“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

 

The Africa Gospel Church Baby Centre exists to rescue orphaned and abandoned children to raise them up in a loving environment and to find adoptive parents for them to be placed with.  Terry Duncan, member of the founding task force and at the time the Kenyan Field Director for World Gospel Mission was quoted as saying, “Poverty and disease are epidemic in Kenya and leave in their wake innocent, helpless children who are destitute and bereft of hope for the present and the future.”

On Sunday, January 18, 2005, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Africa Gospel Church Baby Centre.  The centre, which is located outside Nakuru on three acres of land donated by the local Ngata Africa Gospel Church, will be run by AGC and WGM.  AGC will function in an administrative capacity over the centre with the Board of Directors being the final authority on all matters of operation.  

The Africa Gospel Church is seeking to mature and grow in the work of the kingdom as it reaches out to help provide a Kenyan solution to this Kenyan problem,” Terry stated.  “The Baby Centre will be the first facility of its kind in Africa for either WGM or AGC, and it will offer a great opportunity for growth and a long-term investment in the future of the church and Kenya as a whole.  The presence of the centre will increase community and national awareness of the work of the church while serving as a tool to reach the lost.

The Baby Centre consists of three separate wings for three age groups, and apartment housing will be provided on the second floor for some of the centre’s employees.  Terry stressed that the centre will be structured like a home, avoiding the sense of an institution.

According to  Terry Duncan, the AIDS epidemic in Kenya has left more than 1 million children orphaned.  “A child raised in a loving, secure, Christian environment is far more likely to be educated and to mature into a productive, contributing member of society and to perpetuate that in his or her prodigy, breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and ignorance,” Terry stated.  “In addition to providing a Christian environment and showing love and nurturing, the center staff will attempt to place each eligible child up for adoption by the age of three. The staff will serve as a conduit to families in Kenya and families abroad who seek to adopt.”

Bill and Melody Dearmon, missionaries with World Gospel Mission are the ones that led the charge in starting this mission on the ground here in Kenya.  “These children need help, and they need it now!” the Dearmons exclaimed. “By the standards of men, these little boys and girls are without hope or a future.  But, we know from Jeremiah 29:11 that God has a plan to give them hope and a future.

“We carry a burden and a vision for the orphaned and neglected children who roam the streets of Kenya in untold numbers.  We believe with all our hearts that God has placed a call on our lives to be a part of that hope and future.  However, the most important thing we will offer these needy children is the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“In addition to orphans and abandoned children, the center will accept babies who are HIV positive.  Although the center will not have the medical facilities to house children with full-blown AIDS, children who are HIV positive will be provided treatment and medical care in the attempt to prevent the progression of the disease.

“If WGM is to continue to have a vital ministry in Kenya, we cannot ignore the desperate plight of orphans throughout the country,” Terry emphasized.  “We have answered the cry of these little ones by building this home of love and hope for homeless babies.  However, we feel this is a first step, and we are looking to God as He leads and directs us in this specific ministry.

“Although the main focus of the center is to spread the love and hope of Jesus Christ to the precious children of Kenya, the center will also minister to the adult population as it serves as an opportunity for employment.  In addition to a full-time Kenyan office staff, registered nurse, and social worker, the center will employ caregivers to take care of the children 24 hours a day.

In addition to Bill and Melody Dearmon, Staci Wells served as Office Manager for the Baby Centre during the start up process and until a Director was put in place.  “I am excited to be joining in this work of sharing the love of Jesus with these needy children,” Staci began.  “My prayer is that I can be a part of helping to meet their individual needs under the leadership of the Spirit of God with the ultimate goal of empowering them to become who God has created them to be.”

“Not too long ago, the baby centre plot was a field of maize, planted by the church for additional income,” Terry explained.  “Now that the corn has been harvested, WGM and AGC stand ready to plant a new field for the Lord. Through His call and direction, God is raising a home of love and hope for babies where corn once stood.”

Here is how you can pray for the ministry of the Baby Centre:

  1. For the children of Kenya who are in dire need of love, nurturing, food, and shelter. Remember those children who are homeless on the streets, those who are living in homes where they are not cared for or loved, and those who are in hospitals and are terribly sick. Lift them to the Lord as they live with the daily realities of poverty and disease and as they watch their parents die before their eyes. Pray that God will meet their needs exactly where they are today.
  2. That God will accomplish all He desires through Africa Gospel Church and this project and that He will raise forth the necessary leaders to carry the project forward.
  3. For the Lord’s wisdom and discernment for those on the Baby Centre Board as crucial decisions are made concerning staff, policies, timelines, and implementation.
  4. That God will give the missionaries and the Kenyan staff spiritual growth as they minister through the Baby Centre and perform His work through His strength.
  5. For the Lord’s provision of project partners who can become involved through prayer, financial giving, and manual labor.