About-Face Missions is expanding the love of Christ to the 'least of these' in Africa; The orphans, the outcast and the poor of Western Kenya.
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Our AFM Mercy Children's Home is located in Kenya (Bungoma county). We launched in 2017 outside the city of Bungoma in the small village of Kaya. We sent Jeff Bys and family to direct and manage this work for us because of the passion God put into them for orphans and the needy (Bys is pronounced 'Beese'). As of May 2018 we have 50 orphans/at-risk children, 9 Bys family members, and our social worker Lynda Chebet living at MCH. We employ a staff of 16 workers who help us take great care of the kids God has given us to care for. Jeff also pastors a church plant that meets at MCH, Neema Community Church (neema is Swahili for "grace"), and he teaches a Bible school that also meets at MCH. Everything that we do is intended to make fully devoted followers of Christ. Pray about making a short or long term trip to Kenya, there is much work to be done here! Our future plans include planting more churches, training missionaries to unreached people groups of Africa, establishing a primary and a secondary school in Kaya, and establishing community services such as a clinic and police station in Kaya.
The Bys family sold all they owned, gave away career and savings to serve God as full time missionaries to help the needy. But why Bungoma Kenya? The reasons are many, but ultimately it was through trips originally made by AFM founders who traveled on Gospel missions to work with various pastors in Bungoma and they and those like Jeff who went along with them saw many horrific unmet needs that we all felt God was leading us to do something to help. The love of Christ compelled us. We saw how we could do much good with our few resources. In our desire to do the most good we chose this place. We saw in Kenya a receptiveness to the Gospel and for us to come and settle there with such a ministry as this. As the Lord Jesus said, "the fields are ripe unto harvest but few are the workers". We want to be faithful workers to deliver the Gospel message and through acts of compassion. Where God leads us we shall go, and It seemed very clear this was the place God was calling us to go and be his hands and feet and heart. Kenya has many orphans due to rampant disease and poverty. Disease, lack of education and poverty kill so many poor among them and it only takes a small amount to radically change that! The streets of Bungoma are also littered with an abundance of abandoned young children struggling to survive and of whom have become a pariah to the Kenyans...even to the local churches of Kenya. Few feel these street boys worthy to invest their time or resources, thinking them to be a lost cause. But we knew better! God rescued us, we who were the chief of sinners, by the loving compassion of Christ Jesus bought out from death to LIFE! And this is His mission for us, so we go without fear, but trusting in our Mighty God to help us be his ambassadors of faith, hope and love, even to the most outcast of the world! God is with us!
Together we are all building a life changing Gospel ministry in our Mercy Home. Without the passion and sacrificial giving of such men and women of God like the Bys, we would not be able to do this great work of hope. Yet AFM Ministry, which supports many Gospel ministries around the world, cannot do this all alone. We are trusting that God will provide for monthly needs through fellow believers like you. Through AFM Mercy Children's Home we hope to change a lot of lives for Jesus! The Bys family has given it all for Jesus to serve the little ones of Kenya. Will you join us in giving with them and being our partners in Kenya? We need your prayers, your weekly and daily encouragements, your visits to see them, and your financial help. Help us change their story as we grow fully devoted followers of Christ.
Jeff and his wife Stephanie set out November 2016 with their 7 youngest children; Caitie (17), Karson (13), Brendan (12), Ava-Joy (11), Violet (7), Aspen (4), and Reed (3). We also had Juliana Tovar go along short term to encourage and love on the little ones building relationships, and then Raymond and Tammara Moreno and their daughter Alexis joined the initial team in February 2017 up through August 2017.
Thank you to all who have pitched in to help! We rejoice in God for the loving friends and family of Christ that have come along to commit to helping us launch this beautiful work in Kenya. Budget needs continue to rise as we rescue more children to become a Home of refuge to both orphans and widows. MCH is currently on a half acre, but we are in the process of purchasing another 0.8 acre that is connected to our current property so we can continue expanding our ability to take in more children and do more good among the Kenyan people.
We are so excited seeing all God has brought us through and for how many lovely children which the Lord has given us! Yes it is because of the grace of God we all do this. We press on seeking to be James 1:27 people exercising the purest form of religion that brings the light of Christ to a dark and hurting world.
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you" - James 1:27
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P.O. Box 1166-50200