We’re happy to share this update from our mission team currently visiting CRF sponsored children in Kenya!

Our team traveled for two hours across unpaved roads, rocked back and forth by the endless movement of our matatu. We waved at shrieking children as we passed by in our packed van, and we eventually arrived in a village that is the origin of our director in Eldoret, Francis Bii.

Samabul is a rural region. Without a car, the distance to the city of Eldoret is incredibly difficult. Most people survive by farming small pieces of land, even quarter acres. When crops fail, there is nothing.

Before sponsorship, children are often expected to continue the path of their parents – working the land with no hope or possibility of even the most basic of education.

But the children at Living Hope Education Center in Samabul, Kenya have truly found hope. Approximately fifty children at this school are sponsored through CRF and have regular access to nutritious food, basic medicine, clothes, and schooling. The children attend church and learn about how much Jesus loves them.

There is reason for celebration at Living Hope! The students sang and danced for us. These are children who are well-fed, well-dressed, healthy and working hard in their education. Sponsorship has transformed their lives. Our team played games with them, sang songs, and listened in thankfulness to their impressive knowledge of memory verses from an early age. Many of the children are orphans who thrive on hugs and genuine “I love you’s.”

Sponsored children in Samabul with their new pencils!

But the school still has its struggles. There aren’t enough buildings, so in 4th grade children must go to a much lower-quality public school, move away to a private school, or drop out. The church building is unfinished. However, because the children are in school now, there is hope.

While we were there, a widow named Helen accepted Christ as her Savior. Her children have been sponsored for 6 years now and the faithful church in Samabul has steadfastly reached out to her with the love of Jesus.

With the Gospel spreading like wildfire through this school and this community, there is true living hope to be found in Samabul: the hope that comes from Christ.

Stay tuned for more updates from our team!