Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb to Support AIDS Orphanage in Kenya, East Africa
Posted Aug 05 2008 12:21am
Written by Ray Young
When Christine and I led a short-term mission trip to Zambia, Africa, in 2003 withWorld Vision, we met an Anglican minister, Rev. Joseph Mumita, from Kenya who was also visiting the country and working with World Vision.
Over the past few years we’ve kept in touch and recently he agreed to take on a pretty outlandish task and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in Africa at 19,340 ft. – to raise money for Mother Mercy Home, an AIDS orphanage just outside of Nairobi. But that’s Rev. Joseph; he’s very giving. He once drove his beat-up car miles out of his way just to connect with an American aid worker who was a friend of a friend of mine, and who was feeling a bit lonely in a strange country.
Rev. Joseph is planning to do the climb in early September (1-6). The German Airline Lufthansa, through one of their community organizations called Human Cargo Care, has agreed to match any funds he can raise, which ideally will be $10,000. The money will go to build dormitories, an administration block, and to build a pharmacy to cater to the children and the local people. All of these things will help increase the capacity of the home by 50% to accommodate 124 children.
Working with a Christian organization calledMother’s Union, the Anglican Diocese of Mt. St. Kenya South facilitates the orphanage to provide basic needs: food, shelter and education. But most importantly, show them the love of God.
**** As most of you know, Africa is very dear to our hearts. Ray and I have seen first-hand how our meager offerings can do a world of difference. We ask that you will, at the very least, pray with us for the people of Africa, especially the lonely orphans.
If you can help support our friend, Rev. Joseph, with a tax deductable contribution to our church –Granite Springs Church– we can help him reach his goal to help the AIDS orphans. Please let me know if you feel so led, before August 25th, as the funds are due shortly thereafter.
Thanks for partnering with us to make a difference!