KENYA UPDATE

February 2019
February 5, 2019
Update

The orphans at "Sengera House Orphanage" in Kenya want to say thank you to those whom have been supporting them. These church orphans came to us from various cog groups around Kenya. They arrive at different times, but in the same "heart wrenching" condition: skin & bone hungry (starving actually) wearing only the worn out clothes on their back, and out of school. Now, thanks to some companionate donors, they are well fed, clothed, and All are in school.

Dressed for school

Many of us here is America and other prosperous countries, don't comprehend the suffering that many (if not most) of our impoverished brethren around the world endure on a daily basis.

We first traveled to Kenya/Tanzenia back in 2005, after hearing rumors that there were brethren who were suffering, and in need of help. Upon our first visit, found conditions to be much worse than what was rumored. Most were former members of the WWCOG (some even go back to the Radio COG) but all were suffering, and lacking in some of the most basic and important items like bibles and mosquito nets. Malaria plagued members of every family, (including children) because they couldn't afford the $4 mosquito nets. (A full report can be found at: http://khofh.org/Why_Support_This_Ministry.htm )

We started a non-profit back in 2007 called: "Kenya Hands of Hope" and have been busy trying to help our impoverished brethren (especially the true widows and orphans) ever since. Thanks to our loving Heavenly Father, some of our impoverished brethren's suffering has been eased.

At the orphanage much progress continues to be made. There are a total of 20 children living here now (10 boys & 10 girls.) Sixteen are in grammar school, three in High School, and one in trade school. The orphanage also serves as the main site for congregating on God's Holy Days, including Feast of Tabernacles, and Feast of Unleavened Bread which our Kenyan Brethren celebrate for the entire seven days of that spring festival. Last years FOT was attended by 350 at the Sengera site alone.

Manley (age 14 pictured below) is in his first year of High School. He is currently boarding at "Itierio High School" near Kisii, Kenya.  His goal is to become a surgeon. Itierio is ranked the best school academically in the entire region.

After his 1st Month of school, they had visiting day.

Haron (the overseer at the orphanage) visited Manley along with Manley's sister Jemima. Both children have been with us ever since their parents died just over a year ago.

Our next project at the orphanage, is to construct a new dormitory to  house the boys. The house they are currently in was constructed of mud, which is a temporary building. It is not only showing signs of future collapse, but is also insufficient to adequately house the ten boys.  Our hope is to construct a new two story brick building that will also be sufficient to take on some additional church orphans who are currently suffering, and in need of help.

As always, your prayers are much appreciated. Let us pray for us to be good stewards, moving forward according to God's will, and doing things that are pleasing in His sight. We always like to remember Romans 8:28 where we are told that "All" things (not a few things, not most things or many things) but "All" things work 

together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. And loving God is a matter of keeping His Commandments. So let us strive to live by every word that proceedeth out of His mouth.

bill Goff

January 2019
January 19, 2019
Update

Greetings Brethren, hope all of you are doing well both physically and more importantly, spiritually, as we patiently await the return of our Lord and Savior.

I am happy to inform you that we have taken on another orphan here at Sengera House. Her name is Veroscovia Kemunto age 15. She comes to us from the remote church of God group in Ikoba, Kenya. The congregation there has been requesting us to take her for the past couple of Months, because she has been suffering ever since her parent's died. But we could not take on any more orphans at this time. Last week we received word that she was nearing death (had gone a week without eating) so we immediately arranged for her transport. She is now living here at Sengera House, and doing much better. The children have welcomed her with open arm, they all know quite well what it's like to suffer and starve, they were in same situation before we took them in. Hoping to put Veroscovia in school (second year of High School) soon as we can afford to do so.

We have also completed the construction of the small office that the Kenya Government requires us to have. All the work was accomplished by the orphans themselves. They sure have been getting plenty of "hands on" experience in many fields of construction. This will help enable them to eventually become self supportive after completing their schooling.

The office is 8' X 12' located by the front gate.

Also want to inform you that the orphan Manley (who's dream is to become a surgeon) is well on his way. After completing elementary school with good grades, the Kenya Government has placed him in a prominent High School in Kisii, Kenya. Thanks to you donors, Haron and I were able to purchase all the required items for boarding, pay his 1st term school fees, and enroll him in that boarding school last week. Manley thanks those who have been assisting him, he appreciates your love for him very much.

Manley arriving at Itierio Boys High School Kisii

Concerning brother Isaiah who was shot while being forced off his land, is still being hospitalized. Some of the Mau Evacuation brethren migrated to Bomet, including Benjamin Bet and his family. They are doing okay, and send their greetings. Was able to visit them on Thursday. They are renting a small two room structure, and making their own charcoal out of cow dung for cooking.

Benjamin Bet and his family.

After being forced off their land they lived in the woods and on the streets of Narok for some time before getting into this two room structure. They are so happy now to have their own place, and with a toilet. Water is fetched at a stream two kilometers away. Thanks to you donors, we were able to help them with some supplies and also some second hand coats which the children are wearing.

Friday night January 18th Bible Study given by Nehemiah.

Thanks to you donors, the children are treated to a soda every Friday night after Bible study.

May our Almighty Father bless each and every one of you donors for caring for these precious children.

Your brother in Christ.
bill Goff

January 1, 2019
Update

Greetings from Kenya, hope all of you are doing well?

2018 has been a busy and productive year here in Kenya. Much has been accomplished at the "Sengera House" orphanage. We now have a total of nineteen orphans (nine girls and ten boys.)  school will begin on January 3rd. Sixteen will be returning to grammar school, and three to High School. (There are also additional church orphans from two remote church groups who are suffering severely, but we don't have the funds available at this time to assist them.)

During school vacation we have continued with "hands on" training with the Sengera orphans. They are learning much, including painting, carpentry, masonry and more. Just this past week we have been constructing another building which will serve as an office. All of the construction from start to finish is being accomplished by the orphans. This has not only been quite cost effective, only having to purchase materials, but has also given them more experience in these fields.

They don't have ladders here in Kenya,
so we made our own tripod in order to reach high.

Life here in this 3rd world country continues to be rough for many of our brethren. I received the following report from Narok congregation. Titoa (the overseer there) reports the following:

"Greetings elder Bill and church there, here we are on serious problem, all building we made after Mau eviction all burned down by police. still we are in a great problem brother, many are sick others death. we need any help to push life. Especially see mercy on children who are suffering right away.'

One of the brethren was shot in the head.  He was taken to the hospital and has survived.  The congregation is requesting assistance in paying his hospital bill, but we do not have funds to assist.  Although we did send the brethren some funds for food.  They are now hoping to migrate to Bomet, Kenya to flee the persecution.

The Gospel also continues to spread here in Kenya.  We spent two Sabbaths in Nyabigege, Kenya where our message was well received, and additional visits are requested.  This Sabbath Charles Mokoro held an open meeting near the Maasai border.   The message was well received there also.

As you can see in the picture above, many who attended the open meeting were young. Over half of Kenya's population are children under the age of 18. The following is reported by UNICEF:

"Kenya is a nation of children and youth, with more than half the estimated population of 36 million under the age of 18 years. An estimated 6 million children require special care and protection of which approximately 2.4 million children are orphans."

I will be returning to the States in approximately two weeks, my focus then will be to try and make other members of God's church aware of the suffering that our impoverished brethren endure here. (If you have a group that is interested is learning more about the  work we are  involved in, please let me know. I'm willing to visit your group to give a slide presentation that will better show the conditions here.)

I apologize for consistently asking for assistance, but It is hard for us American's to comprehend the living conditions that these faithful members of the Household of God are enduring.  Many of our brethren live their lives in survival mode. It's a struggle just to have water. Can you imagine having to walk long distances to find and fetch water (every drop that you will need for cooking, washing and drinking?) And then after lugging it home have to boil it before use because it is highly contaminated.

Now the orphans living at Sengera House are doing well.  Thanks to those who are regularly supporting, they are well fed, clothed and hopefully soon back in school once we raise the little additional school fees still needed. And we are doing our best assisting a number of widows in various church groups scattered around Kenya. But there are additional true widows in need,  and additional orphans who are suffering. So we are hoping others who can afford to assist will join us. And most importantly, please pray for us to be good stewards, as we work together in unity, trying to do good works that will glorify our Heavenly Father.

And we thank you for your prayers for protection, Kenya can be a dangerous place.  After purchasing the metal roofing sheets for the office on Friday, we were stopped at a police check point. They attempted to place me under arrest for transporting the material in our private vehicle which is not registered as a "commercial". After much discussion, was finally released and free to go.

Your brother in Christ bill Goff

Videos can be found on our YouTube page at:  khofh.org  just click on  "YouTube channel".

Building a tripod to use as a ladder.


James learning to use power tools.


Sengera orphans eating breakfast in the newly painted cafeteria.

The children spend much time working in the garden.

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