WELCOMEWelcome to Shalom Christian Missions website. We hope that you will be blessed by what God is doing through this ministry "to preserve and protect precious lives". The lives of innocent children.
Please join us in our efforts through prayer, financial support, and/or by joining us as we journey to this remote bush village in western Kenya to serve the orphans, widows and community. We are witnessing many miracles as we work together with this community. God is bringing transformation! All glory to our Lord, Jesus Christ!
Operation Christmas Shoes: Our goal for "Operation Christmas Shoes" for 2013 is $3000. For an orphan in Kenya to own a real pair of shoes is only a dream. When a child comes to New Beginnings Children's Center and is given a pair of shoes for school it is a miracle. This year we hope to give each child a real, new pair of school shoes and a new school uniform to start the 2014 school year. For $25 you can provide this for one child. Please consider any amount to help us reach our goal. Love a child, change a nation! Your gift is tax deductible. Thank you!
Become part of our 'Hearts for Children' club. Commit to $10 or more per
month to help us continue to build for the future of the children in
need currently focused in the Nyanza in Kenya.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations are tax deductible and non-refundable.
Our staff is an all volunteer staff, we have little to no administrative
costs, the donations you give go to help the children. Because we are
aware that corruption is common in many developing countries, we will
investigate each project we support to assure accountability and proper
conduct. If any discrepencies are found, we will endeavor to uncover
truth in the matter to assure your donation is being used for the
purpose intended. If we suspect the donation is being misused, we
may, at our discretion, withhold or redirect the donations until such
time that the issues have been addressed and resolved. We do this for
the protection of those who support this ministry and the children it
Please note that any association with our former director, Simon Ochola and his center SCC, has been severed, since we have found overwhelming evidence of corruption and child abuse (physical, neglect, and sexual). For anyone who would continue to support this type of behavior in a foreign country, only causes more harm to the children involved. If you are supporting Simon Ochola in anyway, we urge you to reconsider for the sake of the children he continues to abuse. Simon Ochola has since changed the name of his children's center to Dala Kwe in an attempt to seek support and his school is called Mordecai.
April UPDATE: Simon Ochola was arrested 4/1/12 and faces charges of sex abuse against the children in his care. He is out on bail awaiting his trial. Pray for justice!
Oct UPDATE: After several days of appearing in court for hearings to decide if the case would proceed, it was motioned that there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. The first day of the trial was on October 10th. The first witness to testify was the alleged victim who spoke for over an hour on the attrocities she endured under her alleged assailants care. The trail will reconvene on Oct 30th when 2 additonal witnesses for the prosecution will take the stand. The trial will most likely take longer than these two dates, as there are many others who are willing to testify against the assailant. Continue your prayers for justice.
Oct 30th UPDATE: Day two of trial is complete with the victims mother testifying the entire day on how she has given up everything to fight for her daughters rights against an abusive assailant whom she thought was to be caring for her child. The trail will reconvene on Nov 26th. Continue prayers for justice.
January 2013 UPDATE: Two more days of the trial have come and gone. It has become evident that corruption surrounds this trial. From witnesses being refused to testify because of how they sign their name to the baby's DNA results not available and then delayed in getting to the court, by false notes. It is a travasty of the Kenyan legal system. Please keep this case in prayer as it continues. So many women and children suffer under the corruption that is allowed to take place in Kenya. Pray for justice!!
March 2013 update: After a nurse was prevented from testifying 2 times due to the way she signs her name, the third time she finally testified to the dates that the victim came for a pregnancy test and also the date that she came seeking help from a botched abortion forced at the hands of Simon Ochola. The DNA is finally complete on the victims child and now we are waiting for the doctor to present the eveidence to the court. We have had 3 court dates without the doctor showing up. A warrant has been issued for his arrest to appear in court. Once the DNA is presented the judge will rule on the case. Continue to pray for justice!
Simon Ochola Defilement Trial Update:
The DNA was finally admissible evidence in the case, when the doctor who did the
test took the stand as a witness to state that the DNA proves 99.9% positive
that Simon Ochola is the father of the baby to the victim. The prosecution closed by stating
that Simon IS the father, they have proved beyond a doubt that the victim was
well underage when the defilement took place and that it went on for some time
before this pregnancy by proof of a previous pregnancy and botched abortion, at
the hands of Simon Ochola. Of which the victim almost died. Proof of a pay off
deal that never happened, with a police officer as a witness, showed proof that
Simon tired to hide the fact previously that he was defiling this child by
claiming she was older and would become his bride. Testimony by the victim of
how she was forced into having sex with Simon Ochola at various locations in the
house where he was to be caring for her and other children. The victims mother
testified that he also admitted to defiling her daughter to her and offered to
pay for her daughters schooling if the mother remained silent and that both her
and her daughter have been threatened for bringing charges against Simon Ochola.
The prosecution finished their closing statement. March 22nd was to be Simon's
turn to testify. According to Kenyan law, he had three choices; 1. Testify but
not under oath with no cross examination. 2. Testify under oath, opening it up
for cross examination. 3. Place himself at the mercy of the court and say
nothing. Simon choose option 2. Then Simon appealed to have the case moved to a
higher court. The Judge and prosecutor refused his request and now Simon has
until April 28th to appeal to a higher court on his own or through his highly paid attorney. On April 29th court
will resume with Simon testifying. Since Simon has stated he has no other
witnesses, after he testifies they will set a date for the ruling. Join us in
praying for justice to prevail for the protection of so many young girls. Many
of the older girls at New Beginnings have opened up about the atrocities they lived
under as Simon typically began to defile them around age 13-14. Sometimes all they
can say as they remember is "He is a very evil man." Pray for healing for the many children he has abused.
May trial update: The defilement case against Simon Ochola was placed on hold when all the criminal judges were ordered to go to Nairobi for training (possibly by the new president of Kenya) on keeping corruption out of the courts. The next date for the case will be June 11th. Please keep praying for justice to be served and for honesty and integrity in the courts of Kenya.
Update on Trial: In June Simon Ochola lost his bailbond when his former driver revoked the bail. This delayed the trial as no testimony was given but Simon was given 10 days to post bail again. Testimony was delayed until Aug. August court date Simon's advocate was not present and was given a new date to appear to represent his client. The end of Sept Simon and his advocate testified on his behalf. The date was set for Oct 11th for the judgement. Oct 11th the courts were not in session because of court ordered meetings in the AM. About 30 cases were on the docket for the afternoon. Simon's case seemed to be the last and when time ran out it was postponed until Oct 14. October 14th court date, the Simon Ochola case was delayed until the afternoon at which time they postponed his judgement date to Nov 9th. No wonder Kenya has so many problems with such a slow court system that seems set up to encourage criminals to compromise witnesses, judges, etc.
After nearly 20 months in the courtsystem in Kenya, on this day the 22, of November, 2013, Simon Ochola was pronounced guilty of defiling a child who was placed in his care. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail. The victim who came forward and her mother were present in the court room for the judgement. May this help all the other girls who were also victims of this man, who were too fearful to come forward, to heal from the wounds he placed upon them. May God reach the heart of Simon Ochola as he sits in jail, where no other children can be harmed by him. To God be the glory for justice that has been served. Our God is a just God!
During 2011 we suspected and confirmed by investigations that our former director, Simon Ochola, was corrupt and abusing the children he was entrusted to overseeing. We choose to discontinue any support for him and at the urging of the community we began a new children's center called, New Beginnings. We have begun to build again. This center is currently under the watchful eye of Nyasoti New Beginnings Community Based Organization with a diverse board from the community to help protect what takes place. We have also made a decision to keep an American director on the ground as much as possible. Currently we have 10 temporary classrooms for the children to attend school plus a school office. We have 1 mud house built for our director and an office and store room. We have a dorm built for some of our girls. We have also placed a water harvesting tank at the school, to collect rain water. We have built a kitchen and a large dining hall for the children. We are progressing on to building 2 dorms for the boys with a room in the middle for a house mother to oversee them and a second dorm for the girls. In the future we need to errect 2 more temporary classrooms and get 4 more houses in place to eliminate crowding for the resident children. Any donations to build for their future will be greatly appreciated. We have committed to keeping an American on the ground in Kenya to help keep the corruption out.