So much happening at our Mercy ministries - AFM AFRICA! FEEDING PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY CHILDREN DURING THE DROUGHT, OPENING OF MERCY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IN JANUARY 2019, CARING FOR THE 85+ CHILDREN LIVING AT MERCY HOME WITH THE BYS FAMILY, PASTOR TRAINING, AND MORE!
Please click our Fundraiser Page Button below to learn more about some of our current Mercy Home financial needs and goals and giving store button for giving options to MCH
Our Mercy Children's Home is located in western Kenya. We launched in 2017 outside the city of Bungoma in the small village of Kaya. Jeff Bys* and family were commissioned to direct and manage this work for us because of the passion God put into them for orphans and the needy . As of July 2019 we have 88 orphans/at-risk children, 9 Bys family members, and our social worker living at MCH. We employ a staff of 25 workers who help us take great care of the kids God has given us to care for. We also employ 9 teachers at Mercy Christian Academy, a primary school that we began in January 2019 for many of the children of Mercy Home as well as children in our community. Jeff also pastors a church plant that meets at the MCA campus, Mercy Baptist Church, and he oversees a Bible school that also meets at several other locations in the area we call Sharon Bible Schools developed by AFM discipleship director Jim Clark . 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 secondary school in Kaya, and establishing community services such as a clinic and police station in Kaya.
*Bys is pronounced 'Beese'
Jeff and Stephanie Bys family sold all they owned, gave away career and savings to serve God as full time missionaries to help the needy under a clear call by God to do so. 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 The reasons are many, but ultimately it was through trips originally made by AFM founders who traveled on Gospel missions to work with various pastors in Bungoma Kenya and those like Jeff who went along with them saw many horrific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 about 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 and God’s divine leading, 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 through acts of compassion along with teaching of truth. 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.
10-25-2018 released Documentary Movie now available!
AFM is proud to present an entire 55 minute informational documentary on our Church and Orphan ministry in Kenya called Mercy Children’s Home, starring missionaries Jeff and Stephanie Bys and many locals. Come and See what God is doing! Click movie below to watch or click button to be directed to our premier movie page where we also have a 12 min condensed version.
Mercy Home Story:
Surrendering the American dream for Christ and Kenya
55 min full movie
We want to say thank you to our team of monthly business sponsors below that are helping you and me make this rescue and restoration to God ministry happen in Kenya. We need everyone's help, small or large! ...when each part is working properly, it makes the body (of Christ) grow so that it builds itself up in love. -Eph 4:16b
In Kenya, Africa the most common means of transportation among the villages is the use of low cost small motorcycles. These 100 to 125 cc bikes are the workhorse of the poor for transportation needs. Many are available for taxi services called Boda Boda service also. Where roads are poor to non-existent these are lifesavers keeping you from having to walk miles and keeping transportation costs low. When we began our work in Kenya, we choose to do it like the locals and not seek to get a car when we had so many other pressing more urgent needs. We rent a car or truck when we need one, but mostly use our fleet of 3 motorcycles to do most our transport needs.
But…We have grown so much and we just cannot do all we need to do now easily with just motorcycles, so we are spending lots of money hiring cars and trucks far too often. It can typically cost us 40 to 60 dollars to have stuff delivered when we cannot do it with our small bikes. Also with so many children and staff to now care for, we do have medical emergencies that hiring an ambulance or urgent car hire to rush people to the hospital safely is also not only expensive, but wasting precious time in an emergency. We really need to get a large van or truck or small bus. Right now we are considering finding the cost for a used 20 passenger or so small bus as we could also utilize it as a community aid program to help not just our family and school needs, but to buss in very poor kids from other villages to our school and to also be a emergency service to help local village people get to the hospital in their crisis situations. God will bless us with many opportunities to help others more efficiently if we can get us a bigger vehicle. Pray for us as we seek donations and provision for this vital need.
Jeff and his wife Stephanie set out November 2016 with their 7 youngest children; (at the time of the move) Caitie (17), Karson (13), Brendan (11), Ava-Joy (10), Violet (6), Aspen (3), and Reed (2). We also had additional shorter term missionary helpers go along a few months to help encourage and assist the Bys family and love on the little ones building relationships and help us launch the orphan home 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 just purchased another 0.8 acre that is connected to our current property so we can continue expanding our ability to take in more children, started a local community elementary school, expand our campus Church, and do more good among the Kenyan people. We are also leasing an additional 2.2 acres adjacent to our property that is being used for raising livestock, farming, soccer field, and volleyball court. (updated July 2019)
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
New AFM Podcasts by our PR Director Jeremy Strang! Come and be encouraged and learn as we share in this mission together!
Featured Mercy Home Videos
Due to many requests of supporters of our Mercy Children’s home ministry and our growing needs to raise up more regular monthly income to help us support our growing family of children in western Kenya, Jeff and Stephanie Bys have accepted the responsibility to help us oversee a child sponsorship program with the Mercy Home kids! So if you are interested in helping us love these children better and interacting with a particular child, you can now focus your gifts to this work with a special child in mind that you particularly pray for and dialogue with from time to time. Click here to see all the beautiful faces of our children needing sponsors!
We have a new printable or shareable flyer you can now download and share. Click image to the left to download the PDF version now.
For those wanting to mail small packages or letters to the Bys family use International Priority Mail for best rates with about two week delivery time to this address:
P.O. Box 1166-50200