Y’all, I am really bad about asking for or even accepting help. I always have been. I remember getting so frustrated as I tried to write letters on that funny, thin preschool paper, but my response when my mother offered to help? “I can do it MYSELF!” I don’t think she ever offered to help me with homework again.
And, the pattern persists. I don’t like to ask for help. Honestly, I don’t like to NEED help.
But, I do.
I need friends to come alongside me and encourage me as I clean crumbs off the floor AGAIN.
I need wise, older friends to tell me “This too shall pass.”
I need the help of the Holy Spirit for every single breath I take.
Because I am weak, but He is strong.
And, I am not the only one.
We all need help. We all need each other.
As believers, we are part of a body that is meant to work together, to cooperate, to meet each other’s needs.
And so, I’m asking you.
I have known Irene Kigathi for about 15 years. I watched her as a single mother struggle to provide for her daughter and herself. I watched her fight to find a school that would help her child when it seemed no one would help her child. I held her newborn son on my honeymoon. And, these past two years, I have prayed with her, worked with her and dreamed with her.
And, God has been doing big things. Opening doors all over Kenya for the work she does with those who have learning disabilities. Creating a network of organizations and experts who are encouraging her.
It has been a work of faith. I’ve watched her family believe God for daily bread and seen him provide. I am challenged daily by the emails I receive, by the faith I see.
And, I want to help.
I want to see her dreams take flight so she can help others learn to dream and have the opportunity to succeed.
So, I’m asking you to help.
$8500 will fund the refurbishment of classrooms and the operating cost for Tuleane Afrika’s model center for one year and give them the ability to run the programs at full-speed without worrying about funding on a daily basis. It will pay teachers. It will provide materials and classroom aids. It will help others to see the potential there is for working with special needs children in Kenya and help open the door for other donor organizations.
Tuleane works within public schools in Kenya, reaching those who cannot afford special schools or tutors, offering opportunity to the “least of these” on a daily basis, showing love to them and to their families.
We’ve begun a fundraiser on PureCharity.com to raise the $8500 needed for this center. Will you help us? Could you give a one-time gift or a monthly donation?
The lives of nearly 50 children, their families, their teachers, their schools, their communities, will all be affected. They will be changed. And, you can be part of that.
*If you would like to help you may make donations to the fundraiser at PureCharity.com. One of the easiest and coolest ways to give through Pure Charity is to install their browser plugin and earn money in your giving fund by making everyday purchases online. It’s amazing to see how you can help others by simply doing normal things like shopping for back to school clothes online or something. Check it out! You may also send donations to Merchant Ship Ministries, PO Box 1396, Magee, MS 39111. Just be sure to write “Tuleane” on the memo line. Either way, your donation is tax deductible! Thank you!