When we began our involvement with World Vision in Tseikuru, we had no idea exactly how things would go. There were few things that were important to us as we were looking to get involved. We wanted many from LCBC to participate, create a healthy and independent relationship in the community and truly make a difference in the lives of this region.
A great way for many people to get involved was through the sponsoring of children. Sponsorships allow organizations to work with the community leaders to establish achievable goals and an infrastructure to eventually be self sustaining. Since we started in 2003, around 2,500 children have been sponsored in Tseikuru by people from LCBC.
The best way to keep a community independent is by limiting the number of years an organization is involved. It’s incredible to think that nine years ago there was very limited access to water in Tseikuru. That the community had no access to small loans that could change the direction of their families. That the AIDS epidemic was misunderstood and caused a horrible stigma, not only for those who were affected, but for their families as well. And that many wondered where God was in the midst of their struggle.
A lot has change in nine years. Multiple clean water wells have been put in where local teams manage the daily operations. A bank now exists that provides loans for entrepreneurs to start businesses like sewing, cell phone recharging, bicycle repair or any need they are looking to fill. And though AIDS continues to be a challenge, the understanding of this disease is much better known and the stigma is subsiding. LCBC, through World Vision, has been the hands and feet of Jesus to tell the people of Tseikuru that they are loved and there is hope for all them. Hope for a better life and a hope for an eternity spent with their Creator!
Even though it will be a few more years before World Vision completely transitions out of Tseikuru, for LCBC I can’t think of anything greater than reaching out to another community! Applying the same principles, we now have an opportunity to do the same for the people of Kalawa!
This past weekend 394 more children were sponsored in Kenya, India and Haiti, with 308 of those in our new Focus Community of Kalawa, Kenya. What a great start to impact this community, just as we have in Tseikuru! Thanks to all who sponsored kids on every campus in each of these regions. If you didn’t get a chance to sponsor a child, but would like to, more will be available this coming weekend.
What an awesome feeling being part of what God is doing around the world!