Dear Friends and Family,
This summer in late June Mary Jo and I will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya with a group of 39 people from Eastside Christian Church. Our purpose this year is to work with the staff in the dental clinic to make sure that there are standards in place to consistently educate, examine, and treat the students and staff of Missions of Hope International (MOHI). Secondly I will be taking a portable x-ray unit, lap top computer and software to train the staff to use a digital x-ray system.
As some of you know the student population of the MOHI organization has grown from 357 students on our first trip in 2007 to approximately 15,000 this year. The staff is in the process of hiring a dentist to be in the dental clinic full time and I have been assured that will be accomplished by the time we arrive in June.
The needs are so great in this poverty area of Nairobi– the average daily wage earner makes 1-3 dollars per day. Rent on the shanties they live in is 10-15 dollars per month. There is no schooling in the slum area except for private organizations (almost exclusively church related) that have started schools to try and change the future of these children. What MOHI has done since starting in 2000 is amazing. All of the students in their schools are supported by child sponsorship. Mary Jo and I have had the privilege of supporting four of the children and the oldest one, Anne, has now graduated from college. She was one of the 46 students that started with the school in the year 2000.
There are two ways that you can help us. First, please pray for us- the preparation, meetings, strength, spiritual attitude, travel- and that God keeps us focused on His purposes. Second, you may help us financially. The dental needs are extensive and we need your support to make this project a success. We have set a goal of $40,000 for this year. The funds that you help us raise will go to support the ongoing efforts in the dental clinics (supplies, repairs, equipment and salaries). Know that any support you can give is welcomed and appreciated. If you wish to partner with me in this ministry please push the “GIVE NOW” button to donate (There is an option to cover the cost of credit card fee that you can opt out of if you prefer). You may also write a check made out to “Eastside Christian Church” and write "Alley-Kenya-Mathare 2019"on the memo line of the check and mail it to Eastside Christian Church 3370 E Miraloma Ave. Suite 101 Anaheim CA 92806. Contributions to this project are tax deductible, charitable gifts, and Eastside will send a statement for tax purposes at the end of the year.*
Thank you, John and Mary Jo
*All donations are given to Eastside Christian Church and a tax deductible statement will be issued to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Eastside Christian Church has complete discretion and control of the use of all donated funds; they may be used for other participants, other mission trip expenses, or for future mission trips. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors.
A small portion of the funds received may be used to supply the needs of the dental clinic we operate at the City of Refuge orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico