What Does Hope Look Like?

Walking along the dirt covered paths in the Kibera Slums and seeing the great poverty of almost one million people packed tightly within approximately 2.5 square kilometers, it would be hard for anyone to question the lack of hope residence living there might experience.

Some Common Obstacles

The most common life circumstances the people of Kibera face are infrastructural. Only 20% of the entire slum has access to electricity and only two main water supplies provide clean drinking water for the community.  The average size of homes in Kibera are 12’x12’ mud constructed huts on concrete floors. On average, people here earn less than $2 a day, which is a result of the almost 50% unemployment rate adults experience.  With dismal living conditions and the inability to consistently have hygienically stable environments, families living in Kibera often experience sickness and even the death of loved ones.

 

There is Hope

Many would look at the situation in Nairobi and feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. While it is true that overcoming the many obstacles that exist in the slums is hard work- it is not impossible.  There is hope. In fact, Paul the apostle describes present sufferings in the life of a Christian by saying,

“Through [Jesus] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Believers also have a future promise of hope as described in the book of Peter…

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…”

 

Tangible Acts of Hope

No Hungry Children exists to be an agent of hope to some of the world’s most marginalized people.  Every school day, NHC is committed to feeding over 3000 children in the slums of Kenya.  In doing so, through the support of faithful partners, our feeding program has worked to impact the lives of some many in the communities where we serve.

You can join us in being an agent of Hope. It is as easy as clicking the “Sponsor a Child” button at the top of this page.  Providing food is a tangible way to express the love of God to a child. When children come to school to eat, they stay to learn, which helps to break the generational cycle of poverty.  Feeding students physically also opens doors to feed them spiritually. 

Providing hope to a child is one opportunity, if taken, that you will never regret.

 

A GREAT RESOLUTION

When the ball dropped and people cheered the arriving of the new year, many also welcomed new year’s resolutions that would better their lives and hopefully better others in their communities. Exercise and dieting seem to be at the top of many people’s resolutions in 2018 here in the States. However, according to a Google Maps Project, resolutions for some around the world look quite different. For instance, in Japan and Australia, the predominate resolutions were looking for love. People in Russia set greater goals in their education and for those in India, the top resolutions revolved around career goals.

 

WHY SET A RESOLUTION?

Although setting new year’s resolutions are indeed a tradition around the world, so is failing to keep the resolution. Our great intentions, which are well founded, get pushed to the back burner with work, school, kids and other life circumstances. For many of us, good intentions are not enough in reaching our new year’s goals.  So why even set a resolution?

One reason we set goals is because everyone likes a fresh start. We all have bad habits that we want to change or see things about ourselves that we can improve. The new year is a solid time that gives us a definitive time to make decisions that we believe will help point us in the right direction to better ourselves and those around us.  The well-known 18th century theologian Johnathan Edwards understood that resolutions that are made and kept served to both bring him joy and God glory. He believed in resolutions so much that he didn’t just make one or two, but committed to making and living out 70 well thought out resolutions.  You can find Edwards resolutions here.

 

KEEP IT – DON’T QUIT

One of the ways that helped Edwards keep his 70 resolutions was that he set reasonable goals and depended on God to keep him steadfast. He said:

 "Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.”

This season, when you are working to keep your resolutions, don’t forget…

      1. Ask God for help in setting appropriate goals for His glory and your joy in Him. Do not just make goals on a whim, but resolve for Christ’s sake…

"Not to us Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,  

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:1)

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             2. Ask for His help in fulfilling the desires He has given you

             3. If you fall away from your resolution, DON’T Quit. Reevaluate your goals and press into the Lord and friends for help.  You are not in this alone.

         

     RESOLVE FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS

In an attempt to gather the top resolutions of people in the States, Twitter gathered info based on user tweets. Among some of the more common goals, one resolution stood out. Out of the top 10, number 4 on the list behind diet, exercise, and making more money was giving more time and support to charities.

No Hungry Children is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in Kenya by feeding children who are marginalized in society.  When kids come to school, they are feed twice every school day, which keeps them focused on their studies by attending school on a full stomach.  We currently feed over 3000 children in different schools in the slums of Nairobi. This is no small task as you can imagine, however, it is a fulfilling endeavor that we believe brings joy to people and honor to God.

 

WILL YOU JOIN US?

If you haven’t already made a new year’s resolution, or if you have room for an additional one, we ask that you consider sponsoring a child. It is easy and costs as little as $5 a month. The impact your $5 makes in the life of a child will serve to better families and communities and provide a child with the environment that removes obstacles from receiving an education. It is as easy as clicking the "sponsor a child" button on the top of this page. 

  

This is one resolution that is easy to keep!

Working Together For Good

It is a very interesting thing to reflect on all the differences in cross-cultural ministry. One of the things we have learned to embrace from our trips to Kenya is that we must always hurry up and wait.  Day two of our time here proved to be no different. 

We left our hotel late morning, not because we wanted to, but because the agreed upon meeting time seemed to be flexible to our Kenyan friends, by a few hours.  This is something we have learned to accept and even laugh about.  Nonetheless, we continued to a town called “Lucky Summer” to begin dividing up the food for the 21 schools in our feeding program.

Throughout the day, we were reminded of how different we are, and yet, how our purpose in this life is ultimately the same.

 Isaiah 43:6-7 says:

“I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

 

Yes, it was frustrating trying to communicate cross-culturally to one another the best ways of completing tasks and how to best serve each other, but at the end of the day we were overjoyed to see how God, who created each of us with so many different and good gifts, used 13 guys to accomplish what we had set out to do.  To that we can say, “to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.”

 

Back In The Saddle

Day one here in Nairobi turned out to be very eventful. Not only were we joining our Kenyan brothers in purchasing the food for our 21 schools, but we were able to help carry and deliver the food to our sorting facility.

Brandon, our ministry President, took his job carrying a 90kg bag of beans to the delivery truck seriously.  I think our calculations were a little off.  We thought the bag would be a little over 100 lbs, however, it was closer to 198 lbs.

Here is a video of him giving it a shot… (Click Link Below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RQD7iP9Two&list=UUVAtz3XPFxhFqOi0XaLwa-Q

Seeing our delivery trucks fill up with food that is going to feed over 2000 children for the next month was a joyful feeling.  Sure it was hard work (I was behind the camera the whole time and a gopro can get pretty heavy), but being able to see first hand how the Lord is using No Hungry Children to impact so many lives in the slums of Nairobi made this long day well worth it!

 

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