Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our World, Their World, The REAL World.

Our World, Their World, The REAL World.  The REAL Gospel

By Dawn Brown

The world you & I live in is so very different than the world where the women & children of Child Arise live.  Our American world, gives us a much distorted view of the REAL world, the world where the majority of humanity lives.
 
Every 4 seconds in the REAL world, a child dies from a preventable cause.  If you earn $40,000 per year, you make more than 99% of the people in the world & if you make just $13,000 per year, you are in the top 10%!  My guess is that most reading this are at least in the top 10%.
 
Do you follow the REAL Gospel?  Many of us in the United States call ourselves Christians because we’ve made a decision to accept Christ as our Savior.  That’s very important, but there is so much more.  The REAL Gospel is not just “fire insurance” or a “sin management program”.  It’s the entire story of Jesus given to us in the Bible.  He showed us how we are to live with His words & by being the example.
 
We are to live our lives differently than how we lived before we trusted Jesus to be our Savior.  “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”, are the words He gave us in what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  God’s “will be done on earth”.  That means here & now!
 
His Word tells us that the rich are to share with the poor; being generous with our money & our belongings.  The healthy will care for the sick.  The strong will protect the weak & seek justice for those who are marginalized & treated poorly.  God’s followers should have character traits of compassion, mercy, justice & love above & beyond those who do not have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them.
 
In their world, Ruth, a widowed elderly lady takes care of 3 children whose parents have died.  Two of the kids are seriously disabled & can’t take care of themselves at all.  They are older, but not potty trained, among many other problems.  How hard that must be for her with no income, no public services, no running water.
Ruth & 2 special needs orphans she cares for.


Widows Group praising God.
Ruth & Katheu, the child who is abled, say they praise God for Child Arise.  Katheu is thankful to be in school now.  Ruth says she gets so much encouragement from the Widows Group, Bible studies & prayer times.  This family has received food & blankets from Child Arise too & they are grateful.
 

Widowed woman explains to American team how important the
Widows Group is to encourage each other in the Lord.
 

In their world, widows are not treated well at all.  They are less than “second class citizens”.  Rhoda, a widow, receives no material help from Child Arise, but says she is blessed abundantly by the difference Elizabeth Mativo has made in her life with the Widows Group teaching & fellowship.


Beatrice (right) is thankful for her goat.
In their world, there are very few jobs, if any.  Beatrice is one of the younger widows.  Her young husband died in his sleep many years ago.  She raises their 17 year old son alone, trying to find work to provide for them, but it’s never enough for 2 meals a day & his school fees.  Beatrice is always at the church or Widows Group when there’s a time of prayer.  She loves the Lord & praises Him for the goat she received through Child Arise.
 
Has God filled you with love & concern for those living in poverty?  Does your heart break when you hear about the needs of the poor widows & orphans in Mbooni?  Has He given you a desire to help the women & children of Child Arise?  We need YOU!  THEY need YOU!


Mia Reynolds & her grandma made pot holders & sold them for Child Arise
Children have helped Child Arise.  A girl made pot holders & sold them, donating it all to Child Arise.  We’ve had kids sell their garden produce, do bake sales, sell bottled water at garage sales & hold lemonade stands.  They told others about the kids in Mbooni who will be helped.  Vacation Bible Schools have given their offering.  These kids are seeing something greater than themselves.  They are caring about the needs of others.

Sami, their friend, Mary & Joe Dailing sold baked goods & bottled water at their mom’s garage sale & made a display to explain the need for clean water, food & education.
The 5th Annual Bike Ride Fundraiser just took place.  Riders ask for donations for riding, to support this ministry.  God put it on the hearts of 3 women to start this fundraiser.  They had no idea how to do it, but they began.  They followed God’s leading.  They continue to be used by God & are dedicated in DOING something for these women & children.
Lori Rice, Abby Benevidez & Kelene Henning head the Bike Ride fundraiser.
We need more who are willing to come along side us to raise awareness of the needs of these precious ones & the work the Lord is doing through Elizabeth Mativo.  Pray & ask God how He wants you to be involved.
   
Invite friends to your house to hear about the needs?  What about your Bible study group, Sunday school class or co-workers?  Hold a dessert fund raiser at your church?  Host a yard sale with proceeds going to Child Arise?  Ask God what your roll should be & call us to discuss it.  The possibilities are endless!
 
Prayer Requests From Missionary Elizabeth Mativo
U The children are just getting back to school after the trimester break.  I am so thankful for the donors who provide the funds for some of them to go to school.
U Pray for Nzioka.  He was top student in our entire district on National exams.  He is doing well in his first year of high school.  He has to change buses many times & it’s very far away, so he doesn’t get to come back to Mbooni to see his grandmother.
U Praise God.  The new high school students are adjusting well & doing good in school.  The boy far away from Mbooni is doing fine.
U I have been sick for 3 months.  I had malaria & now pneumonia.  I have medicine, but it is taking a long time to get well.  I am able to continue with the ministry because it is not bad enough to have to stop.  Praise God for that!
U Pray for funds for a tanker truck to carry the water from our borehole to all the schools, businesses and homes.  There are people who need it, but it’s too far from them and we have plenty of water, but no way to get it to there.
 
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Donations can be made to

Child Arise Kenya

Widows & Orphans Ministry

827 5 Ave Dr W, Andalusia IL 61232

309-798-2596

dawn@ChildAriseKenya.com

ChildAriseKenya.com

Child Arise Kenya is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt ministry



 
 
 
 

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Life Is A Precious Gift

Life Is A Precious Gift

By Dawn Brown
Mueni, in the red sweater, was always helpful
Mueni was one of the first people we met in Mbooni when we arrived at Elizabeth Mativo’s house.  As we drove up, out came Elizabeth to greet us, along with Mueni and another teenage girl.  They had been helping Elizabeth to prepare for our arrival.  Hosting American’s takes a lot of work, you know.
 
This February, Elizabeth called to tell me that Mueni died.  She was an unwed teen mother of a little toddler. 

Mueni
 
Mueni comes from a large family who do not follow Christ.  Unbeknownst to them, Mueni found herself pregnant again with no husband.  Although this is becoming more common in Kenya, it isn’t as common or glamorized as it is here in the United States.
 
I imagine that she was feeling shame and fear.  She secretly sought out an abortion at a city hospital and started the abortion procedure, funded by the married father.  At home the next day, she became extremely sick.  Still, nobody knew about the pregnancy and she didn’t tell her mother and grandmother why she was so sick or what she had done.
 
Finally, that evening, she couldn’t bare the pain any longer and she told her family.  They live close to Elizabeth, who is always helpful and has one of the few cars in the area.
 
Elizabeth immediately took action and rushed the young girl to the hospital.  It was too late.  Mueni and her unborn baby died before they ever made it inside.
 
As you can imagine, her family is very distraught over her death.  Her mother and grandmother told Elizabeth that Mueni said this was her second abortion.  They were devastated by this news too and said that if they had only known, they would have told her to have the babies and they would have cared for them.  They would have told her they didn’t want her to abort her babies. 

Mueni's mother and grandmother
 
It saddens me to think that in recent years, our government has advocated, and our tax dollars have been spent on promoting the evils of abortion to the people of Kenya.
 
Now, her little boy Joel, about 4 years old, is the newest orphan in Child Arise.
Joel is now orphaned
 
Mueni dropped out of school after completing the 8th grade.  I have seen her in many pictures helping with the feeding program and I’ve even seen her in pictures working with the men as they were placing the water tank on top of the tower during Phase II of The Well For Life.
Mueni helping with the tank
 
 
Elizabeth and her late husband, Pastor Mativo, have been very close to Mueni since she was a very little girl.  She always enjoyed being around the Mativo house when they were on furlough from the mission field. 
 
I’ve talked to Elizabeth several times about Mueni’s death and found out that we met a lot of Mueni’s family members when we were in Kenya, but I just didn’t realize they were all connected.  We met Mueni, her mother, her grandmother, many of her siblings and cousins, plus her little boy.
Joel when we met him in Kenya 2012
 
The Mativos have witnessed to this family so much over the years, both with words and with their acts of kindness and compassion.  I think the reason so many people from this family are often with Eizabeth is because they are drawn to Jesus in her. 
Elizabeth asks that we pray for this entire family, that because of this tragic death of Mueni and her unborn babies, they will come to a saving faith in Jesus. 
 
Mueni never professed faith in Jesus Christ, but my hope is that in her final hours or minutes, she accepted Christ as her Savior.  She surly had the knowledge.
 
 
Prayer Requests From Missionary Elizabeth Mativo
Pray for the family that just lost the young single mother, due to abortion.  Pray that the Lord will comfort them & bring people who will encourage them, not tear them down with mean words or despise them.  They are not a believing family.
 
Continue to pray for the ministry.  The needs are there & we are not able to cater for all needy orphan students.  Pray that the Lord opens ways.
 
 
Pray for God’s wisdom & guidance for the board of Directors in America & our Board of Directors here in Kenya.  There are so many widows & orphans that truly need help.
 
Pray for peace in our country & for improvement of economy.  Life is too expensive here but we thank God for everything.
 
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100% of your donation goes to Kenya!

Donations can be made to

Child Arise Kenya

Widows & Orphans Ministry

827 5 Ave Dr W, Andalusia IL 61232

309-798-259

dawn@childarisekenya.com

ChildAriseKenya.com

Child Arise Kenya is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt ministry

 

 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A New Year /Living & Dying With AIDS


A New Year

By Dawn Brown


By the grace of GOD, and YOU; generous donors to Child Arise Kenya Widows & Orphans Ministry, we have been able to come alongside the work of Elizabeth Mativo by providing for some of the physical needs of the women and children who benefit from her ministry in Mbooni, Kenya.

There are so many of YOU who remember to pray for these women and children, as well as for Elizabeth.  I really believe that your prayers have played a major part in the growth of this ministry.

The Bible tells us that we are to care for the needs of other believers.  “Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”  Romans 12:13.  The majority of the widowed women who benefit from this ministry have faithfully followed our Lord for years.

Widows & orphans are near and dear to the heart of God.  “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed”. Psalm 82:3

In addition, some of unchurched widowed woman in the community, along with the orphaned children in their care, have come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

They are attending church and being baptized!

It was never part of “our plan”, but quite a few of the alcoholic men in the area are asking for Bibles!  A surprise to me?  Yes.  A surprise to God?  Absolutely not.  “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’”  Mark 2:17


We are all sick, aren’t we?  All in need of a savior.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

It is so impressive to think about how many commandments are being fulfilled when you donated to this one little ministry.

When you donate, YOU are helping widows.  YOU are helping orphans.  YOU are helping the poorest of the poor.  YOU are helping our brothers and sisters in Christ.  YOU are helping lost people to hear about the love of Jesus and his sacrifice for our very souls.  If you dig deeper, there are many more.

There are lots worthwhile ministries where you might send a portion of the fruits of your labor.  When you choose this ministry, it is taken very seriously and not looked at carelessly or unappreciated.  

I hope you feel, as I do, that it is a privilege and a blessing to be used by God in this very special way.  

To God be the glory and praise!
“I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time - just one, one, one. So you begin. I began ....The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin - one, one, one.” - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Living & Dying with AIDS

by Dawn Brown

This is the life of Katheu. As a young girl, Katheu had two children and was never married. She neglected her children and was not a kind mother. She left the burden of caring for them on her father. She did not come from a Christian home.

At one point, she did what many men and women do in Mbooni when they have no way to earn a living. She went to Nairobi to try to find a way to pay for her children’s schooling. She left her children to her father’s care even though he was far too old to care for himself, let alone any children.

While in Nairobi, she contracted HIV AIDS. Scared and ashamed, she refused to return home to her family and medical care.

Eventually as she grew too sick to care for herself, she went back to Mbooni and her family at 26 years old. Her children rejected her as she had rejected them, and so did her brothers and her father.

Because of the stigma of AIDS, her brother’s wouldn’t cook for her and refused to use the same toilet. She couldn’t even make it to the toilet, because as soon as she would eat, she would have diarrhea and vomit. She could only take in fluids and had painful mouth sores.

When Elizabeth Mativo learned of her return to Mbooni and how sick she was, she began to visit her often. She would encourage her, pray with her and tell her about the Gospel and the love of Jesus. She was also an example of Jesus for Katheu’s father, brothers, children and neighbors. 

Katheu died quite some time ago. She is an example of what the community goes through. Those infected with AIDS are neglected, so they die earlier and often alone. The biggest reason for kids to become orphans, is because of this dangerous disease.

I thank God that Elizabeth Mativo was there for Katheu and I know that she was able to offer Katheu The Hope; Our Hope. Jesus.




Katheu and her father are seated.  Elizabeth is behind Katheu.
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Prayer Requests From Missionary Elizabeth Mativo
  •   Thanks to God for giving a new year full of blessings and a chance to have new beginnings.
  •  Thanks to God for the two candidates - Nzioka and Musyoka who passed their end of Primary school exams. They will soon be joining high school.  Nzioka was named top student in the district!
  •  Dennis has reported to University campus and has settled in. He is pursuing a Political Science Degree but he says he might change it to Computer Science. We thank God for smooth transition to campus and availability of funds to cater for expenses.
  •  Nthenya was diagnosed with eye problems. I was able to buy her medical prescribed spectacles so she is now in school.

100% of your donation goes to Kenya!

Donations can be made to

Child Arise Kenya

Widows & Orphans Ministry

827 5 Ave Dr W, Andalusia IL 61232

309-798-2596

dawn@childarisekenya.com

ChildAriseKenya.com

Child Arise Kenya is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt ministry