Before I go any further into these blogs, I wanted to make sure you have a chance to hear about CMF and MOHI. Our church has been partnering with these two for quite some time and I love seeing the good work they do. CMF is a global mission team that has been serving in 25 countries around the world for the last 68 years. Their mission is to create dynamic, Christ-centered communities that transform the world. Their leaders are always looking ahead to implement new strategies and move into new areas to share the gospel.

How CMF makes an impact…

  • Church planting. These churches train leaders, multiply, and become a starting point for transformation in the community. 
  • Building university student communities. Their Globalscope program allows young leaders to provide a Christian community and model authentic relationships with Jesus for the world’s most unreached generation.
  • Engaging the marketplace. The Market Ministry team live and work in closed countries. The Marketplace Ministry teams create new business ventures that will lead to jobs and economic Kingdom transformation.
  • Serving the poor. They focus on a holistic approach, which addresses the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of an individual or a community.

Within the element of a holistic approach to reach impoverished people in their full need, it includes the following: medical ministries, water projects (providing clean, safe water,) community health evangelism, micro-finance (small loans to businesses in Nairobi to develop and maintain), Christian education and child sponsorship. 

Christian education, particularly among urban poor children, is an important component of CMF’s holistic development. CMF has seven child sponsorship programs in six countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Thailand, Brazil and India. Their largest child sponsorship program is in Nairobi, Kenya where CMF works in partnership with MOHI to bring holistic change to more than 12,000 sponsored children. 

MOHI shares Christ’s love to restore hope to individuals in the disadvantaged communities through spiritual, social, physical and economic development. Because of the things they’ve been doing there; lives and communities are being changed in Nairobi as churches are planted, schools established and small businesses turn a profit. Most importantly, God is being glorified in one of the darkest slums of the world. 

The slums of Nairobi, Kenya, rank in the top five of the biggest slums in the world. Nearly a million people live in the Mathare slum alone, an area of less than one sq mile.

A population of this density, living without basic human services, is a breeding ground for all kinds of physical, emotional and spiritual problems. These overwhelming issues led Wallace and Mary to create Missions of Hope International in 2000. They began by serving 50 children in one school in a section of the slums. Today, MOHI has expanded into remote villages in rural Kenya, as well as maintaining growth in various slums. They have a dedicated staff of more than 850 Kenyans and an international team of partners and leaders through CMF. They currently serve more than 14,500 children in 21 communities throughout Kenya. 

A large part of MOHI’s growth has been due to the child sponsorship program, which was started by MOHI, then developed by the help of CMFI.

The program provides an excellent Christian education, nutritious food, medical care, extra-curricular activities and the opportunity to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. 

In all they do, the MOHI staff and CMF missionaries seek to draw men, women and children to Christ.

They view every connection as an opportunity to share Christ’s love.

I am so very excited to join together with these organizations as we raise money for their newest dream of beginning a sports ministry program in Nairobi, along with the building of a sports field/facility.

YOU can join in and be a part of their awesome story. By giving to the fundraising campaign, you can help support the incredible vision to reach more kids and families.

This link will take you to the page to donate and give you more info:

A big thank you to my friend Dane Voorhees for letting me use so many of his photos. I love how he captures life in his photos and will be using plenty more of his photos along the way.

The Journey Begins

“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.”

-Brene Brown

Most of my life I have lived among the fearful, timid and anxious. Afraid to try new things; to try hard things. I once believed I wasn’t brave enough and instead of fighting against that belief, I leaned into it. I used it as the crutch of my identity, something I didn’t bother to change or work on. But I know better than that now. It has taken me far too long to stop listening to the lies, and to be able to distinguish the lies from the Truth; the truth about who I am and who God created me to be.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

What would it look like if chose courage over fear?

Courage to accept and love who I am. Courage to admit and move on from mistakes. Courage to forgive myself. Courage to learn from a failure. Courage to give myself grace. Courage to be vulnerable. Courage to ask for help when I feel like I’m losing control in my darkness and don’t know how to come back to the light. Courage to seek others when I really want to seek isolation. Courage to find joy. Courage to say no. Courage to say yes. Courage to try something new. Courage to push myself physically in new ways with new strength. Courage to try something hard and challenging.

By leaning into the courage, it has lead me to take on a big and exciting challenge that I have accepted for this year. I have signed up to help raise money for the sports ministry program at the school in Kenya that our church partners with. There is a team of about 30 of us signed up, from all over the country. Together, our team has committed to raising (at least) $175,000 to help launch the new sports program and start the construction on the sports field/facility. That breaks down to around $5,000 that we each need to try to rally. In the efforts to raise money, the other task we have committed too, is raising awareness of the cause by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!!

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and fourth overall in the world for summit height. The summit of Kilimanjaro, called Uhuru Peak, stands tall at 19, 341ft. We will be tackling this mountain trek at the end of this year (last week of 2019, into 2020). For myself, the rest of 2019 will be focused on this massive endeavor – fundraising, training, prepping, etc. This blog and website will serve as my hub for news, info, thoughts, adventures, and all that stuff, as I prepare mentally and physically for this adventure. I don’t want to do any of this alone, so please join in on this journey right along with me!

About the cause…

Christian Missionary Fellowship International (CMFI), and program partner Missions of Hope International (MOHI) located in Nairobi, Kenya, have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind, multipurpose synthetic turf sports field for thousands of African children living in extreme poverty. This will be a state-of-the art sports field will also help to expand the current sports ministry program for 16,000 children throughout Kenya.

The majority of impoverished children have little access to education and no sports programs. Through this unique partnership, CMFI/MOHI will build a low-maintenance turf field that will give access and opportunity to children with no clean, safe place to play in a recreational, outdoor setting.

photo by Dane Voorhees

To give to this ministry, please click on the ‘donate’ button in the right menu selection. That link will take you to the page with more info and how you can donate. That page specifically is for the sports programming fundraiser; if you would like to donate to my overall trip costs to get to Africa to see these kids we’re helping and then climb that mountain, please email me for more info.