God answers prayers every day in many different ways. We are grateful and joyful to announce that Life For Children Ministry has partnered with SERV International to help feed orphans in Wachara and the homeless street boys in Kisumu. This blessing is realized as not only to answer those in distress, but also for two heart-felt ministries to come together all in the name of Jesus Christ to fulfill the Great Commission in such a sweet and caring way. Join us in prayer and raise a Hallelujah to give thanks and to celebrate what He has done!
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Back to School
January has welcomed a new year in Life For Children Ministry, as well as a new school year. We began the month with sending primary and secondary kids to school. Many of them received their school uniforms at the December fellowship, and many of them came to the office the first week of the month to receive their uniforms, school supplies and school fee payments. We utilized this time to also get letters from the kids to send to their sponsors.
Michael has gone to the US with these letters in hand to give to the donors.
I had the opportunity to visit Emmanuel, who is a former street boy that LCW has been supporting while he is being repatriated back to his home. Emmanuel is still doing very well in school as he begins class 6. Last year, in class 5, he finished the year with the #1 position among his classmates. The head teacher of his school has high hopes for him, and Emmanuel has a dream to one day go to Secondary School. Emmanuel was given a new uniform, sweater, school shoes and socks.
Home Fellowships in Kisumu went on very well for January. We had fellowship at Ombeyi with Gilbert who is the guardian to Esther Opiyo and at Chiga with Christine Akinyi who is the guardian to Caroly Onyango.
In Chiga the turnout was 17 guardians. We enjoyed time talking with each other, the guardians shared their concerns and thanksgivings. Bethany read from Romans 8:31-39, encouraging the group that if we are in Christ, there is nothing that can separate us from God. The guardians were also reminded that they will be required to make school visits with the office so that they can take an active role in their child’s education.
In Ombeyi, the turnout was 14 guardians. The guaridans shared their concerns and thanksgivings. The new intern, Nick Owaga gave a wonderful sermon on God’s love, and reminded us that God’s love for us is shown through the life, death and resurrection of his son Jesus Christ.
We visited Village Hope Academy to pay school fees for William Okumu and enroll Emmanuel Ochieng and David Okoth. Emmanuel and David are being transferred to Village Hope from Orenge Primary School. All of their guardians met us at the school to talk with the Head Teacher. The guardians were introduced to the Head Teacher and we instructed them to visit the school at least one time during the first term to discuss the progress of their child, as well as to get to know the class teacher. Everyone is on board to help these students succeed.
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Alphons is an orphan aged 16 years old and is a resident of Sidho location, Obumba sub-location, Wakesi village, Kisumu District .He is the son to the late Caroline Akoth Odhiambo and Joseph Odhiambo, his parents died when he was 10 years old leaving him with his paternal aunt mama Ruth Ogallo who is just doing some peasant farming for survival. It is very unfortunate that this young boy is epileptic and he has suffered a lot but because of God’s grace he still lives to see the day.
Alphons was the only child to the late Caroline and Joseph and therefore when he was growing up he wanted to achieve the best to keep their home standing. He really loved school and could always make sure that he doesn’t miss school so that at the end, he achieves his ambition of becoming a great doctor. It is unfortunate that Alphons may not be able to achieve his dream because when he was in class six, he could be frequently attacked by the disease that he was forced to drop out of school so that he can try getting some medication. It has been six years now since Alphons left school but despite of that he is still determine to go back to school and continue with his education.
Alphons is now a grown up, still staying with his aunt Ruth which sometimes is always difficult for many people considering also the condition of Alphons. Ruth has been good to this boy and has been helping him even whenever he is in a difficult situation. Ruth resides in just a small house in their rural home and being that this boy was also growing up very first, there was a serious need for Alphons to have a place where he can at least rest in comfortably so early this year (2018) he requested to be built for a house. Alphons dream of having a shelter came to pass through the ST. JAMES UMC Team who came recently and wanted to build a house and we found it wise to give Alphons the chance to benefit and therefore on the 29th of October 2018, through the help of the ST. JAMES UMC TEAM and LIFE FOR CHILDREN MINISTRY, a house was built for Alphons.
It was a great joy for Alphons to see that finally he had a place to shelter in. It was a wonderful day for him and he was the most happiest person ever that he didn’t know how to express it but simply said, “thank you God for the work you have done to me and thank you to our friends from US and finally to Life for Children Ministry, continue with the same spirit and continue helping those who vulnerable just like me, thank you and may God bless you”.
We are indeed very grateful for you, your prayers, and your support over the years. Without you we would not be here today. For that reason we want to wish you a wonderful thanksgiving and pray that it will be a moment to reflect on God’s awesomeness.
Theirs is an old practice to many in the “not for profit” world, called “Giving Tuesday”. Its is coming up on November 27, 2018, This is where the world will come together to support charitable organizations in the largest international giving event of the year. Would you stand with Life for Children Ministry who have equally been standing with orphans of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. We have educated over 500 orphans in Kenya, build homes for the homeless, Feeding the street boys and having church for them every Sunday, we have supported over 2,000 women with micro finance loans, to empower themselves economically. We do VBS, Medical camps, just to mention a few. We are bringing hope to the hopeless and the word of God in a practical but dynamic life changing way. We call on you to be part of this life-changing ministry in participating in GIVING TUESDAY!
As you plan to partner with us on Giving Tuesday event, we invite you to go to our webpage www.lifeforchildrenministry.org
Kindly give as the Lord will lead and you will be blessed.
Please share with your families, friends and network about our work and how they can stand with us. !
We are grateful for your support in advance and be blessed as you give.
“She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.”
In the rural areas of Kenya, finding consistent work is a struggle for many people. Most families rely on subsistence farming for their daily meals. Sometimes this is enough, but most often, it is a struggle to depend solely on this type of farming, especially after an exceptionally brutal rainy season. When the Husband and/or Father of the family is able to find work (usually some type of manual labor) the money from that can be used to supplement the nutrition of the family, pay school fees, buy clothes and other things the family might need. However, finding consistent work in villages is very difficult.
One of the ways in which Life For Children ministers to the local community in Kisumu and Wachara, is through a microfinance program called MEDD. The program has helped over 1000 men and women start small businesses since it’s conception in 2011. MEDD focuses on men and women in the community who have business minds but do not have the means or opportunity to open their own businesses. MEDD trains these individuals with business skills, the most important of which is a savings account. Small loans are then given to them based on their ability to save. Little by little they are able to build their businesses without the burden of a huge debt hanging over them.
Nafuu Women’s Group was started is under the leadership of Emily, the MEDD Microfinance Officer in Wachara. These women came together as a group to support each other in their individual business efforts. The word “nafuu” is Swahili for “comfortable” in English. Nafuu truly captures the spirit of this group. The members came up with this name because they want every woman to feel comfortable in the group. Their businesses range from selling basic need items (flour, tea, bread, washing powder) from a small shop windows to selling fish to tailoring and clothes making.
Each week they meet together with Emily to discuss how they businesses are doing and to make payments on their loans or to their savings.
Recently, I was able to visit the Nafuu group and I asked the members this question: “What does having your own small business mean for you and your family?” One of the women responded “I don’t have to wait until my husband finds work to feed my family, I am able to do it with my business.”
We praise God for all that He is doing through Life For Children ministry to give hope and life to the village of Wachara.
Every year, you have individually as well as a congregation stood with
Life for Children Ministry in prayers and support in our program of
sharing a mean with a family on Christmas day. Many Christian families
would love to gather around a family dinner to share a mean on this day
but would not because of food insecurity.
“in spite of progress made over the last two decades, 821 million people
still suffer from chronic hunger. Among children, it is estimated that 155
million under five years of age are chronically malnourished (stunted)
and over 52 million are acutely malnourished (wasted).
Our mandate is to support members in their efforts to ensure that people
have regular access to enough high-quality food” (Food and Agriculture
organization of UN)
Principal causes of food insecurity (hunger) in Africa and many other
nations are Poverty, conflict, climate and weather, lack of investment in
Agriculture, unstable market and high food prices among others World
food program 2018). In East Africa, 22Million people need help to secure
their livelihood and acquire adequate food. 9Millio children are in need
of nutrition assistance (World Vision).
Life for Children Ministry is committed to fighting poverty by providing
micro loan to women group for businesses in the process of eliminating
poverty in our little way, however the work is yet to be done. We
therefore ask you to stand with a family on this upcoming Christmas day
at $ 20 for a family. This will bring great joy and will highly be
Your $ 20 a family on this Christmas day will include supply of a sorted
food (beef, sugar, cooking fat, corn flower). Acts 20:35 in everything I’
showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the week
and remember the words of the lord Jesus, that He Himself said, it is
more blessed to give than to receive.
You can send your donation through our website
http://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org or send the check to Life for Children
Ministry C/O North Spring UMC 7770 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs Ga.
303350. Mark the check “ Christmas Meal.
Thank you and be blessed.
Michael Agwanda Founder.
In life every human being keeps on hoping for something better. Just as the bible says, hope does not disappoint. I am always amazed at the resilient in street boy’s lives. Every day they keep on hoping and trusting God that their lives’ will be better some day, no wonder on a Sunday morning we always find them waiting patiently at the hall’s gate for us. The program keeps on bringing hope to the boys.
Their hope does not disappoint, they are certain we will come to fellowship and feed them. The photo below shows glowing faces of satisfaction, young boys saying thank you.
Family based care for orphans is a vital and much needed ministry of Life For Children. Many of our children have been placed in the care of their grandmothers. Often times, these women have been widowed due to HIV/AIDS. LCM saw the need from the beginning to also include widow care into their ministry model since they play an important role in the lives of the children. One of the ways in which they support Widows is to provide safe and stable homes for them and the children in their care. A safe, stable, and secure house can be built for approximately $1000.
Wilfrida Awiti is no stranger to Life For Children Ministry. She has been the guardian to Samson Odhiambo from the time when he was a small child up until the time he aged out of the LCM program. During her time as a guardian with LCM Wilfrida was faithful to attend the former bi-weekly fellowships at the office when her health would allow. She formed deep and meaningful relationships with the other guardians. Currently, she is 71 years old and although she does not have any LCM children in her care today, Wilfrida does have several small children who are dependent on her. She has also remained faithful to attend the fellowships with our guardians once month in Chiga, provided that she is in good health.
Recently, during one of our visits to Chiga to make home visits with some of the children, we were invited to come to Wilfrida’s house. Upon arrival, we noticed that her house was in very bad shape due to the recent rains that have come. Every time it rains, some pieces of the walls begin to fall off. In addition, sometimes the rains cause water to surround her house. At night, when it rains she fears that the house may fall onto her and the children in the home.
Due to the extremely unsafe conditions, especially during this rainy season, Life For Children was able to build Wilfrida a new home.
Construction on the new home took only three days to complete. We praise God for providing this home for Wilfrida. She expressed to us that she is thankful to LCM and the donors who provided this new home for her. She also stated that she is sleeping peacefully at night and does not worry about the safety of her home.