Check out the photographic evidence. It's inevitable really, when you think about it. Aliens, rambling around the universe, looking for a location to plant a new colony, beginning with six metal pods. Thankfully, they stumble upon a largely uninhabited area of Kenyan desert - perfect. And so, under cover of darkness, they submerge their steel cells, full of civilians, equipped to colonise a new planet. Happens all the time...the truth is out there...
Okay, okay - how about the real story? What goes down must come up: the four toilets shared by about four hundred children and staff had become more than comfortably full. But we want the best for our kids, so Jim (US missionary) and his team of local guys spent a week digging slightly futuristic-looking facilities. It's hard to go to the lengths of calling long-drops "beautiful", but, surely, we are nearing the giddy heights. Shame I can't actually squat properly - still got a dodgy knee from a football kick-around last year.
There now follow some pictures to show to any complacent kid in any well-resourced classroom in your country. Usually the intake for our school is about 60 children each year. This year? 150! We're an increasingly popular school and didn't have the heart to turn them away. So we don't have enough desks for the lower classes. That's another project for Jim and co: making desks. (Oh, to be a real handy-man like that, hey?). Can't wait to give them desks!!
You've got to admire the determination and resilience of these kids, doing their mid-term exams on the floor. Just LOOK at those photos! They know that education can open the door to an entirely different future, a brighter future. So they just get on with it!
Christianity has to involve providing for the basic physical needs of people (toilets, desks, education, food). Makes me think of this brilliant quote from James 2:
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.