Follow 5 Short Stories Sept - Nov 2017





Story by NWMN Missionary Mike Ness


Mike & Kari Ness work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are the Team Leaders for Africa’s Children – NOW Initiative. They continue to work with national church leaders, missionaries and local churches to build strong national children’s ministry programs to reach and disciple children. Their vision is to work in partnership with national churches to reach Africa’s next generation, one child at a time.


 

Providing Schools Are a Lasting Gift of Compassion for Impoverished Children
 
The village of Sombo is located in the semi-arid region of Northeastern Kenya, near the Somali border. It is only 10 miles away from the infamous town of Garissa where Al-Shabab terrorists killed nearly 150 students at the Garissa University in 2015.
 
In 2001 the Kenya Assemblies of God started an openly Christian school in this Northeastern Kenya village at the invitation of community leaders. This area, close to the Somali border, is practically 100% Muslim and open evangelism is impossible. The first year there were 174 students! The school has continued to grow in the face of huge challenges and today there are over 400 Muslim students enrolled.
 

 
"The school has continued to grow
in the face of huge challenges
and today there are over
400 Muslims students enrolled."

One young Somali student, we’ll call him Abdi, went to the school during his elementary school years. He was a very bright and determined young student and he was sponsored to go to the high school in a neighboring city. After high school, he was able to immigrate to Canada as a refugee and is studying at Edmonton University to become a pilot. Abdi has said that he wants to return to his village someday so that he can motivate students at his old school to pursue their dreams. The school in this village community transformed Abdi’s life in a way no one could have imagined.

 
 
Jump with me to the other side of the continent, to the West African country of Senegal. Senegal is 91% Muslim and almost entirely Muslim in the northern part of the country. Missionaries have started a school in a northern city to meet the educational needs of that community.



The missionary tells the story of a little girl who attends that school. Her father was hired as the guard for the school. Part of his salary was that his daughter would get to attend school for free. She was one of only 9 students enrolled the first year the school opened.
 
"It has been said that education
is the one thing in life that
changes your future.
Providing quality education
is one of the most compassionate
things we can do
for children growing up in poverty."

Although malnourished, she was taller than all her classmates because she was starting school at such a late age. She was so weak that she could not even control her bodily functions, let alone pay attention in class. The director of the school, a Christian from the south of Senegal, took her to his home every day after class for a good meal and extra help with homework. By the end of the first year of school she was doing great and her parents were amazed with her progress. The transformation in this little girl’s life encouraged other parents to invest in their children’s education. In just two years the enrollment has grown to over 150 and the current facility is maxed out.
           
It has been said that education is the one thing in life that changes your future. Providing quality education is one of the most compassionate things we can do for children growing up in poverty. It provides them with the tools they need to change their lives for the better. Not only are hundreds of students being impacted every year at these schools, the teachers have the opportunity to demonstrate Christ’s love to their students every day and are a living testimony to families and community leaders.
 
NOW is the time to change the lives of African children through quality Christian education.
 
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