Cheri Thompson

Kenya
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cheri@challengefarm.org

SERVING IN: Kenya, Africa
MINISTRY FOCUS: Mercy Ministry

BIO

Cheri Thompson and her late husband, Rick went to Kenya in 1987. Beginning in 1992, Cheri began working with street children in the slums of Nairobi. Ministry grew to a Sunday morning Bible Club and soccer club and then to a drop in center where over 50 street children came to receive a hot meal, medical care and learn about the love of Jesus. In 2003, Cheri opened Challenge Farm in Kitale, Kenya. Challenge Farm is “home” to over 170 children today. 24/7 care is provided for the once orphaned and abandoned children. Hot meals, medical care, counseling, education and technical and agricultural training are provided through the generous gifts of supporters and the child sponsorship program. Some of the current staff of 47 were once street children cared for at the Farm, who went on to University and received degrees and now work in administration, finance, maintenance and social work.

Today, situated on the ten-acre farm are girls’ and boys’ dorms and dining halls, kitchen, food storage, chapel, school (Nursery Class thru Class 8), library, agricultural dept. (cows, chickens, sheep, beekeeping, vegetable gardens), training workshop, soccer field, social work and maintenance offices, administrative offices and a guest house for visitors.

“I know that our Sovereign Lord is in the business of transforming lives and it is always a privilege to see it happening before our eyes. Praise God, it is happening at Challenge Farm.” ~ Cheri E., a recent visitor to Challenge Farm

Newsletters

Recent Updates

September

This year for the children’s birthday party, we did something very special! The custom in Kenya is for the person who is celebrating their birthday to taste the cake first and then feed all the others at the party. When a child publicly feeds their elders or parents, it shows respect and love. Since we have so many children, we had just the smallest ones do this on behalf of the others. They fed the staff and then the staff helped to feed them, and then distributed cake to the rest of the children. The kids had so much fun smearing icing! They enjoyed popcorn, biscuits, candy, Simsim (sesame cakes), soda, and a special meal of rice, meat, and chapati.

August

COVID Update ~ Things are starting to open up a little in our area. More of our staff has now been able to return to their duties. The house parents (in our dorms) have returned to normal schedules. Social workers, teachers, and counselors are alternating in shifts, working from home and at the Farm. The kitchen and maintenance staff are still limited. The staff has done an amazing job through this time! Thank you for your prayers. We thank God that everyone remains healthy!

jun

With just a small number of staff who are allowed to report, they’ve still continued to teach and engage the children in daily activities 7 days a week! They’ve held Mjadala (debates) in Kiswahili on: “technology has done more harm than good”, and “ancient life is better than modern life”. The children have learned how to weed the sukumi wiki garden, top dress bean plants, and make natural fertilizer; had prayer walks, Bible studies, relay races, personal study times and math exams, helped in the kitchen, and played soccer and Bible Trivia.

MAY

HOW ARE THE CHILDREN RESPONDING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS? WHAT ARE THEY LEARNING?

“God is the healer. God is our Protector. God is our Provider. God is answering our prayers. God is our great
doctor.”
“Prayers are very important …because many have turned to God. He is the only One who will rescue us…”
“I am learning and experiencing so many things like people helping the needy and donating food and many other things for them…our God is there to save us.”
“…when you pray God can answer you by healing people who are suffering…”
“Prayer is so important in our daily lives…He provides us with our daily needs …”

APR

An update from Cheri Thompson – We wanted to keep you updated on life at Challenge Farm right now. Things have drastically changed. We are on complete lockdown. At this time only essential staff can report. Vital staff in each department have been asked to stay for one week on site – not coming or going. Some single mothers who are essential staff are allowed to bring their children. We are working with a very small number of staff.

This is extremely challenging. Another team will relieve them after one week and in turn, they will stay for a week.
The men will stay in the boys’ dorm and the ladies in the girls’ dorm. This is being required by the government to keep our children safe.

MAR

Sandy Britnell, a Globe missionary and founder of Children of Destiny (CODN) is encouraging the children at Hogar Amigitos (Home of the Little Friends) to learn how to give to others. On a recent trip, Sandy took photos of 4 Challenge Farm children who need sponsors, to show to the children. Her intent was that they choose one child. They wanted all 4! When they saw the photos, they said, “We need to pray for the kids!”

FEB

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from our Village!
We at Challenge Farm have taken that to heart by rescuing and rehabilitating the vulnerable children of Kenya! WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? A child comes to us with usually just the clothes on his or her back. The children are in need of shelter, food, clothing, and sometimes medical care. It takes time and there are many steps in successfully rehabilitating a child. This is done in a healing environment with loving mentors, teachers and counselors who encourage, teach, and guide them. Child Sponsorship helps to make this possible!

JAN

TAKE THE CHALLENGE!
January 2020 begins the new school year in Kenya. We have about 33 students who will be attending high school, university or polytechnic. Education is a great honor but it is not free! Take the Challenge and help us send all these students to school!

SEP 5

Please pray for the health of our kids and staff as we finish the school year. This term is very short, only 8 weeks long. Class 8 students will take the national exam on October 31 to qualify for high school.

SEP 5

Please pray for the health of our kids and staff as we finish the school year. This term is very short, only 8 weeks long. Class 8 students will take the national exam on October 31 to qualify for high school.

AUG 1

50 students are interested in world missions! The students meet twice a week during their school breaks. Our children have a desire to reach people groups in many places including Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, India, Scotland, & Pakistan.

JUN 3

Mama Cheri is back in Kenya after a very full 6 months of visiting supporting churches and attending several missions’ conferences in the US to help raise funds for Challenge Farm’s ministry. Welcome home!

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