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Where should I sit?

Remember walking into your school lunch room and trying to figure out where to sit? Anxiously searching for a friendly face to motion you over or praying for an empty table by yourself?

School cafeterias and lunchrooms haven’t changed much and they aren’t that different here in kenya. Kids still group up looking for friends and finding their spot. Cool kids. Nerdy kids. In-crowd. Out-crowd. They’re all here searching for belonging. 

We teach that Jesus has made the outsiders insiders. He’s the ultimate includer of the dis-invited, dis-enfranchised, broken, and lost. He’s the table that makes room, the guy who slides over to make space for you. Left your lunch at home? No worries. He’s got extra.

Where should I sit?

Remember walking into your school lunch room and trying to figure out where to sit? Anxiously searching for a friendly face to motion you over or praying for an empty table by yourself?

School cafeterias and lunchrooms haven’t changed much and they aren’t that different here in kenya. Kids still group up looking for friends and finding their spot. Cool kids. Nerdy kids. In-crowd. Out-crowd. They’re all here searching for belonging.

We teach that Jesus has made the outsiders insiders. He’s the ultimate includer of the dis-invited, dis-enfranchised, broken, and lost. He’s the table that makes room, the guy who slides over to make space for you. Left your lunch at home? No worries. He’s got extra.
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Who was your favorite teacher?

We all had one or at least one we sort of liked 🙂

This pic is of our high school teachers at our Birikani school. Dedicated folks that show up each day to teach, grade, counsel, and care for our students. Without them, there would be no school and without school…. You know the rest. 

We celebrate teachers. Those at home and abroad. Who work longer hours than most of us realize and often have to buy their own supplies. At our schools we pay competitive salaries, purchase ALL classroom supplies, and empower these amazing folks to teach their students at the pace they need.

Who was your favorite teacher?

We all had one or at least one we sort of liked 🙂

This pic is of our high school teachers at our Birikani school. Dedicated folks that show up each day to teach, grade, counsel, and care for our students. Without them, there would be no school and without school…. You know the rest.

We celebrate teachers. Those at home and abroad. Who work longer hours than most of us realize and often have to buy their own supplies. At our schools we pay competitive salaries, purchase ALL classroom supplies, and empower these amazing folks to teach their students at the pace they need.
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Dunk ‘em

Any of you remember Sunday night baptism service?  Long hours of singing and praying while the new converts somehow got to wear bathing suits and being beach towels into the sanctuary?

We sure do. 

We often take baptism for granted these days; a casual or antiquated action. A symbol that seems to be losing its cultural prowess. But this isn’t the case in Africa. 

To be baptized is a thing of incredible sincerity. It is often the one true evidence to your old faith community that you’re moving on to something else. Publicly you’re making a break for it and attaching yourself to this new place of faith. It’s a radical act. 

We stared baptizing out here almost immediately. One of our first additions to the church was a rudimentary baptism tank. Recently we decided to upgrade it by faith that a whole new crop of radical folks will choose to step into the baptismal waters and come up different.

Dunk ‘em

Any of you remember Sunday night baptism service? Long hours of singing and praying while the new converts somehow got to wear bathing suits and being beach towels into the sanctuary?

We sure do.

We often take baptism for granted these days; a casual or antiquated action. A symbol that seems to be losing its cultural prowess. But this isn’t the case in Africa.

To be baptized is a thing of incredible sincerity. It is often the one true evidence to your old faith community that you’re moving on to something else. Publicly you’re making a break for it and attaching yourself to this new place of faith. It’s a radical act.

We stared baptizing out here almost immediately. One of our first additions to the church was a rudimentary baptism tank. Recently we decided to upgrade it by faith that a whole new crop of radical folks will choose to step into the baptismal waters and come up different.
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Sign time. 

If you ever have the pleasure of rocking and rumbling down the bush-track that leads to Birikani, somewhere between the broken bridge and the top of the hill sits our little school. 

Only now, you’ll see a sign. Or at least the start of one. 

I wonder if it’s the same with us. Signposts on the road pointing to something better. A respite for weary travelers. A place of hope, love, and joy. An invitation.

Sign time.

If you ever have the pleasure of rocking and rumbling down the bush-track that leads to Birikani, somewhere between the broken bridge and the top of the hill sits our little school.

Only now, you’ll see a sign. Or at least the start of one.

I wonder if it’s the same with us. Signposts on the road pointing to something better. A respite for weary travelers. A place of hope, love, and joy. An invitation.
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7 years ago we started with 20 kids wearing tattered clothes and hungry bellies. 💔 Today, we are able to feed over 400 kids every single day. 🎉 These are kids we know and love personally. Kids with dream and a purpose. Kids who only eat because of people like you. 
And we need your help. In order to keep this critical program going, we need to raise $24,000 by August 1st. Watch below to see Jenn join the lunch line! 
📲 Donate today through the Link in Bio 
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#localcharity #charityfundraising #caringforothers #goodcauses #helpthoseinneed #charityevents #instacharity #raisemoney #charitable #africanchildren #takethefirststep #helpingchildren #greatcause #charityfoundation #childrenarethefuture #charityfundraiser #communitydevelopment #helpinghands #charitywork #notforprofit #communityservice #nonprofitlife #weareinthistogether #humanitarianaid #socialgood #socialimpact #philanthropy #nonprofitorganization

7 years ago we started with 20 kids wearing tattered clothes and hungry bellies. 💔 Today, we are able to feed over 400 kids every single day. 🎉 These are kids we know and love personally. Kids with dream and a purpose. Kids who only eat because of people like you.
And we need your help. In order to keep this critical program going, we need to raise $24,000 by August 1st. Watch below to see Jenn join the lunch line!
📲 Donate today through the Link in Bio
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#localcharity #charityfundraising #caringforothers #goodcauses #helpthoseinneed #charityevents #instacharity #raisemoney #charitable #africanchildren #takethefirststep #helpingchildren #greatcause #charityfoundation #childrenarethefuture #charityfundraiser #communitydevelopment #helpinghands #charitywork #notforprofit #communityservice #nonprofitlife #weareinthistogether #humanitarianaid #socialgood #socialimpact #philanthropy #nonprofitorganization
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We are now serving over 20,000 meals each month!

However, we can’t keep this up without your help. With the rising cost of food we are struggling to keep this program going. Like you, we believe that children should not go hungry. 

Our kids would love your support. Check out the link in our bio to get involved!

Contact us!
Email: hello@retouch.is
WhatsApp Chris: +1-757-535-5644

We are now serving over 20,000 meals each month!

However, we can’t keep this up without your help. With the rising cost of food we are struggling to keep this program going. Like you, we believe that children should not go hungry.

Our kids would love your support. Check out the link in our bio to get involved!

Contact us!
Email: hello@retouch.is
WhatsApp Chris: +1-757-535-5644
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This photo has so many amazing FIRSTS in it! Getting measured for her FIRST ever high school uniform, being the FIRST person in her family to complete Elementary school, and being the FIRST woman in her family to attend High School. Focusing on educating women completely changes the entire culture of a village. Educated women are more informed about healthcare, nutrition, literacy and problem-solving. They pass those traits on to their children and those around them, and the entire area advances forward. We are SO proud of our girls who work so hard in school to cultivate a new life for themselves. 
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#educatingwomen #womenempowerment #caringforothers #goodcauses #helpthoseinneed #strongwomen #instacharity #raisemoney #charitable #africanchildren #takethefirststep #helpingchildren #greatcause #charityfoundation #childrenarethefuture #charityfundraiser #communitydevelopment #helpinghands #charitywork #notforprofit #communityservice #nonprofitlife #weareinthistogether #humanitarianaid #socialgood #socialimpact #philanthropy #nonprofitorganization

This photo has so many amazing FIRSTS in it! Getting measured for her FIRST ever high school uniform, being the FIRST person in her family to complete Elementary school, and being the FIRST woman in her family to attend High School. Focusing on educating women completely changes the entire culture of a village. Educated women are more informed about healthcare, nutrition, literacy and problem-solving. They pass those traits on to their children and those around them, and the entire area advances forward. We are SO proud of our girls who work so hard in school to cultivate a new life for themselves.
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#educatingwomen #womenempowerment #caringforothers #goodcauses #helpthoseinneed #strongwomen #instacharity #raisemoney #charitable #africanchildren #takethefirststep #helpingchildren #greatcause #charityfoundation #childrenarethefuture #charityfundraiser #communitydevelopment #helpinghands #charitywork #notforprofit #communityservice #nonprofitlife #weareinthistogether #humanitarianaid #socialgood #socialimpact #philanthropy #nonprofitorganization
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Joy, one of our amazing program directors has been doing discipleship all week with our teens. So proud of them growing into strong men & women of faith! 
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#localcharity #charityfundraising #caringforothers #goodcauses #helpthoseinneed #charityevents #instacharity #raisemoney #charitable #africanchildren #takethefirststep #helpingchildren #greatcause #charityfoundation #childrenarethefuture #charityfundraiser #communitydevelopment #helpinghands #charitywork #notforprofit #communityservice #nonprofitlife #weareinthistogether #humanitarianaid #socialgood #socialimpact #philanthropy #nonprofitorganization

Joy, one of our amazing program directors has been doing discipleship all week with our teens. So proud of them growing into strong men & women of faith!
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#localcharity #charityfundraising #caringforothers #goodcauses #helpthoseinneed #charityevents #instacharity #raisemoney #charitable #africanchildren #takethefirststep #helpingchildren #greatcause #charityfoundation #childrenarethefuture #charityfundraiser #communitydevelopment #helpinghands #charitywork #notforprofit #communityservice #nonprofitlife #weareinthistogether #humanitarianaid #socialgood #socialimpact #philanthropy #nonprofitorganization
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It will never cease to amaze me the amount of food that comes out of pots cooked over fire. The best rice & beans you will ever meet
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#charitable #donationswelcome #everylittlebithelps #africanchildren #greatcause #instacharity #philanthropic #localcharity #charitychallenge #weallmatter #raisemoney #takethefirststep #donationsplease #charitablegiving #notforprofit #supportnonprofits #dogoodfeelgood #childreneducation #nonprofitwork #fundraise #helpinghands #charityevent #donatetoday #communityoutreach #socialgood #kenyan #socialimpact #bethechange

It will never cease to amaze me the amount of food that comes out of pots cooked over fire. The best rice & beans you will ever meet
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#charitable #donationswelcome #everylittlebithelps #africanchildren #greatcause #instacharity #philanthropic #localcharity #charitychallenge #weallmatter #raisemoney #takethefirststep #donationsplease #charitablegiving #notforprofit #supportnonprofits #dogoodfeelgood #childreneducation #nonprofitwork #fundraise #helpinghands #charityevent #donatetoday #communityoutreach #socialgood #kenyan #socialimpact #bethechange
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This week the church is spending special time pouring into the youth of our congregation. The teenage years are so pivotal for faith, no matter what culture. We are so proud that these young men and women are following the Lord at a young age. They are choosing to spend time in church, rather than local bars. They are strong in their faith and it is a joy to watch them grow in the Lord! 
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#charityfundraising #helpingout #raisingfunds #4charity #forourchildren #donationsplease #instacharity #foragoodcause #socialcause #helpothersinneed #caringforothers #helpchildren #goodcauses #communityempowerment #givebacktothecommunity #supportnonprofits #helpinghands #fundraise #notforprofit #donatenow #humanitarianaid #childrenarethefuture #communityservice #weareinthistogether #nonprofitorganization #bethechange #kenya🇰🇪 #helpingothers

This week the church is spending special time pouring into the youth of our congregation. The teenage years are so pivotal for faith, no matter what culture. We are so proud that these young men and women are following the Lord at a young age. They are choosing to spend time in church, rather than local bars. They are strong in their faith and it is a joy to watch them grow in the Lord!
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#charityfundraising #helpingout #raisingfunds #4charity #forourchildren #donationsplease #instacharity #foragoodcause #socialcause #helpothersinneed #caringforothers #helpchildren #goodcauses #communityempowerment #givebacktothecommunity #supportnonprofits #helpinghands #fundraise #notforprofit #donatenow #humanitarianaid #childrenarethefuture #communityservice #weareinthistogether #nonprofitorganization #bethechange #kenya🇰🇪 #helpingothers
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Just like many of you, our kitchen is full today; pots clanging, mamas chatting, and the smell of delicious food filling the room.⁣
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Today, we are overflowing with thankfulness. We are thankful for Jesus, our savior and King, for full pots and bellies, for family and friends, and for each of you.⁣
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Just like many of you, our kitchen is full today; pots clanging, mamas chatting, and the smell of delicious food filling the room.⁣

Today, we are overflowing with thankfulness. We are thankful for Jesus, our savior and King, for full pots and bellies, for family and friends, and for each of you.⁣

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Today, we set our minds on Jesus, who keeps us and sustains our lives.

Today, we set our minds on Jesus, who keeps us and sustains our lives. ...

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In the Queue.⁣
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On special occasions, we either roast a goat or make cow head soup. Both are a major hit and the lines to be served form quickly with kids jockeying for a place at the front. Cow-head soup is an exciting and rare treat in Birikani.⁣
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We have another type of queue as well. It's the line to go to school. Each year we have nearly a hundred children show up with the families looking for placement at our school. We'd love to take them all but due to class sizes and funding, we have to turn most of them away.⁣
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You can help us change that. By choosing to sponsor or donate to Retouch you directly affect how long the queue is for the children of Birikani. We'd love your help. We NEED your help. www.retouch.is/give

In the Queue.⁣

On special occasions, we either roast a goat or make cow head soup. Both are a major hit and the lines to be served form quickly with kids jockeying for a place at the front. Cow-head soup is an exciting and rare treat in Birikani.⁣

We have another type of queue as well. It's the line to go to school. Each year we have nearly a hundred children show up with the families looking for placement at our school. We'd love to take them all but due to class sizes and funding, we have to turn most of them away.⁣

You can help us change that. By choosing to sponsor or donate to Retouch you directly affect how long the queue is for the children of Birikani. We'd love your help. We NEED your help. www.retouch.is/give
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Here in Kenya we build SERIOUS foundations. Layers and layers of rocks, cement, and rebar all go into building the classrooms. It's the most expensive part of the building process (I choked the first time I got the cement bill!).⁣
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But... a strong foundation is vital to a strong and lasting building. I can remember as a kid singing a song about the wise man building his house upon the rock and the other guy who foolishly built his on sand. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to build the foundation of your life on a sure foundation, none other than Jesus himself.⁣
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The bible says it this way:⁣
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"Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:⁣
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,[a]⁣
 a firm and tested stone.⁣
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.⁣
 Whoever believes need never be shaken" (Isa 28:16)⁣
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Wind and rain relentlessly pelt our buildings during rainy season and they stay standing because we took the time to build on a strong foundation. Times of trial and suffering WILL come your way. Whether you stand or fall is dependent on your foundation. Is it on Jesus? Have you built your life on the firm and tested stone? Or have you relyed on your own way?

Here in Kenya we build SERIOUS foundations. Layers and layers of rocks, cement, and rebar all go into building the classrooms. It's the most expensive part of the building process (I choked the first time I got the cement bill!).⁣

But... a strong foundation is vital to a strong and lasting building. I can remember as a kid singing a song about the wise man building his house upon the rock and the other guy who foolishly built his on sand. The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to build the foundation of your life on a sure foundation, none other than Jesus himself.⁣

The bible says it this way:⁣

"Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:⁣
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,[a]⁣
a firm and tested stone.⁣
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.⁣
Whoever believes need never be shaken" (Isa 28:16)⁣

Wind and rain relentlessly pelt our buildings during rainy season and they stay standing because we took the time to build on a strong foundation. Times of trial and suffering WILL come your way. Whether you stand or fall is dependent on your foundation. Is it on Jesus? Have you built your life on the firm and tested stone? Or have you relyed on your own way?
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