though my career as a writer began only nine short months ago, i’ve been documenting my travels for a few years and writing [sparse] poetry for nearly five. the past nine months have been a crash course in learning to write publicly and professionally. i have never been good at professionalism as i tend towards informality and familiarity. however, as a writer i do not have to wear fancy shoes (ugh, heels. gross.) or pin my hair up. in truth, it has less to do with me not wanting to be professional and more with me not feeling like i fit in that world. so when i stumbled upon New Life the same week i began looking for writing work, it was a gift from God alone.
indeed, a friend who worked for New Life Home Trust, based in Nairobi, asked me if i’d be interested in writing after hearing from the Lord that i was who He had in mind. for me it was yet another example of God’s promises. as we step out in faith and trust, despite the risk, He gives abundantly. and of the Body of Christ; as Janay sought the Lord, He poured out blessings for me through her.
the journey has been great, though challenging. i am constantly learning and, despite Janay’s continuous affirmation, am often lacking in confidence. in a few short months i have gained experience working for this ministry in kenya, in addition to writing articles for a high profile nonprofit and editing projects for a renowned publishing company. all the while desperately needing to read a book on grammar; every class of which i somehow evaded throughout my years in public education. (i struggle most often with the rules on commas. feel free to send tips.)
working for New Life means that i research and write all of the newsletters: about 3-4 monthly publications with an international readership of over 2,500 folks. when i started back in october of 2013, both Janay and my boss in Kenya, Guy, agreed that a visit to Kenya would be wonderful if given the opportunity. so, roger and i carved out the month of october to go visit the ministry, to see the different Homes and how they are daily saving the lives of abandoned babies in Kenya.
here’s where i tell you why i love New Life::
- they have been in Kenya over 20 years!
- they are not focused on numbers or processing kids through a system (in their 20+ years in Kenya, they have rescued a little over 2,000 abandoned babies.)
- the ministry is almost entirely staffed and led by Kenyans
- they do both international and local (in-country) adoptions
- over 30% of their support comes from Kenyans, meaning fellow Kenyans love what they are about (not to mention the countless volunteers that repeatedly return to help out at the Homes)
- they are big on transparency
- they focus on HIV positive babies (they have set up the infrastructure to get these children on retroactive medicines; 90% test negative if given the meds early enough)
they rescue babies from pit latrines, police stations, hospitals and abandonment. they give them a new home, find families for them, nurse them back to health and show them that they are loved. i get to write for a nonprofit that literally saves lives every day. please, ask me more about them. i’d love to share the story of New Life.
i’d love to tell you more about them, about us and about our trip. the kicker is that a trip to New Life/Kenya means fundraising. they are pretty serious about making sure all their funding goes to supporting the children in their care, thus Roger and i are learning to fundraise.
also, i’ll be fleshing out the details of our trip and expected budget over the next couple weeks through this blog. [if you’re at all interested in donating, you can click here (check Other and write in: KENYA) or contact me if you have any questions.]
thanks for reading, for caring and for being a part of our story.