Sulphur Springs Christian Church is hosting golf outing Aug. 7 to support a mission in Kenya.
Mahali pa Maisha, Swahili for “A Place of Life”, is an adoption ministry in the African country that shows the love of Jesus Christ and shares His hope by enriching the overall holistic health of abandoned babies and vulnerable children.
The Mahali pa Maisha Annual Golf Outing begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at Memorial Park Golf Course.
Entry fee is $50 per player. You can also sponsor a team for $200. Registration must be received by Friday, July 22.
A Silent Auction, dinner and awards will be presented in the outdoor shelter at Memorial Park Golf Course following the outing. Dave and Jen Bell will also share a presentation and update about the Mahali pa Maisha ministry.
Sulphur Springs Christian Church is also providing sponsorship opportunities for the golf outing.
Sponsor a cart for $25 or sponsor a hole for $50. Give $500 to become a Simba (lion) level sponsor or $1,000+ to become a Tembo (elephant) level sponsor.
Donations of any kind are appreciated and will receive recognition.
Please provide payment and information for sponsorship signage by July 24.
For more information, contact church member Amanda Norris at (765) 465-2930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norris said the Mahali pa Maisha ministry, in just over 10 years, has rescued more than 275 infants who had been abandoned, discarded, or were simply unwanted.
“A vast majority of them have been adopted by loving Kenyan families,” Norris said. “Kenya does not allow open adoptions, so although many have asked about adopting one of the precious littles, we cannot… yet. We are always praying that Kenya will open adoptions again (they’ve only been closed 6 or so years).”
Norris said people in Henry County can help the ministry with events like the golf outing or even becoming a “baby booster.”
“Baby boosters” sponsor a child’s care for $50 a month. Information on becoming a baby booster is available at mpmkenya.org.
Story from the field
Sulphur Springs Christian Church sent a team of church members on a two-week mission to the Mahali pa Maisha ministry in March.
Amy Roeder shared her experience at http://www.mpmkenya.org/stories -from-the-field
“Visiting Africa was something I thought I would only experience through books, movies, and pictures. However, that changed when my church took a mission trip to Dave and Jen Bell’s rescue mission for abandoned babies,” Roeder wrote. “I had the opportunity to travel to a fascinating land that would allow my boundary lines to fall in safe places by traveling with experienced leaders and friends to Mahali pa Maisha where I saw firsthand some of God’s precious babies that had been rescued and given the opportunity to life.
“The MpM compound is an amazing and beautiful place! Each day was like stepping out into a summer day with the warm sunshine and birds chirping everywhere,” she continued. “Dave and Jen Bell both have been given a unique, specialized skill set that allow this rescue facility to be effectively managed. How do you care for 14 babies at a time? Ask Jen to help you organize a schedule!”
Roeder said the baby center provides tender loving care that lets infants thrive. Her team helped with feeding time each day.
“It was a privilege to help the women who care for these babies every day. It was clear from the workers’ faces that they loved every one of the these babies!” she said.
“How do you keep a property efficiently maintained AND help your surrounding community become a better place?” Roeder continued. “Ask Dave, because he keeps things running like a well-oiled machine and has a heart for building relationships for the Kingdom. When our team was not helping at the compound, we enjoyed meeting many different people in the community. Whether we visited the local Maasai men and women, or children in the orphanage or village, the common factor with all of them was the joy that radiated from their faces, voices, and music. This joy is what my Western world needs.”
Roeder said every day brought work, fun and fellowship. She loved the experience of going to church and being moved by the Holy Spirit some 8,000 miles from home.
The mission trip ended with a safari. She said seeing so many zoo animals outside the zoo was awesome and fun.
“However, the highlight of each day for me was dinner time when Dave, Jen, Ethan, Selah, and Shaddy would join us for supper,” Roeder said. “Nothing replaces food and fellowship with God’s people. It is an encouragement to see what God will do when His people are obedient to His calling.”
Learn more about the Mahali pa Maisha ministry at mpmkenya.org.