Kenya Scholarship Fund
Our Kenya Scholarship Fund helps low-income families continue their children’s education into high school and beyond. In Kenya 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. But continuing their education can often be the path out of poverty. Funds are raised each Advent in our Kenya Scholarship Drive with a push as an excellent “alternative gifting” opportunity. 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 (select ”Other’ and 'Kenya Scholarships'). We have good accountability and zero overhead in the distribution of these funds to the needy families. Click here to download a printable a gift card for an ‘alternative gift’. Since starting the scholarship program in 2013, over 180 students have been helped with 100+ graduating from high school and 75+ continuing into college.
Coins for Kenya
Members are asked to put their loose change in the offering plate each Sunday to go to Blackhawk Presbytery’s “Coins for Kenya” collection. These funds help our partners in Kenya take food donations to the presbytery north of them suffering multi-year record-long drought. You can also put coins (or bills) in the collection box under the Missions Board in the narthex.
In August 2019, Rev. Joseph Mburu in Kenya wrote,” Thank you Blackhawk! With your help, we were able to distribute food to over 430
Kenya Partnership Visitor Exchange
In 2009, OPC entered a partnership with Kithino Parish of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in Kenya. The key goal was to create a relationship with people of another race, culture and country to learn of their history, traditions and social issues impacting their church and their lives. A secondary goal was to stimulate mission giving projects with oversight and accountability. Exchanging visitors and prayer requests have played a key role in building this relationship.
Mwichiune Church OPC is looking forward to hosting two visitors from Kithino Parish in September, 2022. Please contact the Missions Team if you and your family are interested in hosting our Kenyan visitors (they speak English) for one or two nights. Also, let us know if you are interested in a future trip to Kenya to visit Kithino Parish.