Outreach Abroad: Maasai Connection

Born out of the anguish of 9/11, the Maasai Connection sought to be one antidote to that tragedy. Discerning together, our congregation determined to be a force for good in an at-risk community. From there the Maasai partnership began to take shape. In Francis Sakuda, of Olosho-oibor, Kenya, we found a like-minded Christian who reciprocated our desire for long-term relationship building between our far apart groups.

Since those early days our partnership has grown dramatically. The love of this congregation has seen the Maasai through severe drought, food shortages, and political violence. We experience in them a resilience and unmatched love of God and man. In 2014 we celebrated 10 years of partnership with a mission trip to Kenya, where we built a dormitory for The Beloved Daughters of the Maasai Rescue Center.

Our projects, including a water pipeline, water cisterns, drought resistant goats, solar panels, a greenhouse and laying hens have been vital to sustaining the Maasai. After sustenance, the most important thing now and for the future is education. Through education, the Maasai are empowered to modernize their community in ways most beneficial to them with regard to food stability, infrastructure, environment and representation in government. Yearly, 30 congregants support Maasai education scholarships for elementary and high school students, giving them their best chance for survival and flourish.

We cannot change the entire world but we have changed this small part of it for the better. Please join us in this wonderful partnership. For more information please contact Marianna Kilbride at marianna@godsacre.org.

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