“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
The COVID-19 situation has affected us all on some level. Some have contracted it, others have lost jobs, and for us all social life as we knew it was altered. However, our brothers and sisters in Kenya were hit very hard by the situation.
Like many countries, Kenya underwent a lockdown where people were not permitted to work in the markets. However, this meant no source of income at all, and many of these people lived very much day by day. The unemployment rate skyrocketed to around 80% at one point. People were very quickly without food or means to provide for themselves.
M3 is not legally permitted to send funds to be used for necessities such as that because of how our budget is laid out. It would technically be laundering money. However, for the people in the ministry on whose heart the Lord placed it to give to help with such practical needs, we were able to connect with One Place, Inc. One Place is the ministry that supports much of what Pastor Fred Indangasi does, and they are great friends and supporters of M3. So, we let the attendees of M3 know that if they wanted to give in support, that they can do so through One Place, Inc. and we would ensure that the funds are directed appropriately.
To date $6,975.84 has been sent over to meet these needs! Such an amount is able to cover far more than it could here in the USA. This is how we make sure that the funds are distributed correctly on the ground in Kenya: we are connected to 3 local Kenyan pastors with whom we meet every single week. We trust them. They will take the funds, purchase food, and then distribute the food to those in their church and community. They will then send us pictures.
This is what has been funded through such generous gifts:
- Food for many families (especially widows).
- Food and basic needs for 6 children whose mother just died (leaving them as orphans–their father left years ago and their grandparents are deceased). Three months’ worth of for has been given to them.
- A new roof for a widow’s house that had holes in it.
- A small startup fee for a few widows to begin their own small business in the marketplace so that they can be self-sustaining.
- An orphanage that one of the pastors is about to open up that already has 14 orphans committed to it.
- Paying off two separate landlords so that two of the pastors we are connected to didn’t get evicted.