As I sat down to write to you this year, I struggled to think of what to say. This year has been tragic in many ways, and I know many of you have fought your own hard battles. Yes, when looking back on 2020, I’m afraid the negative comes to mind first. Food insecurity is at an all-time high in the areas we serve after locusts and floods destroyed crops and closures blocked distribution routes. Diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS are out of control after public transportation shutdowns prevented people from getting life-saving medicine. And fear of a new and
Kinship United serves areas where disease, extreme poverty, armed conflict, and society’s structural breakdown cause families to decay. For millions of displaced, refugee, and scattered families, there is often a moment they realize they need to separate themselves from each other so they may survive. In humanitarian aid organizations there is a name for children who have lost protection of their parents and their community – these children are known as throwaways. May we take a moment of your time to tell you about Gloria? She is just one face among many who were in a very dangerous situation until
This year has been challenging for everyone. Covid-19, and its effects on schools, businesses, and families have reached into nearly every home across the globe. But the virus presents unique challenges for developing countries and our Kinship Projects. Fear is around every corner, it seems. But we can take comfort in remembering that Jesus came into a world full of chaos. God sent his son into a society riddled with unrest in order to bring us hope. This Christmas let’s move beyond fear and anxiety and use as our model our Savior who came to bring the world peace. As
COVID-19 has shaken the world in 2020. It’s hard to imagine the stress a rampant virus places on a community already severely lacking in resources. This new devastating challenge amplified their struggles, beyond the usual turmoil. But the hope you inspire through your generosity is helping “the least of these” survive a virus that wreaks havoc on their already dire daily lives. When the coronavirus entered Kenya, the Ephraim Kinship Project hurried to prepare. Their medical services are provided by the nearby Shekinah Glory Community Clinic, which is part of the Kinship. As the pandemic arrived, fear came with it.