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Celebrating a Year of Transformation and Progress!

It is time to celebrate the exciting progress from 2018 and thank YOU, our community, for your support and partnership in the ministry!

Jesus told his followers that “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers, you did for me.” (Matt 25:40). We are so thankful for your partnership with Lahash International as we together fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed strangers, clothed the naked, and shared Good News with the poor. This is the good work of the Kingdom of God. Together we demonstrated that the “least of these” are deeply loved by Christ and his church.

Some specific highlights from the past year include:

  • 62 new child sponsorships began during the year.
  • We funded Bible Camps for 129 children and we saw 35 kids begin a new life in Christ.
  • 25 young scholars received mentorship, discipleship, and scholarships through our Stand With Students program.
  • Construction on a new school block and water tank began in Kenya.
  • We hosted our sixth Lahash East Africa Conference in July.
  • 20 HIV+ children received nutritious school-day meals through the generosity of Rice & Beans Month participants.
  • Friends from around the world contributed over $600,000 to the ministry of Lahash.
  • 4 young ladies participated in our Servant Teams discipleship and service-year program.
  • Two new staff (Saggiah and Enrica) joined our team and are based just outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

We thank God for his grace and provision during this past year of transformation and progress!

Your participation, prayers, advocacy, and contributions allow our team and local ministry partners to carry out this unique and urgent work among East Africa’s most vulnerable kids. Hope is alive!

Our plans for 2019 include:

  • Growing our sponsorship program to care for a total of 500 amazing kids from vulnerable backgrounds.
  • Completing the new school and water tank system with our partners at Nipe Tumaini Children’s Home.
  • Hosting Bible Camps for 150 kids across East Africa.
  • Sending our Servant Team from the United States to serve in East Africa in the nation of Rwanda.
  • Launching a new ministry partnership in Tanzania.
  • Celebrating and participating in our 10th year of Rice & Beans Month.

We warmly invite you to join us in this new year of advocacy, prayer, generosity, and service! May the light, hope, and good news of Christ fill us with courage as we follow God’s call to serve the “least of these” in this new year.

Here are some pictures from the past year:

Edwin sharing in Rwanda.

Lahash East Africa Director Edwin Angote shares greetings and advice with the children in the Rwandan Lahash Sponsorship program.

The children from Nipe Tumaini Children’s Home spend time with Lahash staff member Jen Johnson and her family.

The Lahash Servant Team in Portland listens in as guest speaker Donna Barber shares wisdom and stories about incarnational ministry.

Rwandan kids get a chance to play some football during the 2018 Bible Camp on the outskirts of Kigali.

The massive underground water tank (funded by the Gillespie family and Rice & Beans Month donations) gets a review by the visiting Lahash conference delegation.

Lahash partners Esther Muhagachi and Miriamu Munga share stories of ministry during the Lahash Conference in July.

Tanzanian children take notes and look up scripture during the summer Bible Camps in Dodoma.

Lahash Board Member Tom Smith and his wife Sherie pray over Lahash-sponsored children in the city of Dodoma.

Children in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania show of their new uniforms which were given by sponsors during the Christmas giving program.

The United States Lahash team shares an evening of worship and prayer in their Portland center.

Sponsorship Director Krista Ranno provides shoes and uniforms to children born with albinism in northern Tanzania.