The first thing she did when we walked into the house was start to pray, thanking God for a safe journey. This was before we were even introduced. She is a strong matron of this family of very strong men. There is a church built on the property where there is weekly worship. It is also the site of the start of St. Peter's Academy, a school that the family owns and runs. St. Peter's was started because there were orphans in the area who were not being educated so Nereah started teaching them in the church. The rest of the family found out and decided to turn it into a full school. St. Peter's opened in 2005 and now has nursery up to class 8 (all of the primary grades in Kenya). The family has built classrooms little by little as funds are available and even though their teacher workroom is a table and chairs outside the school finished 3rd in the district in 2010 on the national exam. This is a school where half of the students do not pay because they cannot afford to. School uniforms are not quite uniform because school administration would rather see students in class studying and at home eating than spending money on school uniforms. This is the result of a faithful family and especially a faithful mother.
|church that Nereah built
|Zach and his mom, Nereah
If you have ever been frustrated by God's timing I hope you take the time to read this story again. The full context of it is even more amazing, but too long to tell here. I can promise you though, through the life experience of a woman who still only speaks her tribal language of Luo, yet who has been asked to speak at outreach events all over the country. God can and does change lives in his time and the most faithful person I have met in a long time is living proof.