Shalom Christian Missions
Shalom Christian Missions

December 2017 Newsletter

Press On!

It has been an honor for me to spend 6 months of this past year at New Beginnings, to make sure that your support for the children is being used in the best possible way. It has not always been an easy year in Kenya with political unrest, drought, and famine.

As I think back through these last 6 months there has been one resounding thing that I have felt God saying to me. It is the scripture that I ultimately used for our mission team this past year and it has given me the strength to continue throughout the year.

 "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

This has truly been a year to PRESS ON.

When our vehicle broke down, and left us stranded almost every time we took it out. I PRESS ON!

When we had to deal with lack of staff. I PRESS ON!

When the well broke down and we had no water. I PRESS ON!

When we had to watch, heartbroken, as some of our children made poor choices. I PRESS ON!

When some of our supporters had to leave us, for various reasons. I PRESS ON!

Things are not always easy and it is easy when things are tough to want to walk away, but when we know that we are doing what God has called us to do, we PRESS ON, not for ourselves but for the higher call that He has called us to. WE PRESS ON!

When a child comes to New Beginnings and has food to eat and a bed to sleep on. WE PRESS ON!

When you see a child come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. WE PRESS ON!

When you watch a young person, in disbelief, learn that they do not have to worry about tuition for school, they can just go and learn. WE PRESS ON!

When you know that each of these children depend on YOU. WE PRESS ON!

When you have a neighbor in real need and $10 can literally save a life. WE PRESS ON!

When you watch a deaf child begin to hear. WE PRESS ON!

We will continue to PRESS ON to that goal that He has called us. We hope that YOU will PRESS ON too. Now is not the time to give up or give in, it is the time to PRESS ON.

Thanks so much for your support of 'the least of these'. We cannot do it without YOU.

May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Calendar of Events

Operation Christmas Shoes

We are now collecting donations towards uniforms, shoes, and socks for each child at New Beginnings.

$25 will provide all three for a child. Can you help by giving for one or more children? You can donate through PayPal at this link. Choose "Operation Christmas Shoes" from the drop down menu. We will collect through December.

Want to give another Christmas gift to help the children?
Consider donating the gift of a window, door, table, or bench for our new dining hall/all purpose room.

We have relocated our dining hall and made it bigger and more accessible but we still need some things to finish it and make it nice for the children.

Give them a nice place to eat, study, worship, and fellowship

Choose "Building Fund" from the drop-down menu to make a donation!

  • Windows (we need 11 at $70 each) total $770
  • Doors (we need 2 at $60 each) total $120
  • Tables (we need 10 at $40 each) total $400
  • Benches (we need 20 at $15 each) total $300

Mark your donation 'Dining Hall'!

Schedule US!
We have open dates to share about what God is doing on a remote hillside in far off Kenya.
Please contact us to share about the miracles that God is doing.
Prepare to stand in AWE!

We will continue to collect undergarments of all sizes.
This is a need we always have.
Underwear, bras, slips, pjs.
All sizes.

We are also collecting gently used and new sneakers and soccer shoes.
Children through adult sizes. needed.

Mission Expedition 2018

Our 2018 teams forming.
Now is the time to submit your application and start planning.
Ticket prices are great!

All of our missionaries will enjoy an overnight safari on the world famous Masai Mara.
Our missionaries stay in missionary housing of brick construction, on the secure grounds of our children's center, in a very beautiful, remote area of Kenya.

Spend time immersed in the culture and lives of those who call New Beginnings Children's Center HOME.
Show the love of Jesus to the community.
Change their lives AND change your life...FOREVER!
Youth groups, families, singles, are all welcome.

Visit our Missions Page for more information and to download an application!

Want to stay longer?

2-6 month internship ($1000 for first month and $500 for each month thereafter)

 Long term mission opportunities available. Come LIVE in Kenya!
Visit our Long-Term Mission Opportunities page for details!

New Beginnings News

New Beginnings welcomed Velma this past month. Velma is 13 years old, and her brother, Kevin, has lived with us for about 5 years. We welcome Velma and pray that God will touch her heart and bring change in and through her.

We have some other children waiting for sponsors before they can become part of New Beginnings.

We also have some living at New Beginnings who are not fully sponsored, to send them out would be difficult for them and for those at New Beginnings.

These children are in desperate situations. Is God calling you to help?

Can you give a child the gift of HOPE?

School News

Our schools are currently on holiday break. Our 12th grade students just finished their final exams and are awaiting the results. 
While the holidays is here, New Beginnings is very active. Our teachers have returned for 2 weeks to hold special classes for the children. These include some life skills classes, Bible studies, and career and job option classes. This is a relaxing but informative time for our children.

Building News

Our building has stopped awaiting funding for the future. 
There is so much we hope to do to build for them this year.
We can't do it without YOU!!!
In 2018 we have a goal to build a new ECD(Early Childhood Development) section. Currently our ECD classrooms are falling apart and they must be torn down for the next section for our primary classroom. We have designated a area away from our primary classroom that will be fenced and will keep our youngest students safe. They will have their own playground and latrines. We want the classrooms to be a great place for our youngest children to begin to learn and be safe at the same time.

2018 Goals Cost  Donated  Still Needed
Preschool Classrooms $20,000 $0 $20,000
Vehicle $20,000 $0 $20,000
Green House/Water Harvesting $5,000 $0 $5,000
   $45,000  $0  $45,000

Our goal to get a new/used vehicle is a great need and we have placed it as part of our building plans because this vehicle is essential in the building of New Beginnings. This vehicle will be used in the transportation of basic food and supplies (including building supplies) for New Beginnings.

It will also be used to transport children and missionaries. We are not looking for a new vehicle (only new to New Beginnings). We are really in need of an older model Land Rover/Land Cruiser with an extended body which we think will be able to handle the rough terrain in our area. We are hoping that the projected cost will cover any needed repairs, insurance, etc. Please consider a donation to help us with this great need.

The type of vehicle we are praying for.

Can you help us Build for their Future?
Donate TODAY!

"Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness."  2 Corinthians 9:10

Please join us in praying for finances for all the building projects!

Child of the Month

Meet Ivad!

Ivad is 7 years old and will enter 2nd grade in January. She is a twin. Her twin sister lives with her mother. Ivad and her brother live at New Beginnings. She likes to play games and she likes going to school. She is a great student and often takes the top position in her class. Ivad loves her life at New Beginnings. Ivad has been without a sponsor for a couple years and will soon be sent to live at home, if we do not find a sponsor to help her.

Is God calling you to give the gift of HOPE to Ivad?

College/University Scholarship Program

Our 3 students who are our scholarship recipients for 2017 are all currently in school.
Please consider a donation to our Scholarship Recipients so that we can continue to keep them in school.

These students never dreamed they could go on to college/university, but God has made a way.
Give them an amazing future.

This year's recipients are:
Brighton, Stephen, and David

All three finished our sponsor program in 2016 and performed well enough to continue in further education.

They have been serving as interns with New Beginnings in 2017 and have proven to be godly young men of integrity and were then chosen as Scholarship Recipients for 2018.
To donate to our scholarship program online, choose "College/University Scholarship Fund" from the drop-down menu at this link.

If you would like it to go to a certain student, include their name on the Paypal comments page, or write it on a check that you can mail to our headquarters.

Children in Need

Currently we have many children living at New Beginnings who have lost their sponsors or are not fully sponsored. To remain in our program, we need your help to find them sponsors.
Please share this great need with your family and friends.

Meet Brian!

Brian is 13 and a total orphan. He is in class 6 and hopes to continue in school through high school He is in need of a partial sponsor to do this. Can you help Brian?

You can sponsor Brian or another child for $40 for partial sponsor or $80 for a full sponsorship per month.

A child is praying...are you the answer?
100% of all sponsor donations go to help the children.

Meet Cynthia!

Cynthia is 13 years old. Since her father's death, her mother has been unable to provide for the basic needs for Cynthia. Cynthia needs a partial sponsor. Is God calling you to help Cynthia?
You can sponsor Cynthia or another child for $40 for partial sponsor or $80 for a full sponsorship per month.

A child is praying...are you the answer?
100% of all sponsor donations go to help the children.

Meet Gabriel!

Gabriel is 15 and a total orphan. He just wants a chance in life, but he has lost his sponsor. He is in need of a full sponsor. Is God calling you to give Gabriel a gift of HOPE?

You can sponsor Gabriel or another child for $40 for partial sponsor or $80 for a full sponsorship per month.

A child is praying...are you the answer?
100% of all sponsor donations go to help the children.

If you would like to sponsor a child, you can do so at our Sponsor a Child page.
You can BE THE DIFFERENCE in the life of a child!

Shalom Christian Missions is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization,
dedicated to serving children in need throughout the world.
All donations are tax deductible.

Special Thanks to our Supporters:

A & R Rental Center - York, PA
Bob Evan's - Mansfield, OH
Cheddar's - Mansfield, OH
Brown Derby Roadhouse - Mansfield, OH
Freedom Wireless - York, PA
Kroger's - Bucyrus, OH
O'Charlie's - Mansfield, OH
Sleep Inn - Galion, OH
Ann Downing Ministries - Hendersonville, TN
Christ American Baptist Church Youth - Spring Grove, PA
Christ American Baptist Church - Spring Grove, PA
Crestline UMC Children - Crestline, OH    
Crestline UMC - Crestline, OH      
Eagle Christian Ministries - York, PA
Elisha's Home and Ministries - Montrose, PA
First Baptist Church - Smithville, TX
First Evangelical Lutheran Church Youth - Chambersburg, PA
First United Church of Christ - Schuykill Haven, PA
Harvest Chapel - Abbottstown, PA
Harvest Chapel Children's Ministry - Abbottstown, PA  
Trinity Lutheran Church - Crestline, OH      
Zion Bible Church - York, PA

May God bless you as you pray and give to help the children!
Donations may be made through paypal or you may send your donation to:

Shalom Christian Missions
1255 Mill Creek Rd
York, PA 17404
(717) 586-6945