Fixing the Swings and Sharing a Classroom

My son Kevin and I were blessed to be part of the mission team from First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater that traveled to Kenya in January to spend time at Daylight. This was a return trip for Kevin — excited to see the kids again and to show his mom this wonderful place on other side of the planet.1-Kevin

During our visit Kevin spent time in the classroom helping students with math and science questions. A few of us spent time with students in another classroom answering their questions, telling them about Minnesota and laughing about how we can “walk on water” this time of year.

2-DebRebeccaSusanLater on we were able to help Dr. Lenny Snellman and Susan Garofano and the kids with their clinic visits. I also spent a bit of time with Terry in the school office installing a new copier/printer.

Most exciting for the kids perhaps was watching Kevin, Gary and Tom install new hardware on the much-loved swings. 4-SwingsBeforeWhat a happy ending to a wonderful visit!5-SwingsAfter

Praise God for the beautiful children and loving work of the teachers, staff, and friends of Daylight! A visit to Daylight is a spiritual reminder of the world we share and our calling as Christians to love and serve our sisters and brothers. There is much more we can do for the children. Smiles

Our prayers and ongoing support are needed for the things we take for granted. I’ll remember them and remember their smiles. I hope many more will have an opportunity to experience their joy.

Deborah Schultz
Administrator at First Presbyterian Church


Meet with Michael Kimpur in MN in April!

Daylight Director Michael Kimpur will be in Minnesota April 9 – 24th and he would like to see as many Daylight friends as possible!  His weekdays are fairly open and he will be speaking at several churches and community groups on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 9th (Informational Forum 5:30 – 6:30pm):
    Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester
    3611 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Sunday, April 10th (Worship and Potluck 10 – Noon):
    Lynnhurst Congregational UCC
    4501 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
  • Sunday, April 17th (Worship and Coffee Hour 9 am – Noon):
    First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater
    Oak Park Heights, MN 55082
  • Wednesday, April 13th (Education Class 6 – 8 pm):
    Lake Sarah Baptist Church Slayton, MN
    1613 191st St, Slayton, MN 56172
  • Sunday, April 24th (Preaching 10am – 12pm):
    Edina Morningside Church UCC
    4201 Morningside Rd, Edina, MN 55416


Please schedule a visit with Michael Kimpur during his U.S. Visit in April 2016 to learn more about the the kids and work of Daylight which depend on people like you! 1-1’s, small group visits, or invitations to large group events welcome. Select only the date/time that works for you and we’ll follow-up.

Please follow the Doodle Survey link below to schedule a time to meet with Michael Kimpur.

If you have questions, please contact Jessi LeClear Vachta at




Joyful Mayhem on Music Class Keyboards

What do you get when you put 5 mini-electronic keyboards in a classroom at Daylight? You get joyful mayhem…and Jingle Bells, played on the one-button preset, over and over and over!IMG_1729

On our trip to Daylight in January 2015, we took a full-sized electronic keyboard and left it there. It now resides in the Head Master’s office. I played it quite a bit last year – at assemblies, at worship, and on demand!

So this January, when I went into the classrooms with the small keyboards, the children were already familiar with the piano. My plan was not to teach them how to read notes. There wasn’t enough time for that. And there certainly wasn’t enough time to teach them to play chords, scales, melodies and such. I just wanted the kids to experience playing an instrument and most importantly to have fun. And they did!IMG_2256

When I was 5 years old, I was a lucky kid. I had parents who let me take piano lessons. Playing music has brought such joy to my life!

If a few kids become interested in studying music in a more formal way because of these little keyboards….that would be so cool!

Rebecca Erickson
First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, Minnesota
Member of the US Daylight Board