We’ve added 6 new documents to the Denis’ Notes page of the website. They’re all teachings following on from ‘The Gospel of Matthew’ series. Follow the link to view them in PDF format:
We are thrilled to report that at last we are not struggling with the water leaks from the Restaurant and kitchen roofs! Actually, we did not know what we could do to overcome the embarrassment and challenge of the daily flooding in the makuti (thatch) large meeting hall/ restaurant that we call PAMOJA (Together) and also the kitchen. The October November December stretched out with alarming torrents of rainfall causing not only damage to the roofing but to the rooms underneath. The restaurant is one of the main sources of income for us with bookings for meetings and group meals.
We had many extra-early morning starts to mop up the floods inside before the visitors arrived. The Craft Room walls, units and electrics also were damaged and we closed it down until we could find the wherewithal to repair.
Then , a miracle happened! Ellie Wheeler came up with a brilliant idea of an online raffle which raised 1,700 pounds in the end, thanks to all the generosity of those who contributed. Her lively organisation of all of it was just superb, right down to the tense online draw. Congratulations to all the winners and thankyou everybody who “bought tickets”.
The total was spent on a double canvas roofing, stretched over metal hooping and finished with Kenyan roping. Isaac had gone to Nairobi to purchase the canvas direct and to do some good wheeling and dealing (the Kenyans are good at that). We needed a lot of new thatch pieces ( called “makuti” and made on the coast from coconut leaves). Isaac found that in Nairobi the pieces were pricey, so he biked to the coast to buy direct.
Unfortunately, his phone was stolen as he queued at a traffic light. He had just inserted it into his helmet to take a call…whoosh. However, he got a great deal with the thatch which arrived a few days later (and he saw the sea!).
We stripped and sorted re-useable pieces then our workers got to work on restructuring.
A few of our workers are mentally challenged . Benson, alias Sonko, has been with us throughout my time here and is quite famous with his double set of teeth.
We have a tiny forest where we plant our unsold tree seedlings so we got our frame posts there. It took several weeks because of applying wood preservative and metal supporters, then joining the canvas . At last, everything was mounted and we awaited the next downpour….
Wahome , our skilled fundi/ workman / mason/carpenter turned his attention to the small area of thatch at the entrance and he roped in the new makuti.
At last we were dry!
The kitchen roof got a similar treatment but here we used tin sheeting for good water run-off. Result = Cooks happy!
The repairs have uplifted our spirits and helped us to feel that , once again, the site in general looks attractive.
We are moved again by the real legacy of the special, wonderful Wheeler family. We miss Rob so much but just imagine, how proud and thrilled he would be to see what his family have continued to achieve here at Peacemakers. We look forward to welcoming everybody here at some time. We hope Ellie will also will make it soon to dedicate her balcony as “Wheelers’ Nest “.
THANKYOU ELLIE! THANKYOU EVERYBODY !
Peacemakers is now thanking God for its 30 years in Kenya. Our Centre can be booked for all sorts of activities and events. All spaces can be used for people to meet together; even Video Conferencing is available.
We are open to ideas on how the Centre can be in partnership with other Christian organisations as a base in Kenya; whether to simply visit and hold outreach/seminars, etc. or longer-term use. We believe the Lord has a big plan for using our Centre to bring knowledge and spiritual refreshment.
If God is stirring you to be part of this move in Kenya, then please get in touch with us.
We need the support of Peacemaker members for our stability and development. Thus, we are inviting you to support our 30 years celebration by joining us in membership and thus to be a part of and bless our next steps forward.
For more information and contact details, please click here: Peacemakers-Flyer
We’ve added 8 new documents to the Denis’ Notes page of the website. They’re all teachings following on from ‘The Gospel of Matthew’ series. Follow the link to view them in PDF format:
Thank you all so much for taking part in the Peacemakers International raffle!
So, the winners are…
Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, we raised over £1,460!! Your support will enable us to rebuild the restaurant roof. We’ll post updates and pictures of the work as it gets underway… watch this space.
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Love Ellie xxx
The raffle will be drawn on 19th December 2020 at 12 noon. Please follow the link to buy tickets. Remember to tick the box to allow your details to be shared with Ellie, and DON’T GIFT AID!! Thank you for your support!
Al donations to Peacemakers are greatly appreciated, but unfortunately only UK entrants are eligible to win raffle prizes at this time.
st Prize – £150 cash!
2nd Prize – An 8″ round cake, baked and decorated by Ruth!
3rd Prize – A luxury hair brush from Hair By Carley, a homemade luxury, festive scented, double wick candle, and a £20 ‘The Restaurant choice’ Gift Card!
4th Prize – A beautiful box of 6 delicious cupcakes from Piped Blooms!
1 Ticket: £5
5 Tickets: £20 (1 Free Ticket / £4 Each)
10 Tickets: £35 (3 Free Tickets / £3.50 Each)
20 Tickets: £65 (7 Free Tickets / £3.25 Each)
40 Tickets: £100 (20 Free Tickets / £2.50 Each)
Christmas is approaching and I wanted to do something nice for a local charity as I know how tough things are in this current climate!
I immediately thought of Peacemakers International. Peacemakers Charity has been a big part of my life ever since I was about 10! I used to get involved at their fundraising charity events in the summers by helping out on the stalls selling beautiful ornaments and small accessories that people in Kenya had made to help us raise money for their communities. My Dad, has also been a huge part of the charity, volunteering for them for years helping out with the computer/website side of things. He also refurbished old computers so they could be sent out to Kenya to help children and adults study and learn and give them a better chance of earning money and finding work! Sadly my Dad passed away earlier this year and so I really wanted to do this raffle for him as well as Peacemakers, as they have lost such an important volunteer who supported the charity in more ways than one!
Since speaking to Brenda (The lovely lady who runs this amazing charity) about wanting to raise funds for Peacemakers by holding a raffle, she informed me that things in Kenya had been really bad lately! Due to heavy storms and large amounts of rainfall, the roof on the main community building has collapsed along with the balcony. She told me that to repair this it would cost around £1700. This is why £1700 is my goal!
I hope to go out to Kenya next year (something I’ve been wanting to do since I was about 10) to help the community in anyway I can. If you fancy doing something like this as well, let me know as I know all the help they can get is massively appreciated!
Thank you for supporting myself and Peacemakers International! Good luck! x