A Man Without a Country

Rwandan Theo Burakeye became a man without a country. When he was a child, Theo and his family were driven from Rwanda to Eastern Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) due to racial conflicts. Years later, Theo was forced to flee again. This time, he made his way to the capital city of Kinshasa, 1,000 miles away. His journey was not an easy one. While in Kinshasa, he met his wife, started a family of his own and enjoyed life for a time…

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God is calling; will you answer?

ARE YOU WILLING TO SERVE GOD IN YOUR RETIREMENT YEARS?

I was privileged to speak on a Radio Podcast (see link below) with a Portland Radio program. It is my testimony, which many of you have heard, about God’s call on my and Jan’s life.

I share this, hopefully, as an inspiration that God has and is doing great things in all of our lives. We just need to be willing to listen and act. You may share this podcast as you think appropriate for inspiration and to bring Glory to God not me.

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Doug Hoffman
Patrick's Chicken

On Wednesday evening we listened to a young man’s testimony of how he had worked his way from a children’s home, as a preteen to a teenager with his own land and four dairy cattle. 

Patrick Kiplagat grew up in a children’s home.  After his parents passing away, he was taken to a children’s home in Eldoret after being picked up from the streets, and cared for by two doctors.  The doctors knew about ELI and placed him the home.  Through Dr. Mumlley of AMPATH he was taken to the children’s home.

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Brad JohnsComment
Mama Mary finds Hope

Mama Mary is a grandmother who is raising orphaned children of her daughter.  She is now 89 years old, and has six orphaned grandchildren.  Five of the children have been adopted by a local center, but have to come home during school holidays.  She says that she never had an opportunity to go to school as a child, and she sees many of her peers who went to school had good careers in life.  However, she finds that raising chicken has given her hope and a sense of purpose in her old age.  

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Brad Johns
Dreams Fulfilled through the Unlikely Gift of Chickens

Mama Lily is a grandmother who has gone through the alcoholics’ rehabilitation program at Empowering Lives (ELI).  She is also raising two of her grandchildren.  Carolyn is aged 20 and her sister Violet is aged 19; both have completed high school.  She adopted the girls when they were in the equivalent of 4th and 3rd grade respectively.  Carolyn has now completed high school. 

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Brad Johns