I am certain that this past year has been as unusual for you as it has for us. Everything we have come to think of as “normal” was brushed aside and in its place came uncertainty, frustration, confusion and for many, sadness. Our hearts have gone out to those who have struggled during these days.
All of that said, never, in recent times, have we had the opportunity to learn more about God’s unfailing grace than during this past year. Jesus’ story contrasting the wise and foolish builder have gained new depth and deeper meaning. We dare not take our eyes off the prize, our saviour Jesus Christ or the confused teaching of this world will overtake our thinking and our focus. For this reason, we pray faithfully for every SonSet Solutions Canada missionary, family, staff member and supporter.
Thank you for faithfully supporting SonSet Solutions projects and our missionaries. Some of them are facing very real challenges. While they need your financial support to meet their physical needs, more than you will ever know, they depend on the prayers of God’s people as they struggle against an enemy not visible to the human eye.
As we resolve to keep our eyes on Jesus in 2022, permit me to introduce our Christmas project: Solar Media Solutions: In locations where electricity is spotty and computers aren’t practical, people are accessing content on their mobile phones. How can Christian content be made available to these people? We have created a small, Wi-Fi-based Solar Media Center (image at the bottom of the page) to make Christian programming available for download. Often equipped with other modules such as a phone charging station, it is powered by the sun via its solar panel. Learn about the impact this technology has on real people in the story of Kijani Farm in Kenya. (see the following story) Christmas donation cheques should be made out to SonSet Solutions Canada.
Thank you for supporting the ministry of SonSet Solutions Canada. We pray fervently that, as you continue to grow in God’s grace, the year 2022 will present countless opportunities for you to share and demonstrate His grace to those around you. Merry Christmas to you and to your families.
Solar Media Solutions
Kijani Farm is a place of hope in rural Kenya. Brian and Heather Dellamater started Kijani in 2016 with a goal to inspire hope and create opportunity for the Maasai people through the gospel of Jesus Christ. They seek to help impoverished people in five primary ways – work, church, water, healthcare and education.
The Maasai people live throughout much of Eastern Africa and used to be nomadic. As lands are bought up, the women and children now stay put, but the boys and men may move with the herd during times of drought. Very few have traditional jobs, and education typically stops after eighth grade.
Brian and Heather find the Maasai people to be community minded, but very busy. Clean water distribution is a primary draw for fostering relationships with these herdsmen.
A SonSet Solutions Solar Media Center, installed in February 2021, provides the ability to charge cell phones and download media resources while they collect water. The time it takes to charge their phone creates opportunities for the Dellamaters to build relationships in ways that were not previously available.
Some of the media they can download includes the Jesus Film in their own language and BibleProject resources such as animated Bible videos. Most Maasai have not heard audio in their own language, and very few have seen video. This novelty provides an opportunity and audience that is unprecedented. At a soccer tournament at the farm, many visiting soccer players brought phones to download the Jesus Film. It was considered very cool, because of the video. It was also encouraging that the men, who are particularly difficult to engage, were also interested in watching.
It is so lovely to see how our mighty God works. Just as Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well and offered her His eternal life-giving water, these people are also coming to Kijani for life-sustaining water but are walking away with the eternal, life-giving gospel of Jesus!
Written by Christy Stephens, November 2021