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St Petersburg, FL 33705
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Marnie has been involved with Blessing Hope Ministries in Kitale, Kenya, Africa since 2014. When she went in 2016, Pastor Samuel Wafula provided housing and care for 200 orphans, oversaw a church and ran outreaches and other relief programs. When she returned in 2019, they were up to 450 orphans, had a K-12 school plus a vo-tech, and Pastor Sam was overseeing 300 churches.
Blessing Hope Ministries is located in a very impoverished area of Kenya. This ministry has minimal external support, depending on God to provide every day's sustenance. Their faith should inspire us all. They have so little, yet share so freely.
In 2016, Marnie traveled to Kitale to train women in Biblical principles and best business practices. U.S. contributions were sent with her to enable the launch of a microfund that helped start 30 businesses. When she returned in 2019, she learned that one of the business ideas generated during that 2016 training had grown to be the 2nd largest bottled water company in all of Kenya. Praise God!
As of last week, Kitale shut down most small businesses. Dozens of women found themselves back at the gates of Blessing Hope--the place that had originally sheltered them when they became widowed or destitute.
As you can imagine, neither the ministry nor these individuals have anything in savings, nor do they have back-up resources of any kind. The government tends to add complexity and burdensome requirements vs. providing support or encouragement.
Pastor Sam is an amazing, godly man with a huge heart! He has so little, and gives so much. Help us encourage them all with a gift of any amount.