Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hope Foundation - Love and Kindness are NEVER wasted!

Presenting New Pre-Primary Class

Good News Academy is happy to welcome our new 4 year olds to school. It is always exciting to see these little ones come to school on their first day.  Our teachers are so patient with them as they learn their schedules and get just a little bit homesick for Mom.  Because of your love and kindness, we get to not only educate these children but we get to share Jesus with them for the very first time.  Thanks  so much - you are the BEST!

Exciting News

We had a report that angels were singing in Heaven!  What I am trying to say is that 2 people have already accepted Christ as their Savior in 2020.  We set a goal of seeing 150 people become believers in Jesus so we are on our way.  Please keep our teachers and pastors in prayer as they continually witness to folks that need forgiveness which comes only through the GOSPEL.

Life Change Church in Des Moines, Iowa is praying with us about providing a church building for one of our rural pastors.  We are so thankful for Pastor Steve Christiansen and Craig who flew to Kenya to visit me and see the ministry.  We are looking forward to partnering with your church this year to see a young church start off right.

We have started planning our Pastor Training Sessions for 2020.  I always enjoy meeting and teaching these pastors from all over the coast of Kenya.

Pressing Needs
I need to let you all know of a pressing need.  The well at our high school collapsed so we are having to bring in water each day for the 300 + students who come to school each day especially the 150+ female students who live in the dormitory on campus.  This is our second well at the school to collapse.

We are being told that we need to put in a borehole instead of a well due to the type of soil in our area.  This was an expense that was not in the budget for 2020.  It is estimated to cost $4500 to construct the borehole plus an additional $500 for piping, tanks, etc.  We have a need to raise $5000.  If you would like to help with this project click below, fill out the form and hit submit.

If you would rather give by check, make out your check to The Hope Foundation of Kenya and mail it to:
The Hope Foundation of Kenya
P.O. Box 8154
West Chester, OH 45069
Make sure to write High School Borehole in the memo line.

Thank you for your consideration and prayers.

Faithfully Yours,
Bobby and Lisa Bechtel

Year in Review 2019

Can you believe that we have been doing missions work for 19 years?  2020 is our 20th year of serving Kenyans and it is a milestone in our lives. I wanted to share with you all that God did in 2019.
Here are the results:
1. 157 people gave their lives to Christ and 36 were baptized.
2. 70 new students were added to our Christian school ministry.
3. 42 families joined as monthly sponsors for our feeding/education program.
4. Two Pastor's training conferences were held emphasizing Ethics.
5. Two Youth Encounter Camps held with sixteen teenagers saved.
6. One new church was constructed in a village called Colorado.
7. One man was ordained into the ministry.
8. Begun construction of a new kitchen at Good News Academy, Majaoni.
9. Provided Biblical Learning Materials to Pastors such as Bibles.
10. Two adult literacy programs are proceeding with teaching reading.
11. 3 Training scholarship to Crossroads Baptist Bible Institute was awarded.
12.  Construction of a kitchen/dining hall at high school is planned for 2020.
13. An Christian community center is now open outside Kisumu, Kenya.
14. Phillip, one of our staff members, surrendered to full-time preaching ministry and we hope to enroll him in Bible College in 2020.
15.  We had two tremendous teams who came from the states to minister.
My favorite 2019 memories:
- Seeing 13 people come to know Christ when an American team shared their testimonies during a medical clinic in Majaoni.

- Hearing a sponsor in Indiana tell me that she needed to come to Kenya because her sponsored child was getting baptized then being in Kenya with her in June to witness the baptism.

Thank you for your prayers. In many ways, this has been the hardest year of our 19 years in ministry.  We lost some financial support which is always a strain on our family and to a ministry that seems to grow every year.  We need around $500 monthly to make up that loss. Then we lost over 40 child sponsorships only to have God give each child a new sponsor one by one.  Please continue to pray for Lisa as she is still battling with her chronic pain. Doctors have recently been helping with a vitamin supplement. We know that without you, our partners, praying we could not go on trying to accomplish wonderful things for God.

Just a final reminder - God is ALWAYS faithful!

Have a wonderful 2020.
Bobby, Lisa, Ethan, Conner, and Dylan Bechtel