Change happens now...
In 2007, while serving as Evangel Assembly’s Sr, Associate Pastor and head of the Missions Ministry, Pastor Eric was invited by Bishop Robert Makona of World Wide Revival Salvation Ministries to visit Kitale Kenya and see firsthand the great things God was doing in Kitale, and his vision for the children there. Together, Bishop Makona and Pastor Eric went to a very remote area in Kitale; an area Bishop Makona had been praying about, where his ministry could be a blessing to many children in the surrounding villages.
He showed Pastor Eric a vacant piece of land they had acquired some time ago. However, they had little resources to develop the land in order to make it useful. It was in that moment that Pastor Eric felt the weight of the needs of the children and Bishop’s vision and became totally broken before the Lord.
Heavy and broken as he returned back to the United States, he shared his experiences and his time in Kenya with his wife Andi, and what the Lord had burdened his heart with. “The Lord wants us to take what we had been saving and send it to build an orphanage for 40 children in Kitale”. Without hesitation, they agreed and funds were sent immediately and construction of the orphanage began.
That being 8 years ago, the orphanage has now evolved into a school that offers FREE education, to over 350 children, ranging from ages 4 to 18. Though the school lacks in its resources, there is no lack academically. Bishop Robert Makona Academy placed 8th out of 68 schools in the entire area.
Teams led by Pastor Eric continue to support Bishop Robert Makona Academy with their time and resources. Elevate Church also provides a monthly stipend that aids in teacher salaries and building structures, including additional bathroom facilities, drinking wells, and most recently, a brick stove and chimney system for the kitchen.
Studies show that there are approximately 624,000 orphans living in Kenya. Of the 350 children attending the Bishop Robert Makona Academy, 70% are orphans. Despite our time, resources, and monetary contributions, its still not enough. The needs are great and WE NEED YOU to help us meet the needs of the children in Kitale. ALL PROCEEDS DONATED FOR KITALE GO DIRECTLY TO KITALE, and are tax-deductible.
At this present time, we are collecting funding in order to provide the following items:
- Curriculum (teachers and students)
- Uniforms (shoes, tops, and bottoms)
- Electrical power (solar or line)
- Additional classrooms
- Additional Teachers and Staff Members; and salaries