End of Year 2017 - Happy New Year 2018!

January 23, 2018

We at POINT OF GRACE ACADEMY are indeed grateful to the almighty God for bringing us this far. The year 2017 ended in October with a total student population of 581. There are 453 Primary Level pupils (6 to 15 years old). Primary Education in Kenya begins at the age of 6 after completion of kindergarten.

So the twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the Ministry of word. (Acts 6: 2-4)

At the end of each year, 8th grade pupils sit for a national examination known as Kenya Certificate Of Primary Education. This examination is set and graded by Kenya National Examination Council. It is our fourth year sitting for this exam at Point Of Grace Academy. Out of all the students in the 8th grade class, 90% would not have the opportunity to take this exam without the support of the 4kenyaskids sponsorship program. This program provides a child with adequate basic needs for an education. How Amazing is Our God! He has indeed established this school through the hands of mercy from gracious persons around the world with just one needy child at a time. Education is necessary for every child to be sure of an independent adulthood.

We look forward to the year 2018 anticipating a full high school that is Form 1 through Form 4. All our pupils who qualify to join high school after an 8th grade exam will join Point of Grace High School (POGHS). We had 55 pupils sit for exams in 2017. In Kenya, students attend high school for four years before sitting for another national exam (Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Examination).

2018 is going to be the first year for Form 4 at POINT OF GRACE HIGH SCHOOL. We are amazed at what the Lord has done in our midst. He surely has been present in word and sacraments among us.

98% of our Secondary students would have been among the many Kenyan school dropouts. There is no way they could afford high school tuition fees. The Lord is gathering a few of his own children at POGHS to receive the gift of education. We continue to thank God for our partners through 4kenyaskids. We look forward to a graduation December 2018 if the Lord allows for that to happen.

There were 40+ students that remained at the boarding area for the winter break – that means these children have no possible relative or place to go. A special treat for them was to go to town the last Friday before school started. There is a hotel that has a swimming pool and we got to let the Primary children enjoy swimming. The Secondary students got a day in town to do some school supply shopping of their own.

Sunday – January 7 all students returned for the start of 2018 school year. This year we have a total enrollment of 736 students, it will also be the first year we will have Form 4 (Seniors in High School) and have a graduating class at the end of the year. What a wonderful event this will be for our students. The upper level of the dining hall is currently being used as dormitories for high school boys and the other half as Form 4 classrooms.

We cannot tell stories enough of God’s saving grace. Power to those who call on his name and believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us all. Jesus has called us all who believe to usher children to his Kingdom. The time and opportunity is here. Make Jesus Christ known to every child everywhere by word and deed. Thank you Lord for granting us the opportunity to serve our community in Kenya. Many thanks all our beloved participant in this Mission opportunity over the years.Happy New Year 2018 from Point of Grace!

Deaconess Lorna Meeker

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