Kinship means surviving together, helping each other, and working with one another to solve a problem. The people in our Kinship churches have taken this philosophy to heart and are living it out every day.
One Kinship Church that is working to solve a problem in their community is the Manasseh Kinship Church. Along with providing a home for orphans, the Manasseh Kinship Church focuses on ministering to women and children from the Pokot tribe. The Pokot tribe believes that women are only good for child bearing and shouldn’t be involved in meaningful discussions or community engagements. These beliefs have made it difficult for women to make a difference in their community.
Pastor Martin wanted to positively impact the women and children in the Pokot tribe and he has been able to do that by helping them start a knitting business. Pastor Martin helped the women establish micro finances in order to get the supplies they needed to start their business. The women in the village use their knowledge of knitting to make ponchos, hats, and other items to sell for a profit. This business has made a huge difference in the community, but even more importantly in the lives of each of the women who now have the ability to work.
Another Kinship that has taken to heart the philosophy of working together is the Kireka Kinship Church. Just like Pastor Martin, Pastor Pauline wanted to find a way to encourage the women of the community. Pastor Pauline decided to teach the women in the Kinship Church and neighboring area how to bake. The women have been learning how to bake cakes, buns, and pizzas. These women now have the opportunity to provide different kinds of foods for their families and they are also looking into selling the baked goods as well.
Both of these Kinships are making a tangible difference in the lives of women who have been mistreated and overlooked most of their lives. Not only are they teaching these women how to provide for themselves and their families, but they are also telling them about how much Christ values each of them as a person.
Thank you for your support and the difference you are making in the lives of these Kinship Churches and their communities!