CP 2020 is the name of our project for Charles Augustino and his 17 Kenyan orphans who sleep in his house because he doesn’t have another building to house them in. Charles is 61 years old and a pastor of a small village. He and his wife Mary have been taking in orphans for about ten years. The need for a home for the children became even more imperative recently because of Covid 19. The Kenyan authorities told Charles that he could not keep all the children in his home any longer because of the Virus.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
In our second New Moon email entitled Shark Bait!, which I sent out on April 20th, I spoke of CP 2020.
I first presented CP 2020 (the ‘Charles Project 2020’) in that second New Moon email to the 280 people on our email list, saying that we needed $1,500 to begin to lay the foundation for the home. I think it was the next day that a man whom I’ll call Godsend, contacted me. He had read CP 2020 and said that the Lord was leading him to match, dollar for dollar, whatever came into CP 2020 for the foundation. What that meant was that if someone gave $100 to CP 2020 he would give another $100.
During prayer on April 27th I asked the Lord Yeshua for funds, lots of funds for our Kenyan children, and then the thought came to me: ‘You give them some.’ I said, ‘Lord, I don’t have any money to give them.’ Then I remembered a hundred dollars that I had recently stashed away to help Ruti and me if I literally didn’t have any money and I needed some funds to pay a bill or buy some food. I said, ‘I will give that, Lord! I will give it as a Seed into the CP 2020 program.’ It was the first funds to come in. I had been outside sitting in the sun and praying, and I came in and told Ruti what I believed the Lord wanted us to do, asking her what she thought. She said it would be great. And so Ruti and I were delighted to be the first to give funds to CP 2020, and the Seed would grow quickly!
Later that day I sent out a special email entitled CP 2020 and wrote of Godsend matching whatever funds came in for the foundation to be laid. The response was overwhelming.
In the first four months of 2020 we had only been able to send $2,860 to our 97 Kenyan orphans and their six pastor/caretakers for food, clothing and Passover, of which Charles is one of them. On Monday night, April 27, 2020 I sent out the CP 2020 email. Nine days later, on Wednesday morning May 6, 2020 I wired $7,409.34 to The Seed of Abraham’s Elder/Pastor in Kenya, Samuel Maseru, who is overseeing CP 2020.
Of that $7,409.34 all of it goes to laying the foundation and erecting the building for Charles except for $139.99, which was given for food for the six pastors and their orphans, which means that CP 2020 got $7,269.35 minus what the Kenyan bank took out for itself on receiving the wire transfer, which is an astounding $201.55. This deduction by the Kenyan bank is ‘legal thievery.’ One time we sent $660 and the bank took out $45.85 and so our Kenyan orphans only got $614.15. When we sent $1,130 the bank took out $84.58 and our orphans got only $1,045.42. On the other hand, banks in the USA take out a standard fee of just $10 for a money wire transfer into their bank.
Be that as it may in the world of Darkness, we are very grateful for the funds that have been received for CP 2020, and we need more for other necessities. Charles will need bunkbeds, mattresses and sheets for the children, as well as pillows, pillow cases, pajamas and dressers for the orphanage, and a building with a kitchen and showers for the children, along with a place to assemble for the children and his congregation. Now his congregation assembles under the trees, which is fine when it’s sunny, but it rains a lot in Kenya where Charles lives. The assembly place we’re looking to build is nothing more than a roof held up by some pillars. It’s not a building, but a place where his congregation can meet without getting rained on or baked in the sun. It’ll also be a place where the children can learn and study.
Now is the Lord’s time to help our Kenyan children. The world is shut down because of Covid 19, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel is on the move, revealing that He can do things when the world is on the brink of financial ruin. Our God is like that! When Man says it can’t or shouldn’t be done, Yeshua delights in doing it!
The need is great, and the “more than” matching funds, as you’ll see, are before us. Let’s pray about what we can do to see that these orphans of Charles have an orphanage ‘in the backyard’ of Charles’ home; a bed to sleep in, food to eat and love from Yeshua as Charles and Mary and their helpers continue to show them Who Yeshua is and teach them about the Lord of Life and His Ways of living.
Charles miraculously came to the Lord late in life. And soon after that he heard the Lord’s voice wanting him to take in orphans. The Kenyan government does not give him any money nor help them in any way, and so in July 2012 we began helping Charles with funds for food and clothing. Now we’d like to help him with a home for all the children Yeshua has given him to raise.
Of the $7,409.34 that came in from April 27th to May 6th, of which I wired the money to Kenya, $4,809.35 came in from 15 people on the mailing list, including myself. Godsend gave $2,500, which is not matching the $4,809.35 dollar for dollar, but he is playing ‘catch up.’ Later that day, on May 6th, he send in $500 more toward the catch up for a total of $3,000. As he gets the funds from the Lord through his job he will continue to send them to us, and not only dollar for dollar, but he related that after the $1,500 was received for CP 2020 that the Lord wanted him to up the ratio. Anything after the initial $1,500 was received would be a $1.00 to $1.25 ratio, and so a thousand dollar gift for CP 2020 will now become $1,250 and the total will be $2,250, etc.
Godsend is not rich in the things of this world. He works for a living. If he were rich we wouldn’t need this ‘dollar for dollar challenge’ because Godsend would give us all the funds we need to build this home for the orphans and other projects we will do after this. He is being led by the Lord Yeshua to do this, and so he is stepping out in faith in Yeshua and he is being obedient to our Lord. He still has some funds to give ‘to catch up’ to the ratio, and as the Lord Yeshua provides for him he will send us the difference. As I review this today, Thursday, May 14, 2020, Godsend has given a total of $3,500 so far. Yeshua will be glorified through CP 2020 in more than one way!
The Feeding of the Children
We are looking for more funds to come in for both CP 2020 (which now stands at a need of about $20,000) and the Kenyan Fund, which helps to feed and clothe our 97 orphans being taken care of by the six pastor/caretakers living in six different Kenyan villages around the city of Kisii. From 2012 to 2019, we gave them more than $57,000 for food and clothing, and this year, not including the $7,000 plus we just sent for CP 2020, we have given them $2,860.
Thank you for your prayers for Charles and Mary, and our five other pastor/caretakers. The Kenyan city of Kisii is about 180 miles (290 km) west of Nairobi, high in the mountains at about 7,000 feet (2,100 meters), and it’s right on the equator, so it’s how and humid much of the time. The six men are raising 97 orphans plus their own children (21 children 18 and under). That’s an average of 19.7 children each. Can you imagine feeding, loving and caring for that many children?
Let’s help them to do love these children. Let’s show them that they are not alone in this world and that there are people who value them and what they are doing for our Lord Yeshua. Yeshua said in the Great News of Matthew:
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the Throne of His Glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father! Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! For I was hungry and you gave Me food. I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you took Me in. I was naked and you clothed Me. I was sick and you visited Me. I was in prison and you came to Me.’”
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them,”
“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the Everlasting Fire prepared for the Devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you gave Me no food. I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying,”
“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
And these will go away into Everlasting Punishment, but the righteous into Eternal Life.”” (Matthew 25:31-46)
Whatever you give, Godspeed with match it, and so $200 will have $250 added to it to become $450. Would you consider giving something now for Yeshua and His children in Kenya?
Note somewhere on the check or money order, Zelle or PayPal that the funds are for CP 2020 and/or for the Kenyan Fund, which feeds the 97 children, their caretakers and their children. Thank you.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
We now have $179 in the CP 2020 Fund, and another $1,000 from Godsend. The totals that we have received to date are $4,979.35 and $3,500 respectively, for a grand total of $8,459.35. The building project has begun! Glory to Messiah Yeshua! Here are some pictures:
Charles, Mary and others unloading the first of many brick for the new orphange.
“God administers justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.” (Deuteronomy 10:18)
If you want to give to give for this project, write “For CP 2020.”