The family of little Oliver-James McCrea are once again inviting everyone to come along and support a tractor run in his memory, and to hear of the great work which is being done in Kenya thanks in part to the kindness of the wider Mid-Ulster community.
Oliver-James, died unexpectedly in 2011 aged just three and a half, and since his death, his parents Andrew and Laura-Jayne McCrea, from Stewartstown have been supporting charity, Friends of Africa missionary Endeavour (FAME) who have been operating in Kenya since 1997.
Cookstown man and family friend of the McCrea’s, Rodney Davidson and his family have been living and working in Kenya on behalf of the charity for over five and a half years now.
Last year, Rodney (FAME field leader) his wife Alma and their four children, travelled home and during the weekend of events, spoke about the great work which is being funded in Kenya thanks in part to the generosity of the people of Mid-Ulster.
Last year Rodney shared with the crowds who came to the tractor run event that the Kenyan authorities had requested FAME to open a unit for abandoned infants until adoptive parents are found, and how he hoped to go back and get to work on such a facility.
Since then FAME staff have been working tirelessly setting up what has now been named the COLE Baby Unit already taking in eight infants under three years old. These babies now have assurance of loving care from all of the FAME team.
Andrew and Laura-Jayne McCrea along with their three children travelled out to Kenya at the beginning of July to see first-hand the work of FAME and how the support of all those who came to the tractor run in the past two years has been put to good use. They also got to spend time with 180 orphans and staff of around thirty. During their stay in Kenya Andrew was also asked to open a new outreach medical clinic where FAME now employs a full-time nurse.
This centre is approximately 30 kilometres away from the main clinic and orphanage. The opening ceremony was attended by 550 locals and the people are very grateful for this much needed medical facility.
Andrew explained: “We have seen with our own eyes now how the Lord is using FAME and reach many with not only humanitarian aid but also the gospel of Jesus Christ. Seeing this has given us an even greater desire to support their work and encourage others to do so.”
This year’s event will commence on Sunday 16th August at 8.30pm with a time of praise and a message from George Barclay (farmer and evangelist). The events continue each evening at 8pm with special singers and testimonies.
Friday 21st will see a youth night at 8pm with barbecue and fun after meeting.
Taking place from 2.30pm-4.30pm Monday 17 to Friday 21 there will be a Holiday Bible Fun week with Colin Tinsley, for ages 4-13.
Saturday 22nd August is the tractor run family fun” from 3pm-5pm with bouncy castles, The Grassmen, The Jungle, horse rides, tea and refreshments.
The tractor run will start off from McCrea’s farm (192 Coagh Road, Stewartstown, BT71 5LW) at 5pm; spectators will need to be in Cookstown centre for 6pm to see the tractors come through at 6.15pm. At 7.30pm a barbecue, and hog roast, catered by Jean Maguire.
After which Andrew McCrea will show a short presentation on his family’s trip to Kenya followed by a short auction, proceeds in aid of Fame.
Events will conclude with a special time of praise on Sunday 23rd August at 8.30pm.
Andrew stated: “Once again all the events are freewill donation for anyone who wants to come to any of the events this year, we just want people feel led to support this worthy charity. It will also encourage people to hear how there kind donations and prayerful support has been put to such good use over the past 12 months.”
To see more on the work of Fame visit www.fame.uk.net or search for Friends of Africa Missionary Endeavour on Facebook.