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Experience Another World Without Leaving Yours

Back in January, we presented the story: "Little did She know – Her Life was about to Change Forever". This was the story about Martha Cole and her husband Wayne and their self- created mission to help children in small communities in Kenya. When the article appeared, the Coles had collected enough computers, bicycles, text books, desks and a few hundred boxes packed with enough supplies to fill a 40' shipping container. These supplies were going to help the Coles establish much needed teaching centres.

The fly in the ointment was the Kenyan Government. Getting the tax exception documents were delayed again and again. They received the occasion notice that certain items would not be permitted entry so the Coles would have to reorganize the shipment.

They continued to request approval for tax exception on the revised shipment manifest but in June they finally found out that the Kenyan Minister of Education would not issue the tax exemption letter for any of the items.

Even though the Kenyan Minister of Education was aware that the Coles were willing to spend 3 months volunteer teaching in two of their schools that did not matter to them.

Still bound and determined to go ahead with their mission if possible, Martha sent their inventory list to the Customs Broker in Kenya to find out exactly what the costs in taxes would be on the donated goods, which were slated for the schools. On July 4th, Martha received a response which said that some of the items were assessed as high as 46% of its value. Not knowing how they would determine or assess the value of the contents the Coles came to the logical but disappointing conclusion to abandon the idea of shipping goods to Kenya meaning the mission would not proceed. End of the story? You don't know the Coles! Martha got in touch with a friend from Senegal and quickly a new plan was hatched. Martha said, "Let's ship the goods to Dakar in Senegal. My friend's family resides there and he has sent several shipments to Dakar and has all the contacts in place."

Wayne and Martha didn't have time to allow in their Kenyan disappointment as they immediately began to source shipping companies out of Toronto. With the assistance of the principal a school where they will be volunteering they have prepared the application to the Minister of Finance. If all goes as expected, the Coles will be leaving for Dakar the end of September for the new school year in Oct.

Please keep the Coles in your prayers as they refuse to give up on their plans to help those in the third world who seek higher levels of education. The inexplicable attitude of the Kenyan Minister of Education is Dakar's gain!

Christian Life in London will keep you , our readers up to date on the Cole's Mission to Dakar.