Appreciation for the blessings of Christmas 2018

Download a PDF of the original February 2019 newsletter complete with pictures here.

February 20, 2019

Dear Faithful Supporters:

Greetings to you from the children at Hope Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and the children at Calf Creek Hollow in Inez, Kentucky! The children are still elated about their special Christmas celebration this year. The celebrations for both groups of children was truly a miracle!

At the beginning of December, when I looked at Project Respect’s available bank account balance, I spent much time in prayer reminding God that he loved all these children more than I did and that there was no more money available for any type of Christmas celebration this year. Both groups were praying along with me and my board for a miracle. And as always, God is never late. Project Respect received a donation from In His Steps International Ministries that was a supernatural provision! The donation allowed us to provide gifts for the 55 children in Appalachia and also for the Christmas meal for the 200 children that attend Hope Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. There were 1,075 children and family members that attended the Christmas meal. I have attached pictures so you can see what a blessed Christmas they had! (I haven’t received pictures from Kentucky, yet.) Don’t worry, each of your donations was very important to make sure the children receive daily food and support!

Along with food and soft drinks we were able to provide each child with their own small paper bag filled with popcorn, candy, and bubbles. The children were absolutely amazed since they do not have anything like that they can call their own. This was the first year that we were able to provide more than just a meal. We were also able to provide the workers with $20 each and the message that God cares about them and He has not forgotten them. There was much singing and dancing at the school and church with the tangible evidence that God had not forgotten them and loves them dearly!

There was also rejoicing going on at the Homecoming Church in Inez, Kentucky as the children in the hollows received much needed socks, toiletries, clothes as well as longed-for toys that they never dreamed they would get. They, too, understood that the Christmas gifts were a result of God’s great love for them.

I need your help once again. Christmas is over and the children still need your help and support. Please help us again to provide for these children. Their belief in your love and concern about their welfare is unwavering. You have proved to them that you will not abandon them. Please send your most generous donation so we can create another miracle! From the bottom of my heart, I say “thank-you”!

Sincerely yours,

Marsha J. Grahek, President