At Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, we are dedicated to spreading the love and teachings of Jesus Christ to our community and beyond. Through our various ministries and programs, we strive to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Fr. Chip recently visited Kissamee, Kenya a small Maasai village approximately 60 miles west of Nairobi. Fr Chip developed a relationship with the local Anglican priest, Joseph, and the local director (David) of Shield of Praise, a nonprofit established to develop local village projects in support of the Maasai people.
After spending two weeks in the village, attending multiple Anglican Church services and meeting with local leaders, Fr Chip and David developed several new projects to include a new Girls’ Orphanage to house, feed and educate 23 girls rescued from the Child Bride concept (forced marriage once 13 years old) and genital mutilation.
Furthermore, several hundreds of dollars of food were donated; new furniture was given to the local Anglican Church; several high-school students received free tuition; money was provided to the elderly; a new cell phone (only $100 and new laptop) were given to the director and one manager and 100 pieces of clothing (from our St. Stephen's Thrift Outlet) were given to village children. Perhaps the most exciting project is the development of a new hospital in the village to support over 3,000 people. The current closest hospital is 25 miles away and the locals must walk there as no one has a car.
All of these life-changing projects have occurred due to the generous donations by St Stephen's and Church of the Holy Spirit. Their amazing support will literally change and save lives for many years. If you have any interest in supporting these projects you may do so by writing a check to St. Stephen's or Church of the Holy Spirit and write Africa in the memo section. God Bless!