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November 2, 2018
Dear Faithful Supporter:
During this Thanksgiving season, I want to thank each of you for your continued support to the 200 children in Nairobi, Kenya and to the 60 children in Inez, Kentucky in the Hollows. Due to donations designated to construction projects in both Kenya and Kentucky, we were able to replace a bathroom at Homecoming Church in Inez, KY (see pictures below) and we were able to build a wall to provide needed protection to the children at Hope Academy in Nairobi,
Kenya. A team of three volunteered their time and worked from 8am to 1 am for six days straight in order to replace a bathroom with a floor that was ready to collapse at the Homecoming Church.
In Kenya, we were able to employ 15 workers from different tribes in order to build a wall that provided the students protection from outsiders. This job enabled these men to be able to provide food for their families in exchange for their hard work of digging into rock and stone to create a foundation
for the wall, as well as build the wall itself. The wall runs the length of the entire school and church. The construction of the wall is complete, but it still needs to be painted in compliance with the Nairobi city codes.
As the Christmas season approaches, our organization is already in prayer for the children and families that depend on us for any type of Christmas blessing. I am asking for you to give deeply and help create a special Christmas miracle for these children. Please help us once again provide a Christmas meal for the 200 children that attend Hope Academy and their families.
Also, help us provide food and small gifts for the 60 children in Calf Creek Hollow. We also need donations for support for these children in the upcoming year. Thank you in advance for your help and your donation. Please know that I am always appreciative of any size gift that you can give. Thanks again for making the Christmas season a special time for these children. Without you, these children would have nothing.
Marsha Grahek, President
Dear Faithful Sponsors:
Thank you so much for your donations! Because of your generosity, we were able to give $1000 to the children at Calf Creek Hollow and $2000 to the children at Hope Academy for the Christmas season. We were able to buy greatly needed underclothing for the Appalachian children as well as soaps, deodorants, and school supplies. The children were very excited that they had gifts for Christmas because you did not forget them. The children at Hope Academy were thrilled again that they could participate with their families in a Christmas dinner/celebration. We saw to it that 995 children and family members were able to honor the birth of Jesus and participate in a meal of beans and rice with vegetables and small pieces of meat. What a feast for them! I had the privilege of listening to the group sing ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ in the Swahili language. What an incredible experience! A number of children said “Hi!” to me on the phone as I responded in their language with “Jumbo!” Two different countries, with two different languages were joined together with love and the excitement of having something special for Christmas. The children and families prayed again for special blessings over your lives in gratitude of what you do for them. Their prayers are the only gifts they have to offer as a thank-you to you.
Now we are in great need to have you help again. Our funds are down to $95 and we need each of you to give your most generous gift to help these children. We don’t have any grants or donations for large corporations that help. We lean heavily on you and your gifts and are delighted to see your faithfulness again and again to these children. We are putting together a team to go to Inez, Kentucky to hold a summer camp for the children in Calf Creek Hollow during the last week of June. Please contact me at 804-908-1645 if your are interested in being a team member. Leave a message and I will return your call.
Thank you again for caring about these children and helping. Remember we help the poorest of the poor and everything yo give is received with humble gratitude. My heartfelt thanks to each of you!
Marsha Grahek, President
Dear Faithful Sponsor:
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! During this season of Christmas, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for all the many blessings that I have and for each of you. I am especially thankful for how you have so faithfully committed yourself to help the children at Hope Academy and at Calf Creek Hollow. You have created so many miracles for these children.
Unfortunately, we were unable to provide school supplies this year for the children because we did not get enough donations. We were hoping if enough donations came in for Christmas, we can provide the children’s school supplies as a Christmas gift. We are again at a place where we have less than $100 left for the children and I am in prayer asking God to create another miracle this Christmas season. The children and their families are praying, too.
I am asking for you to give deeply in help create a special Christmas miracle for these children. Please help us once again provide a Christmas meal for the 200 children that attend Hope Academy and their families. Also help us provide food and small gifts for the 54 children in Calf Creek Hollow. We also need donations for support for these children in the upcoming year. Thank you in advance for your help and your donation. Please know that I am always appreciative of any size gift that you can give. Thanks again for making the Christmas season a special time for these children. Without you, these children would have nothing.
Marsha Grahek, President