Shalom Christian Missions
Shalom Christian Missions

December 2019 Newsletter

Is There Room For Him?

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, I hope you will take time to prepare your hearts. As you make room in your home for all the holiday decor and extra table settings to include everyone, remember to make room in your heart for Jesus. Don't let all the busyness distract you from finding time to worship HIM and make room for HIM. He is knocking. Will you answer?

This past year has been an amazing year of making room for Jesus. Every time we felt we were getting things under control and most of our children were sponsored, God changed things around and suddenly some who were sponsored were suddenly not sponsored when a few sponsors had life changing events.

As we began to work out how to care for those who were not sponsored, and search for new sponsors, our district children's office sent us some children in need of help. This included a boy with a learning disorder, two young children whose mother could no longer make ends meet. Another child was brought to us whose father recently passed, leaving her alone at home. Not much later a pregnant teen was brought to us. She was soon followed by 2 small children whose father was sent to jail, leaving them alone. They were followed by another special needs girl who appears to be autistic and in need of a safe place to live. And then another pregnant teen. Not too mention some boys who have come our way and we have cared for them and then sent our staff out to find their homes and returned them to their families. How do we turn them away?

Some days I just cry out to God that we cannot take any more, we are stretched too far, but the next day another child comes. How do you look into the eyes of a child who is desperate for help and tell them you are unable to help them? We are the only home for children in our district and the need is very great. If we turned them out, we would be turning Jesus away from these children. For most of them we are often the first place they have ever felt safe and secure when they lay their heads down to sleep at night. It is often the first time in their lives that they knew they would have food to eat each day. It is often the first time these children knew they could attend school everyday instead of working for food somewhere. 

So why do we accept those children whom no one else wants? Why when it means we must stretch our means to care for them, find another bed, blanket, clothes, and food for one more? We do it because we have committed to find room for Jesus, wherever and when ever He comes.  We are the first glimpse of Jesus to these children. We must make room for HIM by making room for them.

We cannot do it without YOU. Please consider making room for HIM this Christmas by making room for one of them. What can seem like a stretch for you or a sacrifice of some small amount, is the gift of HOPE to them. It means life knowing you are safe in exchange for a life of fear and uncertainty. YOU can make the difference.

This year we have 14 students who are finishing our sponsor program. Many of these children have been with us since they were very small. Without a sponsor who cared about them, their lives would have been very different. In an area where child trafficking is very high along with prostitution, some of these children might not be alive today without YOUR help. Some have faced illnesses and medical emergencies that would have gone untended without you, probably leading to death. Most would not have had an opportunity to finish grade school and providing for themselves would have become desperate, leading to selling themselves or theft to survive.

BUT for these 14, their future is very bright. Some will be accepted into universities and colleges, others are already seeking and finding job opportunities. Many are the first in their families to finish high school. As they say, "YOU have made me to be a somebody." Life for an orphan or desperate child means they are a nothing, but you have changed that so that now they are someone who can contribute to society. They are so very grateful. Thank you just never seems like it is enough to express the gratitude. Please know that to these children YOU are the most important person they will ever know. YOU have changed their life. 

Can YOU find room for Jesus if it means you must give up something else? I hope your answer is YES. 

"For unto us a child is born..." Is there room in YOUR heart for Jesus today?

May God bless you this season and always.

Operation Christmas Shoes

Give a child the gift of new shoes, school uniform, and socks for Christmas.
Let them start the new school year in January feeling good.


For $25 you can provide a child with a new school uniform, socks, shoes, and new school books for them to start the new year in 2020.
Consider a gift for 1 or more children. Our goal is to give to every child (a total of 122 at this time).
Make their Christmas a little brighter.

Our Children's Choir

Our Children's Choir
Enjoying beauty after their lives seemed destroyed.

If you would like to hear them singing, we would be happy to bring them to you via video. 
Contact us TODAY!

Let's do Coffee or Dinner!

We have open dates and would love to meet with you and a couple friends for coffee or dinner for a chance to share what God is doing on a remote hillside in far off Kenya.
Contact us today to set up your date.
We can't do it without YOU!!

Volunteer Days

We apologize for the postponement of our Volunteer Days. We are still working out the details to do this. Our next projected date will be in May when we will work on gifts for the children. We will post a date and time later.
Contact our office if you are interested in getting involved.

Mission Expedition 2020

Now is the time to submit your application and start planning for July of 2020. 
Spend your days immersed in the culture and lives of the children who call New Beginnings Children's Center HOME.

Show the love of Jesus to a remote community through home visits to their modest mud houses while taking supplies to the poorest widows.

Change their lives AND change your life...FOREVER!

Our missionaries enjoy an overnight safari on the world famous Masai Mara. 
July/August teams often experience the migration season.

Our missionaries stay in missionary housing of brick construction on the secure grounds of our children's center in a very beautiful, remote part of Kenya.
Youth groups, families, and singles are all welcome. 

2020 Summer Trip!

July 17 - August 2, 2020* (2 weeks) $1500 + airline ticket (currently some great deals on airline) 
July 3 - August 2, 2020* (1 month) $2000 + airline ticket
*All dates are tentative until airfare is booked.
Looking for other dates? Contact us.
There is still time to apply but do so quickly!!

2021 Winter Trip!

February 15-February 29, 2020* (2 weeks) $1500 + airline ticket
January 29 - February 29, 2020* (1 month) $2000 + airline ticket
*All dates are tentative until airfare is booked.
Looking for other dates? Contact us. 

Travel as a group OR travel alone and make new friends who will serve with you.
Discounts for leaders (of groups of 10 or more) and we do all the training/planning. Make plans to bring your whole group.
Must be 13 or older to travel without a parent or guardian
Set up the dates NOW while there is plenty of space open.
Visit our Missions page for an application or call 717-586-6945.

All dates are tentative until airfare is booked.
Can't make these dates? Contact us for other dates.

This is a unique opportunity to experience life in a very remote part of the world. 
Don't pass it up!


For those who would like to spend a month or more with us, you can request to come as an intern.
Interns will be assigned a certain job to do while you are at New Beginnings.
Must be over 18 years of age to apply as an intern. Find details at our Long-term Missions page.

Contact our office for details!

New Beginnings News

School News

Primary School
Our primary school is very pleased with the results of our students who took their national exams. Our school finished top in the district and sub county. A BIG thank you to our children and staff who worked very hard to make this happen. The future is looking very bright for all of our students who will move on to secondary school. WAY TO GO!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!


Secondary School
We still await the results of our students national exams. We are believing that our students did very well. At this time we think we will have about 5 students who will make the mark to be accepted into a university. Please keep them in prayer as they await. Also pray for those who are accepted to have the funding to attend. We will keep you updated.


To God be the glory! 

Project Development News

Next up on our list of needs for development is the need for our preschool classrooms. 

Currently our 3 preschool classes are crowded into one classroom with a plywood divider between them. We have about 40 children attending and we are bursting at our seams with no room to grow. The excavation has begun but we cannot move forward without your help.

Here is what is estimated to be our need for our preschool.
(Please note: we have changed the way we will build according to what works best with our contractor. Instead of one classroom at a time, he prefers to build all of the foundation, walls, etc at the same time.)

Phase IV

Building for their future!        
Preschool                                            Total          Donated             Balance needed
Foundation/substructure                     $7,000             $200                       $6,800
Walls                                                   $7,000                 $0                       $7,000
Roof                                                    $7,000                 $0                       $7,000
Finish coat and windows                    $7,000                 $0                       $7,000     
Bath house and water tank                  $3,000          $3,000                              0       
                                                          $31,000          $3,200                     $27,800

Note: this does not reflect donations given through Facebook on Giving Tuesday since those funds have not been released to us yet. Thanks to all who gave on that day!!

We really need your help to get our preschool building started!! 
Can you help build for their Future?
Please help us kick off the building of the preschool for our youngest children.
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 these projects!
Make a donation to our Building Fund!

Child of the Month

Meet Sharif!


Sharif will turn 12 at the end of Dec. He is a quiet boy who will start 7th grade in January. He is an average student who works hard. Sharif's mother has been sent to prison and his father has abandoned him to a step-mother, who neglects him. He has come to live at New Beginnings but is in great need of a sponsor. Please pray for Sharif. He has been waiting for over a year to hear the news, "You have a sponsor." 

Could you be the answer to his prayers?

College/University Scholarship Program

We will start out this January with 4 interns who will also be seeking scholarships.
This year's intern/scholarship recipients are George, Nicholas, Anne, and Robert.


These four will begin serving at New Beginnings in January and continue for about 6 months until going to university or colleges.

Things are looking so much brighter for these students because someone gave them a chance. Please keep them in prayer.

Donate to our College/University Scholarship Fund to help give them and others an amazing future.

You can donate to the scholarship fund for a certain student or a general donation to the Scholarship Fund. If a student goes over and above what is needed, the funding will help another student in need.

If you have donated scholarship money to a certain student, we will do our best to get it to the school they choose. If the student decides to not attend a school, it will go to help other students who want to further their education. 

Children in Need 

Currently we have many children living at New Beginnings who have lost their sponsors or came as an emergency cases. These children can use either a partial or full sponsor.
To remain in our program, we need your help to find them sponsors.
Visit our Sponsorship page to view more children in need.
Please share this great need with your family and friends.

Meet Beatrice!


Beatrice is 14 and in 8th grade. She is a total orphan. Beatrice recently lost her sponsor and is in great need to find a new one. She needs a partial sponsor for $40 a month. Is God calling you?
A child is praying...are you the answer?

100% of all sponsor donations go to help the children.

Meet Samwel!


Samwel is in 8th grade and is one of our top students. He has lost his sponsor and in need of either a partial or full sponsor. Could God be calling you to help Samwel? You can partially sponsor Samwel for $40 a month or fully sponsor him for $80 a month.
A child is praying...are you the answer?

100% of all sponsor donations go to help the children.

Meet Linzi! 


Linzi is 11 years old and in 4th grade. She is a total orphan who is in need of a partial sponsor. Please pray for Linzi.
A child is praying...are you the answer?

100% of all sponsor donations go to help the children.

"..when you did it to the least of were doing it to me!" Matthew 25:40

If you would like to sponsor a child, you can do so through our Sponsorship page
or send a personal check to our address:
Shalom Christian Missions
1255 Mill Creek Rd
York, PA  17404
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
Ann Downing Ministries - Hendersonville, TN
Chadwick Optical - Harleysville, PA
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 Children's Ministry - Abbottstown, PA
Mansfield Christian School - Mansfield, OH  
Trinity Lutheran Church - Crestline, OH  
Zion Bible Church - York, PA

 We would like to add your business or ministry to our list!
Contact us TODAY!!
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