(Locator: Maua, Kenya)
This is what Christmas looks like in Kenya. The tree is a native plant
instead of an evergreen and the gifts are heaping bowls of food.
Eighteen-year-old Purity Muthoni is a successful farmer, student,
business woman, and a role model for her peers. She is one of 15 million
children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.
Purity Muthoni, ZOE Giving Hope Project: “My father died in 2002
February. Then after four years my mother started suffering. She was
At the age of 14, Purity had to provide for her younger brother and
sister, and an older brother who has a mental disability.
Purity Muthoni: “When my parents died, we were so afraid. We were
praying only to God to get us something to eat because we were sleeping
With the help of the United Methodist Church’s
ministry, Purity learned to farm her family land.
Through the Giving Hope program she has vegetables to eat and to sell.
She owns two goats and two cows and has money in her bank account.
Purity Muthoni: “When my parents died, on that Christmas, we did not eat
anything. But nowadays we can eat more than even those who are having
It has been a good year, and Purity wants to share her bounty with other
Purity Muthoni: “I have invited you to this Christmas to eat together to
remember the birth of Jesus Christ. So I welcome each and every one of
you, and God bless you.”
The guests enjoy the meal and a special treat… soda pop.
Children who have lost so much find love, hope, and support from each
other on this day and year-round.
Singing: “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
ZOE’s Giving Hope Project is designed to give orphans the training they need
to be self-sustaining in a few years.
For more information on the ZOE Ministry, call
Posted: December 16, 2009