One Life = Great Gospel Impact

One Life = Great Gospel Impact

Gary Wilkerson – January 16, 2017

Helping the Poorest Improve Their Lives in Kenyan Slums

With your help, one woman, doing one humble work of God, may deeply touch the lives of 130,000 people.

Sister Evelyn lives in the vast Kawangware slum, one of the world’s worst areas to live, in Nairobi, Kenya. For years, she has been a ray of hope to her community, partnering with World Challenge to operate a children’s home in the heart of the slum. Kids’ lives improve immediately through healthy meals, schooling and biblical teaching about God’s love.

Sister Evelyn leads a table banking group with community members.

Sister Evelyn leads a table banking group with community members.

The success of this Christ-centered program provides a light of hope to many. Hundreds of thousands living in the slum have little hope of improving their lives. The vast majority live below the poverty line (less than $1 a day), and 2 out of 3 residents are youngsters. People suffer from hunger, unclean water, and poor sewage if it’s available at all. Malaria is on the rise with increased death rates. There are few schools in the slum, and many children don’t attend; others are forced by poverty to leave home and live at risk on Nairobi’s brutal streets.

Despite these overwhelming challenges, the Holy Spirit stirred us and Sister Evelyn to have a greater impact on families in the slum. Specifically, we prayed about how to help parents afford to feed their hungry children and send them to school.

Through World Poverty Solutions, we provided training to Sister Evelyn and her team, so they in turn could train, equip and encourage parents to create solutions to their situation. One solution was to create neighborhood savings-and-loans groups. These helped families generate capital so they could start businesses and pay their children’s school fees. Parents were empowered by seeing God’s provision and their own capabilities, and now more families serve healthy meals to their children and send them to school.

Civic leaders were so impressed that they approached Sister Evelyn to help them on a larger scale. Now this gospel-based ministry could potentially improve life for up to 130,000 people in the Kawangware slum. Your continued support is needed as we look to fulfill our mission of bringing poverty solutions to every poor community in the world, in Jesus’ name. If you would like to help, use our secure online donation form.  And thank you for partnering with us to see God’s love bring lasting change to impoverished lives. You’re helping to make a difference!