Archive for August, 2018

August Update: Sarah’s Visit

Recently Sarah Jackson visited Ark Quest for the 5th time. Sarah, who is from the UK, has a background in teaching and has been a supporter of Ark Quest School for a number of years.  She writes…

Even though the school closed for the holidays, shortly after I arrived, it was a joy to spend time with teachers as they ran holiday classes for the Year 8 Exam candidates. It is clear that the teachers are committed to the learning and future of their students. There is a strong sense of community and unity between staff and students. Children enjoy being at the school and value the opportunities that are provided.

As there is a new government requirement for technology in schools, I helped set up the new computer lab in the library, and train teachers in the use of programmes. This created great excitement for both students and teachers.

The Ark Quest journey has not been without its challenges, but God has proved his faithfulness time and time again to this community. I truly believe God continues to bless this school because of the good stewardship of resources, and the integrity that is demonstrated throughout.

Calvine’s vision, sacrifice and forward planning never ceases to amaze me! The dairy is growing strong and has multiplied since last time I was here. It is full to bursting and awaiting the planned extension in November.

* Chris and Emily Johnston will be visiting in November and are raising funds to extend the dairy shed. Click here to find out more.

From Chris and Emily…

Hello friends and family,

As you all know Kenya was a very special and important place for our parents, Grace and Brian, especially the Ark Quest School. Chris and I plan to go to Kenya from November 12th to December 12th to work alongside the Ark Quest School team.

Chris and I are both excited to go visit the school and community; continuing the work that our parents were so passionate about. We have been in contact with Calvine to ask if there are any projects or needs that Chris and I could help with. He told us that extending the cowshed to increase the schools cowherd would be a massive help. The Ark Quest herd has grown from the original 3 cows, to 8 adult cows and 8 calves. In Kenya, cows are kept inside to protect them from diseases, which are rampant in the area. This project is important as the milk from the cows is sold to support the school.

We would love for you consider partnering with us, whether prayerfully or financially.

Prayer Requests:      

  • Protection over Chris and me as this will be our first time in Kenya. We are excited to see the work that has been done. However, we are anticipating the emotional connection that we will have to this place.
  • For the Ark Quest School and its impact on the community.
  • That we will be able to support the school by completing the cowshed during our time there.
  • For safety on our travels to and in Kenya.
  • That the Lord will bless this project and that it will be beneficial to the whole community.

Financially:

Chris and I will be paying for our flights and all expenses for our trip to Kenya, therefore all donations will be going directly to the cowshed project. Our goal is to raise $10,000. These funds will go beyond just our one month in Kenya, and will ensure the completion of the project, therefore blessing the whole community.

If you are interested in donating towards this project please use the banking information below.

Name of account:    Bethlehem College Board of Trustees, BANK: BNZ (Tauranga Branch , New Zealand),

ACCOUNT NUMBER:  02 0466 0057025 00

REFERENCE:  ARK QUEST – EMILY (In order to ensure that each donation is designated to the cowshed please use the reference code listed above)

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, Chris and I are more than happy to connect with you. You can email us at emilysjohnston@live.com

Thank you! Chris and Emily Johnston