Friday, September 22, 2017

Great trip to Happy Life!

Happy Life 2017


Back home from Kenya!

Our team has returned from Kenya with full hearts and wonderful memories of our time at Happy Life Children's Home and Juja Farm School!  It was another great trip this year with a wonderful team. Our hosts at Happy Life were so pleased to have us back and said how thankful they are for our teams from Texas.

We were able to bring 12 large suitcases full of donations this year and were also able to purchase many needed items in Kenya with the generous donations we received including food, medicine, diapers, wipes, school books and supplies, two cook top stoves and a refrigerator for one of the new homes at the Juja Farm school, and a commercial dryer for the Children's home...and more! Thank you to everyone who generously donated and allowed us to bless Happy Life with these much needed items!

2017 Donations 
Stove top for new home at Juja Farm School 

Refrigerator
Lots of diapers!

We all had so much fun feeding and loving on all the precious little babies in the nursery...and playing outside with the older babies and toddlers between feeding times. 

The mothers SO appreciated all the extra helping hands!









It was a special treat to meet baby Cindy!  I was so honored to have one of these precious babies named after me!             
Me and baby Cindy

Feeding baby Cindy


It was an extra blessing to see my sponsored child and little sweetheart Jesse Kay from last year, and little Gideon from 2 years ago.  Gideon came to Happy Life so small and failing to thrive, but is doing much better and is growing and finally learning to walk, thanks to all the loving care of the Happy Life staff! 

Jesse Kay

Gideon

We enjoyed our visit to Happy Life Juja Farm School and playing with the school-aged children for an afternoon.  These beautiful children captured everyone's hearts as they sang songs and had fun taking lots of pictures with us!

















It was great to see the progress on the construction of the new Jesse Kay Medical Center and get a tour. What a beautiful facility which will be a huge blessing to Happy Life and the community!  It is close to completion and scheduled to open in November.  


Jesse Kay Medical Center

View from the rooftop of the new Medical Center


We are so thankful for the opportunity to partner with this wonderful organization in caring for and loving on these precious orphaned children!

Happy Life Team 2017

Thank you to all who contributed to help make this trip possible!

Blessings,
Cindy

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Leaving for Africa!

Ready to leave for Happy Life!

We are all thankful to be safe and dry after Hurricane Harvey and able to leave as planned for Kenya today!

We are so excited for the opportunity to GO and Serve...and love on all the babies and give the "mothers" a helping hand with caring for all the precious children at Happy Life!

This year we have about 800 pounds of donations...packed and repacked...twice, since we removed some items from our bags to donate locally to help those affected here in the Houston area by Hurricane Harvey.  We have also received over $7000 in cash donations to spend once we arrive in Kenya.  These donations are an added bonus to bring along with us to bless Happy Life!

Happy Life Children's Home is opening a Pediatric Hospital and clinic to serve their community this fall...and we were able to raise enough funds (with the help of Rescue Hope and Medical Bridges) to ship two 40-foot containers filled with gently used medical equipment for the hospital.  These containers left the USA in July and will arrive in Kenya sometime in October.  We are so excited to see this new building when we arrive and glad it will provide more guest rooms to accommodate our larger team size this year!

IF you would like more information about this wonderful ministry, check out their website at: www.happylifechildrenshome.com, and also take a look at recent happenings on their blog at:  http://happylifekenya.blogspot.com

Thank you for partnering with us through your prayers and support...and for going on this journey with us!

Blessings,

The 2017 Happy Life Team

Julie Ewers
Lauren & Shelby Jenkins
Barbara Young
Schelley & Mickey Tucker
Pam Wolfe
Mary & John Kievit
Jill Parmeter
Liz Glass
Cindy Gross

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Leaving for Kenya Next Month!

Happy Life 2016


Returning to Happy Life in 3 weeks!


Getting excited about our upcoming trip to Kenya! 
Our team will be leaving on September 5th to volunteer for 10 days at Happy Life Children's Home...I can't wait to return once again and love on all those precious babies!  

We've collected suitcases full of donations to take with us and are raising funds to purchase needed items while in Kenya. Thanks to the generosity of the Missions Department at Woodlands Church, I will have a suitcase full of shoes, diapers and baby wipes to bring along with me to bless the children at Happy Life.

Donations from Woodlands Church
Missions Department

I'm looking forward to seeing little Jesse Kay, my sponsored child.  He was one of the precious babies we met on our last visit.  I'm praying for a very special family to adopt him and give him a forever home.

Jesse Kay 2016

I am so grateful for all those who have partnered with me and the support I've received to help cover the cost of my trip!

If you would like to make a donation to help purchase needed items for Happy Life, please make your check payable to Happy Life Children's Home and mail no later than August 25th to: 

Cindy Gross
21031 Gold Candlestick Dr.
Hockley, TX  77447

Thank you for your prayers and support as we GO and be the hands and feet of Jesus...and a blessing to the staff and children at Happy Life!



Blessings!
Cindy


Monday, May 29, 2017

Africa Update



Our team leaves for Kenya in just 3 months!


Our team keeps growing…and there are now 11 of us going on this mission trip in September, our largest team yet!  We are busy preparing and raising funds for our trip, and are all looking forward to an awesome time serving and being the Lord’s hands and feet to the staff and all the children at HappyLife!

We had a lovely visit this month from Peter and Faith Ndungu, the Kenyan Directors of HappyLife Children’s Home in Nairobi. They came to Texas to met with local churches and develop new relationships, and raise awareness and support for their ministry to the abandoned children of Kenya.  I had the privilege of connecting them with our Missions pastor at Woodlands Church while they were here in the Houston area.  

Visit from HappyLife Directors, 
Peter and Faith Ndungu
                                                                                                   
Meeting with Missions pastor 
at Woodlands Church

One of our Team Leaders, hosted a fundraising dinner for HappyLife at her home. Peter and Faith had the opportunity to share about their ministry and Child Sponsorship Program, and the new Pediatric Hospital they are building adjacent to the Children’s Home in the community of Roysambu just outside of Nairobi
It was a great evening for all!
         
Peter, Faith with Julie & Schelley, 
our Team Leaders and Dinner Hosts 


















With Peter and Faith at Benefit Dinner





















I want to thank everyone who has donated toward my trip!  My airline ticket and ground transportation fees have been paid for through your generous donations!

*I still need approximately $650 to cover the remainder of my costs for this trip. Any funds received over and above this amount will go toward purchasing needed clothing and supplies for the Children’s home.

If you would like to partner with me on this mission trip through your financial support, please make your tax-deductible donation check out to HappyLife Children’s Home, with my name in the memo line, and mail your check to me by June 10th to:

Cindy Gross
4018 Coltwood Dr.
Spring, TX 77388

I am so grateful for your prayers and support as I prepare for this mission trip!  I can't wait to go love on all those precious babies again!!

Love and blessings,
Cindy



Volunteer at Happy Life    
By Sara Kamini, Happy Life Administrator 

“I recently sat with a couple that has always wanted to come and visit us but said they could not because they thought we charge a fee, it honestly broke my heart.”  “There is so much to do at Happy Life that money cannot buy…holding a baby, loving on them, talking to our teenagers, and now that our school is becoming bigger, we need counselors who can volunteer their services.”  “We need all the help we can get and everybody is welcome to visit as often as they like.”


HappyLife 2016

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kenya 2017

Returning to Happy Life this year!

I'm thrilled to share the news that we are returning to Kenya to serve at Happy Life Children's Home this September! Our team will be traveling from Houston to Nairobi on September 5th and will spend 10 days volunteering at Happy Life, helping feed and care for all the precious orphans there. We also plan to visit the children at Happy Life Christian School in Juja again this year and take the children on another field trip. It's such a blessing and privilege to come alongside Happy Life's loving and dedicated staff and give these precious children a little extra love and attention!


Our Team at Happy Life in 2016... 



      


We will be collecting donations of clothing, shoes, and supplies to take along with us for the children, along with cash donations to purchase items locally in Nairobi for the Children's Home and School. Last year we brought extra suitcases filled with over 600 lbs of donations, and we hope to be able to bring as much again this year and bless the children and staff at Happy Life!

2016 Donations


I'm so excited for this opportunity to return once again and love on all the precious children at Happy Life!


I'm raising funds to cover the cost of this mission trip. The cost including airfare, visa, transportation, accommodation, meals and expenses will be approximately $1,750.00. My goal is to have my airline ticket covered and fees to Happy Life paid by the beginning of March.

If you would like to partner with me by giving a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to Happy Life Children's Home with my name in the memo line, or make your check payable to me, and mail checks to:


Cindy Gross
4018 Coltwood Dr.
Spring, TX  77388


I am so grateful to everyone who has partnered with me as I've served with this wonderful organization over the past two years, and would be SO blessed to have you partner with me this year to help make this trip possible!  

Happy Life 2016


To learn more about Happy Life and the difference they 
are making in these orphaned children's lives....
check out their website @ happylifechildrenshome.com 
or view their blog happylifekenya.blogspot.com


"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father 
means caring for orphans and widows in their distress."
~James 1:27~

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wonderful Visit to Happy Life!

Visit to Happy Life - July 2016


It was another great trip to Happy Life Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya! I traveled solo this year, and after arriving in Kenya, joined my friend Julie and an amazing team of 6 other women from Texas. We had a wonderful time serving together and loving on all the precious children at Happy Life!  


Our Team 
Jeanette, Emily, Schelley, Julie
Lindsay, Cindi, Cheryl, Cindy 


It was such a blessing to return and see friends and familiar faces from last year, and also meet new friends and all the precious children that have joined the Happy Life family over the past year!









One of the highlights of this trip was seeing little Eric, the abandoned baby we helped pick up from the hospital and bring to Happy Life last year. He's happy and thriving, and is such a sweet-natured little guy! 

I was so thrilled to hear the news since returning home that Eric was adopted into a forever family this month!


Picking up baby Eric from the hospital last year

Little Eric

Holding little Eric again during this visit


There were 24 precious new babies in the infant nursery this yearand I treasured every opportunity to hold, feed, and love on each one of them...even at the 5am feedings!




It was such a joy and privilege to work alongside the wonderful Kenyan Mothers who lovingly take care of all the babies for 12-hour shifts, and also the older Happy Life children who assist the mothers each day and the other volunteers that come to help out from the local University, and from all around the world.

Julie and Mother Margaret

Mother Jane


Mother Ann

Me, Emily, and big sister Leah
helping with feeding time

Big brother Freddy helping out with the babies

Volunteers from Iceland











Volunteers from the local University

Our team was able to bless Happy Life again this year by bringing extra suitcases full of clothing, shoes, diapers, wipes, school supplies, musical instruments and more....thanks to all the generous donations from our supporters and the Missions Department at Woodlands Church! We also purchased nursery supplies while in Kenya, along with a new refrigerator, water filters, a copy machine, paint and other items for the school with the many generous cash donations we received!!


This year's Donations

One of the greatest joys of this trip was seeing sweet little Gideon again, the precious little guy that captured my heart last year.  He is getting weekly physical therapy and being treated for a heart condition and the malnutrition he came to Happy Life with...and is now growing and thriving! We had a sweet time together...and also had fun taking some selfies. 

Little Gideon


We visited Happy Life's Juja Farm Center School again this yearand had a great time playing with the children, watching a presentation they put on for us, and celebrating one of the staff's birthday with the children.

Children's Presentation

Enjoying time with the children


Celebrating Pastor Peter's Birthday
Two women from our team, who have a background in education, had a special time staying at the Juja Farm Center School to help teach classes for a couple days .

Cheryl with her Happy Life class

It was exciting to watch construction of the new Medical Center that is currently in progress onsite at Happy Life! The Jesse Kay Medical Center is projected to be completed late next year, and will serve the children at Happy Life and also the local community of Roysambu. 



We enjoyed visiting with Happy Life's Kenyan Directors, Bishop Peter and Faith Ndnugu again this year, and attending one of their dynamic Kenyan worship services at Overcoming Faith Church. We also had the pleasure of meeting Happy Life's U.S. Directors, Pastor Jim and Sharon Powell, while they were in Kenya on one of their annual visits to Happy Life. 


It was a special treat having the opportunity to spend time with these two wonderful couples and co-founders of Happy Life Children's Home, and getting to know their beautiful hearts and dedication to Happy Life and the orphaned children of Nairobi!


Saying farewell to Pastor Jim & Sharon Powell 
and Bishop Peter & Faith Ndnugu

I am so thankful to everyone that partnered with me and helped make this trip possible, and look forward to returning to serve with this wonderful organization again next year!!

      

                               "PROVIDING THE ABANDONED CHILDREN OF KENYA 
 A HOME AND A HOPE FOR ADOPTION"

                  To learn more about Happy Life Children's Home, visit their website at:  happylifechildrenshome.com or visit happylifekenya.blogspot.com for news and updates.

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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future" 
~Jeremiah 29:11~