 as I
prepared to leave the village, the mother of Owino, a special needs student, gave me corn and beans to make a meal of gratitude for you when I got to Seattle (I received the gift with grace on your behalf and donated it). She is grateful for the love and care Owino receives at Mwanzo.
I hope in 2022 some of you will travel to Kenya—then we will have that meal, and we will sing and dance for joy and with the hope that you have kept alive. Though I did not travel in 2020 as I often do, I cherish your continued support and I hope these letters and the drawing from our students are evidence of love and care Owino receives at Mwanzo because of you.
This note is my humble attempt to express my deep gratitude to you, and to let you know that your love and prayers of hope for Rabuor community are the same love and prayers they —and I—have for you.