Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.Proverbs 15:22 NIV
We believe that indigenous partners in Kenya are crucial to the success of our ministry.
JANE – PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Jane is our first paid employee in Kenya. As a Program Development Manager, Jane is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the granting of scholarships to applicants in the community. Jane has a unique background that we feel makes her extremely well qualified for this work. We think Jane does the best job introducing herself. Here is her story in her own words:
My name is Jane. I come from Central part of Kenya, where I grew up. I come from a big family of seven sisters and seven brothers. I grew up in a community whereby we did a lot of activities both at home and school. These included hand craft, modeling, carving, knitting, weaving, etc. Some of them were fun but others were not, but all in all, I grew up with some skills. When I finished my grade 8 studies, my parents could not afford to take me to High School thus I moved from home to the city to look for a job. Without much education I could not get any job, beside being a house help. Where I worked for about four and a half years.
It was not easy at all but I kept pushing forward until the thought of taking a vocational training came in my mind. I took a dressmaking course (tailoring) which would take only two hours a day since I was working somewhere. I was able to finish it by six months, and from there I kept on working under somebody until I had the experience and courage to start my own business. And after six months I started training other women. After getting married, we moved to the mountain where our home was. It was hard since I had to walk a long distance to get to my job. After a few months we moved back to Maai-Mahiu where I continued with my business. I was in that business for seven years and it catered for ALL my needs.
Now I am married to Joseph, mother of David and Grace, a teacher to teenage girls in our church and doing a little bit of sewing (not for business) but to remind myself when I have time. I have been on the mountain several time to see the widows there, and I sympathize with them to see how they are living with struggles of this life. My wish is that they will get the training and by doing so they will be able to sustain themselves. I was there once but everything changed when I had the training and somebody was willing to hold my hand (get me started) until I stood on my feet. So, there is hope. Never give up. And I have to mention this: Nobody helped me to pay for the training; the little I was getting took care of the training.
Nancy met Pastor Joseph in 2014 while both were studying at Moody Theological Seminary. Nancy was studying for a Masters in Intercultural and Urban Studies and Joseph was studying for a Masters of Divinity. From the very beginning it was a divine connection. Nancy let Joseph into a locked building because his security key fob was not working. They struck up a conversation and the friendship began from there. Interestingly, the next time Joseph tried to use his key fob, it worked! In 2015 Joseph returned to Kenya with a God-given vision of opening a school to train pastors currently pastoring churches but without any formal theological education.
Pastor Joseph Wainaina is now the Founder & Director of the Word of Truth Christian Resource & Training Center. He also pastors an African Inland Church in Nyakinyua. Joseph and his wife Jane are the parents of two beautiful children, David and Grace. The Wainaina’s live in Maai Mahiu where they are National Missionaries actively serving in the community.
Nancy and Kevin met Pastor Francis on their first trip to Kenya in 2015. Pastor Francis, a Word Of Truth Board Member, had organically started doing ministry with widows and orphans in his home community as well as in Naiviasha where he pastored a church. His focus was on those that are HIV positive. In 2016, Nancy joined Francis in his community and met with many households that he was serving. It was during that trip that Nancy first felt a calling to partner with Francis in his work on the mountain.
Pastor Francis Waweru attended Vision International University where he pursued a degree in Theology. He also studied Community Development at St. Paul University in Limuru, Kenya. Pastor Francis is married to Elizabeth and they have been blessed with three children, Lewis, Gertrude and Tasha. The family resides in Matathia, Kenya. Their home church is First Baptist Church of Kenya where Pastor Francis serves as an Administrator. He is also the director of Dorcas Orphans and Widow Ministry in his home community.