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Cecilia's Story
Cecilia's Story
Cecilia with some of her children and grandchildren
Cecilia lives in the Gichagi slum in Kenya. She and her husband are raising a large family including two daughters, eight sons, and five grandchildren. Finding employment in the slum has been difficult, but both Cecilia and her husband do whatever jobs they can find to care for their family. Life has not been easy for them. Most of their older children dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. The girls chose to get married at an early age to escape the poverty at their home. Life had been very hopeless for this family until Vapor Ministries came to their community. During the establishment of Gichagi center, Cecilia was among the indigenous people who were employed as day laborers which helped her provide consistently for her family.  Five of her sons became league participants and began to hear the Word of God daily. James, her oldest son, is now a part-time staff member and serves as a league and discipleship coach. Benson is also a part-time staff member and participates in the U-18 league. Simon (16), Martin (14), and David (8) are all league participants as well.  Praise God that through the daily life-on-life discipleship at the center, two of Cecilia’s boys, Simon and Benson, gave their lives to Christ!
Before (top) and during (bottom) roof replacement on Cecilia's home
The family cannot forget how Vapor Ministries came to their rescue when they were in a desperate situation. They previously lived in a shanty house with a worn-out roof. During the rainy season, they were exposed to severe weather conditions because of roof leakage making the family more prone to diseases. James and Benson became very ill, but the family could not afford medical care. When the center staff learned about their situation, they were able to use critical care funds provided by our Vapor12 donors to serve the family by getting the children to the hospital for medical treatment and then replacing the roof and doing other repairs on their home. Cecilia could not hide tears of joy, and together with her family they blessed the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for hearing their cry.
Cecilia's youngest son, David
Cecilia’s youngest son, David, was able to be enrolled in school through Vapor Ministries. Even at his tender age, David understands the significance of this blessing and he cannot hide the joy in his heart. He regularly attends the league and discipleship program and works hard in school. One day he hopes to further his studies, get a good job, and help alleviate the poverty that so much engulfs his community. Cecilia praises God for the hope she now has in Christ for her family.

          The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.                                                                                      ~Psalm 126:3
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