• Chris Hirst

Newsletter 39 - Spiritual Welfare and Morality - December 2016

Updated: Jul 23, 2018

Christmas Newsletter from the Olive Branch Foundation

Dear friends and supporters of our school and orphanage in Kenya,

I can't help noticing that we have much to be thankful for if we live in the Western world. We enjoy and often take for granted much that we think we deserve by right; however, all the privileges and comforts that we have today didn't come overnight. They were earned for us by our forefathers and we reap the rewards of their struggles and hardships.

It’s hard to believe that just a few hundred years ago we were a developing nation. Now in this digital age information and support can be transferred from the hands of the relatively wealthy to the hands of the abjectly poor in a matter of seconds. The support that we provide for the unfortunate children in Kenya takes many forms. It’s not only food, clothing, accommodation and education. Through our trained and dedicated staff, we provide a much-needed moral compass. We teach our young children how to identify corruption and avoid it alongside personal responsibility and care for one another. We have set the bar high on their moral and ethical behaviour. High on our agenda also is their spiritual welfare.

This year we are sending out into the wider world some of the children who have been with us for many years. We have endeavoured to equip them fully to face any challenge that they will inevitably encounter. At the moment we are waiting eagerly for the exam results that will start these young adults on a future career.

These young people are not ungrateful for the benefits they've received. They are in awe of the fact that people who they have never met have such compassion for them that they want them to have everything that is necessary for a reasonable life. As a supporter of this work you are those people with compassion - you don't take for granted the things that you have, and your desire is to pass on the things that have been passed on to you. Kenya will not be a developing country for ever. This generation that we’re sending out now will be the forefathers of a developed nation. So, the world keeps on turning. Daily we are bombarded with news of struggle and strife, death on a scale unimaginable and many atrocities that cause our senses such overload that we think we are helpless to do anything about it. Sadly, that seems to be the case nationwide; however, that is wrong, we can do something about it. We can continue to do what we're doing now, by giving what we can, when we can, to change lives that will eventually change countries and national outlooks. Large cogs would never turn without a lot of little cogs.

Dear friends I implore you, never tire of doing good. The world will not turn without you.

Please receive from those children the most sincere thoughts and best wishes for the coming Christmas season. They know you by name and they will be praying for you. And so will I.

You and all supporters of the work will be most welcome to attend the charity’s AGM which is expected to take place in February or March 2017. Once the accounts and other paperwork have been finalised we will let you know the date, time and venue.

Highest regards to you all.

Chris Hirst

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