Jaemey Ndege, age 11, came with her family to visit Hartland College, where her older brother is a student. She and her family were well impressed with the way the school operates. “I like Hartland,” Jaemey says. “There are so many different avenues they are using to share God with the community and helping young people to be more involved. They’re doing an amazing work for God, and it will have a ripple effect far out from the campus.”
Jaemey’s brother, Egedn, is studying health ministry; she is proud of him and how he has grown. She observes that he has become much more active in church, leading out in the music and interacting with others. His family is thankful to God that he chose to come here.
During their stay, the family noticed that the student dormitories could use an overhaul; Jaemey especially noticed the showers. “They look very old, and some things need to be replaced.” But her reaction was proactive: “Instead of complaining, I want to do something.”
After returning home, they contacted a group called Maranatha that does construction and renovation, and learned that they are willing to help if Hartland Institute applies to be put on the waiting list, and the work can be done in phases.
Next, they began making contacts to raise funds for the work. Jaemey says the response was positive: “A lot of people said, ‘This is a good thing to do. We need to be helping God’s children in the college.’ We also have a garden, and we’re selling crops to raise money. Our whole family is involved. I am teaching piano and donating the money for the dorm renovation, and I’ve decided to give all of my college savings, because I believe that God will provide the funds for my education when I am older.” Thus the fundraising for this important project is well underway, thanks in part to a young girl’s big faith!
“You are never too young or too old to do something for God,” Jaemey says. “You can do little things: open doors for people, smile at someone, or pray for people—these simple things can make a huge difference in somebody’s life.”
We thank Jaemey and her family for setting to work and doing something to help and bless. Think of what you can do!