Because of the AIDS epidemic, there are over one million orphans in Kenya, East Africa. Over 60% of the population are children. Because of severe poverty, the government can do very little. As you walk down the streets of Nakuru, Kenya, it is not unusual to see on any given day, children begging for “chakula” which is Swahili for food. It is heartbreaking to see the children scavenging like dogs in the streets digging through trash cans in search for food. Children lie on the sidewalks beside walls, too weak to move, because of hunger. Many children are seen sniffing bottles of glue to suppress the pains of hunger. Unknowingly, they are destroying their developing lungs and brain cells. It is so sad to see a 6 or 7 year old orphan taking care of his 2 or 3 year old sibling. We would never see such atrocities here in America, but it is an every day horror in Nakuru, Kenya. Unfortunately, most of these children will not live to be teenagers, and those that do are forced into a life of crime or prostitution.
After returning from a mission trip to Nakuru, Kenya, Rev. Wallis was unable to forget the hurt of the orphans of Kenya. After many weeks of praying, crying, depression, and fasting, it was understood that God had been preparing him and his family their entire lives for such a ministry. God made it clear to Rev. Wallis and his family that they were to start the” Orphans of Kenya Project”, a ministry of “Elim Ministries, International to go to the countryside of Nakuru, Kenya, East Africa and start “Elim Orphanage”. It took almost a year and a half to get all their start-up necessities together. Starting the orphanage is a continuous process for the Wallis’ family as they pray daily, learn Swahili, and get ready physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the task that God has laid out for them.
“We are committed to sharing the love of God through meeting the physical, spiritual, and educational needs of the orphans of Kenya.” The Lord has assembled a wonderful board of directors. We are going to buy one hundred acres in the countryside of Nakuru, Kenya and start Elim Orphanage. We are looking to build, as God provides, cottages that will house twenty orphans and a house parent. We will dig wells for both human and animal use. We are looking to build a cafeteria, storage, nurses’ station, staff housing, and a playground. In time, we will build a church for worship for orphans, staff, and community, a school for the orphans, and a mission compound for volunteers to come and stay. We will also farm and raise animals for food on the remaining property.
We understand that to fill such a commitment, it will take many “committed friends”. These are individuals, churches, small groups, and businesses who believe in our commitment and are willing to give by praying for our ministry and the orphans of Kenya daily and give by using their influence to tell friends and family about the Orphans of Kenya Project and its wonderful work to save the orphans and give financially. We are looking for individuals who love children, see the need, understand the commitment, and believe that “we are blessed to bless others.” We are looking for thousands of friends who will give as little as $10 a month, only pennies a day. Many doing little will make a lot for the kingdom!
“WE ARE LABORERS TOGETHER WITH GOD.” I COR. 3:9