2 Weeks Since Kenya

Kent Shaffer —  March 26, 2010

It has been 2 weeks since I traveled to Kenya with Compassion International. I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking… processing what I saw and what it means for me, my family, and even you. The trip encouraged me to create more financial margin in my life so that I can better help Compassion and other causes that are important to me.

If you feel any similar inclination, I deeply encourage you to act on it.

MEET ELIUD OTIENO

Eliud Otieno

What I’ve thought most about over the past two weeks was my chance to meet Eliud. He is an 18-year-old total orphan, who has been without parents for 3 years. He lives in one of the world’s largest slums – Mathare.

For 11 years, Eliud has been sponsored through Compassion International, which provides him with spiritual, educational, physical, and social assistance. This includes purchasing him a 8′ x 8′ cardboard, wood, and tin shack to live in after his parents died (this is standard Mathare living).

I was humbled and honored to be invited into Eliud’s home. I was inspired to hear his story. He wants to be a doctor or a graphic artist. He wants to see his slums transformed. Despite his circumstances, he is wise and happy and has hope.

Becoming a Compassion sponsor makes a big difference. Listen to Eliud explain what his sponsor (Nick) means to him.

Eliud Otieno

Before we left, I prayed for him and his future. I prayed that God would bless his hands as a doctor or a graphic artist. I prayed for his dream to change his slums.

To Eliud, that’s a daily prayer… one he has written above his doorway.

Eliud Otieno

Eliud Otieno

Please consider becoming a Compassion International sponsor.

Kent Shaffer

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4 responses to 2 Weeks Since Kenya

  1. We have been sponsoring a child now for over a year. It has been an awesome experience to send and receive letters and to have the opportunity to pray into a young persons life.

    You may never meet them, but your money, time and prayer will be valued for eternity.

    I encourage you to sponsor a child.

  2. You are doing a great service to life and the Christian community with your involvement with compassion international. Thank you!

    -Peter of

    http://impactministries.com/

    “Get Interactive with God with our Live Online Sermons”

  3. Kent, I appreciate these pictures and your comments about your 18 year old friend. It is good to begin a new week being reminded of such need and opportunity. Thanks.

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