International Mission

News about our Foreign Mission: 

Living Hope High School and Orphanage, Bungoma Kenya

Blessings Abound!

In June I was privileged to attend the West Virginia Annual Conference at West Virginia Wesleyan College to hear Living Hope High School graduate, Ivan Chetembe, speak to over 1000 delegates and guests. He spoke with a powerful conviction and bold assurance. Many said he was the hit of the conference. If you would like to view his sermon at Conference, go to — it is quite impressive  (I even saw myself on this!).

It was Ivan’s first plane ride and his first time out of Kenya.  What a culture shock it must have been! I asked Ivan what his favorite American food was —“McDonald’s French Fries,” he said without a moment’s hesitation. After traveling around the state of West Virginia for a month, speaking at churches and being hosted by gracious West Virginians,  he returned to Kenya with Marilyn Uhl (Founder of Living Hope) to share his experiences with our students at the school. Ivan will be starting college to study “Political Diplomacy” in September – his education fully paid by his generous U.S. sponsor.

Another of our students, Rogers Wabilie, who graduated in 2014 has been hoping to receive funding to be able to attend college. What a blessing it is that he was awarded a 4 year scholarship to Africa University in Zimbabwe to study Agriculture Technology.  Rogers is a deserving recipient of this prestigious scholarship which we here at Jarrettown Church help to provide through our annual giving.

My “adopted Kenyan daughter”, Zabby, also begins college in September at Mombasa Technical University where she will study Business.  I have sent funds for her first Semester, and I will also be lifting her up in prayer daily. Any student going from high school to college faces a whole set of challenges, but I can only imagine what it will be for Zabby, never having been away from a mud hut and now traveling 13 hours by bus to a big city to learn to adapt to everything new.

The Healing Hut is now in full daily operation due to our gift of money to purchase medicines, vaccines, and other supplies in addition to hiring a nurse. Incoming students have been vaccinated against Typhoid. The need for Malaria medicine is ongoing but now can be given to the children as soon as the symptoms become apparent. I hope to return to Living Hope in February to see the finished product for myself.

If you are interested in reading more about Living Hope, please go to the website The June newsletter is most interesting. Please keep Marilyn Uhl and the students at Living Hope in your prayers. They thank God every day for Jarrettown Church and the blessing our efforts to help have been to them.

Connie Damon