May we never forget that each day is a gift from God and He has given it to us. May we make the most of what He has given and use it to bring glory to His name.
A look back at what was accomplished at our children's home New Beginnings in 2021. Please note that when I say WE, it means YOU and all of us. YOU have been a big part of the WE at New Beginnings.
Mission team enjoying the mission house porch
Honesty + Integrity + Transparency = Trust
We have continued to be the city on the hill to many. With YOUR help this has all been possible. Your support is truly changing lives.
This year we have some wonderful goals we hope you will help us get behind.
Building & Development
You will notice that we are making more and more plans to bring income to support New Beginnings AND to provide job opportunities for our former children and others in this forgotten community. We have MANY more ideas to bring opportunity to this part of the world.
Our goal is to begin to make New Beginnings self-sustaining and even grow into expanding what we are doing to other parts of Kenya. However, we can't do it without your help.
God is really changing lives. As these children grow and see real hope for a future, they begin to understand a little of how much God loves those whom once felt they were forgotten. A changed heart will change lives and we can't change a heart without new hope. When you give to help the least of these innocent children, you are giving a gift of HOPE.
One of our former sponsored students is about to graduate with a degree in Industrial Chemistry. He is finishing as one of the top students in his university. Another student will soon be finishing his university with a degree in high school education. Plus others are studying in colleges to return to New Beginnings and help serve. These are students who once thought going to high school was impossible in their lives. This is the gift of HOPE! And maybe God will use that gift to change the world. BUT for each one God has used that gift to change their world.
May God bless you all abundantly this year and may you continue to help this light shine in an otherwise dark part of the world.
In His Service,
We could still use shorts for our soccer uniforms in black or purple. Any size especially adult sizes small and medium are needed.
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.
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 - gathering for 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. Let us know if you would like to schedule a gathering!
NOW is the time to apply for the Summer Team. We are considering earlier dates since this is an election year in Kenya. If you prefer certain dates, now is the time to apply and inquire.
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 summer team is starting to form. Tentative Dates for these teams are:
June/July (2 weeks) $1500 + airline ticket
June/July (1 month) $2000 + airline ticket
Visit our Missions page for more details or to download an application. You can also call us at 717-586-6945 for more information.
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.
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 specific 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 or
contact our office for details!
James is 10 years old. When his mother died, his father remarried and his step mother refused to care for James and his sister Emmaculate. They were left in the care of an elderly grandmother who could not provide the basics for them. James sister has found a sponsor but James is till waiting. Please pray for him to find a sponsor soon.
We are excited to report that we have well over 300 students total in both our schools. We have changed our strategy and are now focused on bringing in the best teachers we can find to help our children succeed academically. We are excited for what God is doing in the lives of these children. Join us as a school supporter to make this possible for our children.
Both schools are in their final semester for the school year. Due to Covid, the school year has been changed and the hope is to get 2 graduating classes in 2022 to keep things moving along for the children. One group will be taking their final national exams in March/April. A new school year will begin in April.
Our school is growing by leaps and bounds!
We have been working to reach our goal for our new preschool classrooms. We are almost there and are even looking at the future with some new pressing issues that we need your help to achieve. Check below for what is needed.
Making great progress on our female staff house
Estimated need for our preschool: Phase IV
Building for their future!
Preschool _ Total _ Donated Balance needed_____
Classroom 1 $7,000 $7,000 Awaiting Construction
Classroom 2 $7,000 $7,000 Awaiting Construction
Classroom 3 $7,000 $7,000 Awaiting Construction
Office, tables, etc. $7,000 $2,000 Later
Bath house and water tank $3,000 $3,000 Completed
$31,000 $26,000 $0
Special thank you to all who have donated to help build our preschool. With your help, we have almost completed this phase of our building. We can't do it without YOU!
Building for their future
Renovations and Upgrades Total Donated Balance needed__
Staff Housing for female staff $10,000 $9,000 $1,000
Electricity for the center $10,000 0 $10,000
Computer Lab $15,000 0 $15,000
Vehicle $30,000 0 _ $30,000_______
$65,000 $9,000 $56,000
Any size donation to our Building Fund 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 these projects!
Currently we have 10 students in colleges/universities throughout Kenya plus several who are serving as interns at New Beginnings as they prepare to go to colleges in 2022. Our scholarship program is a great way to invest in advancing a student's education past high school. You can give to help a certain student or donate to help any who are waiting. Currently those attending on first year scholarships are Afline, Martha, Bruce, Octave, Jackline, and Kevin.
Sometimes our high school graduates contact us when they find themselves in great need of help to go the Next Step. Some who finish our program have found jobs or have family that will help them get to the next step, but sometimes our graduates really need just that extra hand up.
We have decided to start a new scholarship program to help these students. This is our Next Step Program. These formerly sponsored students come to serve our center as interns so that we can begin to train them and see if they are serious about this decision. Then we help them go on to colleges to help them move forward. Those currently in our Next Step Program are Sharon, Jane, Susan, and Felix.
If you would like to give to help these graduates, your one-time or monthly donation of any size will make it possible. Currently we have several young adults working toward their goals. If you would like to help them, I know it would be greatly appreciated. Donate here and select 'College/University Scholarship Fund' to help a young person achieve their goals!
UPDATE: Jane is now attending a school to get her diploma in Social Work. She is just finishing her 1st year. She is so grateful for the help she has received to start her first year. She is still in need of support to see her the rest of the way through. Thank you for giving a hand up.
UPDATE: Sharon is now in a college studying to become an accountant. This is a dream she almost gave up but is now seeing it come true. Thanks for giving Sharon a hand up.
Susan finished our program with a certificate in food and beverage. She spent some time working in Nairobi. The big city did not really appeal to her and she later returned to our area and has struggled to find permanent employment. She is currently serving in our kitchen. She hopes to further her education in food and beverage.
Felix finished high school and was able to finish a semester of college and then was unable to go further. He worked as a bartender and then in fishing but realized he was going nowhere. He is currently serving as an intern at New Beginnings and hopes to further his education possibly in business management.
Currently we have many children living at New Beginnings who have come in as emergency cases through our children's office. These children can use either a partial or a 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.
Cynthia is 11 and in 3rd grade. Since her mother's death, her father remarried and the step mother has refused to care for the children. An elderly grandmother has been caring for them but is unable to supply the basics. Cynthia and her 2 sisters need help. Is God calling YOU?
Silvenus was a rescue child who was a victim of severe neglect and abuse. He had little hope before coming to New Beginnings. He is now able to recover and is learning. He is in need of a part sponsor. Consider a gift of HOPE!
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 these...you were doing it to me!" Matthew 25:40
If you would like to sponsor a child, please visit our Sponsorship page to see which children have been praying and waiting for YOU!
If you do not wish to sponsor through Paypal you can instead let us know which child you'd like to sponsor and 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.
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May God bless you as you pray and give to help the children!
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or you may send your donation to:
Shalom Christian Missions
1255 Mill Creek Rd
York, PA 17404