Pastor Richard Makani and his wife Hellen are Kenyan nationals, supported since 2004 by The Ascent Church. While planting a church in Kitale, they came across the Kipsongo Slum (“The Place of Hopelessness”) and felt compelled to help. Out of their meager personal budget and in obedience to God’s leading, they sacrificed one meal a week to feed as many of the orphans from the slum that they could manage. From this simple step of faith in 2002, Seeds Ministry was born.
The Kipsongo Slum is a very impoverished, overcrowded and dangerous area with over 7000 adults, children and widows scavenging for existence next to the town dump. Many homes are made of mud or simply branches with plastic bags, and no running water. This area truly seems to be a place of “No Hope.” With such a need, the Makani’s began to dream of a home for orphans, a school, and a feeding station to meet their daily needs. By God’s grace, those dreams are coming true.
Today, Seeds Academy and the Bread of Life Feeding Center are located a 1/4 mile from the slum, in walking distance for the kids. They provide an education for 500 kids, ages 3 years old through grade 8. The feeding station provides the students, plus an additional 36 kids, with 2 meals a day, 6 days a week. Seeds Academy High School is currently under construction, with the first class enrolled now. Nearby, God’s Widows Home offers widows sanctuary from the slum.
Five miles outside of town, on fertile farmland is the Seeds Children’s Home Orphanage and Farm. The orphanage houses 230 children from babies to 18 years of age. The 15-acre farm provides food and funding for the orphanage with its various micro-industries such as cows, a fishery, greenhouses and various crops. A newly purchased tractor with implements also provides additional income for the ministry. Our church helped provide a woodshop onsite which teaches vocational skills and provides needed furniture for the orphanage and schools.
Evangelism and church planting are another key aspect of their ministry. Christ Life Church (a tent church), is located in the center of town, and holds noon services daily. Mt. Elgon Bible Training Center, located 1 ½ hours away, provides Bible training for Pastors who minister in rural areas. These Pastors will often walk 5-20 miles each way, for training.
They live out their faith daily and impact their community as they proclaim Christ, make disciples, and apply James 1:27. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and
faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
SEEDS MINISTRY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact: Christy Vermeer & Faye Gebhardt - Kenya@theascentchurch.com
Capital Campaign Projects
Seeds Academy High School
Construction is continuing on the new High School. The first class is enrolled now and the classrooms and dining hall are nearing completion. Future plans include more classrooms, an Administration building, as well as a boarding house facility for additional students.
Current Sponsorship Opportunities
Seeds Children’s Home rescues children out of the dangerous and impoverished Kipsongo Slum and provides safe & secure housing, healthy food, clothing, high quality education, healthcare and Christ centered spiritual development. Sponsorship is $125 per month and is administered through Mighty Acorn Foundation: www.mightyacornfoundation.org.
Sponsorship Programs in Development
Seeds Academy Classroom Sponsorship:
The academy provides excellent education but has limited resources to purchase simple classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, notebooks, crayons, and educational support materials. A classroom sponsorship program is being developed to allow sponsors to connect with a specific classroom and provide these much needed supplies.
Seeds Academy Teacher Sponsorship:
The teachers of Seeds Academy are dedicated, Christ-loving servants who work tirelessly to educate the children. The target salary is $180 per month and because of varying needs of the ministry, the average actual pay is about $80. A Teacher Sponsor program is in development to allow a group of sponsors to connect with a specific teacher and provide supplemental funding support for the teacher’s salary.
Woodshop and Woodshop Instructor Sponsor.
Providing supplies for the woodshop and having a full time instructor are key to keeping this valuable vocational opportunity moving forward. Working at the woodshop gives the boy usable skills, in addition to building self esteem and discipline needed for the future.
These campaigns will be administered through a trusted partnership with Chicks For Children Foundation www.chicksforchildren.org.