Thursday, August 31, 2023

Celebrate With Cherish

 October 8, 2023 at UPPC....  12:20 - 2 pm.         

Come and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the CHERISH Ministry !  There will be a presentation about our sponsorship ministry, where we have been and where we hope to go.  We will share stories, food, fellowship and provide opportunities as we pray for our students as they begin their final term of the school year.  Come and spend time with others who have been blessed to be part of this ministry.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Praise God....A Very Special Meeting !

 On a very special March day,  Bernard G. was able to meet Clare and some of her family.  Clare had sponsored Bernard and he has come far !!!!  What a blessing this time was for all involved.  

Here is description of that special day from Sharon Moffitt:
It was such a privilege to witness the first meeting of Bernard Gitonga and Clare Devine when he visited recently. It will be 20 years ago this coming September that Josephine Mburugu and I made our first trip to Meru to find out how our church might be able to join folks there in providing aid and assistance to the children and families of Meru. 
Bernard made a supreme effort to be here, traveling from Florida to Tacoma for just 48 hours before heading to his new job in Virginia.  As we left to visit Clare, he asked that we stop so he could buy flowers and a card which he chose with great care. Imagine, this young man and Richard and Clare having a relationship for all these years but never meeting in person!  I wish I could describe the joy on Clare’s face when she entered the room! It was wonderful to witness this experience. I am filled with gratitude to the people of UPPC who have joined in this ministry with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Meru, Kenya!

Read about the difference Clare's sponsorship made in Bernard's life, written in his own words after he completed his nursing degree: 

"I was hopeless but now I’m hopeful, was downcast but now I’m lifted."

Several children in Meru are waiting for sponsors. Click on "Waiting on a Sponsor" to learn how you can sponsor a child like Clare did with Bernard. 

Monday, April 17, 2023

 Greetings CHERISH Sponsors and Supporters 

Thank you for sponsorship funds. Our shilling (Kenyan currency) is very weak now due to our poor economy.

 I wish to tell you that the cost of living in Kenya today is very high, and many families are finding it hard even to put enough food on the table for their families. Cost of fuel and food has gone up. School fees are a real challenge and many of the schools are finding it hard to manage the institutions. So, the income and expenditures are incomparable.

It is our hope that the situation will normalize one day.Thankyou for all who donate their funds and more so their love to help our children. Wish you God's blessings in all your undertakings.

With love 
HOPE International Ministry