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Johnny Brooks
Nakuru, Kenya
Working on orphan care and issues of poverty in Kenya.
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Despite this, and sometimes because of this, we did attract a few donors. The church we helped to plant came on board along with several members and family members. We had no money for a car, no money for traveling, no money for furniture. Yet we knew we should make the sacrifice. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Future and a Hope
We did find a nice place to rent. We stayed there for slightly more than a year. Here is a video of a young Makena giving a house tour. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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In a few days we will have lived in Kenya for thirteen years. We landed in Nairobi as a family on January 17, 2005, and have been living out our adventure ever since. We have undergone quite a few changes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
A message from our 14-year-old daughter Butterfly: Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Imagine if you will that you are headed back to school. You are starting class eight this January, a crucial year as at the end of it there is a test that will determine what high school you can go to. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
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Thank you to everyone who walked with us in 2017. Here's to another leg of the journey in 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at A Future and a Hope
Recently we ran a successful fund raiser to sock up pantries and buy a solar powered freezer for our home, The Prancing Pony. I just received the latest quote and after speaking with the salesman on the phone have decided... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Our Dawn of the Ice Age fundraiser has reached %110! Yea! Thank you to everyone who gave and shared this fund raiser. You helped us achieve what we could not on our own. It may be an overused phrase but,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
It has been more than three years since we last had adequate refrigeration. It has been tough going. We felt it was time to bring back the fridge to A Future and a Hope. We figured it was a good... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
I just sent out our June newsletter. Here is the text just in case you do not receive it. Use the link on the side of this blog to sign up. A Decade of Orphan-Care Not everything works out. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Yesterday, Sunday, we slaughtered and butchered our young bull. The process was done as humanely as possible and with the aim to come out the other side with as much meat as possible. Mission accomplished. We had succulent, juicy, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Here in Kasambara Kenya, we have two basic types of weather; it is either raining or not raining. Fortunately, we do not have much extreme weather, just raining or not raining. The Shire, our almost twelve acres here in Kenya,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Part of the reasoning behind buying The Shire, our almost twelve acres here in Kenya, was to be able to grow and raise much of our own food. Plus to be able to produce food for the hungry people we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Butterfly is hiding behind that post on her way to feed the horses. Each day they are fed four times with wheat bran, barley, and horse meal. Typically we feed them hay, but it has become hard to find and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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This particular bush, I have no idea what it is actually called, is thorny. It's thorns do not poke you, no in this bush's mind that would be too kind. Instead it metes out punishment with thorns that grab you.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Some time back, many months back, Juliet Barnes gave us an old kerosene refrigerator. Now if like me you have, or rather had, no idea what a kerosene fridge (or as they say in Kenya paraffin fridge) is don't feel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Elementary and high school are something that I took for granted as an American. I started school in kindergarten and finished twelfth grade without ever once worrying about being able to attend school. Certainly there are some Americans that do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Easter is my (Johnny) favorite holiday. Searching back through my memories it seems that I have always loved this holiday. Certainly as a child it was more about candy, getting dressed up for church and egg hunts than any faith... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
“I will take the Ring,” he said, “though I do not know the way.” Frodo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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Emma celebrated her tenth birthday! According to Emma she is now officially a preteen. Her birthday was celebrated with cake, games, and friends. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
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We had a fire. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
I am covered in dust from head to toe. My skin itches from handling bales of hay, and I feel really dirty because we have to ration water during this dry season. As many of you are aware, we are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at A Future and a Hope
How you can give towards what we are doing in Kenya. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at A Future and a Hope