Out of the Slums


Widows and children we’d like to help move to a safer and more sanitary location

Many of you who have followed this blog over the past few years know well the need in Kenya thathas been exacerbated by the tribal violence of the disputed elections in 2007. We have an opportunity to help move an orphanage full of children, some of them pictured above, onto an available piece of land that can be refurbished to help meet this need. We have been working with them over the past month to see what solution God might have in mind. Originally they wanted to build a pristine orphanage on 10 acres, but the costs were extremely high.

We encouraged them not to see this move as a permanent solution for these children. God did not make children to be raised by institutions, but to become part of a family. We wanted them to think of this move only as transitional—to care for them until God can work out a way for them to be with an extended family member, or even to be adopted into the home of a believing family in Kenya. It has been a remarkable journey praying with them and helping them think through all of this.

They have now found a one-acre piece of land with some buildings already on it than can be refurbished to help provide a place in the short-term for them to live away from the unsanitary conditions of the slum they are in. The cost of buying the land, refurbishing the buildings, and providing for the staff for two years comes to about $85,000.00. Yes, that is a lot of money and I don’t have a clue if we know enough people who can pull that off, but we do feel led by God to provide a conduit here for people he moves to give to see what we can do.

The most immediate need is to buy the land while it is still available. That cost if $49,000.00 and we need to see if that can be provided soon. To renovate the existing buildings and to build a couple of others as well as to supply them with furnishings will cost an additional $20,000.00. We are also hopeful to provide expenses for the staff, which is $1,000 per month for 24 months. After that the Kenyans will take over the ongoing expenses of this facility as needed. The total to get them moved and cared for is $93,000 and will also provide much-needed jobs for people there in the construction and ongoing care.


Where they live now


The property currently for sale, that we can give to them as a place to live.

We’re going to see if there are enough people out there that God would invite to help us cover these costs. The most immediate need is to buy the land while it is available, so that is our first goal. People have already been sending gifts large and small. One man from Europe just sent us almost $700.00. And to make this goal more attainable, someone has offered to match every gift sent in, up to $50,000.00. This means we only need help with half of the amount.

I am so blessed at the excitement so many people have had to help us share our bounty with these people. If you would like to be part of this to support these brothers and sisters and see the Gospel grow in this part of Africa, please see our Sharing With the World page at Lifestream. You can either donate with a credit card there, or you can mail a check to Lifestream Ministries • 1560-1 Newbury Rd #313 • Newbury Park, CA 91320. Or if you prefer, we can take your donation over the phone at (805) 498-7774.

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12 Comments
  1. Living Loved November 16, 2010 at 12:58 am

    This is awesome Wayne! I’ve posted the info and links on Face Book and the God Journey Forum. As soon as I’m able, a check will be mailed. I hope this will be within two or three weeks.

    Blessings,
    LL

  2. Living Loved November 16, 2010 at 3:58 am

    This is awesome Wayne! I’ve posted the info and links on Face Book and the God Journey Forum. As soon as I’m able, a check will be mailed. I hope this will be within two or three weeks.

    Blessings,
    LL

  3. Ricky Heinrich November 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Thanks guys for allowing us to be part of this work I am sending a check now and please keep following the Lord you guys are such a refreshing in the Kingdom of God.

  4. Ricky Heinrich November 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks guys for allowing us to be part of this work I am sending a check now and please keep following the Lord you guys are such a refreshing in the Kingdom of God.

  5. Mattg November 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for this opportunity! That looks like my back yard in the summer!

  6. Mattg November 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity! That looks like my back yard in the summer!

  7. kent November 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Having stood amongst those kids back in Feb. and being surrounded by the mud they live in everyday and no green to speak of to be seen or touched or to run and play in, and then to imagine them running and playing and even laying and resting in the green space of the new property is an image I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see actual photos of them living on this land.

  8. kent November 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Having stood amongst those kids back in Feb. and being surrounded by the mud they live in everyday and no green to speak of to be seen or touched or to run and play in, and then to imagine them running and playing and even laying and resting in the green space of the new property is an image I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see actual photos of them living on this land.

  9. Ralaine January 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Check is in the mail. Please continue to talk about this on The God Journey. I have wanted to make my donation the first time you mentioned it…. but I would forget. There is sure to be others, just like me, who need the loving reminder mentioned again. Keep telling of this amazing opportunity to love our brethren with our resources.

  10. Ralaine January 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Check is in the mail. Please continue to talk about this on The God Journey. I have wanted to make my donation the first time you mentioned it…. but I would forget. There is sure to be others, just like me, who need the loving reminder mentioned again. Keep telling of this amazing opportunity to love our brethren with our resources.

  11. Beverley Estes April 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I found The Shack while in Mozambique, Africa teaching. I was there 4 years and the 5th year in Ugamda and then in Kenya with malaria. I have read The Shack 10 times as this is the God that I have known and walked and talked with sense the age of 5 when I ask Him to be my friend. I am just now finding other books that you have written.
    I am writing a book too. It will be about my relationship with the Lord.
    Thank you for also showing the Body of Christ what it is to be in relationship.
    Blessings
    Beverley

  12. Beverley Estes April 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I found The Shack while in Mozambique, Africa teaching. I was there 4 years and the 5th year in Ugamda and then in Kenya with malaria. I have read The Shack 10 times as this is the God that I have known and walked and talked with sense the age of 5 when I ask Him to be my friend. I am just now finding other books that you have written.
    I am writing a book too. It will be about my relationship with the Lord.
    Thank you for also showing the Body of Christ what it is to be in relationship.
    Blessings
    Beverley

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