Connected in Christ: Kenya

A series about the transformational power of Christ around the world.

Although they’re part of diverse cultures and different contexts, all of our homes have one thing in common. They each strive to transform the lives of children with the love of Christ. Our aim is that the children of our homes will become committed Christians who take responsibility for their lives, their communities, and their world.

Nairobi, Kenya is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with about 3.4 million people in 269 square miles. The overcrowding undoubtedly adds to the already existing problems of poverty, abuse, and child labor. This makes growing up in Nairobi tough, even if you do have both of your parents. Most children feel pressured to drop out of school in hopes of earning money.

Many of the children in Nairobi are often abused, neglected or even worse abandoned.

David and Alice Hinga answered the call to try to feed, educate, and care for hundreds of children in Nairobi by opening Hope for the Children. 260 boys and girls call this home and another 168 children are served in their schooling and feeding programs. The school plays an essential part in the community because it is also a tool used to increase awareness about clean hygiene. They also use their relationship with the community to teach about Jesus Christ

Many of the children suffered abuse and traumas before they came to Hope for the Children. Some aren’t used to having a house parent, being in school and may have behavioral issues. That was the case with Dennis Thuo 3 years ago. Dennis had serious behavior problems and was among 3 others who arranged for a school riot in October 2013. Thankfully their plan was found out and the riot didn’t take place. But what were they to do with Dennis?
They knew that he came from a broken family and was cared for by his aging grandfather. Even after establishing his key role in the riot, the school chose to forgive and rehabilitate him. The counselor, pastor and school management all worked together to help Dennis.

A year later Dennis would give his heart to the Lord because of the compassion and mercy that was shown at Hope for the Children.

He learned first hand about the patient love of Jesus Christ from the examples that were set for him by the staff. Dennis is now in the 10th grade and a peer counselor. He also helps set a example for other members of the school by serving on the student government and being a committed member of the Christian union.

Although Dennis lost a year of school during his struggles with social problems, this has paid off for him. He is now one of the most dependable Christian students in the school.

“Every student, even the most difficult one is in our hands for a season and for a reason.”

Story by: Abigail Causey

Photos by: Mia Baker


Connected in Christ: The Philippines

A series on the transformational power of Christ around the world.

Horizon of Hope Village completed March of 2015

Horizon of Hope Village is located in Taytay, a suburb of Manila in the Philippines. Currently, the home only keeps about 5 children. In March of this year the home completed a construction project that has been almost 3 years in the making. The two story family unit will hold about 20 children and full time staff. The building has been inspected, approved, and licensed by the government. Now, the directors and staff (and all of us at Serving Orphans Worldwide) are anxiously awaiting the addition of more children! This has been a venture of faith for Janice and Donald Slaton, directors of Horizon of Hope Village. They raised the money as the construction was taking place and had faith that God would provide what they needed in order for the home to be completed. And guess what? He did!

 

 

 

 

 

“ We desire that every child who is placed in our care will know and be made aware that they are a personal creation of God, and that the Creator has a plan for their life! We are excited, but a little apprehensive at the same time as we begin a new phase of this journey, caring for these little ones. It was never God’s intent for families to be broken and children left without one.” — Janice Slaton

The first five children to call Horizon of Hope Village home!

The house mother, Veronica, has been a big help as the children adjust to their new home. Children wake up with her and sing songs that give praise to Jesus. Veronica is passionate about teaching the kids about who Jesus is and how he died on a cross for each one of them. After several weeks, one 7 year old boy started to understand how much Jesus loved him and asked Veronica how he could have Jesus live in his heart. Veronica then knelt down with the boy and locked hands as he repeated the sinners prayer for the first time. Veronica said, “he has been a changed boy every since he received Christ as his Savior”.

Veronica is more than a house mother, she is also a spiritual mother!

Although they’re part of diverse cultures and different contexts, all of our homes have one thing in common. They each strive to transform the lives of children with the love of Christ. Our aim is that the children of our homes will become committed Christians who take responsibility for their lives, their communities, and their world.

Story by : Abby Causey

Photos by : Mia Baker

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Story by : Abby Causey

Photos by : Mia Baker