Africa Gospel Church Baby Center in Kenya
The Africa Gospel Church Baby Center, a home for orphaned and abandoned babies, is located in the rural farming community of Ngata, Kenya, approximately six miles west of Nakuru. The baby center is the first of its kind for both WGM Kenya and Africa Gospel Church, the indigenous church started by WGM.
Like other African countries, Kenya is struggling with the overwhelming epidemic of babies and children being orphaned or abandoned due to AIDS, other diseases, violence, and poverty. In seeking to fulfill the mandate of Christ and meet the needs of these innocent babies, WGM and AGC joined hands to build a home of Christian love, security, and nurturing. A groundbreaking ceremony for the baby center was held January 18, 2004, and construction on the first building—a duplex to house the national director and WGM missionaries—was started in February 2004.
Initially, the AGC Baby Center will house approximately 50 babies, ranging from newborns to 3 year olds, with the long-term goal of constructing more buildings in Ngata and more centers throughout Kenya. The babies in Ngata will be housed in three age-designated “cottages,” giving Kenyan caregivers and the administrative staff the opportunity to create a loving home for each baby while avoiding an “institutional” environment. Children will be brought to the center based on referrals from hospitals, families, and police. The main focus of the center is to spread the love and hope of Jesus Christ to these precious children, and every effort will also be made to place each child for adoption with a loving Christian family.
Although the center will not have the medical facilities to house children with full-blown AIDS, children who are HIV positive will be housed at the center and provided treatment and medical care in the attempt to prevent the progression of the disease. The AIDS epidemic in Kenya has left more than 1 million children orphaned.
To assist in providing for the nutritional needs of the babies at the center, 10 acres of land have been purchased for livestock and a soybean crop. Dairy cows will be raised for milk, and chickens will be raised for eggs, while the soybeans will be used for soymilk and as a cash crop.
The center will also provide desperately needed employment for Kenyan men and women. In addition to a full-time Kenyan director, registered nurse, and social worker, the center will employ 10 housemothers/caregivers per 20 children and two playgroup leaders, who will ensure that regular, age-appropriate activities are provided to develop each baby’s full potential for growth and development.
James 1:27 (NIV) states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” The compassion of Christ for all children, especially orphans, is clear in His teachings and the example He set before us. The AGC Baby Center will provide Kenyan orphans and abandoned babies with a home in which they will be nurtured with the love of Christ and given the chance to thrive and mature into Christian adults who will make a positive impact for Christ in the world.