November For I know the plans I have for
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November 2006 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:22). We had such a great time this summer traveling training center that is set for God’s work to many different places sharing the hope that and calling. This center has acquainted God has given to those in the Rafiki Girls’ and us with many skills like computer, Children’s Centers. Just as encouraging, was catering, tailoring, business machines, hearing you ask about the girls and children and production, and English. The best of all is how God’s hand has been upon them on a daily the Bible. Having a complete sacrifice to basis. When we returned to Nairobi in August, God’s guidance which involves obedience, the plans were underway to prepare for the next our faith has also become more mature class of girls to graduate. Plans were also than ever. It’s a thrill to know that the underway to bring more little ones to the Lord we serve is all powerful, ever- children’s center giving them a permanent present, always loving and wants to be home! Therefore, in this letter, we want to give part of us forever. Moreover, we’ve you a wonderful glimpse of the graduation that learned that our present and future life was held in September 2006. Stay tuned for our needs to be surrounded by influence of next letter, where we will share a glimpse, the Lord and His attributes. Sound through a wonderful story, of the process of two cannot travel in a vacuum just as air is children being formally adopted into a Rafiki necessary for the transmission of sound. family. These stories will encourage your heart We therefore live our lives in the and help you in praying for the young people for atmosphere of the Spirit, in order to hear whom God has a special plan with the love and the voice of our Lord, and this provides support given by YOU through Rafiki! spiritual growth. Included in our graduation ceremony was an All the studies we have had are based on amazing prayerfully prepared speech delivered Biblical principles; we normally start with by one of our graduates, Zipporah. Her devotion and this helps us face the day thoughts touched all who were present in a way with courage and fullness of God’s that is difficult to explain. God definitely has a mercies, which are renewed every wonderful plan for each one whom He brings morning. Rafiki’s main aim is to help us into the Rafiki Village and we are thankful for be better people in our society. I am the hope that He gives through the teaching of proud to be part of the Rafiki family. His Word and the daily out pouring of His love! Hear this, my sisters, you who still have a Enjoy as Zipporah shares her heart— few months and years to spend in this “I am greatly honored to stand before you beautiful atmosphere, “’For I know the on this phenomenal day. I salute you all plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, our distinguished guests, the Rafiki staff, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm parents, dear friends, fellow students you, plans to give you hope and a and the MiniMissionaries who we are future.’” God is faithful and is due to privileged to have today, in the name of fulfill His promises. You are blessed to be our Lord. Before I proceed, I hereby take in this family. May our good Lord help this opportunity to express appreciation you to guard the faith you have already for your coming. acquired. Remaining loyal to the Word of truth should be your motto. In the years My gratitude goes to all the Rafiki Staff of living this life of faith, I have never and the MiniMissionaries who have been known God’s bountiful care to fail. As of great help to us. Also I want to thank your fellow student, much more a sister, our parents, guardians, and friends, I hereby urge you to continue trusting the because through their prayers this day Lord. We are leaving, I confess, but we stands. Rafiki is a girls’ vocational are leaving the greater part with you, because our spirits are bound together by the love of Christ. I can’t finish without pausing to give my regards to my fellow graduates who have been together with me for the past three years. I appreciate you guys for being determined and overcoming all the short-comings, God being our help. This day we are celebrating our three-year course accomplishment, but that does not give us credit to quit aiming for greater achievements. We should set our goals higher, too. May we always be guided by God’s standard, I pray. Continue leaning back in the arms of our God the Father who has more than enough and to spare. As we go out of this perimeter, let us be role models in our society. We should also extend the love acquired from our seniors to the wider community. As the saying goes, “You can’t keep a good BETSY AND ZIPPORAH BEFORE THE COMMENCING OF THE CEREMONY, SEPTEMBER 2006. man down.” Let us continue being slaves of righteousness. I am tempted to Sending Our Love, quote the words of Martin Luther, that “As the meadow is to the cow, the house to the man, the nest to the bird and stream to the fish, so is the Holy Tom, Betsy, Wade, Constance, and Jake Scripture to the believing souls.” The Bible is fundamental to us as Christians. 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