2017 Goals

James Ouma
Posted January 13, 2017 from Kenya

The Year 2016 was filled with lots of challenges, triumph and bigger mountains to climb. I had just gotten married and therefore needed to review my goals. I realized I needed to consider and seriously think about my work as a writer, reading club facilitator and full time volunteer with Lifesong Kenya.

Even my wife had agreed to take care of our daily needs as a family – as I sought to stabilize myself – I wasn’t so comfortable with the arrangement. Besides, my Nilotic heritage and background expects nothing less. It is the desire of every man to fully provide for his wife and family.

“Honey,” I said, one cold morning. “I’m thinking of disbanding Lifesong Kenya,” I said.

“Why would you want to do that?” she asked.

“I want to look for a job so I can provide for us,” I replied.

“Is that the only reason?” she asked “This is what I want you to do before you answer me,” she continued. “Take time to think about your decision. Pray and ask God for guidance.”

Running for My Life 2016

I wanted to answer her and be done with the issue. There and then. Instead, I chose to seek God in prayer. The following day, I begun running. My decision to run was based on the fact that I wanted to find the reason why I needed to disband or continue developing Lifesong Kenya.

I looked at the things I had achieved since I begun in 2012. The faces of boys and girls I had met in juvenile prison, rehab, informal schools and in Nairobi, Eldoret and Northern Kenya flashed by. While I had nothing material to show for the work I had done, my heart filled with untold joy.

If I were just to earn from my writing and reading club, I would focus my attention to growing Lifesong Kenya. Despite the challenges I was facing financially and lack of material wealth, I was a blessed man. I was where I wanted to be and doing what I wanted to do. It didn’t me that long to think about the answer I wanted to give my wife.

“I want to run and raise funds through half marathons,” I said, the night before I begun running for life. “I am going to run and seek God’s guidance ans instruction.”

“Okay,” she said. “Let’s do this!”

2017 goals

  • Be a better husband to my wife
  • Get more clients and stable income from writing and reading club
  • Resume juvenile prison ministry
  • Sew buttons for 500 children
  • Mentor 3 young men
  • Establish a library in Baragoi, Samburu County
  • Run in a major world marathon i.e. the Chicago, New York or London Marathon

For more about my work follow the following links.

http://www.naibei.co.ke/for-the-boy-child/

http://www.lifesongkenya.org/

https://jamesoumawrites.wordpress.com/

http://www.candidwriters.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vvm4utDzgw

How to Get Involved

You can email to encourage me or just say hi. You can also sign up as an online or onsite volunteer. I also need running, swimming and biking gear.

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