We hope this letter finds you all doing well, living in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Home is in our thoughts daily this time of year. We are missing the beautiful autumn of Colorado! The weather here has been changing as well, and we have now finished the transition from rainy season to dry season. Everything in sight is brown, and the wind is constantly blowing with dust devils kicking up here and there. The Karimojong have gotten themselves ready for the season as much as possible. Their basic attitude is to endure, and if God is willing, we will see April rains soon. Our garden has almost come to an end for the year. We have a few more tomatoes to pick and thankfully, a lot more lettuce.
Since we have written you last we have been joined by the remaining members of our team, the Fulks. Cody, Michaela, and their 5 kids arrived the first week of Oct. and seem to have made a smooth transition to life in Kotido. They jumped right in and started helping with anything that needs doing, including housing all of the Shalom Home crew while the building is under construction. Their kids have made many friends already, and have given our kids the courage to spend more time outside our yard playing. We can already see many ways in which they can be used here in Kotido, especially with the children from Shalom Home. We thank God for bringing them here to join us!
We have been blessed this past month with some quiet time here in Kotido. We have not done much traveling and have been able to really sink our teeth into the work. Rainbow Mike, the director of Shalom Home, has been overworked and as a result, in poor health. We have taken over some of his responsibilities including a ministry to the vulnerable people (widows, sick, elderly, blind, lame, etc.) in the area called the “Mercy Ministry”. Included in the ministry is a crippled lady with five dependent children, a grandmother raising her grandchildren because they lost a parent to AIDS, a family of nine where both parents are HIV positive, and other situations very similar. We have starting taking food to them in the villages, helping with medical care, and providing whatever other help we can. It has been such a blessing to meet these families and be reminded of how blessed we are!
Construction on Shalom Home is coming along very nicely. Work here is slow since there are no power tools and all construction is done with hand tools. The building has had windows put in, concrete plastered on the outside walls, a ceiling put in, and the fence and gate finished. Until construction is finished, Rainbow Mike and his family are staying with the Fulks. Please pray that God will stretch our funds as he did with the bread and fish so that we will be able to finish the project. We can’t wait to see the kids back in the home and off the streets!
As for our family, we are doing really well. Kristi and the kids are in their second month of home schooling, and the kids love it! Ezra is now reading and has quickly caught up with Vaeh in math. Zion and Israel enjoy their “school” as well and are learning shapes, colors, numbers and letters. They all enjoyed making hand “turkeys” this week in preparation for Thanksgiving. Selah is growing like a weed and has been wearing her 3-6 months clothes for over a month now! She is rolling over and smiling all the time. She is such a delightful baby and is loved by everyone in town. They call her “Nakiru” which means “rain” since she was born during rainy season. All of our kids have really flourished in the last two months, and are adjusting amazingly well. They have made friends and often go out to play football (soccer) and jump rope. They especially enjoy all of our fun pets which have included a dove, two baby ducks, a puppy, a kitten, and 8 baby chicks (also various frogs, turtles and lizards). We are so proud of the way they are learning to care for the hurting among us by giving of their “abundance” to those with less. They are such a blessing to us!
We thank all of you that read our letters, pray for us and support the work that God is doing here. Please remember that correspondence goes both ways. We want to hear from you as well! We look forward daily to checking our email and facebook J We always say it, but we truly believe that we are sustained by the prayers of those back home. We will end this letter with things you can pray for and opportunities for you to be involved if God leads…..
- Pray for the completion of Shalom Home (funds will stretch, laborers will be diligent, kids will be back in soon)
- Pray for a health worker. We have been asking God to send us a nurse, doctor, or any health worker that can live in the Kotido area and go out with us to the villages to do basic medical care in the villages. The people in the villages need access to medical care so badly.
- Pray for Israel’s health. (Israel has been having regular rectal prolapses for over a month now. We do not have medical care here that can deal with this, so we pray)
- Pray for our language progress. We take classes 3 times a week, we struggle, progress happens slowly, but we know it is an act of love towards the Karimojong, so we continue.
- God will provide finances to do all the things we believe he has called us to do. “Where there is vision, there is provision.”
- Laborers to join us here! Everything takes more time, so much so that we can’t get everything done and could use more help.
We love you all! Thank you for being a part of our lives.
Kenneth, Kristi and the Williams clan (Nevaeh, Ezra, Zion, Israel, and Selah)