Transforming Lives & Communities

Looking back at ministry highlights of 2013

January 17th, 2014

Many really good things happened in CMF ministries in 2013! Here are just a few highlights we came across as we looked back over the past several months:

GOOD NEWS from our Child Sponsorship partners, Missions of Hope International (MoHI) in Kenya:

  • Twenty-eight students from the original class in MoHI’s first school took the national exam for college entrance and placement in October. MoHI began with 50 children in one school in 2000, and has now grown to nearly 11,700 children in 19 schools.
  • About 2,000 new students enrolled in MoHI schools in January 2014.
  • 89 percent of the 277 Class Eight students passed their exams to enter high school recently. The national average is just 40-50 percent.

A NEW CAMPUS MINISTRY was launched by our Globalscope division earlier this year when six campus ministers arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland, in February and March. The ROOTS ministry is the seventh focused on sharing Christ with international college students, and joins thriving Globalscope campus ministries in Chile, England, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Thailand. An eighth ministry will be launched in Montevideo, Uruguay, next year.

CHURCH PLANTERS in Africa graduated from two CMF training facilities this fall. There were 13 graduates in December from the Turkana Bible Training Institute in Turkana, Kenya, who completed 18 intensive week-long classes. An additional six church-planter families from Bagamoyo, Tanzania, graduated from the training facility in Arusha, Tanzania, in November.

THREE MEDICAL CLINICS in Africa expanded this year or are making plans to do so in the very near future.

  • A modern maternity clinic was added onto the Community Health Partners Clinic in Mara Rianta in the Maasai Mara game reserve in southwest Kenya this fall. More than 5,000 women a year will now receive up-to-date maternity services there. The total cost of the facility was around $125,000 and was funded by several British foundations that offer safaris in the area.
  • The CMF medical clinic in the remote town of Aygali, Ethiopia, is making plans to expand with a permanent, concrete block building by the end of 2014. The Aygali Community Health Project clinic run by CMF missionaries Craig and Allison Fowler currently treats approximately 1,000 patients a month, plus another 70 to 300 mothers and babies in a monthly vaccination clinic. Recent changes in the country’s health policy require an immediate upgrade to concrete block for continued licensing and operation of all health facilities.  The new clinic will be complete with a pharmacy, guard house, latrine and water system.
  • The Ivory Coast Clinic in Abengourou expanded this year to include maternity care and hospitalizations. After the purchase of an adjacent property and renovations on the existing structure, the new clinic is now open for pre- and post-natal care and hopes to be equipped for deliveries within the coming year. The new building hosts offices for CHE social workers and the expanding CHE program, which will soon include a child sponsorship program. This new facility is providing opportunities for more women and children to not only hear, but experience, the good news and compassion of Christ through quality medical care and health and nutrition classes.

THE CMF ASIA TEAM hosted four short-term teams from U.S. churches this summer. The visitors assisted the team at three different Bible camps, touching the lives of more than 200 Asian students in grades two to 12.

NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH in Pachuca, Mexico, added a new worship center to its facility in October. The church was launched four years ago with 14 people and the help of CMF missionaries Greg and Vicki Syverson. The new 2,000-square-foot multipurpose room tripled the church’s space and will be used for Sunday worship, sporting events, concerts and children’s programs. The 140 church members themselves raised almost $10,000 for the nearly $35,000 project.

LONG-TERM CHE TRAINING of nationals in Mae Ai, Thailand, a small town north of Chiang Mai, led to the successful development this year of an aquaponics unit that grows fish and edible crops in a symbiotic system and is paving the way for further community projects. CMF missionary Jeff Prus is assisting the Mae Ai team leaders – Chen Chai and Jom – with growing corn and other vegetables through aquaponics and raising pigs. The food and pigs will be sold and the funds used to help the community. The team has set up a training center that will develop projects such as immunizations, a recycling program and school scholarships.

 

Cincinnati firefighter launches safety program in Nairobi slums

November 21st, 2013

Africa Fire Mission, a year-old non-profit based in Cincinnati, Ohio, recently presented a 20-foot container of firefighter clothing, training materials and medical equipment to the city of Nairobi, Kenya, in a ceremony attended by Evans Kidero, the governor of the city.

The organization was founded last November by Dave Moore, a 20-year fire-fighting professional, following a mission trip to the Missions of Hope schools with his church, LifeSpring Christian Church, Cincinnati. Its mission is to build and increase the sustainable capacity of fire departments across Africa.

“I really had no desire to visit Africa last year, but my wife convinced me,” said Dave. “Mary Kamau (director of MoHI) asked me to help with fire safety in the schools while I was there.”

Dave soon realized that there were serious issues with fire safety in Nairobi.

“There are about 150 firefighters protecting a population of five million folks,” he said. “Compare that to Cincinnati, where we have 850 firefighters for 350,000 people!”

When Dave asked the chief of the Nairobi Fire Service during that first visit what he could do for them, he was surprised by his response.

“He didn’t ask for money or materials, he asked for more training,” said Dave. “He said he knew they’d never be able to afford the kind of equipment that we have over here, but with training, they could do their best with what they had. That attitude really changed my heart, when I saw they had the right motivation.”

Dave returned to Cincinnati and spent a year forming the organization, raising funding and collecting the materials to ship to Nairobi. LifeSpring Church contributed funds to pay for shipping the container and provided temporary office space and a place to load the container. FAME provided the medical equipment. Dave headed back to Nairobi in early November.

“We were nervous about the container arriving on time, but the Kamaus got it fast-tracked through customs,” he said. “We had a great ceremony with the kids, singing and dancing and putting on the gear. And we were thrilled when Gov. Kidero arrived – it was his first-ever visit to the slums!”

Africa Fire Mission plans to continue its relationship with MoHI and the Nairobi Fire Service and also expand into Turkana and Tanzania, the other areas where MoHI is planning schools.

“Our first goal is to train the fire department, but we also want to develop our relationship with the governor,” said Dave. “All of this is being done with the goal of connecting MoHI to the government so they will improve services in the slums.”

Marathoner runs for Hope Partnership

November 5th, 2013

Stephen Radle is a marathon runner, but he’s not running just because he loves it.

In the past year and a half, Stephen, a member of Generations Christian Church in Trinity, Fla., has run three marathons with the added purpose of raising awareness and funds for CMF’s Hope Partnership with the Missions of Hope schools in Nairobi, Kenya. He has recruited his friends, family, and co-workers to sponsor his racing by contributing funds for the construction of the school that Generations is helping to build in the Mathare North slum of Nairobi. Stephen has already brought in several hundred dollars and is planning to raise even more.

Stephen ran most recently in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, and this time he was wearing a running shirt designed by CMF graphic designer Megan Bitting to promote CMF and Missions of Hope. 

Scott family’s ‘Sole to Soul’ shoe project continues

October 29th, 2013

Hayleigh Scott, a member of the Nashua, N.H. family that raised $33,000 last year for shoes for students at Missions of Hope’s Joska schools in Nairobi, Kenya, is making slow but steady progress in her recovery from a life-threatening bout of pneumonia.

In a post yesterday on his blog, Andrew Scott notes that his 14-year-old daughter is now talking, walking and even starting to do a little homework, and that her room at Boston Children’s Hospital, “once full of machines, is starting to get a bit barren.”

In response to the many requests from family and friends as to how they could help Hayleigh and the Scott family during this time, Andrew suggested that they make a donation to Sole to Soul, the CMF fund established by the Scotts to collect donations for the shoe project. As noted in the project description, 100 children at Joska lost their brand new shoes in a fire that broke out in one of the dorms on the day after the Scotts distributed them. 

“More than any other member of our family, this injustice really bothered Hayleigh,” said Andrew Scott. “So if she learns after leaving the hospital that her time of trial generated donations to buy those kids new shoes, she would be thrilled. It would give real, tangible meaning to what she is going through right now.”

New maternity clinic opens in Maasai Mara

October 23rd, 2013

More than 5,000 women a year will now receive modern maternity services at a newly-constructed facility at the Community Health Partners clinic at Mara Rianta in the Maasai Mara game reserve in southwest Kenya.

The new building that houses the maternity division of the clinic was funded by the Maasai Mara Charitable Trust, a Christian organization based in Great Britain; the Governor’s Camp, a long-time African tour operation; and by the PD Foundation of Kuoni UK Travel, a British travel organization that arranges excursions in the Maasai Mara. The total cost of the facility was around $125,000.

The grand opening celebration for the facility was held on Oct. 4, and was attended by representatives of the donor organizations, including Peter Diethelm, Executive Chairman UK and USA, Kuoni Reisen.

The clinic will offer child welfare clinics, HIV/AIDS care and treatment, out- and in-patient services, an ante-natal clinic, and laboratory and pharmacy facilities. Clinic staff have already assisted five mothers with deliveries at the facility, vaccinated several children and tested numerous people for malaria and HIV.

John Sangkok serves as director of the Community Health Partners’ clinic, which was originally established by CMF missionaries. The clinic serves a population of about 20,000 people.

 

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