Kingdom Families was established in 2014 to create pathways for children to grow up in families and to advocate for family strengthening within our region. We have seen first hand the difficulties that children face when they are living on the street or stuck in an orphanage and we set out to do something about this reality. By God’s grace, we have seen change in families of Kilimanjaro and change in the mindsets of people that we’ve engaged. Now, again by God’s grace, we are finishing our time of serving in Moshi.
Effective at the end of this year 2018, Kingdom Families will no longer be in operation in Moshi. This has been a difficult, yet God ordained, development for our team. Earlier this year, the leadership of our parent organization, Global-Effect, decided to downsize operations in Kilimanjaro. This was not born out of any type of discord and our program and team were not the only ones effected. We honor our leadership at Global-Effect. We understand the reasons for their decision and have submitted to their leadership. We have great hopes as they move forward and as our team, though disbanding, also moves forward.
As we have had ample time this year, we have been in the process of transitioning out families that were within our social services programming. We have partnered with other local NGO’s to help these families receive support that suits their specific situations.Our thanks to New Life Foundation and Simama Family Support for receiving referrals from us. Within our advocacy and pastoral network, we were able to spend a special time with these leaders as they also prepare for our departure. Our book, Teteeni Shauri La Yatima, will continue to teach our message in the region even in our absence.
We are very thankful for our staff, both Tanzanians and Americans, that have served with us. After eight years in Tanzania, our Program Directors, Brandon and Melissa Stiver, are moving back to California this month with high hopes of what God has next for their family. Our Social Services Manager, Grenisha Parker, will be seeing the final programming on the ground to it’s end next month and then will begin work with another organization serving in northern Tanzania. Our Tanzanian staff have had advanced notice of this downsizing and have received generous compensation and severance.
We extend our greatest gratitude to those prayer and financial supporters of Kingdom Families and our missionaries on staff. We could not have accomplished what we have over the last five years without you. Thank you. If you are currently sponsoring our program, you may stop your donations after December as our programming will be finished once a few school fees are paid for 2019. If you are wishing to sponsor children for education or wish to donate to Global-Effect, you may do so by inquiring with firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still much to be done to support vulnerable families. While our current program is ending, we look forward to continue in this work to see kids raised in healthy families, parents empowered and communities raised up. We encourage you to always support child welfare programs that have these goals. Thank you.