Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Our Food Parcel Visit To The Elderly 


Last month we told you about our visit to the Orphanage near Bungoma in March this year. We thought you would also like to share what we did for another part of our visit – delivering food parcels to the local elderly people. 
The area we visit is extremely remote and therefore the people living in Kipcheria, where we stay, as well as the surrounding villages, live in extreme poverty. They live in a small square space – probably about 12 foot square, half of which they sleep in and the other half they live and cook in. These people mainly rely on growing their food to live and all have to walk to the nearest water point each day and carry their supply back to their houses.
So you can imagine when we arrived with gifts they praised the Lord for sending us to their homes. In the food parcel we included;

Flour/sugar/salt/teabags/matches/soap 


We made up 80 parcels and handed out around half of these during our stay. The rest were to be taken to churches within the Rise & Shine church group for the elderly people in their congregation. The Rise & Shine church also oversees the Orphanage where we stayed and visited.

We handed each part of the food parcel separately to each of the people we visited. At the end of each delivery we prayed together both for each other and also for having the opportunity to meet these very special people. Their gratitude was overwhelming for us.

One man we visited was extremely poorly, he was dying of Aids. This is only the second time we have met someone having to deal with this disease. What was particularly sad is that he has an 8 year old son, Carlos, and the father is the only carer available. Since our visit things have moved on.The Orphanage received a request for Carlos to be taken into their care; this has now happened. We are sure this will be a huge relief to his father as he deals with his own illness and problems. Here is a somewhat sad photo of them both arriving at the Orphanage. The charity has released funds so that Carlos can have a school uniform (like the other children) including shoes.

Once again our visit to these elderly people shows how fortunate we are for ready access to all our food resources.

Angela Jenkins
Karen Stobert
(Tockwith Church)