Over years this day has been celebrated in many parts of the country. The Day of the African Child has been an opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing need to improve the education of children living across Africa. It’s a need that still very much exists today.
This year celebration was marked with the theme: ACCESS TO CHILD FRIENDLY, JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AFRICA. This celebration was so restricted with no gathering allowed. We were privileged to take part in this celebration by visiting children at the Mama Ngina Children Home. We were lucky to meet with children officer Madame Everline and the local county children officer who appreciated our participation. We issued them with jerricans implemented for hand wash and masks which were distributed to all children present in this institution. The children officer wished to visit our office some day when things normalized.
As we make way into a brand new year, we also reflect back and say “Thank You” to supporters of this ministry in 2019. The Christmas Meals drive was a huge success with more families this year being supported with a rich meal to fellowship and praise Jesus over.
…A word of blessing from Kenya
As we end the year 2019, may we find it in our hearts to thank God for enabling us to reach this far through His might. In the process of highlighting our new year resolutions as individuals and an organization, I wish us all the best. Through His Grace and Mercies, we are going to achieve our goals for 2020. May the Almighty provide More through our donors and bless them along with their families. Amen.
Street Kids Ministry blessing the homeless with food on Christmas
Michael Agwanda handing out food items to local community that includes much sought-after beef!
Fellowship and praising OUR LORD after food distribution. THANK YOU for your kind support!
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
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It is certainly true that it is more of a blessing to give than receive. Consider your year-end giving to help support orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya. Life For Children Ministry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit comprised of an all-volunteer board here in the U.S., so your donations go directly to Kenya for the support of these young ones. We are grateful and thankful for Jesus Christ, Our Savior, for centering and driving this ministry as we celebrate 13 years of watching these orphans grow into the thriving young adults they are! Visit us at https://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org/how-to-help to see how you can dial-in and take part in various ongoing support programs.
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Today is World Orphans Day (November 10, 2019). As we come together as God’s family to care for those in need, let’s pray for safety, health and general welfare for our world’s orphans. Life for Children Ministry has been on the ground for a little over a decade now finding extended relatives of children who have lost both their parents primarily from the AIDS pandemic in western Kenya. In addition to prayer we are registered with Amazon Smile as a genuine partner. Shop on Amazon Smile and a percentage of your sale goes to help your friends in need. Go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose Life For Children Ministry as your charity of choice (located under the Amazon search bar).
It is that time of the year when people are starting to have a feeling of Christmas. Many have started planning for Christmas holiday, some will be traveling for vocation while majority will be looking forward to joining families on Christmas day. A day for exchanging gifts, sharing a meal and thanking God for watching over us through the year, but beyond all, a day to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.
Picture this, there are families out there that would have wanted to have a family gathering, food on the dinner table on Christmas day but would not. Not because they don’t want but because they can’t afford food on that day. They can’t buy beef or chicken to share with a family. Because of this http://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org has been partnering with friends, churches and individuals that would like to share a meal with families on Christmas day. With $ 20 you can bring great joy and happiness to a family of 10 people on Christmas day. They can have food, share a prayer and invite neighbors to share a meal with them. Its a great joy and expectation of every home in Africa.
With your support in the past, we have been able to buy a bull for beef, cooking oil, flower, vegetable, soap and anything else we can afford for such needy families. Please consider sharing a meal on Christmas day with a family in Kenya. you can make this possible though our website at https://www.lifeforchildrenministry.org/meals2019
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St James UMC missionary team builds a new home for Alphons (2nd from right) and his guardian (3rd from right) to fulfill a dream despite challenges he faced early in his life.
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.
More wheelbarrows of mud to finish walls
Putting the finishing touches on the roof
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”.
As with any ministry, transportation is key for proper management of resources. From food distribution to emergency medical trips, a good reliable piece of transportation is extremely important to handle the rough terrain and weather conditions.
7 years ago we had the good fortune to partner with Rotary International to procure our first key vehicle. A van that has served us so well with 4 wheel drive to navigate the washed-out roads when the rainy season begins. Currently, the van is used to transport children to school, mobilize staff and short term mission members to the field, help with fellowship and many other operational duties. We are now coming to the point where a replacement is quickly needed as more plans are taking shape for an increase in the number of children, visiting mission teams and an ever-growing list of requirements for multiple programs.
The cost is $30k USD. Not a trivial request, but we are amazed at how God guides and unites others for His purpose in the kingdom. He has been ever faithful in providing the necessary tools to serve the needs of the many. We also ask for your prayer to provide a reliable transport for our needs.
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Thanks again for your prayers, kind thoughts and support. Many Blessings!
Please take a few minutes to look at our new website (see link below) for the Street Kids Ministry and the new video which is linked on the home page. The video highlights the multitude of the needs of thousands of children in Kisumu.
Since we started the Street Kids feeding and worship service about 4 years ago, and Pastor Tonny joined our ministry shortly after, it has become evident that:
- We cannot find sponsors fast enough to help the thousands of kids on the streets.
- As the numbers of boys on the streets increase, the limited resources available in Kisumu cannot begin to even scratch the surface.
Two years ago we developed a long range plan to implement strategies we believe will make a difference in the lives of these children. Of course these initiatives will require more funding. In order to begin raising new funds, without impacting our primary goals of supporting orphans (which now stands at over 220 children) we designed a separate website for communicating the ministry’s needs and plans.
As most of you know, God truly does work in mysterious ways. Within a month of making this decision about the web site we were contacted, right out of the blue, by a web site developer on the west coast, offering her services, free of charge, if we ever needed something. Libby Fisher has been a real God send and you can see her handiwork at the link below. Her website is www.TheLibzter.com if you ever need this type of work.
As friends and supporters of Life For Children Ministry, we request your help in spreading the word about the urgent needs of the children on the streets of Kisumu.
Please use Facebook and other social media to let others know about the needs on the other side of the world. These children had no choice about where they were born. We do have a choice about what we do about their critical situation.
Consider supporting a child this year and directly make a difference in their life.
A few pictures of orphans ready for your help.
Food production has continued to have many challenges in the eastern region of Africa. Area famine statistics are approaching epic proportions. Life For Children Ministry has put into motion needed resources to help, and asks you to kindly stand by us to help with this effort. Thank you for all your prayers and support.
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