The Lords Witnesses Kenya are headed up by Pastor Zachariah Tinega. He and his wife Agnes run an orphanage housing 22 children and they raise the youngest ones of those in their own house. They have several unpaid volunteers who help them look after the children.
They manage to feed all 22 of them for $350 per month (with plantain maize and rice).
Here is a brief summary of the current state of affairs from Pastor Zach...
Blessings dear loving friends,
We appreciate your love and concern so much for the Lords ministry here Kisii. Before we met you/the Lords witness church, we had been moving with young caring children in the orphanage but with much of difficulties, most of the time we do facing challengers on feeding, clothing, educating and medical care for these kids in the orphanage. On feeding, we used to depend from some few church members here who do help once per very harvest season, do help some food to the orphanage like fruits which is not enough for the 22 children to eat even one week and it took long time to get this fruits. My wife and I have been working up and down to get odd jobs to meet with all this needs but still not able, we even started some orphan project that of keeping chickens to sell eggs so that can even have food for the children, it has not been so easier but still keeping on.
Our county governments do not give any help at the moment; they only helped us with only 6 mattress 5 years ago and this happened after we knocked in their officers more than 10times. Also the national governments do help with school books and games activities. All other remaining areas do face on us e.g.. School fees, evolution test exams fees, school uniforms etc..
My father used to help 33 kids in the hired rooms but since he passed away, we had no ways of feeding the children or paying for their renting house; most of the children went to streets, others were back later, that is the time we build some 2 temporary rooms. Until today many other need kids trying to join us but since we have no ways of accommodating them we are not able. Currently staying with 22 kids in their temporary rooms, girl’s dormitory and boys, also do stay with 4 young kids in my house egged 3-4 years old.
Any help with prayers for these precious kids to get a happy home we deeply appreciate and praying for you. We pray God continue to open heavenly ways to meet their daily needs. Would also love to share the orphanage photos naming them one by one for your daily prayer. My 2 Gods and their 2 wives bless your families daily with endless love and provision. Pray for my wife, the orphanage staff who have committed themselves to serve children and that our 2 Gods add more strength as we committee ourselves to serve the young children teaching them the truth of the Bible under the Lords witness church teachings for them grow up knowing our 2 Gods and their 2wives/holy spirit, as well as to all congregations in Kisii.
With much love and care,
Boys' Dormitory Girls' Dormitory
Dinner Time Washing Time
Inside Boys' Dormitory Chicken Feed Business!
There are many more children on the streets who need to be looked after but they cannot accomodate more than 22 with the resources they presently have. The bible is very clear on what God's people should do for widowns and orphans...
22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; (Exodus 22 KJV)
14 For you yourself have seen trouble and vexation. You keep looking on, to get [them] into your hand. To you the unfortunate one, the fatherless boy, commits [himself]. You yourself have become [his] helper. (Psalms 10 NWT)
17 Learn to do good; search for justice; set right the oppressor; render judgment for the fatherless boy; plead the cause of the widow. (Isaiah 1 NWT)
27 The form of worship that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep oneself without spot from the world. (James 1 NWT)
If you wish to help Pastor Zach look after these children or expand the orphanage to cater for more kids please donate to the Lifeway Orphanage Kisii...