As I sit to write this, I find myself feeling very blessed, and cannot forget those beautiful faces in Kenya. Those beautiful faces that are young, but have seen so much in their short life, the good and bad, but with stories of the Lord’s amazing grace. Being part of the Hungry 4 Him Board is very personal for me. I have never been on a mission trip in my life, local, or overseas, and honestly never saw myself doing that. My daughter was the missionary, since she is a fulltime one. She went to Kenya 4 years ago and came back with some amazing stories of how the Lord was moving in the lives of the children and teachers. We started to get bibles for those who graduate from 8th grade. Since many may never be able to finish going on to high school or college for that matter without the funds to do so. We started to pray over each child (whose names we were given), and we knew the Lord had a plan, a purpose, for each of them. After she left for full time missions, I continued to get the bibles and pray over those children. As I prayed over the bibles, something began to stir in me from the Lord, so when the opportunity came for me to go to Kenya I could not do anything else but go. Going back to the board of Hungry4Him, these are people who volunteer time to help the less fortunate. Orphans who have nothing, not sure what the future holds but hold on to faith in the Lord. People who love the children and want to help feed, clothe them and want to be sure they have meals and how an education can make a difference. We want to make a difference in their lives and cannot do that without our sponsors. In Kenya over, and over again, I felt the Lord speaking to these children in so many ways. He wanted them to know that their lives matter to Him, and that He loves them very much. Each one is precious to Him and we can all make a difference to give them hope and a future, one child at a time. Barb Roithner, Vice President of Hungry4Him
Dear Friends and Family of our Hungry 4 Him Ministry,
I wish to take a few moments to greet everyone and tell you of a few additions to our H4H team. Over the last several years we have been seeking to expand our board of directors to add fresh insight, gifts, and talents, as well as lighten the workload of our very thin staff. Also two of our very long time board members, Colby Kinser and Ben Byxbe, have felt the need to hand off their duties in order to focus on other pressing issues going on in their lives. Due to their commitment to this ministry they would not do this until they felt we had competent, willing workers to step up and fill their shoes.
In answer to prayers, God has sent such workers. With a willingness and a desire to be obedient to His calling on three people’s lives, we have been able to not only fill the gap of Colby and Ben stepping back, but actually still expand our Board. Praise God for His providing!
Barbara Roithner, Joel Baker, and Adam Cascio have all recently joined our H4H Board to team up and to be a part of carrying this wonderful responsibility of meeting the needs of the children, teachers, and workers in Kenya. To have a role in meeting the physical AND spiritual needs of these people. To Share the Good News of Jesus and to shine His light into the world. This is our calling and our mission. To which you all are a vital part of this effort. Without our H4H’s family’s spiritual and financial support our ability to make a difference is very limited. Through your faithfulness over the years, our Lord has blessed His people in truly amazing ways. Those in Kenya, and all those who have served Him in this effort.
All five current board members have had first hand knowledge of being in Kenya, meeting, teaching, and spending quality time with the children, visiting homes, and speaking at the schools and in churches. We have clearly seen the work God is doing to enrich the lives of His people there.
We are excited as all of us go forward, together. Through our newsletters you will hear more from our board members, both past and present. If you have any questions or comments please visit our website at www.hungry4him.com and leave us an e-mail or voice message (888) 463-1183.
Blessed to share this work with you all.
Progress | Growth | God’s Glory | Donors Contributions At work
There has been a lot happening in the background for Hungry 4 Him, as we have just learned from Jeff Meyer’s letter. We are always striving to move forward toward helping those in need over in Ahero and Wachara, Kenya. The need is ever present as any time before, as Benards Vision Schools are growing alongside Hungry 4 Him. We love hearing of the Lord’s hand at work in all avenues, in ways that can sometimes be difficult see. His plan overrides all other plans, we are here to promote that and love as Jesus wants us to.
During Benards visit to the United States, there has been more of God’s hand working. Benard has been able to raise awareness for his growing vision toward the High-School in Ahero. Benards Vision School has been able to raise enough funds to purchase and begin the construction of the High-School! This is amazing news, and ALL thanks to the Lord for all of this. Jesus is surely providing for this endeavour.
Furthermore, Benards Vision School has also been able to raise funds to build a chicken coop and purchase several hundred chicks that will begin producing eggs very soon! This will provide a more stable food source to these children who desperately need it. Last time I was there, Benard frequently spoke with me the challenges of feeding God’s Children. May this provide an answer to some of his concerns!
Finally on this matter, through Benards visits, he has been able to reach out to new donors and sponsors for the teachers and children! This is what it is all about. The children. The whole purpose of Benard Vision. Saving these poor children as God has spoken to him to do. God Bless the new donors and sponsors and God Bless the current donors and sponsors. You all as a whole are making such a great, long lasting impact that you may never see. By the individual it is a huge impact, by the many it is a legacy impact that you are contributing to. The Lord Almighty has spoken on this matter, and we are answering. In Matthew 18:10, “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” You are surely welcoming these Children in Jesus’ name. We are all thankful for you!
We have been praying to meet a need for Benards Vision School, as a well pump began to fail due to old age and fresh running water is vital to the school. The replacement cost was rather expensive and difficult to obtain. Unknowing, we were not sure how to meet this need as a Board! We prayed, along with many others and our God began to “make a move” as Benard would say. Corinth Church of Hickory, NC and God’s Little Ones of Columbia, SC raised funds to meet this huge need!! What a blessing and thank you to Corinth Church and God’s Little Ones for the generosity and the swift action to a call. It is wild to see how many ways God is working through all of us to strengthen His Plan. Psalm 72:19 “Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!”
Donors Contributions At Work
To all of our donors and sponsors, you are the assets and strengths that the Lord God brings to our purpose here at Hungry 4 Him. May we continue to be the tool that the Lord Jesus uses to reach these individuals in Kenya. We are all volunteering and answering the call from Him alone. Through your efforts, an orphaned child is able to be in a home, fed, clothed and cared for. Benards Vision School is now able to begin building a high-school. Benards Vision School is able to bring in more children from the street as time presses onward. Benards Vision School is able to provide a stronger and more competitive educational program. This is what it is all about. I encourage each and every one of you to reach out, spread the word of Hungry 4 Him, as well as many other ministry partners about what Jesus is doing. These are actual results to the hard work YOU are all doing. Thank you so very much, and may God Bless all of you.
In His Name Alone,
Hungry 4 Him
Hungry 4 Him Ministries
The children at our partner schools in Kenya did well on their final exams this month! Their school year starts over coming up in Jan 2018. Please pray for wisdom in which children to accept into the program as the oldest graduate/leave. This can be hard as there are so many that need help, but only a few can be picked.
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and thank you to all our partners out there!
Dear Hungry4HIM family,
The elections from earlier this year were voided by the Kenyan Supreme Court, so there will be another election on Oct 16. Please be in prayer between now and then, and then after the elections, for peace, fairness, and for God to install whoever He pleases for His purposes.
Trip Report by Jeff Meyer, H4H Board Member
Greetings to Hungry4Him Family, Friends, and Supporters,
Recently I was blessed with another opportunity to visit Kenya, and spend time with Pastor Benard Ondiek, and the teachers, pastors, and nearly 800 children at the Benard’s Vision Schools in Ahero and Wachara. Actually, three teams from Georgia and North Carolina visited Kenya this summer over a six week period, so a great deal of support was being provided to the needs of the ministries there.
For me, this was my fourth trip, and each one seems to surpass the previous. I was able to gather updated information and pictures, and meet new students, teachers, and pastors. I saw the new classrooms, new dining hall, and a new church. Our team was able to provide much needed Bibles, hymn books and teaching supplies. We were able to supplement the hard working, dedicated teachers’ salaries, and provide additional food for the children. What a joy it was to be there and to experience the amazing work that is being done.
With the faithful, longtime support of our H4H family, as well as other ongoing ministries, these orphan children are being fed, educated, cared for, loved, and taught of the Love of Christ. Not merely in words, but in action. “Faith without good deeds is no faith at all” (James 2:17) always comes to mind when I reflect on the work we are all apart of. There are new classrooms, dormitories for children and teachers, better dining facilities, and recreation areas. The children are being fed two meals per day, provided teaching supplies, uniforms, and now some even housing that they can call home. There is a new modern health clinic at the Wachara school that would seem to be an “impossibility” to us, but of course, “Humanly speaking it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27). Praise Him!
This trip reinforced what I already knew in my heart. That the work, efforts, prayers, and support that our H4H family provide are truly making a difference in the lives of the children in Kenya. Not just from a day to day perspective… but an eternal difference in these lives. Lives, physically and spiritually, are being saved every day. How humbling that God would use us in this way.
Some of our sponsors and family are new, while others have partnered with us for many years. Our H4H board and volunteers thank you all deeply for your faithfulness in support, prayers, and being a part of our mission there. We serve Him together in this work. May our Lord truly bless you. May a special portion of blessings be upon Corinth, Ivy Creek, and Grace Presbyterian Churches for the teams they sent this year. If you would like more info on how to be more involved, or would care to read a more detailed report of my recent trip, you can contact us at email@example.com or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send you my complete report which includes some beautiful pictures of children, teachers, and staff.
“Let us stop just saying we love each other, let us really show it in our actions” (1 John 3:18).
Together in Christ,
Director of Sponsorship
Hungry 4 Him Ministries
Check out the video link below to check out more of what Hungry4HIM was up to last month!
A highlight this month was doing water filtration training with women in the rural communities of Kenya! Thanks to our partnership with Water with Blessings to make this happen. It was humbling to be a part of providing clean water to these families.
Dear Hungry4HIM family,
As our director and a board member head to Kenya this month we have got a lot going on! We will be visiting with the staff/students/guardian families at the orphan schools, doing water project work in the community, and doing some professional filming. Last minute we were fortunate to have an accomplished film producer jump on board to also head over to Kenya and meet our staff. He will be getting content for our ministry to start producing some better quality videos to share with all of you! This is something we have always wanted to do from a film standpoint but never had the means until now.
We will have a lot more updates when we return from Kenya later in April that we look foward to sharing! God Bless and look forward to communicating back to you what all He does.
The Hungry4HIM team