Pastor Raphael, shown right at a First Baptist Sunday school Class, departed from Dulles airport at 10pm on July 4 bound back home to Kenya with 3 suit cases filled with gifts for the widows and orphans, red tee shirts embroidered with the center name for the staff, books for his study library, a new computer, some medical supplies and the Christian love of those at First Baptist Church and beyond. The gifts for the children had school supplies, toiletries, and metal cutlery and the ladies were given toiletries and cutlery. Pastor Raphael successfully arrived back in Pap Onditi 2 days later.
The Rice and Beans luncheon held on June 26thwas a joyous occasion where over 100 people feasted on various innovative variations of rice and beans and learned about the center from myself, my son Jordan, and of course Pastor Raphael. A highlight of the luncheon was a slide presentation by Jordan that showed pictures of life at the center and surrounding communities from his visit June of 2010. In addition, an incredible $1600 was raised for the center at that event.
Other notable events were a sermon to First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg delivered by Pastor Raphael on June 26th(it has been placed on the AGOWCC web site (http://www.fbcgaithersburg.org/kenya)) entitled “Pay Attention To and Create Space for Others”, 2 salt shaker dinners hosted by John and Karen Reinhard and Fred & Patsy Marks where the attendees met with Raphael informally and saw slides of the center, and 5 visits to various FBC Sunday School classes (he is pictured to the left with the senior adult class).
On behalf of Pastor Raphael, his wife Eve, the orphans and widows, I would like to thank everyone for their gracious generosity and taking time from their busy schedule to spend time with Pastor Raphael during his visit in order to see how God is working through the center and it’s supporters.