Shalom Christian Missions
Shalom Christian Missions

November 2020 Newsletter

Thank You

So good to be back in the USA for a short time. I hope that many of us can connect while I am here. We would be honored to come to share with your church, small group, or organization. God is truly on the move in Kenya and we are so blessed to be part of what He is doing on this remote hillside in far off Kenya. 

COVID is still somewhat of an issue in Kenya. Although most of the country seems to have gotten back to normal, schools have finally just opened for 12th, 8th, and 4th grade. While we do have many students in those 4 classes, we still have many who are praying to get back to class.

We continue to monitor those who are living with family to assure they are doing well. We are working to help recognize those who would do better living at home instead of at New Beginnings, since it is always better for a child to live in a family environment than to live in an institution. We are working to screen any who are at risk being with family and plan to start more training in 2021, with the help of our District Children's Office, to help families learn more about caring for the children in a safe way.

Although we still have many children who live at New Beginnings all the time, we hope to see more children transition into living with family whenever possible while we monitor and still care for these children. This also falls in line with what the government of Kenya is requesting of Children's Homes. These children still are in great need of our support but in a different way and we appreciate your prayers as we move into this new phase.

In many ways the COVID experience has forced us to work into this new form of help that should be better for some of the children. 

During my time in Kenya, we uncovered some extreme issues with our director and we were forced to replace him within one week's time. This is one of the main reasons we try to be on the ground to know what is going on. Upon replacing him, we were able to then hire 4 other staff members whom we have been trying to hire for the last 2 years. Seems we found the real problem in our hiring. God is good!


Pray for our staff as they work as a team to serve the children of Kenya. I have gotten some very positive responses from several staff of New Beginnings that things are now going much better. Praise God!

We thank God for all that He is doing for these children. We have more and more children who have finished our program and so many contact me to tell me how much what we/YOU are doing has changed their lives. If you haven't heard a BIG THANK YOU in the past from us and them, we take this month of THANKSGIVING to tell you all that what you are doing is changing lives. May God bless you as you continue to give to serve HIM.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
 for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Opportunities to Support SCM

Giving Tuesday

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Shalom Christian Missions Facebook fundraiser on Giving Tuesday! On Tuesday Dec 1, 2020, Facebook is continuing their tradition of matching donations to 501(c)3 charity fundraisers starting at 8 AM (Eastern) on Dec. 1 until they hit their match amount of $7 million.

As we get closer to the date we will share details and a link to SCM's Facebook fundraiser here and on social media. Join us right at 8 AM on Facebook on Dec 1 to take advantage of this great opportunity to double your gift! Thank you!

Prayer Partners

Please continue your prayers for our ministry to the orphans of Kenya. If you or your church are not currently on our Prayer Warriors list, contact us so that we can be sure to add you. We have weekly prayer requests going out. We have also started something new - holding gatherings as a time of fellowship and prayer. We would be honored to come to your location, whether it is at your home or church, for a gathering. They are just very blessed times and we appreciate them so much.

We have had 2 more children come to us through the courts. Both were victims of physical and sexual abuse. They are both special needs children. Please pray for them as we try to find schooling for them and as they begin to heal from their past lives.  

Isaac, Mickey, Frederick and several other children have found sponsors this past month. We still have children in need of sponsors. Visit our Sponsorship page to view more waiting children.

Keep praying and praising God!! He is the author and finisher of all things. Nothing ever happens that surprises Him. He is our rock!

Donations Needed

Operation Christmas Shoes

It is that time of year again when we are collecting for school shoes and uniforms for the children. We hope to be able to expand this year to also purchase school textbooks for our children so that instead of them copying the information from the board each day, they can each have a book to read themselves. Currently our teachers each have a text book and we have a few that the children try to share. This could be a game changer and would bless our school and the children so much. Please consider a gift to Operation Christmas Shoes

Soccer Uniforms

We are in great need of soccer uniforms in adult sizes. Mostly small and medium and maybe a few large. We can also use soccer shoes in adult sizes. If you can help us, let us know.  We THANK GOD that we have received a bundle of soccer uniforms for the children of New Beginnings. We still need more soccer shoes.


We are still collecting undergarments. Our greatest need is for bras and camisoles (with the inner bra). We also need PJ's. These can be new or gently used. Our girls really appreciate these and put them to good use.

Host a Gathering!

Kenyan Tote Bag - One of our "Thank You" gifts for hosting a gathering!

A gathering is a special time for fellowship and prayer for what God is doing at New Beginnings. They are easy and a great blessing. Contact us for more information and take the next step to get involved. We need you!

Mission Expedition 2021

We look forward to getting teams back on the Mission Field in 2021.

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!

2021 Winter Trip Dates

February 15 - February 28, 2021* (2 weeks) $1500 + airline ticket
January 29 -  February 28, 2021* (1 month) $2000 + airline ticket

*All dates are tentative until airfare is booked.
Looking for other dates? Contact us.

2021 Summer Trip Dates

July 24, 2021- Aug 7, 2021* (2 weeks) $1500 + airline ticket
July 10, 2021-Aug 7, 2021* (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!

Child of the Month - Wendy

Wendy is 9 years old. Her parents are peasant farmers who have given land to start New Beginnings. She needs a partial sponsor.  

Pray for Wendy to remain in good health and for a sponsor.
For just $40 a month, you can BE THE DIFFERENCE!

Visit our Child Sponsorship page to become Wendy's sponsor TODAY!

News from New Beginnings

Primary & Secondary School News

Our schools have started with 12th grade, 8th grade, and 4th grade. These are the classes that are scheduled to take national exams at the end of the school year. A decision was made to bring these students back and to schedule their final exams for March/April. 

Currently, the plan is for the rest of the students will begin in January and the school year will conclude in March. 

The students are working hard to make up for the time they missed in this difficult year. We have many students in these 3 classes but we are still able to social distance and follow all the regulations for COVID prevention. The students are so happy to be back in class.

Please pray for them as they move forward. 

Project Development News

Our biggest building need is classrooms for our preschool. We are sure our small space for our preschool will stop us from holding class for our youngest children once the schools reopen. YOUR HELP IS AN URGENT NEED!! Please help us meet our goals so that we can continue to serve our children and the children of this community that attend our preschool. 

Can you help us get some classrooms built before they return to class in January 2021?

Here is our estimated need for our preschool:

Phase IV
Building for their future!

Preschool                                  Total              Donated           Balance needed  
Classroom 1                             $7,000               $6,050                     $950
Classroom 2                             $7,000                  $0                      $7,000
Classroom 3                             $7,000                  $0                      $7,000
Office, tables, etc.                    $7,000                  $0                      $7,000
Bath house and water tank       $3,000              $3,000                Completed                
                                                 $31,000             $9,050                 $21,950 

We are very close to what is needed for the first classroom.
Can you help build for their Future?
Any size donation will help us reach our goal.
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 this project!
Make a donation to our Preschool Classroom Fund!

College/University Scholarship Program

Consider a one-time or monthly gift to our College/University Scholarship program. This helps some of our brightest students to continue in a university or college to advance their studies.

A student who is accepted into a university from New Beginnings needs to fully cover their first year of school. For 90% of those who score high enough for university, the government will help after the first year. Can you help us make it possible for even one child to attend university for that first year? Depending on the university and the degree, the first full year costs $350-$400.

Currently New Beginnings has 3 interns who are serving with us. Our interns are typically former students whom have shown excellent character and we have offered them an opportunity to return and serve at the center. One has scored high enough to go on to university. One is looking into a college, and one we are considering offering a job at New Beginnings. Please keep Robert, Nicholas, and Daniel in prayer.

Robert, one of our 2020 Interns

Thanks to those who have sponsored these students through primary and high school. They now have a great chance to succeed in life. As orphans, once life looked very bleak for them, but now they can see HOPE in their lives. Please consider a gift for our Scholarship program.
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 Anderson!

Anderson is 11. He is a total orphan. He and his sister are in the care of their grandmother who struggles to care for them. He is in need of a partial sponsor.

Could God be calling you to help Anderson? You can partially sponsor Anderson on our Child Sponsorship page!

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

Meet Norestine!

Norestrine is 13! Norestrine is the daughter of one of our land donors who struggles to care for their children. She needs a partial sponsor at $40/month.

You can partially sponsor Norestine at our Child Sponsorship page!

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
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