Over 50 church leaders representing 20 churches from 12 states gathered in Indianapolis March 21-22 for the first-ever Hope Partnership Dialogue. The Dialogue was designed to be a strategic networking event for churches involved in CMF’s Hope Partnership in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal was to pray and plan and dream and discuss the current realities and future goals for the Hope Partnership.
Participants were inspired by Mary Kamau’s update on the ministry’s exponential growth, energized by the focused conversations with other church leaders, and encouraged through devotional thoughts and supplied with fresh ideas. Key updates were also shared regarding the expansion of the child sponsorship program, the launch of the BigDent.org microfinance website and the introduction of a new VBS/Children’s Ministry program called “Good News for the Poor” featuring Hope Partnership projects.
Joe Oettel, missions volunteer from West Side Christian Church (Springfield, IL) said, “I really enjoyed meeting several new people, building relationships and sharing ideas. In my opinion a lot was accomplished at the meeting, both in discussion groups and one-on-one conversations and I hope we can continue the dialogue.” Tom Moen, Outreach Minister at Mountain Christian Church (Joppa, MD) added, “It was a GREAT couple of days…thanks for hosting…need to do it annually (at least).”
The Hope Partnership continues to grow by epic proportions from 185 children in 1 school in 2006 to nearly 7,000 children in 14 schools plus 7 new churches today. The growth of the Hope Partnership is exciting, but it also calls for a concerted effort, an ongoing commitment and an expanded circle of partner churches and individuals.
This cross-cultural partnership focuses on holistic ministry to transform lives and communities in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya and is now starting to reach beyond to other areas of Kenya. The success of this partnership is due to the vision and leadership of Kenyan nationals, Wallace and Mary Kamau working collaboratively with a team of CMF missionaries. Another critical component creating the sustained growth of the Hope Partnership is the involvement and investment of over 40 churches and over 5,000 child sponsors that continue to sacrifice and serve to fuel the ministry’s growth. During the event, one partner church demonstrated their investment in the ministry by presenting Mary with a $100,000 gift toward finishing the multi-purpose building at Joska, our boarding school outside of Nairobi.
To learn more about how you or your church can get involved in the Hope Partnership, contact our Projects + Partnerships team at firstname.lastname@example.org.