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Affluent Christian Investor | December 12, 2018

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Give a Man Bricks, He’ll Build for a Day; Teach a Man to Make Bricks…

Over the years, we have tried not only to give money to our partners in Kenya, we have tried to help them earn revenue through the work of their own hands. We have helped open two chicken farms (one now has its own incubator), bought equipment to make jewelry and other items, started libraries and IT centers (where revenue can be generated for membership and buying time on the Internet), purchased a cow to feed orphans and sell milk to the community, and established a brick-making business for sale commercially. The latter is our latest venture and these initiatives are always a learning experience. Here is the latest report from Pastor Francis concerning the bricks:

Dr. J,

We sold our first production of bricks on 17th of June 2015. Out of the 10,000 pieces we made, we got 9,570 clean bricks and we sold them out to a middleman since we are new in the market. Each one sold for KSH 5.00 so we got KSH.47,850 (about $600)..

We are now making another 12,000, which will be ready towards the end of August. KSH.30,000 was taken back to boost the capital for the work.

The work is good and will yield more fruits when it hits its maturity stage. For now we are trying to use what we get to boost our capital and the process for every production is 3 months.

Thank you so much for getting this business started – Pastor Francis

The needs are great, much greater than we can hope to meet. That is why we try to have our partners depend on the Lord and not on us. Yet there are things that God would have us do, like feed the children, provide things to stimulate their minds, help send them to better schools and provide shoes and other basic needs. To do that, I need your help. Every penny you donate goes to the work in Kenya so there is no overhead that you are helping to cover.

Click here to donate via PayPal or send a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. I update you on our progress regularly and try to express gratitude for your help whenever it comes. May the Lord continue to open your heart to help the poor and needy, and may He help us invest the resources wisely so as not to create dependents on us, but rather dependents on Him. Thank you for your help!

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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