What’s Going On?

Here’s a quick photo review of our last two months:

Our vehicle has been logging many miles as we share with many schools interested in our ministry

Our vehicle has been logging many miles as we share with schools interested in our ministry

In the last month we’ve visited 26 schools in the greater Eldoret area, sharing with them the vision of Advancing Leaders International and our ministry to educators and students. We find that many leaders are interested in booking trainings; in fact, the interest has been so high that our 2016 calendar is getting full!

Only August, Sept, and October are free…and we have schools contemplating those months for training/mentoring

Only a couple of months are free…and we have schools contemplating those months for training/mentoring

We will have the help of ALI’s international director, Dan Perrine, for the first part of 2016. His background as a high school principal and trainer will be put to good use during our mentoring of two large schools.

What a statement against the "drill and kill" mentality that exists in many high-stakes-exam schools!

What a statement against the “drill and kill” mentality that exists in many high-stakes-exam schools!

The above photo was taken during a visit to Rock Mirror Primary School. We will train and mentor their 24 teachers in April and May. RM’s directors, Gladys and Moturi, are committed to lead children into authentic learning for life, not just exams. We are excited to partner with them and train their teachers in the areas of spiritual development and academic advancement.

Our water reserve at home. Necessary when living in a village!

Our water reserve at home. Necessary when living in a village! Can you guess what the hanging bottle is for?

One of the real life issues our village has been dealing with since mid-September was a broken borehole pump that provided clean drinking water to our village neighborhood. Mark helped chair the committee that raised funds for the purchase of a new pump (almost $3,000!), and to design a water system that functions well for the community. I was drafted to research purchase options and became well acquainted with importation requirements between the UK (source of the solar pump) and Kenya. After 6 1/2 weeks without a pump, a new one was installed this week to great rejoicing. The sound of water filling our 2,000 liter tank was music to our ears! I must admit, we got very creative about water conservation in the past weeks but I hope we don’t have to employ those ideas again for a long while!

We are praying about how God will provide the way for the many one-on-one mentoring sessions with teachers that will occur in 2016. In many ways they are more discipling, than mentoring. If you are a teacher, former teacher, retired teacher, Sunday School teacher or someone who just loves how education and the scriptures intersect – please contact us about volunteering with our ministry in 2016. We’d love to have you join in!

 

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About Mark & Cathy Lessig

Missionaries with Advancing Leaders International, serving in East Africa
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