Ministry to Street Children in Kenya
"The Least of These"
In August 2003, a team of eight
from Living Water Lutheran Church of Elk Grove, CA traveled to Kisumu, Kenya.
It would be a trip that would change their lives.
Stephanie Midthun, wife of Senior
Pastor Joel, met a woman by the name of Darla Calhoun earlier that year. Darla
told her about a home and school for street boys she began ten years ago in
Kisumu, called Agape Children's Ministry. Agape is now at full capacity,
housing 114 young boys. In Kisumu alone there are approximately 800 street
children; there are 115 million worldwide (the latest UN statistic).
In Stephanie's words: "I sense
that God's heart breaks for the helpless orphans of the world and so my prayer
became, 'Lord, break my heart for the things that break Your heart.' And the
Lord answered my prayer. At times the pain in my chest was almost more than I
could bear. I cried out to Him and asked, 'Lord, do You not see these needs?
Please, do something!' After crying out for Him to do something, I felt Him
call to me, 'Stephanie, I want you to do something. YOU are My hands and
Living Water Lutheran has answered
that challenge by raising money to help expand Agape so it can house more of
the orphans. Living Water doesn't own its own building, yet they have started
a building program for the orphanage in Kenya. In addition, the church has
recorded the CD featured on this page. It is a compilation of worship songs
that reflect their heart's cry. You will hear singing by some of the boys at
Agape on four of the tracks. Geoffrey, the boy in the photo, sings a solo on
two of the songs. (When Stephanie first sent this CD to our office, we
couldn't hold back our tears.)
How can you help?
Order the CD - All proceeds go directly to
Agape Children's Ministry.
Cost: $15.00 Make your check payable to "Lutheran
Renewal" and we will send Agape the money.
(Please go to our "Resources" page to select
Sponsor a child
- $70.00 a month covers the costs of school, housing, and clothing
for one boy. Contact Agape through their website,
to find out how to start.
Give directly to Agape
- Make checks payable to: Agape Children's Ministry and designate
the donation to "Agape Building Program." Address: Agape Childrens' Ministry;
P.O. Box 576645; Modesto, CA 95357-6645.
If you have questions about the
CD, or if you would like to book the concert, "The Least of These", please
contact Joel and Stephanie at:
To learn more about this
project, please visit the website,