AFRICA, “the dark continent” is not as dark as it once was. Current missiological projections show that by 2050 the African church will be larger than North America and Europe combined. With this fact in mind we are trying to partner with the African church, instead of leading. Many of our African projects have African nationals leading aspects or the entire project.
We have many missionaries in the field on the continent of Africa. IATW partners with nationals giving you even more opportunities!
In Ethiopia we work very differently than our other projects; we are working with a group called Friendship Support Association (FSA), which works to assist the nomadic people of Ethiopia. The leader of FSA is from a nomadic background himself and loves to help his own people. We have assisted with three different projects: helping supply a clinic, helping supply schools, and building and operating four Camel Watering Centres.
Camel Watering Centres:
Our biggest project in Ethiopia currently is our camel watering centre building project. In many regions of Ethiopia food and water are scarce. When we met with some of the nomadic leaders we asked the question we ask most often “what can we do to help your people?” They said that they needed a way to ensure that their camels had water. They would often try to dig wells themselves, but the water table was often too deep to safely hand dig a well. Boreholes are safer to dig, and more likely to hit water. The problem is that boreholes are expensive and require a pump to be effective. Our project leaders proposed a building system where the borehole pump is powered by solar panels and a water reservoir is built to ensure that enough water is available all the time. Our pilot project was so successful that we are building three more, and looking for more places to build.
We have also worked with FSA with children’s scholarships to attend a nomadic primary school. As well as normal education Christian education is included.
Horn of Africa
'G' is focused on ministering to nomadic pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. Highlights of his ministry include the building and operation of a mobile school and discipling first fruits to form and lead churches among their own people.
At IATW our deepest roots are in Kenya, as it was founded in 1981 to send a team of missionaries to Kenya. Our current managing director is the son of one of those missionary families, and was born in Kenya. At this time we are excited to see that the church in Kenya has taken over so many projects that we started in Kenya. Currently we only have one project in Kenya that still requires our support.
Haven of Hope
In Kenya, as with most of the world, the abuse of women is a big problem. One woman who escaped years of abuse is Lynette Ondiko. Lynette went on to Bible School and felt that God was calling her to work with other abused women to help them escape the abuse. Lynette often finds herself in harm’s way as abusive men do not appreciate a woman coming and telling their wives that they have the right to be treated well. We stand with Lynette financially with practical help such as water tanks, school fees, medical help where needed and in prayer as she tackles this difficult challenge.
In Nigeria we are excited to work with Christ Missionary Outreach (CMO, which was founded by Bitrus and Monica Audu. Bitrus believes that the church in Nigeria has become to large to be the mission field anymore, but must become the mission senders. Out of CMO we are excited to see so many different missionaries working in West Africa.
In Cameroon we support 4 national pastor/evangelists who have planted and oversee a number of churches.
In Chad, Niger and Libya we support a worker who is planting churches and reaching out to the unreached.
We have also worked in Benin and may again start to work with the churches there.
Jericho Road Children’s Project
Pat Kokura has given this information: Jericho Road Children’s Project is a child intervention project helping street children from Mbarara Municipality in Uganda. It is operating as a limited company without profit registered with the government. It had small beginnings in 2005 in Kizungu, Mbarara with only 10 children. 6 of these children are still with us.
VISION: To holistically intervene in the lives of disadvantaged children in order to build their sense of self worth, responsibility and their God-given dignity.
MISSION: To intervene in the plight of children who are disadvantaged through spiritual, mental, socials education, career and physical guidance.
RECIPIENTS: Number of boys looked after-27 full time-in classes from P2 to S5. Five other children are not living in project but supported by people in Canada. One boy just graduated from S6. Because he is a very good student, he will be going to university. His sponsors are willing to help him in this way.
SERVICES OFFERED TO BOYS
Resettlement of these boys is our long term goal. Since this is a gradual process, it has been started by visiting the boy’s home with one of the adults in the center, sending them home during the holidays to begin rebuilding the relationship with their families once again.
Source of funding comes from well wishers from within and outside the country.
Present staff is acting director, manager, 2 mentors and cook.
There is an active board.
Nick and Cheryl DeKoning
Nick and Cheryl have a working farm near the source of the Nile. This farm is used to teach agriculture to the local people, provide work for people, and raise some income for the project. Recently they started the "Our Trees, Our Future" project in order to give saplings to families. They vary the types of trees so each family get trees that will produce quickly as well as trees that take time to mature, but will give fruit for years. The benefit of this is that these families will not only have a variety of fruit to eat, but can sell the fruit at market. The idea was to give the families a source of income to send their children to school. They later learned that some families were forced to sell their daughters into the sex trade, so this outreach has had some benefits they could have never dreamed of, that of saving girls from this dreadful fate.