News about our Foreign Mission:
Living Hope High School and Orphanage, Bungoma Kenya
Living Hope is an accredited residential Christian school that has been in existence since 2010 in Bungoma, Kenya – 8 hours north of the capital of Nairobi. Eighty eight impoverished teens who live and are educated at Living Hope have lost one or both parents due to AIDS, desertion or disease. Some have both parents but live in abject poverty. Students fortunate enough to be accepted to live and study at Living Hope find their lives radically changed as they experience, many for the first time, a bed to sleep in, three meals a day and the opportunity to envision a bright future.
Jarrettown Church’s association with Living Hope began in 2014 when member Connie Damon went to the Eastern United Methodist Annual Conference and spoke with the Director of Volunteers in Mission. After learning of the opportunity to serve in Kenya, she was paired with a team of volunteers from West Virginia going to Living Hope the following January for three weeks. This was the first time a mission team had gone to Living Hope.
After seeing the many needs the new school had, Connie returned to Jarrettown Church to share with the congregation her experiences. She asked her church family if they would help to raise money to dig a well so the children could have fresh water and thus eliminate the rampant Typhoid at the school. Within a month, the $15,000 was donated and the well was dug, radically changing the lives of the students……and yes, Typhoid was eradicated.
Since then, Connie has returned to Living Hope six times thus far and has returned to the congregation with news of a new project which will improve the lives of the students. Jarrettown has provided a van for emergency transport (the only vehicle in the area), built the Healing Hut which provides medical support on the campus for students, paid for hiring of a nurse and medicines to stock the Healing Hut, helped with needed repair of buildings, and most recently purchased an adjoining piece of property where a new dorm will be built.
The students at Living Hope are unable to pay for secondary school. Were it not for the generosity of U.S. sponsors, the students would not be able to stay there. The cost to sponsor a student is $110/month. Donations are the only source of revenue for Living Hope. The school has the Advance Mission designation from the General Board of Global Missions of the United Methodist Church but it does not receive any monies from the Methodist Church. Jarrettown’s Adult Sunday School Class sponsors a student who is now a senior and planning to go off to college to study Law. Connie, who sponsors two students, (one of whom is now a junior at the University of Mombassa) continues to be fervent in her search for sponsors for the students.
The Bible instructs us in James 1:27 to care for orphans in their troubles. Jarrettown Church is committed to putting Jesus’ Word into practice through the support of the Living Hope students with prayers, love, time, and money.