Mission of the Month

Child Sponsorship - MOHI

Connecting people to Jesus by caring for the world's most vulnerable children. 

Stop by the Cafe any time this month to read up and learn more about the May mission of the month spotlight - child sponsorship! We're specifically highlighting the ways The Creek supports Missions of Hope International (MOHI) in Kenya and the way you can radically change a vulnerable child's life for the better through sponsorship.

Because of your generosity, 408 children (and counting!) at our partner school in Kenya were sponsored on Sunday, May 5! Interested in becoming a child sponsor? It's not too late! Pick up a physical sponsorship form anytime in the month of May to learn more and help us reach out goal of 433 sponsored students. 

Read more below to gain a better understanding of Kenya and learn ways you can get involved.  

Stories

Often referred to as the “Hakuna Matata” or “No Worries” nation, don’t let the simple phrase mislead you. While it’s true, the people of Kenya are warm and friendly, Kenya is a complex nation with a rich history, a deep culture, and much to discover and appreciate.

Kenya is located in the Eastern part of Africa, straddles the equator and neighbors Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean.

Slightly smaller than the US state of Texas, this beautiful country offers a wide variety of breathtaking landscapes including snow-capped mountains, deserts, lakes, lush forests, great valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, plains, hot springs, and geysers.

Kenya's climate varies from tropical and temperate to arid and rainy.

Kenya is home to approximately 52 million people who are split into 42 tribes, each with unique culture, language, and traditions.

Swahili is used as the national language while British English is the official language of instruction; this makes most Kenyans trilingual with an ability to communicate in English, Swahili, and their ethnic dialect.

While Kenya has made great strides toward democracy, a history of colonization has not made the process easy.

Colonization began in the eighth century when Arab and Persian settlements sprouted up along the coast. This Arab dominance on the coast was eclipsed by the arrival of the Portuguese in 1498, who later gave way to Islamic control, under the Imam of Oman, in the 1600s.

Later, the United Kingdom began colonization in 1885 when the European powers first partitioned East Africa into spheres of influence. In 1895, the U.K. Government established the East African Protectorate.

Learn more about this beautiful nation and its history by visiting MOHI's blog

Peter Onyango - a student in one of MOHI’s Korogocho school’s- was part of the group that spent two weeks at the Angaza Discovery Camp in early March.

As the mentor assigned to Peter when he came to camp, I noticed that he was withdrawn and even antisocial. We continued with camp activities as I tried my best to draw him out.

I thank God because, on day three, he approached me at the gazebo and said: “Simon, I have a stuttering problem and as a result, I spend a lot of time alone.”

This helped me realize that the boy was not antisocial, rather it was his condition that made him isolate himself. We then spent time looking at the Bible to see what God says about all of us as His children regardless of our disorders.

I also reminded Peter that despite Moses having a stutter, God chose to use him and he became the greatest prophet of the Jewish nation.

After that brief exchange, Peter seemed to have discovered himself and from that day henceforth we got to meet the real Peter.

Something else which stood out about this camper is the way he was receptive to the Word of God. At chapel time, he would concentrate keenly and he would participate actively during the morning and evening small group discussions. Peter would also meditate on Scripture during the daily morning quiet times and he would recite them during our nighttime devotions. 

Indeed, the seed of the Word of God fell on ‘fertile soil’ because Peter converted what he was learning into action. He became a great motivator to his fellow campers, encouraging them towards achieving the given group tasks.

Kenya is a beautiful country. Rich in heritage, history, culture, landscapes, and wildlife. Unfortunately, it’s also a country that struggles with poverty.

Although Kenya's economy is the largest and most developed in East and Central Africa, there is a large gap between the rich and poor. The top 10% of the country controls 40% of the wealth and over one-third of the country lives below the international poverty line. Many in this category end up living in sprawling urban slums - like Mathare - which are perhaps the greatest visual indicator of poverty in Kenya.

In these disadvantaged communities, many people live on less than $2 a day and spend much of their effort trying to find jobs to earn money for basic needs. Households are often run by single mothers who - in addition to their own children - often care for children of deceased relatives or other orphans who have no place to live.

Homes usually consist of 10x10 dirt floor shanties made from tin, wood, cardboard and mud, with no electricity or running water. As a result, sewage and waste flow openly through the streets, causing pollution, disease and an appalling smell.

A high crime rate, routine drug use to mask hunger pains, street kids with no opportunity for a way out, gender-based violence and children sold into prostitution are all common in these informal settlements. 

Access to quality education and steady employment is extremely limited and only a small percentage of people complete their primary education or pursue higher education.

In the last 25 years, the population of Kenya has doubled to over 50 million people. Experts project that number to grow even faster, with as many as 3,000 new babies being born each day, putting a strain on the already limited resources.

Despite job creation efforts, the job market is struggling to keep pace with the growing population. And, of the opportunities that are available, many are often low paying.

Poverty is the thief that robs people of their basic needs— food, clean water, sanitation, healthcare, and education. It destroys hope, purpose, and self-worth; infecting hearts with isolation, apathy, dependency, disconnection, and addiction. Poverty is life fallen short of God’s intent, fracturing relationships with self, others, and the Creator Himself.

While these issues are not easily solved, we are called to bring the light of Jesus to all people. We are to teach them about the Word of God and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Going to Nairobi was a privilege. Having the opportunity to go to the other side of the world and connect with people is something I will always be grateful for. The first couple days of our trip everything seems so glaringly different…. Especially walking through the slum and seeing inside of people’s homes. The smells are different, the food is different, the language, the economy, the trash system, the animals, everything. But by the end of the trip those differences don’t seem as vivid, what stands out is our similarities. No matter which corner of the earth we are on and what our living conditions are, we connect through love and joy and hope. We have the same creator and Father who made us and loves us. Going to Kenya, laughing, dancing, smiling, playing, and eating with those people was pure joy. 

When I came home things looked a little different than before I left. Things that were glaring to me that needed to be different had faded. The goodness in my life seemed more vivid. After experiencing the joy there…I wanted to soak up the love, joy, and hope here that our Father pours out throughout the world.