I’m excited to share with you about Amsterdam50’s mission trip to Kenya. I was blessed to have Imelda (Dutch woman) and Rony (Kenyan now living back in Kenya since Sept. 2015) as a part of the team. The December trip was our church’s 7th mission trip, continuing to build the relationship with these precious 31 orphan kids and staff. Relationship and Ministry to the orphan kids in Kenya Amstrdam50 and the CRCA (Community Recovery Center Africa) have had a relationship since December 2009 through Kenya Matters (www.kenyamatters.org). This Kenyan run and operated “safe house” is for orphan kids who come from the area around Naivasha in the Karai region/Rift Valley. Dorcas Wachira, the Director of the CRCA, continues to be a bright light in the kids lives, as she and her team provide guidance and direction through spiritual development, sound nutrition, good education, a safe place to live and developing hope for their futures. After her husband, Elijah, died (April 2013), the Lord led Dorcas to start a widow’s group for her own grieving process, but also to help dozens and dozens of others. Today that ministry has expanded into 3 groups providing encouragement to more than 100 women.
When I think of Dorcas and the ministry of the CRCA, I see James 1:27 being lived out: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV) In addition to assisting the orphans with their education, through fundraisers and a focus on the English language, Amsterdam50 also uses these trips to deepen our friendships, have fun, celebrate the birth of Jesus, put on the Nativity Play, help them develop spiritually and also to encourage the staff.