Bemm Family

Bemm Family

Friday, October 30, 2015

Give a Gift of Love this Christmas

-Invest in the start up of our sustainable 
Tea Farming Project
To support the daily needs of orphans.

To supply cost for One half acre of tea plants……$250

Help feed our orphans……..
One 45 pound sack of corn (feeds 50 children for one month) $50

One 45 pound sack of rice (lasts one month) $50

Help Clothe our orphans…..

One pair of shoes $10
One school uniform $20

Invest in the education of our orphans
Give a child a year of education

One child’s preschool fees $75

One child’s elementary school fees $125

One Child’s high school fees $500

To Give to any of the above Projects/Needs: please click on "Donate to the Orphan Fund" 

Thank you so much for praying and sharing the love of Our Savior this Christmas season.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Heart Dream Come True

OOOH HOW AWESOME IS SCHOOL!!!!!!               
Two of the cuties that attend school now
David Koech showing the classroom off
 We love Pre-School
5 years ago David and Sarah Koech, directors of Kenduiwa Children’s home asked me to pray about building a school at the Children’s Home.  At that time our thoughts were to build a school that could educate K-8……well that seemed a little daunting to us. As time went on and we continued to see the suffering of the local children in the surrounding area we prayed that we could do something to assist not only the small children at Kenduiwa but also the little ones in the neighborhood. 

Lydia hauling wood for the new school building
When I say a heart dream come true it is.. thanks to a workteam from Massachusetts we were able to take down an old school building and use the wood to make a new (sort of) school.  We even had enough wood to make 2 buildings!!!!

A stuffed but fun classroom
Please pray for these young children. Our mission goal for the school is to have the children know the love of Jesus, know that He watches over them at all times. We are grateful that the children can come "as is" no uniforms or shoes are required at this school.  If you know me and talked to me about school uniforms then you know it is one of my frustrations about living here. So I won't go into my tirade about it now. We are also giving the children morning chai, and a nutritious  lunch.  Most of the neighborhood children wander around seeking food while their mothers are away picking tea or fetching firewood two hours walk away from their home.    We have asked that the parents not pay any school fees, but bring what produce they can to assist us in making meals for the kids. We have emphasized to them that if they don't have they do not have to bring.  We just want the kids to be fed at least one good meal a day. 
 We are so grateful for the teachers that have been awesome in teaching these young ones. Thanks so much to L&B for providing a salary for them.  I meet with them weekly to discuss how the children are doing.  We also have one more teacher who is currently finishing up her social work degree, she will then come and be the head teacher for the school.  We will also be using her skills to assist us with other community needs.  
Our faithful teachers
If you would like to contribute to our orphan scholarship fund which is in great need now, please link to our support page.  

Thank you all so much for your patience with my lack of writing and your faithful prayers for our ministry here.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014


From our family to yours
We are Thankful for all of you.

Our family would like to thank all of you for continuing to love and support us here at Tenwek Hospital. As we are approaching our 11th year here we thank God for his provisions and care for our family.
I wanted to share some highlights of the past 5 months and I am praying that I will keep you all up to date better!!!!!
Daddy returned home after being in the U.S. for 4 long months. The kids begged him for a picnic lunch on top of our land cruiser! you would have thought that they asked for a trip to an amusement park. 
 Thankful for daddy's return and for the little things that make our kids happy!

These three goofy kids are all doing well in school.  
Thankful for a great school for abby and david to attend and for our homeschool co-op here at Tenwek for Lydia and the rest of our bunch.
Hannah's second/third grade class taking a trip to endoscopy and yes they all loved the gory pictures of inside the intestinal tract!!!
 I love teaching science!

The pre-school class on the first day of school! 
Esther, Shadrack, and Elizabeth become United States Citizens!
Thankful for God granting us the privilege of having these three blessings added to our family.
Also for paperwork being finished!!!

Most of all we are Thankful for our Lord Jesus who by His ultimate  sacrifice for our lives.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hope for the Holidays

 Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

While most people are spending this holiday season wondering what to give that person who has everything. Here are some ideas of what to get those who DO NOT have everything...
Isaiah 9:6 
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."

$30 a month will feed a family of 8 healthy food and milk

$50 a month can send a child to school

  10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

If you would like to give to any of these projects you may donate online by clicking on the link below
 The Tenwek Orphan Fund
or copying the following link into your browser 

Please know that all donations made through the WGM website are completely secure. 

If you would prefer to send a check, please make checks payable to World Gospel Mission and specify "Tenwek Orphanage Project" in the memo line. All checks may be sent to 

World Gospel Mission
P.O. Box 948
Marion, IN 

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a very blessed new year
love the Bemm Family

Friday, September 27, 2013

USA Here we come-Are!!!!!


To some of our family that is a foreign name! To some it means food! To others it means we are away from "home." While we all are not the same we are grateful that God has made us a family. I want to aopolgize now for not being "on top" of things to inform everyone that we were on our way.
I was a bit overwhelmed with trying to pack and prepare for 9 of us this time to head to "Merica" as my teens call it!!!! Over all the flights were good without anyone getting sick, which is my biggest worry! The little kids were very good and slept well when we wanted them to. Thank you to all who prayed us through this trip.

It was difficult to say goodbye to our friends and family in Kenya.  We knew we would be back in 5 short months.  I wanted to share some of the highlights so far on our travels back to the states.  Also some surprises as well.  We were not in the country 24 hours when Hannah ran out on a bike path and was hit head on by a speeding biker.  She was so sweet about the whole thing and said, " It wasn't his fault, I ran out in front of him." "I'm just glad it wasn't a car. " So were we! We are grateful to God that He protected Hannah from serious injury. She did chip her tooth and have a pretty swollen eye for a couple of weeks. 

From left to right Esther, Hannah, Shadrack,and Ellie on Grandpa's jet ski 
We have enjoyed seeing family and catching up with old friends.  It has been fun watching the kids enjoy seeing new and exciting things! The biggest thrill is the emergency vehicles and helicopters around.  
Lydia and Abby have discovered they love Starbucks coffee thanks to generous people who gave them gift cards!
David fell asleep in the sand so his siblings buried him!
Oh yes he did emerge eventually!!!
It seems that the new discoveries have been drinking fountains, libraries, and parks across the street!
We have been very blessed by Uncle Dale as my kids call him by his generosity of letting us stay in his big house. We all will have great legs when we get back to Kenya from climbing up to the 3rd floor many times during the day.

We want to thank everyone for welcoming us back to the States and for all the lovely meals that have been brought to us.  Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!! We all say when a hot meal appears at the door.

fun times tye dying with  cousins!

If anyone needs to get in touch with us we would love to talk to you while we are on home ministry assignment.
You can call us at 412-626-2297 (Chuck) or 412209-9123 (Amy)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Change-God gives and takes away

Many people have said that they have not had a chance to read Lydia's post: For me this is a must read and a re-read for those who have already had the opportunity to read it.
The Change-God gives and takes away

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Change- God gives and takes away

Guest blogger: Lydia Joy
My 3rd born!!!
I went to visit the Baby Centre this past weekend for the last time before we return to the states for furlough. After my baby Ruth died, visiting the Baby Centre has always been hard for me.
I see her picture on the mantel of the Baby Center. It gets tears in my eyes. I always want that to be a lie. That when I go in the room she will be there. That I will grab her and hug her. Then she will play with me and I can just be with her, but that's just a dream. I will never see her until I go home (Heaven).  Sometimes I just want to go right now with her. I want to see her adorable, cute face just one more time. 
Ruthie enjoying some uji at the Baby Centre
(Uji is ground millet, sweetened and used as a breakfast cereal) 

    Seeing her picture or talking about her brings me back to that day in the hospital when she was laying in the ICU. She couldn't move or even do anything. I cried out to The Lord to heal her body and to make her normal again. One morning she started squeezing Hannah's finger and I thought that she was getting better. Soon she was to have surgery on her intestines. At about 2:00 she had it. 

Her sweet smile with her two little bottom teeth makes my heart ache
and I wish I could hold her again
Aunt Carol asked me to pray. I started to, but then I began to cry. I thought to myself why? Why would I pray for Ruthie when God is not doing anything for her, but I said to God that I would do anything for her to get better. I even said that I would die for her. Everyday after the surgery I  just prayed and cried.  Ever moment of the day I was free I would go and visit her. My mom and Hannah switched places in the ICU day in and out, spending the night sleeping with their heads down at the foot of her bed. I was still in school so I had to go to class, but I was distracted. I didn't really pay attention to the teachers. All I ever wanted was to be with Ruth, and to be there when she woke up. When I was there in the ICU some nurses came up to me and said that she would be ok. I was like how could you say that. She is half dead, but then  I heard God say " I love you Lydia I am watching over you and Ruthie." On that same day Agneta come over to Ruth's side. She prayed for her. She said something to me that just touched my heart. She said "God has a plan for her It is God's will if she wakes up, or if He takes her Home." I wanted her to wake up, but that was what I wanted; maybe God had a different plan. When I was laying in my bed about 12:00 midnight I thought to myself that God might be punishing me. It was me he was teaching me an example to. He was getting me ready for the future. My mom and dad and Hannah helped me through this heartbreak. If God wasn't there by my side I would have never got through this alone. He talked to me every step of the way.

This is a picture of Ruthie in the ICU
Even though she looks lifeless and it hurts my heart to see her this way
I still think she is beyond cute even with all that medical stuff on her.
Then I fell into a big canyon and was stuck with no way out. Ruthie started coding. My heart nearly fell to my feet. God helped me walk every step that very moment because I knew right then, God was taking her home. The nurses rushed over and tried to make her come back. Thankfully they got her to start to breath again and her heart starting beating again. Praise God, but  I began stepping on sharp rocks and thorns in that canyon. I fell and stumbled every step of the way, but God picked me up. God was gentle when He spoke to me. He didn't say, "Lydia you are taking this too serious and you are worrying too much." Instead he softly said, "Lydia I'm here for you always just call on me and I will be there for you." 

Later on, I sat at the table playing with my food. My dad was there and I asked him, "Dad, why does God take away the ones we love?" He paused for a while and said it is God's plan to give and take away. I still didn't believe that he should take ones we love and care about. That reminded me of a song " He Gives and Takes Away." It still didn't make sense. I hated death. It is terrible. I wanted to scream to God and yell at him for doing this to me and my family and everyone who knew Ruth, but then I stopped and prayed and asked to go and see Ruth. Hannah took me up. I held Ruthie's hand and cried. "WHY? WHY?" I said. God cannot do this. I love her. I felt like I was being ambushed with sharp knives and spears. I was going into a dark cave with scraps and tears rolling down my eyes. I asked God if this was a good idea to enter into the dark cave. He said "Trust Me" and so I did and I stepped into that cave. That changed my life.
    I was in class and Hannah came to get me for some reason. I went and Hannah said that they might take Ruth off the breathing machine that kept Ruthie alive. We went into the ICU hand in hand. And mom said it was time for her to go home, to heaven. I screamed and said NO! You can't take her away! I burst out in tears. I hugged my sweet, adorable, loving, little Ruthie. I wanted to stop Aunt Carol from doing it. Hannah took me outside the ICU with my dad and I cried the hardest I ever have in my whole life. I didn't feel God's love. I didn't feel like He loved me or Ruth. I was so angry and devastated. When we went home I ran to my room and slammed the door. I put my head in my pillow and cried and cried. I wanted to stay in my room for ever. My sweet mom came in and I hugged her tight. When my mom was hugging me I heard God say that he loves me and all the people of the world including Ruth. I said to God "Thank you God for relieving Ruthie of her illness and for helping me on the way." Ruth is safe in Heaven with You" I cried out. Even though I didn't want Ruth to go away I said "Yes Jesus I Love You"

                           I knew that this would change my whole life forever!!