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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