Visitors from Meru

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Our Kenyan visitors last month were overwhelmed by the hospitality and love shown to them by UPPC.  They enjoyed not only being able to stay in member’s homes, but also the experience of worshiping with us and meeting many of the sponsors of Meru’s HOPE children.

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The Kenyan Harambee on August 28th was an evening of joyful sharing by all. A local Kenyan band shared their gift of music.  One of our guests, Juster Karwitha, shared her story of losing both parents to AIDS, raising her younger brothers and sisters, being sponsored so she could finish high school and teaching college, and now giving back to the ministry by serving on the HOPE team in Meru.  Sharon Moffitt and Josephine Mburugu shared the story of how Cherish Ministry to Meru came to be.  Karen Lau shared updates about our sponsorship program, now serving over 200 children in Meru.

At the Harambee, people were also able to learn about a vision for a new branch of the HOPE ministry: a children’s drop-in center called “Watoto Center”, to be built in Meru in the near future.  Dozens of friends at the Harambee shared their resources in support of that vision, raising about $17,000 – a huge jumpstart to the $100,000 needed to start the Watoto Center.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Harameee and made our guests feel welcomed during their stay in University Place.

– The Kenya Team