“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)
In the small town of Uriri, Kenya a small group of believers meet regularly to fellowship together and hear Pastor Philip Ochieng preach. These faithful few believers have a big heart for Jesus Christ and a mission to reach their community with the Gospel.
This small gathering meets in a little room on the first floor of the largest building in town. Through much prayer and faith these believers built that building and it stands as a testimony to God’s provision and an answer to years of prayer. Dedicated to the glory of God, that structure is a place of worship and a place of outreach. It is home to orphans, a place of learning, and a symbol of hope and salvation.
This is Grace Outreach Mission and today God is using these faithful believers to make a big impact in the lives of their community. Through seemingly insignificant numbers, God is doing big things. The church leadership and its members are pressing on, united in a common mission and vision to share the Gospel. They are pouring their lives out to the orphans and widows entrusted to them in their time of need. They are working hard to improve the surrounding community to ensure a better future for the upcoming generations.
Grace Outreach Orphanage focuses on caring for and bringing up local orphans in the Lord. The orphanage strives to give the children a strong work ethic through both disciplined study and a technical training center. The children have the opportunity to attend school and increasing numbers are qualified to go onto secondary school. The children are well fed and cared for, yet they have definite responsibilities that help to enforce the work ethic and develop a sense of belonging, self-worth and dignity. These children are the future of their communities. The leadership of Grace Outreach is seeing to it that they know Christ and have skills that will impact their villages for the Lord.
With so much need and so many mouths to feed Grace Outreach Farm Project was started. A portion of the 20 acres is dedicated to raising maize to assist in feeding the orphans and the remainder produces cash crops of both maize and sugar cane. Sometimes keeping up with farm production can be costly and difficult, particularly since the sugar cane is a two-year crop and is the primary source of revenue. With little money and the rising cost of seeds and fertilizer the leadership is struggling to sustain the project. The old tractor, rented from a local farmer, is proving unreliable with frequent mechanical problems. With a new tractor of its their own, the GOM farm project could not only continue, but expand.
Harvesters International Ministries’ mission statement reiterates that part of its mission the creation of self-supporting, indigenously-led, reproducing churches. GOM is closer to that goal than any of our other current partners and with a little assistance; this partnership may become a testimony of what God’s people can do through prayer and fulfillment of His scriptures.
“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.” Deut. 10:18