A few months ago a project was started to help a Kenyan student—Joshua Ondari Mugere—to fulfill his dream.
Joshua is the son of Rebecca and her husband Moses. Moses is the administrator of an Adventist school in Kenya. A few years ago Rebecca took the courageous decision to embark on a theological study, with the aim of becoming a pastor. This meant that she would, for months at a time, be separated from her family in Kenya, to pursue her studies in the (much cheaper) country of Uganda, at the Adventist Bugema University. That is where I met her when I taught there for a number of weeks as a guest lecturer. It was at a moment when she had great financial difficulties. Thanks to a Dutch sponsor she was able to complete her studies and even to continue her studies in Kenya where she successfully studied for a Masters degree. She is now employed by a Kenyan conference as a pastor.
In my frequent contact with Rebecca, I learned that her son Joshua might have to give up his studies because of financial difficulties. Together with mr. Klaas Man, the treasurer of the Adventist church in the small Dutch city of Harderwijk, a campaign was initiated to raise 14.000 euros. That would make it possible to subsidize Joshua during four years to the tune of 2.000 dollars per semester. Joshua is studying dental surgery at the Adventist university in the Phlippines.
So far almost 9.000 euro has been received or promised. This is great, but it also means that the project needs a further push. If you want to help, you can do so in two ways. You can send a one-time gift to the Adventist Church in Harderwijk, or make a commitment to send a small monthly amount during the next three-and-a-half-years to this church. The account number of the SDA Church in Harderwijk is: NL88INGB0003572110, gemeente ZDA, Harderwijk. It should be clearly indicated that it is a gift for the Joshua project. [If you want to send a small amount on a monthly basis, please notify mr. Klaas Man, so that he knows what to expect in the coming period. His e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to get better acquainted with Joshua? Watch the You Tube video that he sent to say thank you to his sponsors and to wish all of us a happy festive season and a blessed 2017. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg5i6rTTYnA&t=20s
For a regular update re the project, see the special FaceBook page: @Joshua studeerfonds.