Some of you know that my wife Mary and I were in Katukuri, a Turkana Community in N. W. Kenya, in late July of this year. We were visiting the school Hands Giving Hope started 3 1/2 yrs. ago. We were very excited to share with our teacher Joshua to the right of Mary and his assistant along with the rest of the community about a $9,000. donation we had received to go towards our goal of $20,000. for a school building. We were all very excited that were getting close to getting a school building for these children that have been taught under the tree’s for the last 3 1/2 yrs. it is with great sorrow that I share with you that in early September I received an email from pastor Danial that Joshua had died due to complications with Malaria. It’s very difficult to get medical attention in this far away place. We will miss our teacher very much as he loved these children and had a big impact on their lives. Please pray with us as we search for a another teacher that will be willing to come into this community and teach our children. Despite this setback we are believing we will reach our goal for a school house for these beautiful children. In the meantime Joshua’s assistant wii continue to do her best to teach our kids.
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You won’t want to miss our 11am service because Mechtilde Khabele is here from Kenya, sharing about her life and how God is using her to be the hands and feet of Jesus for the children in her community. Stick around for a fundraiser lunch afterwards as well! #nlcc_ok#kenyamissions#honor#serve#share
Placemats (set of 4) - $10
Apron - $15
Pillow- small $10, large $15
Makeup bag - $10
Wallet - $10
Gift bag - $10
Hobo bag - regular $15, large $20
Tote bag - $25
Shopping bag - $20
New fabrics coming!!!!! All donations go back into Crown of Beauty tuition for more ladies to complete the program!
I’m so EXCITED to announce that my goal of $3,000 for the Kenya Mission Trip has been reached!! I am humbled by all those who donated. Thank you all for your generosity and kindness. Your gift will be used to lift up the life of children and adults. Lots of blessings to you!
Our Kenya Team is off! They will be at Challenge Farm in Kitale, Kenya. They will hold Vacation Bible School for the children of the orphanage, rebuild a playground and start a roofing project. Please pray for our team for safe travels and a successful mission.
We continue with our time in the Maasai community in order:
1. After lugging 6 suitcases of our personal item's and gifts through customs in 2 countries, up to the Tukana’s and now to the Maasai’s our load has finally lessened. We brought many gifts to the Maasai people to give out at church, among them shirts, hats, hoodies and costume jewelry. The women and men as well loved the jewelry.
2. These kids loved these warm what whatever you call them
3. Mary and I with pastor Sam his wife Tabatha and church leaders. Because of a generous donation from a HGH partner, we were able to help pastor Sam build his church
4. After church on our way back to camp
We arrived at our next destination and here's the beginning of our time:
1. We arrived at Maasai Mara tent camp where Mary and I will spend 3 days
2. Behind is the dining area
3. Mary with our security guard
4. After a night of not so good sleep we left our camp for pastor Sam’s church on our way we stopped at a Maasai community. To get to the church there are 3 river crossings. Because of a lack of rain the rivers were low and we were able to take a car, normally it is much more treturous.
After working with the Turkana’s in Katukuri we returned to Nairobi for 1 night and then we were off to Maasai Mara where we work with pastor Sam and the Maasai people. On our way we stopped at an outlook of the Rift Valley where we found a couple new friends (pic 3). #HGH#handsgivinghope#kenyamissions#missionarystories
Continuation from our previous post, here's what we've been up to in order.
1. Mary with our teachers in front of Joshua’s (left) home
2. Mary giving shoes and a shirt to our school cook
3. Mary sharing with the Turkana community
4. We brought donated jewelry to give to the Turkana ladies and hats and shirts for the men
5. We brought corn and beans to give to the community.
6. Mary and I with the chief and assistant chief Katukuri. Pastor Daniel in front
7. Leaving Lodwar on our way back to Nairobi
We arrived at Katukuri and went to the school first where Mary found a bunch of new friends. We brought simple uniforms for the school kids and they loved them! Some were a little big but that didn’t bother them. Their community graciously welcomed us into their family. We count it all joy to be His hands and feet!
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On our way from Lodwar to Katukuri we passed by this school house. This is the size of school we are trying to build. We have $9,000 towards our $20,000 goal. Almost half way there.😃
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I’m so excited about this one! What a great question to ask ourselves daily, in any situation. Laying down our personal agenda for a much greater one is a daily choice. Trading our own comforts for God's plan is not easy. But it is our calling, and always worth it.
The biggest example I've seen of this in my life is mom. Every year she sets aside modern comforts to share the gospel and personify love to people around the world. Most recently, she has an opportunity to respond to a last minute need at a missions conference in Kenya. While most would think it out of the question to travel around the globe at the drop of a hat, I admire that my mom put her yes on the table and is making preparations to leave at the end of July. Proceeds from this 8x10 print will go towards funding this trip. Grab yours in the shop! (Link in bio)
In 17 days I will be traveling to Kenya to serve at the Happy Life Children’s Home! I have a bit more fundraising to do to make my goal. If you would like to partner with me on this trip, any donation is appreciated! Please also be praying for my team and Happy Life! (Link in bio)
This is everything.
When a family member decides to be a missionary to spread the gospel message and serve others..., it is a sacrifice to say goodbye for two years.
This cute little nephew was born after my brother moved his family to Kenya. My first time meeting him tonight was full of sweetness.
Thankfully, JoeAllen & Glenda are home for 6 weeks for some R & R before heading back to the mission field. The next weeks will be full of quality family time and making up for lost time of being a real life Auntie to these special people.
$10 for #Kenyakids
Donate: www.smaaf.org/Kenya/ (link in bio)
We recently launched our non-profit org @smaaforg to continue the legacy of our parents in medical, educational and biblical missions in Africa.
We are supporting a mission project in Kenya and are collecting donations for students for school supplies and other resources. 🇰🇪
Missionaries will be traveling from South Africa to Kenya in a couple of weeks to bring resources and spread the love of Jesus in the area.
$10 can go a long way and we hope you would partner with us this week as we have to send our donations in next week.
Thanks in advance for your contribution!
Yesterday we hosted a very special visitor in the office. Fr. Athanasios was in St. Augustine for a very short trip, and today is headed back to Kenya. While here, he stressed the imporance of Orthodox Missions in small villages like Kisumu, and the impact knowing Christ is having on growing the church of Kenya.
We still have teams available to Kisumu and Nairobi. If Christ has put it in your heart to support Orthodox Missions, or join a short-term mission team to do the work of our lord, please contact OCMC for more information!
Be a part of a life changing youth mentorship program at the St. Clement School in Nairobi, Kenya, this November 28 - December 8, 2018. "I really don't have the words to express what this experience was like for me yet. I do know that I often find myself in tears just remembering our team experience, His Eminence and his gracious hospitality and all those wonderful people we met, worked along with and encountered during our journey to the eastern Kenya. I do know that I left my heart there and the experience will impact my life at home and church forever. I pray that I will be able to understand missions better and execute what it means to be a true missionary at home and God willing, participate in another OCMC missions trip in the future." - Elayne Goldman
Support Orthodox Missions and share in a journey of faith by contacting OCMC today! Have a great Friday everyone!
Congratuations to OCMC Missionary Dr. Bill Black on being ordained a subdeacon by His Grace Bishop Athanasios Akunda of the Diocese of Kisumu and Western Kenya.
Bill describes being a subdeacon as" A Subdeacon serves at the altar and helps the Bishop or presiding priest and deacon by facilitating the liturgy, making sure the censor or the candles are in the right hands, and that whatever is needed by the Bishop or priest is there at the right time. It requires being familiar with all aspects of the Liturgy, not just the Divine Liturgy, but Orthros and Vespers as well as other special services. While the subdiaconate is a minor order, the subdeacon is the head server, coordinating the other servers assisting with the service. For many becoming a subdeacon is a stepping stone for further service in the Church as a deacon and then a priest." If Christ has put it in your heart to join Bill through missionary service, we have spots open left on our short-term mission teams! Please fill out an application at www.ocmc.org, or contact us for more information.
🙏 For all my oil loving peeps, let's help my sweet friend, Madelyn Allovio, fund her mission to Kenya! If you've ever been on a mission trip of any kind, you understand the life changing experience she's going to have!🙏 Help us support Madelyn's Mission Trip to Kenya as she learns other cultures and cultivates relationships with the Kenyan people to expand her knowledge for future missions she feels God is calling her to, long-term. .
For every $10 donated toward her mission trip this summer in Kenya, you'll receive 1 raffle ticket for this, filled to the brim, basket!
LINK TO DONATE IS IN PROFILE!
Link to learn more about her trip
Worth over $500, this basket includes out of stock items like Roman Chamomile 😱 and RepelAroma 🙌, along with YL branded carrying case and diffuser bracelet. Below is a complete list of everything included:
Young Living Products:
15 ML Frankincense EO
15 ML Animal Scents Repel Aroma EO
5 ML Roman Chamomile
15 ML Clarity EO
15 ML Eucalyptus EO
5ML Tangerine EO
Ortho Sport Massage Oil
ART Moisturizer Samples
ART Chocolate Mask 2 Pack
Accessories: 👝🛍️👜 Young Living Branded Leather EO Carrying Case
YL Diffuser Bracelet
"Goal Digger" Coffee Mug ☕
Foaming Pump travel size
Superman lava bracelet
Silver plated dream bracelet
Rollerbottle Keychain Holder
🦄 Unicorn Diffuser Necklace
2 Nasal Inhalers
Empty jars and lip balms for DIY
DIY Custom Gifts:
Lavender Bath Salts
🍀 Lucky roller with spearmint, stress Away and lime EO
Reference Materials: 📚
Premium Starter Kit bottle labels (RC & Purification)
Everyday Oils Bookmark
Bath Soak Recipe Card
Bonus Reference Materials
Those living in remote parts of Kenya struggle with a lack of food, clean water, and electricity. Many parents face hopelessness as they try to provide for their children and pay off their expenses and debts.
Photos from Kisumu, Kenya. OCMC long-term missionary Bill Black returned to service in the Church of Kenya after a furlough, transferring from Nairobi to Kisumu. Dr. Black is the only long term missionary in Kenya, and is doing his best to set up parishes in the smaller villages around the area. In honor of Dr. Black, #teamstuesday is about the open spots that are available for OCMC short-term teams heading to Kenya. There are 4 teams available, and two are to Kisumu. If Christ has put it in your heart to answer the call for missionary service, please fill out an application on our website. Have a wonderful #HolyTuesday everyone as we celebrate the Bridegroom and prepare for #Pascha .
‼️TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SNAG A KENYA SHIRT‼️
This will probably be the last round of these!! So, tell your auntie, your cousin, and your granny! They’re only $20 local and $25 shipped AND they help us get to go on a missions trip to love on those sweet orphans!! THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us in this so far!! If you’d like one, comment the size and your email for me to send you an invoice to pay!
You can either share this post or tag your friends in the comments!! Thank you friends! Have a BLESSED Fri-YAY!! #kenya#kenyamissions
From @the_not_without_hope_project .... Happy International Women’s Day! It has been our joy and honor to serve the women of #Kenya since 2010. May 2018 be our best year yet as we see the completion of the vocational center & safe house in Thika, and expansion into Kitengela. 🙏🏻🙌🏻 #internationalwomensday#womensupportingwomen
Happy International Women’s Day! It has been our joy and honor to serve the women of #Kenya since 2010. May 2018 be our best year yet as we see the completion of the vocational center & safe house in Thika, and expansion into Kitengela. 🙏🏻🙌🏻 #internationalwomensday#womensupportingwomen
Today, one of our long term missionaries, Bill Black, returns to the field after taking some time off and becoming a grandfather! In honor of him landing safely in Kenya, we are dedicating our #teamstuesday to the Kenya Youth outreach team! There are three Kenyan teams in 2018, the first leaving in July to Nyeri, the second and third to Kisumu (where Dr. Black will be serving) and Nairobi leave in November. Make a difference to youths of these provinces while serving the church! To fill out an application, please visit https://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx
Thanks be to those who serve and support missionaries, and have a blessed Tuesday everyone!
‼️PLEASE SHARE‼️ Once all of the invoices are paid, we will have almost 100 shirts sold! I want to give a BIG thank you to those that are standing behind us and this missions trip to Kenya!! If you have an invoice that hasn’t been paid, please do so as soon as you can so we can get these shirts made!🤗 If you would like to simply donate, you may send your donation through PayPal at Kenyafeelit@yahoo.com. If you would like to mail a check, please private message me and I will send you my address or the address to the church! ANY size donation helps!! If you can’t donate or get a shirt, that’s ok! Please share this photo and help me reach those on your friends list that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach!
We still have a LONG way to go, but I know that God will provide! Thank you for your giving hearts!! It means so much!
We received pics from the Christmas fellowship meal. If you’ll recall you donated not only to the women and children in our program, but their families as well. We are so pleased to share that we had enough funds to also provide for the entire church!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻 Read P/Jared’s sweet words below... •••••• “Wanted to say that I have never experienced such a wonderful moment when the whole congregation share a meal together, what a church, what a people and what a paradise oh my God physically you missed it though spiritually I know you were all present with us here, God bless you Julie and do you good, praying....I lead the church in voicing you all in prayers and was wonderful what the Lord can do and we desire more and more of such and the like....as we ate the Christmas gift in the form of the meal cooked by our own ladies in the church, as they share happily together, the very words rang in my heart and for a short minute hide my face for tears began rolling down my cheeks as I could not help comprehend the love and plans of the Lord, in deep concentration I was and a bit of terrible thoughts engulf my heart and then in state of being overwhelmed I excused myself for the heat was too much for me to bear...with many an answered questions I blessed the Lord for all that only Him can do!!!!!!! Bless the Lord o my soul and forget not His goodness for indeed we shall live and count His blessings one by one. How I pray He guides you always and forever.”
141 days until I make the long flights back to be with these sweet, beautiful children. I cannot wait to see them again, but I still have quite a bit of fundraising to do before my team leaves. If you would, please consider donating financially to my trip through the link in my bio. This community means so much to me and it’s only though donations and prayers that this trip can happen. Thank you all for your support and love! ❤️🌍
Our school fees for the first term of 2018 are FULLY FUNDED thanks to you!!! All of our kids will be going to school this month and they can’t wait! We can’t thank you enough for helping out with our Christmas sponsorship. Join us in celebrating what God has done! 🎉🎉🎉
Our Missions Pastor Ed Beneda and the Walking With Jesus Ministry Team. At their monthly Meet the Missionaries meeting, Sister Ruth Deam from Kenya shared her God story. Ruth ministers to African women and helps with the Firefighters for Christ ministry to pastors in Africa. Ruth’s husband Rick was called home to heaven 5 years ago. He taught at the Bible college and hosted a radio program in Kenya. Ruth is also a talented artisan who creates and sells beautiful hand made crafts to support her family. Please remember Ruth, her family and her ministry in your prayers!
Today is Orphan Sunday! Join Shepherd’s Heart International as we seek to rescue orphans in Kenya through child sponsorship, reuniting them with their families, and teaching them about Jesus. Will you help impact a child’s life? Learn more through the link in our bio.