Friday, March 4, 2011

Pastor's Perspective - Real Help & Real Hope

Five years ago our congregation helped create a non-profit outreach ministry (Operation Orphans International) to begin a daily feeding program for the approximately 250+ HIV/AIDS orphans attending the Shisasari Primary School in Kakamega, Kenya. During the years we have been blessed to expand feeding the orphans twice daily to give them the best opportunity to survive and acquire an education. Likewise a few months ago we helped raise the funds necessary to create a fresh water protection project near the school to reduce the water-borne diseases these children and this entire community are experiencing.

This summer I will be personally traveling to Kenya for a variety of very exciting opportunities. These include: inspecting & dedicating the spring water project; conducting hygiene training; refurbishing & building classrooms; medical outreach (we’re taking two RNs from FCC); open-air crusades; vacation bible school & dramas; distribution of Bibles; regional soccer tournament to promote goodwill; pastoral house visits; distributing new dresses & shorts to our orphans our FCC ladies are currently making; pastoral training, and more. My role specifically will be to investigate the possibility of planting a church in the community, encouraging local pastors, preaching in public venues in the region, and touching as many people as possible in twelve days with the Gospel of peace.

If my blog or ministry has in any way been a blessing to you, would you prayerfully consider helping me in a couple of ways?

First, you can directly help my team and I by praying for us, that we might make a bright Kingdom difference in this region of eastern Africa. We are expecting a lot of spiritual warfare, so your intercession is an immeasurable and appreciated blessing!

Second, you can directly help us financially. We need donations for medical supplies, a 1,000 bibles in Swahili, and audio equipment and other supplies to conduct several outdoor evangelistic worship/preaching services. If you can help me, please make your check payable to: First Christian Church. It is important to write in the ‘memo’ section: Missions Team/Steve Kiefer (Kenya). Our mailing address is: First Christian Church, Attn: Missions Team, 199 Marina Blvd, Suisun City, CA 94585. All donations are tax-deductible.

Allow me to thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart for helping us bring real help and real hope to ‘the least of these’ in Kenya! I look forward to reporting back to you upon my return of all that will be accomplished for Christ’s glory.

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