The Heart of Africa
Our first outreach to Kenya, Africa began in January of 2013, with a young fellowship, a small body of Believer’s in Yeshua. Their desire to connect with us spiritually, prayerfully, and financially is just what we had in mind! They quickly became our “family” in Kisii, Kenya!
We committed to pray for them, to teach them the Word of God for their spiritual and daily growth, to encourage them, and to make provision for their orphans, that they sacrificially provided shelter for. As we prayed for the Father’s will to be done, we asked Him to send us those who are hurting, in need, and willing to hear the full Gospel, those that would obey His truth, that we could love with His Love, and He did just that!
We now have 8 congregations and 10 pastors in our Kisii family. We also have more than 101 children and orphans that are being raised by those Pastors and their spouses. In addition, their Congregations have more than 100 children and orphans, and more than 350 adult members. The Word is spreading, and more and more are coming, to hear the “Good News” that is transforming their lives.
They are a committed body of Believer’s with extremely limited resources, living in great poverty. Before we connected to them, they were barely able to provide for themselves, their children, and orphans. Their hearts are for the children filled with love and compassion for those left destitute as orphans, having lost their parents to accidents, sickness, disease, the ravages of war, and poverty. As they hear the Word of God and obey, they are seeing great changes both physically and spiritually, and they are so encouraged! We are too!
It is our fervent prayer that as we stand in faith, believing for Divine provision, the resources will continue to come with increase, to make a way for the Pastors and the children and orphans to be fed, clothed, and provided for, through your generosity and ours. It is our hearts cry to make provision for their Congregations as well.
We are currently sending monthly offerings to aid in their care, but we are unable to fully provide for all their needs without assistance. As provision is made, the children are fed a diet of rice, beans, baked corn, fruits, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and milk. Mealtimes are shared as they come together. They eat from bowls with their fingers.
Although some are illiterate, most are not. It has been our great delight to provide them with Bibles. Their native language is Ekegusii but they also speak Swahili, and more and more they are speaking English as well. The government encourages education for the children, many parents do not understand its importance, nor can they afford to send them. The children attend school when the funds are available.
Medical aid and dental care is unavailable due to the inability to pay excepting in an emergency. Many depend on local herbs for treatment. Sickness and disease is widespread among the people in the land. Many deaths are attributed to malaria and HIV/AIDS as well as other more commonly known diseases like cancer, diabetes. They suffer from malaria, diarrhea, infections, skin and respiratory diseases. They bathe and wash their clothes in the stream, the same one that the animals use; another source of sickness and disease. The life expectancy is currently 59 for men and 63 for women. We have paid for the burial of little children!
Witchcraft and the occult is wide spread, in their region. Marriage is usually arranged by the parents. They sometimes grow crops on whatever small patch of land they are provided to grow vegetables, maize, and bananas. Employment is rare and 64% of them are classified as rural poor. Most of them barely get by. Some work the soapstone to make things to sell in the market. Their works sell for a pittance and gives them next to nothing in income, but every dollar counts.
Their homes have dirt floors, no electricity, no running water or plumbing. Their bathroom is an outdoor pit latrine! Clean water is not available and they depend on boreholes and streams for this necessity of life. The weather is dry with little rainfall except in the rainy season.
Their community desperately needs salvation, healing, and deliverance to set the captives free.
We have been providing for their basic needs and have been blessed to provide each of them with a portable water filtering system, so that they are able to drink clean water free of parasites, harmful bacteria, and disease. We have provided cows for milk, mattresses, blankets, food, clothes, shoes, medicine, pit latrines, seeds and tools to grow a garden, chickens and roosters for meat and eggs, and Bibles. We have provided crutches and a wheelchair for the lame. They remain without plumbing, electric, running water, refrigeration, and all the basic necessities of life that we so take for granted.
Our provision has been for the 10 pastors as they lead the 8 Congregations. We pray for multiplication so that we might supply aid to the hundreds in the Congregations as well. They all desperately need help for themselves, their children, and their orphans. Their need is great and ongoing, and we pray for hearts and hands to join with us to stand in the gap for them, both prayerfully and financially!
When we first connected to them, it was their hearts desire to be “connected to an anointed servant of God to come to them to ignite, mentor, and encourage them in the ways of the LORD”. We accepted the challenge and have faithfully exceeded their expectations, by the Grace, Mercy, and Power of the Most High, El Elyon. He alone receives all the Honor, the Glory, and the Praise!
Will you Prayerfully consider Partnering with us to further the Kingdom of God in the lives of these beautiful but very needy Believers? He promises to make a way where there seems to be none! We are trusting Him to do just that!
We appreciate so much every prayer and contribution on their behalf. Every dollar goes directly to them. May you be blessed of the Most High, as you generously give! We are praying always for their INCREASE and your 100 fold return!