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Obstacles as Opportunities: A Coronavirus Update from the Rafiki Village Kenya

Obstacles as Opportunities: A Coronavirus Update from the Rafiki Village Kenya

The coronavirus has altered the lives of many across the world and across our ten Rafiki Villages. Facing new obstacles, Rafiki missionaries and staff are creating new ways to reach our students and the surrounding community every day.

In compliance with the Kenyan government, the Kenya Rafiki School temporarily closed on March 16. With school closed, Village missionaries and staff faced a formidable obstacle: how would they continue to serve the surrounding community and Rafiki students?

After the Rafiki national teachers learned they would continue receiving their full salary during the shutdown, they soon began brainstorming ways to assist others. The teachers immediately began collecting monies to provide food care packages for needy families. When a school family contacted Rafiki in need of assistance, the teachers were ready to deliver care packages within the day. 

As care packages were going out, the Village also began preparing educational and Bible study materials for Rafiki students. The Rafiki teachers got creative once again, preparing worksheets, using digital resources to send assignments to high school students, and offering to live at the Village to grade the completed worksheets that students returned. 

The teachers soon received new requests. A parent of a sixth-grade Rafiki student shared that she was struggling to help her child with a reading assignment because she had not read the assigned text herself. Rather than see the situation as an obstacle, God helped the Rafiki Village see it as an exciting opportunity. They thought, “Why not create an original Rafiki audiobook?” Three teachers volunteered, and The Chronicles of Narnia have now been recorded for Rafiki students and their families to enjoy in Kenya.* 

As the first lines of C.S. Lewis’ classic tales are heard in the homes of students in the surrounding area, we pray the listeners are encouraged to meet new obstacles with faithful hearts—confident that the Lord will continue to turn obstacles into opportunities as we wait upon Him. 

*Unfortunately, we are not licensed to share the audiobook with the public outside of Rafiki.