Love in Action
The vision and values of Love in Action is built on 1 John 3: 16-18. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Julie and I are not “Love in Action” . Our supporters, which include many of you, are “Love in Action”. We are just the facilitators. This year has, once again, been another busy year.
We started the year off with another of our Valentine’s Dinner in February raising money for Kenya.
Kenya Visit In the middle of April, Steve set off for Siaya, Kenya, via Amsterdam, Nairobi and Kisumu to supervise the building of what started off initially as two pit latrines but ended up with us being able to complete four of these toilet / shower facilities.
The pit latrine consists of a grave sized hole, dug by hand without any safety measures in place, (No Health and Safety Executives here) nothing to hold up the sides, or ladder to get out of hole. There were two men working, one digging down to 25 feet and the other pulling up the bucket full of rocks and soil by rope. Notches were cut into the sides of the pit to allow escape. The hole is then crossed with 3-inch logs then corrugated iron sheets are placed on the logs, with the two holes cut into the sheets to allow passage of liquids and solids. Metal rods are placed on top the metal mesh, the whole thing is boarded all round and finally it has a concrete pour on top. When it has set, walls are built around and a roof added. Then a fume funnel is added, walls and floors are rendered to allow the African toilet to be shaped, doors are added. A wall is built to separate the shower and toilet. There is no running water in these facilities. Holes are then completed in the floor bases.
Whilst I was out in Kenya, I also managed to give the seven bedroomed home a bit of a facelift, by painting each of the bedrooms plus the storeroom and also the hallway that leads to the bedrooms.
Each of the rooms and hallway are about 12 feet to the corrugated iron roof and needs a ladder to reach the eaves. Obviously, the temperatures rose as I got closer to the eaves. I would start at about 8 am to avoid the heat of the day. It would take me between 3 and 4 hours to complete each room and I had to go straight for a shower as the sweat was running off me like a tap turned on. By about 11 am the heat was oppressive and almost impossible to work in.
I stayed in Siaya for a total of 4 weeks offering prayer, healing and several preaching opportunities. It’s always such a pleasure, privilege and blessing to be able to spend time with these lovely people who have absolutely nothing, who welcome you with open arms, and show the love of Jesus over and over again.
Samaritans Purse Christmas Child
Samaritans Purse Christmas Child September came and we found ourselves partnering with Samaritans Purse Christmas Child, ordering boxes to give out for filling Christmas boxes for needy children of the world, with toys, clothes and hygiene items. Hebron you were amazing! 44 boxes filled with presents for all ages sent. The £5.00 cost for transport and teaching of each box was covered by “Love in Action”.
Thank you, one and all for all your input, whether is it financial, physical or in prayer, we couldn’t do half of what we do without you. Praising God for everything he has allowed us to achieve throughought 2018 – All the glory goes to Him!
Steve & Julie Mellor