This year has been an eventful year for Humphrey as his journey continues. He completed his first semester (Spring, 2003) at Erskine Theological Seminary with all A's and B's! Quite an accomplishment for someone whose first language is not English!!. As Humphrey would say, "Glory to God!".
This summer Humphrey completed 2 major projects for the preschool and worked nearly everyday for several church members as well as others in the community. He earned enough money to support himself and his family for the summer.
In August Humphrey made application to the Cherokee Presbytery to come under the care of the Presbytery as an inquirer, and was accepted. The committee on preparation for ministry assigned 3 of its members to offer emotional and spiritual support and guidance to him throughout his journey while at Erskine. It also means that he is eligible for funds from the Presbytery, when available, to help him with school expenses. He just received a check for $350 on December 19 to help purchase books for next semester.
Humphrey started his fall semester the last of August and just completed it on December 12. He is anxiously awaiting those grades. He was able to come back for a week at Thanksgiving and managed to squeeze in some work for one of the church families. He now has a long break until the Spring 2004 semester begins the end of January, and is already lining up work to keep him busy and to help support his family.
God has been gracious to His faithful servant and has helped in various ways. Spring semester we bought one book of 20 meal tickets. Humphrey continued to eat in the cafeteria after his 20 tickets were used and we were never billed for the additional meals (even though we inquired 3 times). This semester he was to have a roommate. When that roommate was not on campus when the semester began, the college allowed him to remain in the same room he had last semester, but charged the lower rate for a 2 person dorm room. Then we got the statement for the fall semester and found out that Humphrey had been awarded a $1440 scholarship! We do serve an awesome God!
As we look back over the year, we see how blessed this journey has been for Humphrey and for all of us. We see God's hand at work and in turn we all walk that extra mile in service to Him. We cannot express enough our gratitude to all of you who have made this year possible for Humphrey. He studies 6-8 hours a day to keep up with his school work and to learn as much as possible. The money we send each month to his family (though small to us, maybe) has enabled them to eat regularly and to stay healthy. Alex is now 14 and Abigail is 7 (soon to be 8 on January 1). Humphrey is able to talk with them on a regular basis and even to compare grades. He sent them a copy of his grades but they haven't sent him theirs. Children are the same, even in Kenya.
Because of each one of you who gave a little, Humphrey has been able to stay in seminary and his family has been taken care of in his absence. Mere words cannot express his gratitude and that of the Kenya Connection to you.
"Be joyful always: pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's
will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Enclosed is a financial statement for this year. The Body of Christ here at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church has been faithful and generous in their commitment to Humphrey and his journey. You have also been faithful in your prayers. As Humphrey will be quick to tell you, he and his family feel the power of God working in their daily lives through your prayers. Praise God for His faithfulness and unfailing love not only to Humphrey and his family, but also to all of you who continue to join in this faith journey of His humble servant, Humphrey Kanga.
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always
pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now,
being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to
completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Phillipians 1:3-6 (NIV)