Would you like to support a future pastor in his education? (3/1/12)
A number of you have asked us to let us know when you might be able to help with a specific need, or to help a specific person.
This might be one of those times for you. We are starting Term 2 of the academic year at Moffat this week, and one of my first-year students has been sent home due to not having the required school fees.
Economic times are extremely difficult here in Kenya, with an unemployment rate around 40% (see here), and the cost of food and petrol sky high. To put it into perspective, the inflation rate here was reported in October 2011 as around 20%. The inflation rate in the USA is around -0.4%. When you’re earning an average of around $2 USD per day, that’s a lot less maize, fruit, and vegetables you are able to buy when the cost of living goes up.
It’s also a lot less school fees you can afford when the option is food or fees, and I was told yesterday that roughly 20% of our students are in danger of not being able to continue their education due to lack of school fees.
This student has a calling on his life to be a pastor. He would like to stay at Moffat for the next 3-4 years, completing his Diploma so that he can be ordained as a pastor.
He was my top student, tied for the highest overall score out of 19 students in the Spiritual Formation class I taught this last term. I was proud of his efforts.
He is short about 54,000 Kenya Shillings, or around 650USD for this Term’s tuition. He has 5 days to come up with the $ or he will have to put his education on hold.
If you are interested in supporting this student, please drop me an email, and I’ll provide you with further information.