Since our first visit to Kenya in 1980 we have met and come to love the pastors of Kenyan Churches. But it was Pastor Robert Mutambi whom the Lord first laid on our hearts to help. He and his family were living in extreme poverty in the Mathari Valley outside Nairobi. During a short three days of ministry in the area the Lord gathered together a small congregation of newly converted and more experienced Christians, lifted up Robert to pastor and provided a public place for them to meet. Since then, that one fellowship has become many throughout the area. Robert and his wife Dina were faithfully serving there till here death in October of 2006. Since then Robert has continued with this ministry called African Gospel Evangelization (A.G.E.). A children's Christian School from Kindergarten through 8th grade has been established as well as a vocational school teaching tailoring and carpentry for adults. From having nothing in 1980, Robert has become a bishop with many pastors and churches serving together with him in Kenya.
The Shangilia Kenyan Orphanage is another of the Kenyan ministries which we support on a regular basis. Kefa Kadenge and his wife, Lonika, founded the Rehema Day Care Centre over a decade ago and work in conjunction with the Shangilia Orphanage Home to provide shelter, food, clothing, schooling and guidance for hundreds of orphans whose parents have died because of the AIDS pandemic in that country.
In Northern England, Lisl vonSchweinitz works tirelessly in the Lord's vineyard. She came to the Lord in the early 1970s during the Jesus People Movement here in Tucson. She has worked in Germany with Youth With A Mission and she has lived in northern England for nearly 20 years where her ministry of counseling and preaching is appreciated by many Churches. We channel the funds for her Stateside supporters.
Home Ministry can easily be overlooked. It is sometimes easier to share the Lord overseas than with family and neighbors at home. Jim and Barbe have been involved in many home meetings in Tucson. They are both active leaders in Grace to the Nations, their home Church which they helped to pioneer in the early 1970s. They are leaders in home groups, have ministered in the Pima County Jail Ministry, city wide Christian celebrations of Easter and World Missions. a local Prayer House, Mayor's prayer Breakfasts and many other community gatherings.