LifeSpring women sew and send 1,000+ hygiene kits to MOHI girls

Robin Cox’s mission to supply the girls at the Missions of Hope (MOHI) schools in Nairobi, Kenya, with life-changing hygiene kits continues to put up big numbers and engage more women across the US.

The Cincinnati labor and delivery nurse visited MOHI with her church, LifeSpring Christian, in November 2014, and returned determined to look for a way to make a difference. Her answer was the world-wide organization “Days for Girls,” a non-profit committed to restoring days of dignity, school and work by providing washable, long-lasting menstrual hygiene solutions.

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Video: Team climbs Kilimanjaro, raises funds for MOHI

A team of plucky hikers made the arduous trek up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in late December and raised more than $140,000 for Missions of Hope International (MOHI), CMF’s ministry partner in Nairobi, Kenya.

One of the climbers was Steve Bond, the lead pastor at Summit Christian Church, Sparks, Nevada. The church has been a partner for many years with CMF’s work with Missions of Hope International (MOHI) in the Kiamiako community, sending short-term teams and sponsoring about 70 children through the CMF Child Sponsorship program.

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Turkana teen’s four-mile walk is small sacrifice for education

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Thirteen-year-old Jacinta Adung gladly walks four miles under the scorching Turkana sun to attend school each day. To her, it is a small sacrifice for receiving a quality education and opportunities beyond her remote, Kenyan village. Yet her family initially viewed the cost as far too great.

In accordance with Turkana culture, Jacinta was already promised in marriage to a local man. In exchange, Jacinta’s family would receive a substantial bride-price from the groom’s family, paid in livestock (cows, goats, camels, and donkeys). These assets are highly valuable to them in building and maintaining wealth. The loss of this wealth, coupled with the family’s lack of understanding about the inherent value of education, kept Jacinta from going to school.

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Pathway’s ‘Big Give’ is amazing success!

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Big things happened during Pathway Church’s annual Big Summer Give last year, as the Wichita, Kans., church challenged the children and teens in its Children’s and Student ministries to raise funds for Missions of Hope International (MOHI) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The kids and students responded by raising nearly $34,000 to help complete the construction of the Mabatini Community Center! Pathway added an additional $16,000 to the total, and a short-term team from the church delivered a check for $50,000 to MOHI in person this past fall.

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Spiritual warfare in Liberia

MOHI pastors bring God’s word to area steeped in witchcraft

Kenyans, Americans and Liberians gathered to learn how to fight spiritual warfare at a conference led by Agri-Stewards and MOHI pastors in Ganta, Liberia, in June.

Kenyans, Americans and Liberians gathered to learn how to fight spiritual warfare at a conference led by Agri-Stewards and MOHI pastors in Ganta, Liberia, in June.

Pastors from Missions of Hope in Nairobi, Kenya, shared their prayer and teaching support at a special conference on spiritual warfare in Ganta, Liberia, organized by Brian Smith of Agri-Stewards.

Agri-Stewards, a Lebanon, Ind.-based non-profit that teaches “Farming God’s Way” principles in developing countries, took a small team to Liberia for a two-week mission trip.

“The first week was pretty routine,” said Brian. “We worked with ‘Hope in the Harvest’ missionaries Travis and Gina Sheets to install two different irrigation systems on the farms we helped start three years ago.

“But the second week was unlike anything I have ever experienced before in my life!” he said. “Travis and Gina had contacted me asking for guidance in matters we rarely experience in the US: spiritual warfare.”

Prayers and planning

Feeling inadequate, but open to following God’s call, Brian turned to Kenyan friends Wallace Kamau, a director of Missions of Hope International, and MOHI pastors Fredrick Kimani, Clinton Okanga and Isaac Mwangi for help.

Representatives from each of the 30 churches that attended the seminar linked arms to pray for unity among all believers and churches in order to “beat back the power of Satan” in the country.

Representatives from each of the 30 churches that attended the seminar linked arms to pray for unity among all believers and churches in order to “beat back the power of Satan” in the country.

“I went to Kenya in March and met with Wallace and the three pastors to plan the seminar,” said Brian. “The five of us fasted one day a week for 13 weeks to prepare for the June conference.”

When the conference was held in eastern Liberia in June, more than 100 individuals, representing 30 different churches, attended. The three pastors, Fredrick, Clinton and Isaac, traveled from Kenya to Liberia to share God’s message with the Liberian people.

“It is really difficult to put into words all that I experienced at the conference,” said Brian. “The simplest way to boil it down is to say that God asked them to repent and clear up some areas of their lives where Satan had deceived them.

“The participants repented wholeheartedly as a result of the teaching,” added Brian. “There is a tremendous amount of witchcraft that takes place in this area, to the point of child sacrifice. We urged them to unite as a Christian community to overcome the works of the evil one.”

The group had some amazing moments of worship, teaching, preaching and prayer, Brian reports.

“The lesson from God seems to be that a nation’s spiritual and physical conditions are completely related,” concluded Brian. “If you look at the poorest nations in the world, you will discover they are steeped in witchcraft and blood sacrifices. How ironic that these people think they are going to the witch doctor to receive a blessing when, in fact, they are bringing a curse on their lives and their country.”

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