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Kenya Scholarships

Making a donation

Donations can be made anytime either by check (with a “Kenya” notation) in the offering plate or at the OPC office. 

Donations can also be done online at www.opchuch.org.  On the donation page put “Kenya“ in the box for “other”.  

This is an excellent “alternative gifting” opportunity. Rather than buying a Christmas tie for Uncle John, how about making a gift gift card imagein honor of Uncle John to the Kenya Scholarship Fund?  He will appreciate it and so will that family in Kenya.  Gift cards for this can be found on the Kenya bulletin board at church. Or click here to download and print it yourself. 

Providing a good education for their children is a high priority for our Kenyan brothers and sisters just as it is for us here at OPC.  Please join us in making this a blessed Christmas for families struggling to keep their children in school.  You will be blessed by making a difference in these Kenyans’ lives.  They would not be able to continue their education without this assistance.

You can be assured that we have good accountability and zero overhead in the distribution of these funds to the needy families.

Background of the Kenya Scholarship Fund

In December 2013, OPC joined with Kithino Parish, our Kenyan partner church, in forming the Kenya Scholarship Fund to help low-income families continue their children’s education into high school. There is government support for high schools but the annual fees and uniform costs to parents are about $50 per year. Many subsistence-living families cannot afford to continue their child’s education without these scholarships. The OPC family has been very generous in our annual advent scholarship fund drives. In 2014, we had 74 high school scholarship recipients. In 2015 the scholarship fund was expanded to provide university scholarships (about $125/year) for graduating high school students receiving high grades on the national exam.  In that year we had 5 university as well as 70 high school recipients.  The scholarship program has been continued each year since then with wonderful results thanks to the generosity of some community donors as well as OPC members.

Here at the start of our 2019 advent scholarship fund drive, we are sponsoring a total of 104 students - 27 in university and 77 in high school.  Early next year, we will celebrate our first university graduates.

kithin10On their January 2017 visit, Ken and Kathy Mozingo met Joy Miriko [in picture] who was a high school  scholarship recipient in 2014 and 2015.  She received a B+ on the national exam and become one of our first university scholarship recipients.  She has continued as a university recipient at Mombasa University and expects to graduate next year with a Community Health degree.  Joy said,

“Let me take this opportunity to thank you and thank God for the service he has taken me.  I feel proud, I feel awesome for the favor that God gives us through you people, finances to fund our schooling fees. We thank you.  We pray for you that God may give you long life to live.  We’re thankful.  Even beyond the finances, which keep us moving academically, you keep blessing us because we know someone somewhere is trying to benefit you, to pull you up, so that you can benefit society.”

 Kenya Scholarship Fund Current Status

Here at the start of our 2019 advent scholarship fund drive, we are sponsoring a total of 104 students - 27 in university and 77 in high school.  Early next year, we will celebrate our first university graduations.

The following are pictures taken at Kithino Parish's April 24, 2019 scholarship awards service.

scholarships councilKithino Parish Scholarships Council

 

2019 Form1 students1st-year high school (Form 1) recipients

 

2019 Form2 students2nd-year high school (Form 2) recipients

 

2019 Form3 students3rd-year high school (Form 3) recipients

 

2019 Form4 students4th-year high school (Form 4) recipients

 

2019 univ students6 of 27 university recipients
(others were in school and could not attend the service)

 

The following is an excerpt from the April 25, 2019 email to Ken Mozingo from Albert Murithi, one of the elders on the Kithino Scholarship Council.

Bwana Yesu asifiwe. Hope you are all fine as Mozingos family and the larger family of Oswego Presbyterian church. We are going on well as Kithino parish and thank God so far.

On behalf of the 104 sponsored students  in the year 2019 both in secondary schools and colleges, their parents and guardians, Kithino parish officials, partnership Committee, Members of Kithino Parish and on my own behalf let me take this opportunity to send our message of appreciation for your tireless efforts once again to ensure that our needy students continue with their education.

We had a very colorful ceremony yesterday with our sponsors students plus their guardians where we prayed for our partners plus your family and specifically prayed for your daughter Kathryn who is on chemotherapy. Our conclusion was that only God can pay you people for the way you have touched our souls. May our Lord  God bless you mightily.

We received a total of K sh 508000 which we distributed to 104 students. The old 24 students in the universities and one girl in college received K sh 7000 each. We added three needy university students going for their 1st year and each received sh 15000.

For those in Secondary schools and are boarders we issued 31 students with sh 5000 each and lastly the remaining 45 day-schoolers received sh 2500.

The remainder was used for organizing the party where we had prayers and guidance and counselling for all the students and one parent or guardian for every sponsored student. Every speaker appreciated with a lot of humility your kind and timely action.

The most touching event was when most students asked the congregation to pray for them to complete their schooling and once they get employed each promises to support the needy in the community especially in education needs. Parents were also overwhelmed and this function so far was the best and hosted the biggest number of participants. Most of the university students were represented by their parents because they are still in session. Our schools open for 2nd term on Monday and so we apologize for the delay as we had to wait for the April holiday which began on 4th of April this month.

We are praying for you as a parish and we had special prayers on Good Friday where we prayed for the Partnership, leadership in our country, the church and asked God to provide us with rainfall. The rains that we were expecting from 15th of March started on Sunday after a long time of dry and hot weather with unusual rise in temperatures. Most parts of our country are affected by drought causing death of people and livestock. Help us with strong prayers for the rainfall in our country.

Thank you very much as you pass our warmest greetings to all our Oswego brethren and your family.  I really miss you people and because I can't reach there for now I normally remind God about your goodness.

 Regards, Albert Murithi

Our Kenya Scholarships program and a similar one at AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church have been so successful that the Kenya Partnership Committee of Blackhawk Presbytery has established a separate Imenti Presbytery Scholarship Fund for the benefit of other very deserving students across all parishes of Imenti Presbytery.

This year the Missions Team has decided to allocate 90% of the OPC donations received to the Kithino Parish scholarship fund and 10% to the Imenti (presbytery-level) Scholarship Fund.

Kithino Parish

Looking for information about the Kithino Parish Scholarship Fund?  Go to Kithino Parish Scholarship Fund

In 2009, as part of Blackhawk Presbytery's (and PC/USA's) Kenyan Network program, Oswego Presbyterian Church (OPC), with help from the Missions Team, entered into a partnership with Kithino Parish of Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in Kenya. 

deanna drakeDeanna Drake was our first representative of OPC to visit Kithino Parish (in 2010).

In October 2013, Ken and Kathy Mozingo as OPC representatives, visited Kithino Parish and returned with stories of an overwhelming generosity and hospitality of these wonderful brothers and sisters in Kenya.  They visited the three churches of Kithino Parish.

mozingos 2013Mozingos (at left) with members of  Mwichiune Presbyterian Church in 2013

  

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PCEA Mwichiune Presbyterian Church

 

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PCEA Iriene Presbyterian Church

 

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PCEA Ngonyi Presbyterian Church

 

These three churches are served by one minister, Rev. Susan Mugendi (right).kithin4

Kithino Parish is part of PCEA Imenti North Presbytery located northeast of Mt. Kenya.  Other parishes have as many as seven churches.  Elders of these churches do the preaching on those Sundays when the minister is at another church.  Rev. Susan had just been installed at Kithino when the Mozingos visited in January 2017.

In December 2013, OPC partnered with Kithino Parish in forming the Kenya Scholarship Fund to help low-income families continue their children’s education into high school. There is government support for high schools but the annual fees and uniform costs to parents are about $50 per year. Many subsistence-living families cannot afford to continue their child’s education without these scholarships. The OPC family has been very generous in these annual advent scholarship fund drives and we have made a big difference in these student's (and their families') lives. 

For more information about this very successful program and how to make a donation, go to Kithino Parish Scholarship Fund.

Our Kenya Scholarships program and a similar one at AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church have been so successful that the Kenya Partnership Committee of Blackhawk Presbytery has established a separate Imenti Presbytery Scholarship Fund for the benefit of other very deserving students across all parishes of Imenti Presbytery.

This year the Missions Team has decided to allocate 90% of the OPC donations received to the Kithino Parish scholarship fund and 10% to the Imenti (presbytery-level) Scholarship Fund.

Possible future Earth Care projects

EarthCareSealPossible future Earth Care projects:

  1.     Work with House & Grounds to replace high-energy halogen lights in sanctuary with LED equivalents
  2.     Offer “Bringing Nature Home” seminar, youth, adults, community
  3.     Offer class series on “Sustainable Lifestyle Choices”
  4.     Install rain barrels and drip watering to flower beds
  5.     Develop EC audit for families
  6.     Do EC survey of congregation including solicit ideas for EC actions individual, family, church
  7.     Discuss with IDOT or village board need for smart synchronization of traffic signals
  8.     Gather vegetarian recipes to share with congregation
  9.     Hold EC event, youth drama, vegan dinner, etc.
  10.     Advocate for another youth trip to Boundary Waters
  11.     Develop policy for donation of native tree or shrub as part of baptism, confirmation, memorial service
  12.     Do OPC energy audit
  13.     Replace old boiler with high-efficiency system
  14.     Replace old water heater with on-demand high-efficiency system
  15.     Do assessment for installing solar panel system with grant assistance.

Interested in helping on one of these projects? Contact Ken Mozingo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fossil Fuel Divestment Project

Fossil Fuel Divestment Overture Project

The OPC Earth Care Team has joined the Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church Earth Care Team as advocates for Blackhawk Presbytery’s concurrence with the Fossil Free PCUSA Overture to General Assembly 2016. This overture calls for divestment (selling of stock shares) of the top 200 global fossil fuel companies by the Presbyterian Foundation and Board of Pensions.

In the February 2016 presbytery meeting, we did a Learning Opportunity presentation on the Fossil Free PCUSA Overture in which our key points were:

      1. climate change is real and the key cause is the burning of fossil fuels

      2. climate change is a moral issue as it portends great human suffering (the poor and future generations are most vulnerable), and  

      3. as Christians, we are called to stop the denying/delaying, stop profiting from fossil fuels, stop causing the suffering and be advocates for urgent movement to renewable energy.

In the April 2016 presbytery meeting, Blackhawk Presbytery voted to join 30 other presbyteries across the U.S. as concurring on this overture to General Assembly 2016 in Portland, Oregon. It asks that the Foundation and Board of Pensions stop buying directly held fossil fuel stocks, while selling what they currently have within 3 years. It directs the denomination to invest in renewables, helping to create the solution. It allows for retaining the minimum shares to "keep seat at the table” and continue to participate in shareholder action. It also encourages the continuation of advocacy and programs to educate all levels of the church about these issues.

We believe that divestment is an essential tool that institutional and personal investors can use to influence the course of climate change. We pray that Presbyterians will join the faithful chorus of the UCC, Unitarians, Methodists, and Episcopalians in denominational divestment.

Click here for the text and rationale of the overture.

Click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) about divestment.

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OPC Earth Care Foam Recycling Project

Polystyrene/Styrofoam Recycling at Church and for the Community

Oswego Presbyterian Church’s Earth Care Team has partnered with Oswego's ECO Commission and Dart Container in North Aurora to provide polystyrene recycling for our community’s residents.

Their next foam collection date is Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (the ECO Recycle Extravaganza event) at the Oswego Public Works Facility, 100 Theodore Dr., Oswego.

PS6 symbolAny polystyrene/Styrofoam® foam materials having the PS6 symbol at right will be accepted. Foam items should be divided into 3 categories in separate plastic tied-up bags (i.e. garbage bags) as follows:

1.    Foam cups and food service containers (rinsed) (but no straws, lids, plastic wrap or trash)

2.    Packaging foam “peanuts”

3.    Other packaging foam (with labels, tape and other materials removed)

Sorry, foam insulation and other types of non-PS6 foam will not be accepted.

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 Jennifer Hawker securing foam at Oswego Recycle Extravaganza Apr. 23, 2016

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