Kenya Mission Trip
Founded in 2006 through a generous gift by a church member, Westminster’s Kenya ministry has developed into a rich tapestry of relationships and partnerships. Teams spend time in schools, churches, orphanages and a hospital – all organizations that Westminster supports in various ways.
One experience team members never forget is the visit to St. Philip’s Academy, tucked away down narrow, rutted alleys in the massive Mathare slum. With dirt floors, few windows and classrooms the size of a walk-in closet, the school is still a beacon of hope for the students there. Westminster funds scholarships that currently allow three of its graduates to attend high school.
In a rural area near Thika, Westminster partners with Simurina Primary School, a Presbyterian-affiliated school that is bringing education and hope to this extremely poor area. Westminster has funded a new well and water tanks at the school, bringing much needed water to the approximately 250 students ages 3-14. In addition, new washrooms were built and now classroom improvements are being made that will allow the school to achieve government registration so that 8th-grade students can take the national exam that determines high school eligibility. This will be a huge step toward a brighter future for many children, we pray.
In 2015, the Westminster mission team brought school supplies to Simurina and some team members with education backgrounds led teacher workshops, while others worked with children in the classroom. Our partnership has the shared goal of Simurina eventually becoming self-sufficient.
Also unforgettable on Kenya mission trips is time spent at New Life Homes, orphanages that provide care for abandoned babies, many of whom start life with HIV/AIDS. Team members are always deeply touched by the experience of holding and playing with the babies who are now thriving in their new home. Westminster supports the New Life Homes orphanage located in Nyeri with gifts of supplies and with money raised through the sale of Amani bead jewelry and crafts. In addition, we’ve supported the work of the Medical Benevolence Foundation at Tumutumu Hospital.
Mission teams are typically sent every two years to Kenya. A team of 15 travel in January, 2017; to read about their experience, click here to read the 2017 Kenya Mission trip blog.
Clothes for Kenyan toddlers being collected
The Westminster team serving in Kenya Jan. 18-29 is collecting clothes for the toddlers at New Life Homes in Nyeri. The orphanage, which Westminster supports through its Amani Bead Ministry, is requesting clothes for boys and girls sizes 6 mo.-2 years. Please donate only new or very gently used clothes. Donations must be received at either campus by Sunday, Jan. 15 to be packed in time. Thank you for your generosity toward these precious children.