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Street Kid Program

Roughly 7 years ago, it became apparent that Life For Children Ministry would never have the financial resources to place every street boy with a guardian and support them with funds for food, school fees, and uniforms. It was also apparent that the number of boys on the streets was growing.  Seeing the needs of these boys sleeping on the streets of Kisumu and eating scraps of food in the city dump, the ministry made the decision to begin a Sunday worship service for all of the boys who showed up, followed by a hot meal and encouragement. It was felt that even if we could not meet all of the needs of these young boys, we could share the love and saving grace of Jesus. About the same time, a lady on a short-term mission trip came to Kisumu and witnessed the plight of the street boys. Since that time, this lady, with God’s help and inspiration has provided the majority of the financial help to keep the program going. In addition, another lady in Georgia provided all of the funds needed to purchase large pots and pans as well as plastic plates and cups to feed an average of 100 boys each Sunday. The program has had many ups and downs over these 7 years, but it has been very evident that we were doing God’s will and HE was providing for the needs of the boys. We have seen many boys accept Christ as their savior and go on the lead a productive life. About four years ago we started a repatriation program and have helped many of the younger boys return to their home village and unite once again with family members. On the down side, the feeding program has been forced to find a new location three or four times due to the stigma that follows the street boys. I wish that every one of you reading this newsletter could look into the faces of these boys as they worship and enjoy their only hot meal of the week. The expressions of their faces communicate their gratitude much better than words. Take a look at the pictures on the street boy web page and you will begin to see what I mean.

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Now after seven years, we find ourselves without funding and are looking for help.  We are praying that God will raise up 52 people who will commit to funding the feeding program for one week each year for as many years as God provides. The total cost per week runs about $310. This covers the food cost, rent for the building, soap, and medicine. If you feel led to help with this ministry, please include a note with your check and send to: Life For Children Ministry, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350. If you would prefer, you can break the $310 down and send monthly contributions.

May God richly bless you,

Charles Clements

 

Street Boy Web Page      http://streekidsofkenya.org/

 

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Sharing and Giving

One of the best ways to show love is by giving and helping the needy in our society. Giving is the best tool God has given that helps us advance and increase our lives, and by so doing we will never lack since it is the promise of God in his word. Malachi 3v11. Life for children has continued to touch the lives of street boys in many different ways. In this photo the boys are excited receiving shirts and trousers donated by well wishers and trying them on at the Sunday program. All the 68 boys in attendance got a shirt or a pant. Keep the spirit of giving alive.

By Tonny

 

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Life for Children Ministry has been having Church every Sunday for the street boys, we have also been preparing them the only meal for them every Sunday after their  church service. Several of you who have come to Kenya, have not only witnessed but participated on the same. This has been  made possible by your prayers and financial support. We would like to let you know however that this program is almost coming to a halt because of lack of funds. Kindly consider giving generously  for this program to continue. It is making a difference and it brings life and hope for these hopeless boys.
Be blessed.
Michael Agwanda

Building the Whole Person

 

THE MAJOR MILESTONE in Sharon awino

Joined life for children ministry in 2006 as pioneers, Sharon is coming from a very humble background staying with the maternal grandmother mama Francisca Akuro.

In tiny single room at the slums of nyalenda, Sharon with the guardian sharing this room with 5 other siblings!, God has used life for children ministry in responding to the spiritual and physical needs of this family, first and foremost the child was removed from the Indian cult of hare Krishna To the worship of one true God by the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This touched the hearts of many people for this soul that was rescued from the occultic organization and Angels in heaven must be rejoicing, Sharon’s case is clear indication of how many orphans and vulnerable children that have been taken advantage of by being led away from Christ because of poverty-thank God to this model used by life for children in reaching out to such souls

Because of poor housing conditions and bad influence the guardian was built nice house by the ministry at the upcountry and relocated there with the whole family, she is doing small farming to support her family and their health conditions has really improved and their spiritual life is getting stronger, the guardian is strong member of the local church in that area

Sharon’s looks very smart, healthy, and with strong personality and we cannot take this for granted as she prepares to do her final year in the secondary education, this family is really blessed by the support given to Sharon by the supporters of life for children” I don’t know how miserable my life  could have be had it not been for life for children support”, says Sharon, I thank God for this opportunity it has made great impact to my life and our family, to be in secondary school is not only an achievement but also major milestone in our family.
In life for children ministry Sharon is one of the many lives that have been transformed by the support given to life for children pool cause she does not have specific sponsor. I appeal to you continue supporting so that we may be able to reach to more souls with the love and message of Christ

 

 

–  LCM in Kenya

Christmas Relief for Street Boys

This festive season always carries with it fond memories full of love and UN-deserving grace bestowed on us by God as sinners. By the birth of Christ we all are brought to the same level of mercy and salvation. Its a time of personal reflection and thanks giving, life for children extended this love to street boys by giving bread and milk to help carry them through the day. And sharing the word of God with them. On this photo boys are very happy.XmasStreetBoys

The Street Kids of Kenya, Updated Nov 2017

Dear Friends,
Greetings,
This being a giving Sunday, I’ wanted to share with you our street program report. The ministry has been feeding the street boys every Sunday and holding a church for them. For those that have visited me in Kenya, you can attest to the life they are leading.
It is my prayer that as you consider to give in this special day, that you would consider giving to Life for Children Ministry www.lifeforchildrenministy.org  to continue with the work to the least of the least in Kenya.
We love and we are praying for you.
Be blessed.
Michael Agwanda
REPORT: STREET KIDS UPDATE

The month of November has so far been peaceful from the intense political activities experienced in the previous months. The boys are fairing on well in their different bases.

Field-work;

The weekly field work are doing okay, this enhances close interaction with the boys giving them a listening hear. Encouraging them and administering first aid to those who are feeling unwell, at the same time advising them to seek further medical attention for ailments that are serious.

We have had an increase of new young boys ages 9-15 in the streets and also at the Sunday program. This increase is raising concern on our moral family values. A number of these boys are still very young and seeing them on the streets is not good.

Frank 12yrs;

Frank omuse comes from mumias western part of Kenya; he has been on the streets from September this year. He ran away from home because of being beaten by his uncle who drinks every day. The mother passed on when he was 2yrs leaving him under the care of his uncle. He has never seen the father.

Omuse longs to continue with his education given an opportunity, concerning going back home, he feels unwanted due to the constant abuse. He would rather be in a children’s home than going back there.

Steven tarus 13yrs;

Steven comes from belgut kericho area in the rift-valley. He has been on the streets for 3 months now. He lost both parents to clashes when the Maasai’s invaded their home running away with their animals (cows and sheep). Their home was burned down by fire in the wee hours of the morning killing his parents as he narrates painfully. He escaped narrowly since he slept in a neighbor’s home.

The boy seems traumatized by the event and still fears for his life. During the programs we take time with such boys, to encourage them, many of whom have been going through different hard times in life.
Arrests;

The past two weeks has not been easy for the boys. The county government came up with a plan to get the boys out of the streets. The arrest has been intensified, going on day and night. This has caused a number of boys to scamp for safety, some running away into hiding for dear life. Close to 50 boys have been arrested the young ones taken to juvenile while older ones to prison.

Vincent Otieno 13yrs;

Vincent hails from seme reru, he left home early this year after a constant beating from the uncle and step mother. His parents passed on leaving him under the care of his uncle. Vincent dropped out in class 4, though willing to go back to school given an opportunity but not back home because of the abuse.

During the crack-down his right arm was broken, bleeding and had to seek urgent medical attention. These are some of the dangers the boys encounter in the streets.

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Young Vincent is living in the streets of Kisumu

Death;

Brain Omondi 17yrs’

Brian was one of the happiest street boys you could ever come across. It was hard to notice whether he had any problems since his smile was always evident. During field-work, you could meet him going about his things.

He was never attending the Sunday programs because he was busy selling shop items on the streets (hocking). Brian’s body was found on the lake shore with deep wound around the neck. He must have been strangled, the motive not known.

Dump-church;

The dump church fellowship has had a rough few weeks after the structure was pulled down by heavy rains and wind in October. For that period the fellowship was on and off but thanks to God through the offerings given by members and well-wishers the building is up again.

The fellowship is going on. The dump-site boys are fairing on well and the bibles donated to the fellowship is helping them grow spiritually and get grounded in God’s word. Thanks to the Texas Christians for such donations.

Education;

Schools have closed down for the long December holidays and kids are back at home. Emmanuel has been doing great both at home and school. He has maintained the lead in his class where he was top position 1 with 405marks out of 500. The performance of Emmanuel has been very encouraging even to the teachers.

He is a disciplined boy both at home and in school, respecting the elders and obedient according to the teachers. Thanks to life for children for giving such a boy a second chance in life.

Sunday;

The Sunday programs and fellowship have been doing great, the boys have maintained coming early by 6.15am waiting for the fellowship to start. This has given them an opportunity to learn more on depending on God and trusting Him for their day today life.

Praise and worship has been playing a very important role in lifting the spirits of the boys and drawing the most needed inner strength to continue facing the hurdles of life.

The month of November we have been learning on the challenges life brings to us. Example the story of Joseph, the hardships he passed through to become great. The meals have been nutritious and very helpful to the boys well being. The attendance has been 105, 102, 97, 95 respectively. Thanks to the director, donors and staff for the continued support towards street boys program. Be blessed.

Bibles Delivered to a Church Formed at a City Dump!

The Bible is the most valuable tool in every Christian life as the saying goes, the best gift you can be given is the bible. Whoever gives you a bible, offers life in its fullness since that person has showed you how to get to God. I cannot overemphasize the role of God’s word in our lives. But I can authoritatively say by the grace of God, that the Bible is God himself expressing who he is and what He means to us.
Here at the dump-site church we were blessed to have received this gift from the Wesley foundation and Life for Children Ministry. 31 Bibles were a great blessing to this congregation and they say a big thank you to the donors. The excitement and joy of receiving God’s word wow!  -Pastor TonnyChurchBibles

An Improved Farming Method

Wachara community is a rural area where Life for children ministry has been in a forefront to improve and support the welfare of the community members not only through sponsorship of the vulnerable orphans, building improved houses to vulnerable families, spiritual nourishment, microfinance support to small businesses and also providing TRACTOR to the community farmers.

Farming being the economic activity in the community, community members fully depend on farm products for commercial purposes and for consumption. Wachara community has been using traditional way of farming method where farmers use cows for ploughing, this method is time and energy consuming and only small area of the farm will be worked on.

Thanks to Life for Children Ministry for bringing in board easier way of farming through provision of a tractor in the community. This helps them plough lands which were left barren and easy way to saves time thus promote sufficient food within the community not only as an individual farmer but also to the entire community.

I wish to pass my sincere gratitude to the donors and founder Director Mr. Michael Agwanda for making work easier for farmers and the entire community thus improving the living standard for the community members. Today Wachara Village has improved their yield compared to previous years. Our objective is to increase our production hence food security for the community. It is our prayer that in future we shall get additional tractor since the demand is getting high and it is overwhelming one tractor.

Traditional Farming

A Hand plow and a team of Cows are limited to the amount of acreage they can till

Tractor At Work

New tractor plowing a neighborhood plot that will increase crop output

The Change with Street Boys

The street boys program has evolved through the years and the changes are evident in the lives of the boys. In the early stages it was hard for the boys to keep cool and sit down while attending the programs. They were always rowdy, shouting and fighting. Sitting down for even 5 minutes and listening to the advice and teachings was impossible. This was due to the influence of glue, alcohol and other drugs but things have changed over a period of time.
They now sit, listen and sing praises for a longer time in the Sunday programs. Here is a photo. We thank God for these and many more.StrBoys2017

The Great Commission with LCM

Working with Life for Children Ministry was an incredible adventure. We were able to meet so many friends and fellow Christians, and spread the love of Christ to people who didn’t know. We were inspired, and we got to inspire. In Kenya, we were greeted with such love and grace it was astonishing. The very first day in Kisumu, our team spent time learning from an amazing guardian through the ministry, a woman named Jerusa. She took us into her home and began to teach us her fine craft of making pottery. We each got to take some of the clay and try for ourselves. She gathers mud from the river just down from her house, and mixes it with just a touch of water to make the perfect combination, then she fashions and molds beauty within her hands. This is how she supports herself and her grandson, by selling her pottery. Jerusa prayed over our team with such passion and authority it blew me away. Even through the language barriers the Spirit was heavy and thick in that place, I was brought to tears in her living room. This was a woman that understands the mission and lives to please Jesus. Many moments like these throughout our two-week journey continued to impact my heart and remind my spirit of God’s love. We met other guardians caring for orphaned children due to HIV/AIDS, we prayed over the sick and broken, we watched God move in young children singing and playing, we helped treat people medically wherever we had the chance, we loved on people who live in dumps and on the streets, we climbed rocks, went exploring, tried new foods, and learned a lot about God, ourselves, and each other. We worked with LCM to bring the word of Christ however we possibly could; and it was definitely not always in the most obvious way. It was wonderful to have the chance to be a part of this team, even if just for a small time. I was able to see the incredible ways the Lord works through this ministry to reach the hearts of the Kenyan people. The few and the faithful, LCM daily lives out this verse…

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

Charity Johnson

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Fellowship Program

Life for children welfare has been in the forefront for providing not only food, shelter, clothing and education to the vulnerable but also provides spiritual nourishment to them too. In line with this, the guardians have been organized into two groups in which they meet once every month to fellowship together and encourage each other. They also help each other in times of despair for example during grieve; they give motivation and even do some little contributions for the bereaved. They also participate a lot in team building for example when it comes to house construction of one of their member, they come together to help in the process.

This movement has been very helpful to the guardian because they even get to know where each and every one of them lives, the kind of life they are living and also the challenges they are facing. They also get to share the little food they have with their fellows because through this, they also receive blessings from God and am very much grateful for them for their generosity. However less it may be, they will always share it all without considering how the next day will be. This is the kind of heart expected from a true believer of God therefore they should continue with the same spirit.

Life for children ministry has also played a bigger role in ensuring that this program runs successfully, they are always available when this time comes and they will always provide a means of transport for the guardians and this is a very good gesture of togetherness. I thank life for children welfare for dedicating themselves to serve the children of God who are very much in need. May the Good Lord continue blessing them each and every moment of their life. Below are some of the beautiful photos during the fellowship.

By Maureen Adoyo

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