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Helping the Fatherless with the Teachable Spirit

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Helping the Fatherless with the Teachable Spirit

The teachable spirit knows that God is an advocate for the fatherless, the widow, and the orphan. The scripture is replete with admonition to not forget these individuals. “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” –Zechariah 7:9-10 Why is this important to God? Commissioning dads to play God’s role on earth, God desires that fathers take on the following attributes in providing for their children: educator wage earner role model protector What happens when this role is not fulfilled? vulnerability loss of role model loss of stability reduction of household...

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The Teachers of Ingrid Have a Teachable Spirit

»Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in teachable spirit | 0 comments

The Teachers of Ingrid Have a Teachable Spirit

Why are the instructors of Ingrid Education Centre so special? Why do they have such a teachable spirit? What motivates them to provide education to the children of the Kayole/Matopeni slums of Nairobi? Following my short visit to Kenya in October of 2012, I was scheduled to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to one or more of the classes of the students of Ingrid in January 2013. ESL has long been my favorite subject to teach as I find students who want to learn this subject have such a teachable spirit, meaning that they are: grateful open willing committed Teaching a student with these characteristics makes the task easy and enjoyable. Thinking about how I could make a stronger impact on the school, I had an epiphany one night. I should teach the...

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Developing Character: Why Ingrid Education Centre?

»Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in developing character | 0 comments

Developing Character: Why Ingrid Education Centre?

Why is Ingrid Education Centre worthy of financial support? What makes it so specifically unique in the world that it would be the organization developing character in the children of the Matopeni slums of Nairobi?   Arriving in Kenya for the first time in October 2012 felt like coming home. I knew this was where I belonged, where God had called me to share my experiences, and create a work He wanted me to do. Finally, at long last, I felt inspired, motivated, alive, and eager to begin doing what God wanted me to do. Additionally, I no longer felt alone in the world. Returning in January of 2013 with my son, Isaac Van Mechelen, we had the opportunity to teach classes at Ingrid. My son resisted the idea, but was finally convinced to share the topic of...

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Encouraging Growth: Why Education?

»Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in encouraging growth | 0 comments

Encouraging Growth: Why Education?

Why is education so vital to the Maasai of the Kimana Rift Valley or to the children of Ingrid Education Centre? Although this may seem like a rhetorical question, encouraging growth through clarifying the issues being addressed as well as the value of energy and money bestowed on a remote part of the world is key to understanding why Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs, why Mr. Ken and Sandy Taylor, and why Douglas Monene and Ingrid Education Centre are integral players in contributing to the well-being and social integration of Kenya’s greatest under served and under resourced population. In my own experience, I have found education to be valuable for the following reasons: increased confidence and self-esteem provided opportunity for...

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