Amy Carmichael, a young and very poor Scottish missionary, asked this challenging question concerning her work with the impoverished people of India over a century ago. It pertained to what Christ taught in the Scriptures about the poor and demands an answer from us today—just as much as it did the people one hundred years ago.
“Are these things truth [concerning the condition of the poor] or are they imagination? If they are imagination—then let the paper on which they are written be burnt, burnt till it curls up and the words fall into dust. But if they are true—then what are we going to do? Not what are we going to say or sing, or even feel or pray—but what are we going to do?”
~ Amy Charmichael, from her book, Things As They Are, published in 1903.
We want to do something! The reason we chose the name StoneHouse Ministries International for our ministry is found in this scriptural passage:
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1Pe 2:4-5)
We are laboring to become that house in Kenya today. StoneHouse Ministries International (SMI) is a registered international ministry that covers everything we do. To read regular updates, visit our Facebook page.
StoneHouse Fellowship, is the name of our growing church families in Kenya. Together with the Kenyans, we build church gathering places, from a model of construction that is an attractive, low cost building.
We have come to the conclusion, that if a church is alive and healthy, it will begin to supply the needs of its members and even the surrounding community.
Since 2009 my wife and I have been working in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya and praying to find a place of refuge. A place where we and the people we work with, could find a resting place from the terrible difficulties associated with life and ministry in the slums.
Knowing that our King, both spiritually and physically took care of people, we have a real burden to help the infirm and needy. Not only caring for their souls, but taking care of them physically as well. As a result, we do conferences during the year on nutrition, health, and natural holistic remedies.
Helping The Helpless – (HTH) – The Destitute, The Widows, The Orphans and Abandoned Women
Sometimes it is hard to imagine the inward desolation that can come, on so many levels, from being an abandoned wife or becoming a husbandless woman with children or being young and not having someone to love, provide for and protect you. These three categories of people, are in abundance in Kenya and especially those living in the slums.
L.E.A.R.N. (Letting Educational Adoption Reshape Nakuru) is a program we have developed to help support school age children in Nakuru, Kenya, through educational sponsorships.