|Kenya and Rwanda are two different worlds. Kenya is dirty and not very often do you see something beautiful to look at. Rwanda, on the other hand, is extremely clean and very beautiful. Everywhere you look there are lush green crops, trees, and foliage.|
|Today we drove quite a distance in rural areas to the Buhoro location and I loved seeing the countryside. It’s the land of 1000 hills, and every hill has a thousand goats. Ok, maybe not a thousand but I definitely saw more goats today than ever in my life. There are always people on the sides of the road and the children break into big grins when you wave at them.|
|We began the day at one of the Home of Hope homes where I met my grandmother’s sponsor child Blessing, and my mom’s sponsor child Obedi. Taking a|
Melanie Mitchell went on a mission trip with Home of Hope in December 2013. She emailed people back home with her experiences. We have compiled these emails into 4 part articles. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
I have left one world behind and entered another. I’ve been in Nairobi for about 26 hours and I feel inadequate to even try to put into words what that has been like. We began the day at the construction site for the new Dream Centre that will be able to hold up to 200 babies when it is completed. From there we went to the Dream Centre with the littlest babies, up to 2 years old. The children there are adorable and they crowded around the door of the car as soon as we arrived, and one by one held out their little hands to shake my hand. While we were there I heard some of their stories and saw pictures from when they were rescued.
|One of the stories was about Jadon, who was hours away from death when they found|
Ejidiah Wangare was born into a family of seven, her parents separated when she was young marking the beginning of her hard life. She admits that the tough situation at home caused her to run away from home in order to find satisfaction elsewhere. At 17 years old, she joined a group of ladies who lived in prostitution. This became the way of life for Ejidiah, and since she had no other means to survive, she sold herself to men who paid her a small amount of money just to buy enough food for the day. Ejidiah recounts to us with pain and shame how the situation would compel them to sleep with even more than one man in order to earn enough to pay their bills. Sometimes the women would be arrested by the city officials who further abused them, raped them and stole their money. She claims that some of them would force them to undress and walk naked in the street for everyone to know they are prostitutes. Even though all this would happen to them, this was their only way to survive and they continued to do what they knew. One night, Ejidiah recalls a certain
**WARNING – KLEENEX MAY BE NEEDED** Growing up in the Korogocho, Kenya slums, Maurine was a happy little girl just like any child. This all changed when her father left when she was just a young teenager. She remembers clearly the anger she felt at being abandoned, and the subsequent poverty that followed. Maurine still cannot believe that her real father could not just abandon them like that. In our interview, she explains how she grew up with bitterness. This would often lead to anger that could eventually manifest in very destructive ways, tainting her views of men, money and sex. The hurt of being abandoned and the fact that they had to continually struggle for their basic needs subconsciously influenced many of her bad decisions. She found herself depending on men, selling her body to them for a small exchange of cash or even sometimes food, an act she was introduced by her peer group in the slum. She began engaging into casual sex with men, she was desperate, confused, and empty. This lasted a full 2 years. Maurine narrates how she never found satisfaction in sex but it was a means to survive. “I just needed the
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|Mariam was a Muslim and a prostitute. Her cycle of sexual abuse began at the age of 14 when she was abandoned by her single mom. She was taken in by a woman where she worked as a maid. It is in this house that Mariam was first raped. In my interview with Mariam she explains: “I was too frightened to tell anyone what had happened and held everything inside for years. At that time, I did not realize how devastating that event was to become in my life, leading to a succession of problems emotionally and spiritually. Eventually, the things that were hidden deep within me escalated into a dual addiction of alcohol and prostitution.”|
Soon Mariam moved out of that house and went to stay with a group of other ladies that were deep in prostitution life. It was during that time that she became involved with any kind of men that approached her for sex and paid her small amounts of money that she used to buy food. Her addictions to drugs and alcohol had increased
Article by: Mark Weber (Red Deer Express) NEW EXPERIENCE – Dana Jones enjoys time with some children in Kenya during a recent mission trip to the country with Red Deer-based Home of Hope Ministries. Jones taught some self-defense courses during the mission as well. A local peace officer has returned from a mission trip to Africa with a renewed sense of how one’s life can make a profound difference. Dana Jones, a community peace officer with the Town of Penhold, recently returned from a two-week trip with the Red Deer-based Home Church (formerly Word of Life) to various projects connected to the church’s Home of Hope ministries. The trip took the team to both Kenya and Rwanda, with a four-day stint in Kenya’s poverty-wracked capital of Nairobi. Pastor Brian Thomson, who led the group, said there are some 26 slums throughout the city and surrounding area where many are forced to go and search for food everyday. “Everyday was similar – we would feed hundreds of children and ask the pastor of the local area to find the 10 most desperate kids in the area within a
The Feeding Project is one of the many ways that Home of Hope is helping desperate children. Most of the locations are being sponsored $320 each month, which feeds at least 400 children a month. This project is changing the lives of thousands of children. It is a source of hope for them and many will walk for miles each week, even risking their lives for the hot meal.
|This extremely malnourished girl walks for miles to get to the feeding program. At her age, walking for hours is dangerous because there are many kidnappers in the area and she has been attacked twice. Two local people now walk with her to ensure that she gets to and from the feeding program safely.|
|This is Matthew, he is 2 years old and lives with his father. His mother was murdered after being raped. Their life is very hard but they are now attending the nearby church and Matthew loves the Feeding Program!|
|Esther is almost|
SAMUEL IMARA DAUDI: Samuel was thrown away like garbage in the dump – in a bag. His umbilical cord was still attached! Locals passing by notified the police when they heard the cries. The police then contacted the Dream Centre to pick up the baby at the hospital where he spent a night under supervision. Now, he is healthy and doing good. He is now 2 years and 4 months old and he weighs 26.lbs. It is hard to imagine him as the boy who came to the centre about 2 hours old and very fragile. He has a good appetite and is very interactive with other kids.
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JOSHUA PATRICK BARAKA: In January of 2013, a woman asked a fellow Word of Life church member to hold her son while she went to make a phone call. She never came back. The pastor of the campus waited for 3 hours waiting to see if the mother would return. With there being no hope of the mother’s return, the pastor went to
NEW BUILDING FOR KARIOBANGI, KENYA! Children in the slums of Korogocho (near Kariobangi, Kenya) are sponsored and have a future because of generous people in Canada. But, one thing that Home of Hope strives to do is not to just give money to the poor, but to teach the poor how to make money for themselves! With many teams going up each year, a large focus is on business and financial training for adults. The Kariobangi campus has shown great results from simply managing money and relying on God instead of the Canadians. As George, the Word of Life Kariobangi Pastor said, “I want to thank you for your continual training on how we can do it on our own without depending on Canadians… For pastors who are trying and might be overwhelmed, my belief is if we can come together in prayer,… we can see our campuses succeed and gather in better places.” It is so awesome to see a campus come together with a common goal and succeed. Pastor George referred to this project as a ‘massive mountain’ because the majority of their church comes from the slums and extreme poverty. But this did not stop them!
Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye – Ponoka News After 11 years the Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast continues as a tradition of prayer and fellowship. Representatives and churches came to pray April 6 at the Kinsmen Community Centre, for leader Mayor Larry Henkelman’s, Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, who was in attendance, and Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Rod Fox. Calkins thanked everyone for coming and was grateful for their support. “I’ll need your prayers and your support and your guidance.” Mayor Henkelman feels these prayer breakfasts would not be possible without the work of the Ponoka Ministerial Association. “Ponoka is a better place to live because of the ministerial association.” He also introduced guest speaker Pastor Brian Thomson and a program called Home of Hope. “They’re looking after almost the population of Ponoka.” Attendees had the chance to hear how Thomson’s group, which helps impoverished women and children in Third World countries, has made changes around the globe. These Homes of Hope in Rwanda, India, Kenya and the Congo are orphanages for children. They are helping 4,000 children with a goal of 10,000. “Rwanda is the number 1 place in the world of children raising children.” Many of them do not have a home, were born with AIDS