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Helping the people of Nyakach
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Dear friends and family, In 2008 I (Joe) went with Samaritans Purse to Malawi. I was part of a team that provided practical supports and humanitarian aid to the village of Nagazi and a hospital run by Canadian doctor. That trip changed me! Not ...

Dear friends and family,

In 2008 I (Joe) went with Samaritans Purse to Malawi. I was part of a team that provided practical supports and humanitarian aid to the village of Ngodzi and a hospital run by a Canadian Dr. Chris Brooks. That trip changed me! Not long after I returned from that trip Teri and I met John and Alice Omondi. They are a dynamic Kenyan couple who now make their home in Winnipeg. Alice was once a sponsored World Vision child and can tell you first hand the benefits of sponsorship and community development provided by World Vision. They have never forgotten the needs of their home community of Nyakach, Kenya. We have become good friends with the Omondi’s. They have taught us a lot and both of us have become sensitive to the needs of our African brothers and sisters.

In 2011 John led a team from Waverley Fellowship to his hometown and Teri was a member of that team. The team met with the leadership of the Moro Church, as well as community and political leaders in the area. As a result of those consultations a partnership was formed between the Moro Church and Waverley Fellowship to assist them in meeting the goals of their strategic plan. That plan has both practical and spiritual goals. One of the practical goals was to bring water to the community.

Did you know that according to,

*Kenya has a limited renewable water supply and is classified as a water scarce country.

*17.5 million lack safe water.

*31.7 million have no sanitation services.

*43.4% live in poverty.

*According to the World Health Organization report, in 2011 for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!

This is the current source of water in Nyakach - a creek which dries up during the dry season and necessitates a long walk for water as seen in the picture below.

In January of 2014 Waverley partnered with World Vision to provide water in Nyakach. This September a team of 5, including us will be making the trip to this village with a 3 fold purpose.

A) To celebrate with them 2 wells which will have just been dug in conjunction with World Vision and Waverley Church in their community, eliminating a 2 hour walk one way for water. The wells are a part of a comprehensive water and sanitation program (WASH program) funded by Waverley and being delivered by World Vision. We will also spend a day touring some other World Vision programs in the area.

B) Along with church and community leaders, develop a sustainable feeding program for the local school. Currently, there are about 800 students registered with an average attendance of 300 each day. 500 children are missing on average from school each day because they don’t have enough food to eat. Many of these children are from child headed households as this is an area hard hit by the AIDS epidemic. We have learned that for just under $30.00 a day, all these children can be fed. Nonetheless it is important that the program that is developed become self-sustaining and not dependent on foreign aid.

C) To further the formal relationship and friendships that have been developed with the Moro church and people of Nyakach and to support and encourage the Pastor and congregation. 

Would you consider partnering with us in two tangible ways?

1) Would you please pray along with us about this trip? It will be a busy two weeks. Please pray for our health and safety. Pray also that we would listen well; hearing and truly understanding the needs of the area. If you would like to receive regular prayer requests and general updates, please send an email to

2) Would you consider helping us as we seek to raise the funds necessary for this trip? We each need to raise money and every dollar helps! Charitable Donation Receipts can be provided for all donations.

Donations can be made through this website.

Thank you for considering this opportunity; it will make an impact in many Kenyan’s lives!


Additional details:

Here are some additional details from our Teams official support letter:

"In the fall of 2011, Waverley sent a small team to Moro on an exploratory basis to meet the leadership of Moro AIC, to see their needs first-hand, and to gain an understanding of how Waverley Church could come alongside Moro AIC to support them in the important ministry work in which they are engaged. At that time, the leadership of Moro AIC presented Waverley’s team with their own five-year strategic plan. With many of Moro’s programs being in response to the social, environmental and economic conditions in which they serve, their strategic plan covers a great spectrum of needs, from the training of an additional pastor to providing training for their women’s ministry leaders, provision of safe drinking water for their community, building a home for the pastor and providing medical assistance, to name a few. The team then had the opportunity to spend time with various members of the church and community who would work in, or benefit from, these various ministries.

As Waverley has sought to establish a partnership with Moro AIC following that exploratory trip, much discussion has taken place amongst the Kenya planning team as to what it would look like for Waverley and Moro to “have equal concern for each other” (v. 25b). As we pray for wisdom to discern what our involvement may be in this partnership, we have been cautious to not adopt the common Western mentality that we must “do for”, or “fix the problems of”, this developing community – rather, how can we utilize our gifts and abilities to support the work that the Moro church is already doing?  We want to help without hurting or undermining the community and its culture and natural support systems . Having said that, we must also acknowledge that we live in a particularly affluent society, and our abilities should include financial resources directed to the work of Moro.

In the two-and-a-half years that have followed the exploratory trip, we have worked to find partners – other Canadian registered charities – through whom we could distribute funds for needs identified by the Moro church. We have recently been successful in forming two such partnerships – one with World Vision Canada, the other with Global Outreach Mission Canada – and we believe the time is right for another team to travel to Moro to further the work of this partnership.

The proposed trip will see the team depart on September 17/14 and return to Winnipeg on October 1/14, spending ten days in the Moro community. While an exciting component of this trip will be an opportunity for the team to participate in a celebration ceremony for the completion of the World Vision WASH Program at Moro, it is by no means the only objective of the trip. The team will also review Moro’s updated strategic plan and together strategize next steps, spend time exploring and encouraging each of Moro’s ministry teams, visit local schools and churches, and most importantly, spend time in fellowship with our Kenyan brothers and sisters.

As a team, we will be representing you, our church family, and our larger Christian family. Our hope is that this partnership will be something that we can all get excited about as we anticipate another opportunity to reach out and be a blessing another corner of the world.

We want to invite you to pray for this team, that our trip would be fruitful in continuing to build vital relationships with the Moro AIC leadership, and in assessing the needs for which we can continue to partner with them.

On behalf of the team, we want to thank you in advance for your prayers, encouragement and financial support."

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