Pastor’s Blog for December


After a long search, our Jumba family in Kenya has located and purchased a used vehicle, a diesel Toyota Hilux, for Maurice Jumba and the team at Muhudu Village to use for transport of people and food supplies as we continue to feed about 100 children two or three lunches per week. Thanks so much to those who contributed to this great need, as Mau-rice’s truly ancient car could no longer be repaired.

This is the time of year when we collect donations for the Muhudu Orphans Feeding Programme, our Kenyan nonprofit.

Each lunch day of corn and beans or rice and beans costs about $50. We also provide uniforms, required for school attendance, sewn by a local mother, at about $10 each. Healthy now, some children are in secondary school, ($350 per year, tuition, uniforms, fees, lunch at school) and a few are in post-secondary schools! We also have been sending about $1000 each December for a community Christmas dinner (feeding 300 + people) including the once -a-year treat of eating meat (beef) and usually, a bit of ice cream.

This is all a miracle of God’s love through OCC. Food and education literally save their lives, plus the small Muhudu Covenant Church, with Edward Jumba as the pastor, provides spiritual food: the Word of God, hope, loving care, and Christian discipleship.
Please give generously to these children who are more needy than anyone in Springfield. How to give?

1. Put money into the Zebra in the sanctuary. 2. Put cash in an envelope, or write a check to OCC, marked for “Muhudu Orphans” Thank you very much, from 100 hungry children and the Jumba family in Kenya, who freely give much time and energy, love and the spirit of Christ, to serve the children on our behalf.

From God is in the Manger, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

No powerful person dares to approach the manger, and this even includes King Herod. For this is where thrones shake, the mighty fall, the prominent perish, because God is with the lowly. Here the rich come to nothing, because God is with the poor and hungry, but the rich and satisfied he sends away empty. Before Mary, the maid, before the manger of Christ, before God in lowliness, the powerful come to naught; they have no right, no hope; they are judged… * Who among us will celebrate Christmas correctly? Who-ever finally lays down all power, all honor, all reputation, all vanity, all arrogance, all individualism beside the manger; whoever re-mains lowly and lets God alone be high; whoever looks at the child in the manger and sees the glory of God precisely in his low-liness… * And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.

See you in church, Pastor Nancy Ebner