GlobalGrace Fellowship has a burden for Africa and its people. Africa is not only an extremely unique place; it is a land of extreme diversity. With over 600 million people living in more than 50 countries, there are hundreds of languages, cultures and people groups.
“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders… So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors—stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful refusing to give their hearts to God.” - Psalm 78:4-8
Francis and Kimberly Kamau
There are thousands of children who live in the hovels and the shacks of Mukuru Kayaba slum in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the place where Francis Kamau lived for 10 years. These children live in hopelessness, spiritual darkness, as well as physical deprivation due to hunger and neglect. Francis remembers the daily struggle to survive in the grinding poverty of the slums of Nairobi and how trapped and downhearted he felt without any hope of ever being able to get away. This all changed when at 17 years old somebody cared enough to introduce him to the Lord Jesus Christ. Though he continued living in the slums for another eight years, he now had a hope that God the Father, who created him, loved him and had a plan and purpose for his life. Francis went on to became a missionary in Russia, Ukraine, and more recently in Zambia where he and his family have been serving for several years.
Francis and Kimberly Kamau now live in Kenya to serve the Lord by promoting the truth of the Word of God to younger generations through:
Providing opportunities for children to learn about the mighty works of God and His Son Jesus Christ at Hope Anew Children’s Center
Encouraging hope and trust in God’s purpose for each child’s life through evangelism and discipleship
Facilitating programs to aid children in discovering their God-given talents and abilities through education, recreation and vocational training.
Dolfi and Gilagwenda Maunda
Datooga people live in a very remote area of Tanzania, Africa. As a people, they blend in with their environment, their dress being the color of the reddish brown soil. Only on closer inspection will they appear colorful with their patched leather dresses, bead work, and brass bracelets and necklaces. A prominent decoration is tattooing of circular patterns around the eyes. They are part of the broad Nilotic migration from the Sudan along the Nile River centuries ago.
Dolfi and Gilagwenda ‘Gil’ Maunda are serving among the Datooga people with a focus on evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and development. Their impact is seen by teaching adult literacy so the people can read God's Word. They are helping the government to implement school for the children.
A dried up well has become a tangible display of God’s power. With the words of a witch doctor’s curse still ringing in the people’s ears, a drilling rig arrived and dug two new wells. “I asked the engineer to check our original dried up well. So he lowered a pipe and turned on the air. Water and more water gushed out as the Datooga watched in amazement. The engineer was so excited that he shouted to the people, ‘Witch doctors have no power. Only God!’ What a time of praise! They kept pumping until everyone got their water and all the goats and cows drank their fill. GOD in his great wisdom and mercy temporarily stopped the well so that Gidamilanda would be blessed with more wells and the people would see that witch doctors are powerless when confronted by the living God!”
Hudson and Kristina Shires
Hudson and Kristina Shires are from Nebraska and are serving in partnership with GGF and a production ministry that works to bring the gospel to the lost through the power of media and the creative arts. Leveraging the web, satellite television, and relationships, God is moving mightily to bring the saving news of His love to those who would otherwise have no way to hear the Gospel.
Whether it be parenting their eight children, leading Bible studies, participating in music and media ministries, or simply getting to know the people around them, the Shires family believes that they have been called by God to be witnesses and encouragers to the lost and to the global community of believers.
James and Britney Maples
God gave James and Britney a burden for the lost in East Africa many years ago as James served short term in Kenya every summer. Over the course of several years, God made it clear that Kenya was the place to which He was calling their family. As they served in their local church through leadership, short term missions, refugee and international ministry, and children’s ministry, they prayed for clarity and direction from the Lord.During that time God grew their faith and used many situations and ministry opportunities to prepare them to serve Him in Kenya. God opened and closed several doors in incredible ways to bring them to GlobalGrace Fellowship and Hope Anew Ministries in Nairobi, Kenya. They will partner with the Kamau family to bring the gospel and the truth of God’s Word to the younger generation through the Hope Anew children’s center in Makuru Kayaba slum.
RICHARD AND PATRICIA MORRIS
How do we bring new vitality and witness where the church is poor, marginalized and persecuted? This is the challenge that Richard and Patricia have taken on with others through their work with training ministries around the world, such as Open Doors in Africa, and Increase Association in Malaysia. The need to renew the church to meet an array of new challenges has led Richard and Patricia to provide leadership in forming a multi-agency initiative called WITH. This multi-agency team undertakes projects to renew training programs so that training is more likely to produce transformation in the lives of pastors and leaders and to equip them to be effective agents of change in their churches and communities. Richard and Patricia are based in southern California but spend much of their time in Africa and beyond.
SCOTT AND KATHI DERSE
Scott and Kathi and their 4 children have been involved in short and long-term missions serving orphaned and at-risk children for many years in East Africa. For all of these children, spiritual discipleship and educational opportunity is paramount in helping to rescue them from abject poverty and hopelessness. Their good friends, Gil and Dolfi Maunda, have been serving the Datooga people in Tanzania for many years digging wells, planting churches and building primary schools. Secondary school opportunities are very limited due to spiritual/financial/cultural barriers. The Derse’s are honored and excited to have been asked to partner with Gil and Dolfi to start a secondary school sponsorship program to help address these needs of God’s children in this remote area of Tanzania.
Yamawega, which literally means “changed life” in the Datooga language, is the name of this secondary school scholarship program that pairs eligible students with prayerfully committed sponsor families for the 4 years of their secondary school education. This opportunity is a great testimony to the goodness of God in these childrens’ lives. It is thrilling to see these students having the luxury to dream about what God’s plans can hold for their futures. We pray that many of these kids will attend Bible school, become teachers and health professionals and then return to this region to plant and pastor new churches and serve in their respective areas of training as the work continues to spread the Gospel in this remote area of Africa!
The Eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo is known for it’s multiple rebel groups and militias that terrorize the local population, recruit child soldiers and have led to an occupying UN force to try and combat the never ending conflicts. The North Kivu Province is rich in resources, but plagued with abject poverty, disease, tribal conflicts, unrest, instability and a general mistrust of outsiders. It is also known for its’ mineral wealth and exploitation by foreign actors. Following the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990’s, the city of Goma was front and center for refugees pouring in from Rwanda, resulting in a subsequent genocide in Congo on the outskirts of the city. In the 2000’s, a civil war broke out in Congo and resulted in many internally displaced peoples fleeing to Goma for protection. In the midst of this war, the city of Goma was covered in lava from a volcano eruption. In 2012, the M-23 rebel group seized the city from the UN and occupied it for nearly a year.
Goma has been under constant conflict, occupation, and even destruction since the 1990’s. But the resilience of the city and its’ people brings new meaning to the verse from Isaiah 61: to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. The people of Goma have so much to teach the world about joy and praise in the midst of suffering.
Michelle Smith works in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo with the Nouvelle Communaute de l’Esperance (New Hope Community) churches. She focuses on eduction and art therapy for trauma healing. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Lee University, as well as continuing education from Central Florida College. The NCE community believes in transforming communities of conflict with the love of Christ and works in the inner city of Goma as well as a former refugee camp and IDP camp on the outskirts of the city. There is an outreach and possible future church plant in Masisi, an area of constant conflict and the source of many of the internally displaced persons arriving in Goma. She partners with various organizations based in Goma, as well as across the border in Rwanda, to share art therapy programs that they can initiate in their work. She writes curriculum and instructs teachers in basic literacy and math teaching to improve the outcomes of students in schools around Goma.
NCE transforms communities through:
NCE churches - located in the inner city of Goma, Birere, as well as on the outskirts of the city in Mugunga.
Leadership Trainings - open to church members, as well as the general community to teach Biblical leadership skills.
Complexe Scolaire Espérance (Hope School) - an elementary school in the former refugee and IDP camp of Mugunga with a feeding program to battle malnutrition in the poorest area of the city.
Esther Project - a sewing project to give skills to the people that can translate into finding work or establishing their own business.
Prison Ministry - weekly ministry in the local adult and juvenile prisons.
Trauma Healing - in the form of art, sports, and dance therapy; initiated in the Hope School and the NCE churches, and now being taken to street children in order to build up the capacity to overcome trauma.