Chester couple head to Kenya to work with orphans

Kelly and David Moore fundraising for ministries camp

KELSEY POWER PHOTO David and Kelly Moore look over some of the material they’ve been given related to Kamp Tumaini, where they will act as head counsellors in August.

David and Kelly Moore look over some of the material they’ve been given related to Kamp Tumaini, where they will act as head counsellors in August.

Putting a cheque in the mail is one personal sacrifice we can make for those who are less fortunate, but giving an actual embrace can move beyond the financial to an enveloping message of love.

A Chester couple will be off to Kenya in August to do just that, to work with orphans at Kamp Tumaini.

Kelly and David Moore are participating in a new mission project of Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) in which they will each sponsor five children and one youth employee from the area to work at the camp where the Moores will be acting as head counsellors.

“They’re children who have lost their parents due to AIDS, and some of the children will actually have AIDS and HIV, so the idea is we’re not building a house but we’re investing in them,” said Ms Moore. “You show them that they’re loved, that they’re important and that they can be a vital part of their community.”

CBM has a program called Guardians of Hope in Kenya. It works to improve the lives of those affected by or infected with HIV-AIDS around the world. The children attending the camp have been included in this and will be sent from two support groups in the area, the African Christian Churches and Schools and the Africa Brotherhood Church.

Missionary work was something the couple planned to pursue following their retirement. Instead, this opportunity presented itself when Ms Moore participated in a charity golf tournament with a pastor and area representative for CMB. “He said, ‘There’s a brand-new program coming up, and you’d be perfect for it,’” she said, “‘Look into it, pray, see.’” When the couple originally applied, they were told the 2015 program was full, but somehow they received news they were leaving on August 8 and were asked to be the head counsellors.

“It’s not our timing. I guess we’re meant to go,” said Ms Moore, who mentioned their eldest son is getting married three weeks before they leave.

“We’re going to be helping to organize the whole camp … figuring out the whole itinerary,” said Mr. Moore, who mentioned they will have a Skype meeting soon to discuss details, but she already knows there will be games, activities, sharing, reading, learning and lots of time spent with the children.

They need to raise $7,000 to cover their flights and everything involved with allowing the children to attend the program. They have already arranged a variety of fundraisers including concerts, bake sales and dinners, and they’re also taking part in the 100 Mile Yard Sale and the Chester Area Middle School vendors’ market.

The two are involved with the Aenon Baptist Church and have worked with children in their congregation for the past 20 years. The church has agreed to help them by becoming part of the mission through fundraising, but it has also become directly invested and involved. “It’s been a really big help, and they really have taken it on as their own project. It’s not helping Kelly and Dave; it’s helping the children,” said Ms Moore of the church’s support.

Kamp Tumaini, which takes its name from the Swahili word for “hope,” will be held at a secondary school in the hills of Gituru. When the British first occupied this area, it was used for growing tea, which is an activity that continues. The camp will facilate 96 children and 17 youth workers aged 18 to 30 during two separate weeks. The first camp is for nine to 12 year olds, and the second for 12 to 16 year olds. The camp plans to continue for the next three years.

The couple will start their trip in Toronto, where they will meet the other team members for one day. There are 17 Canadian volunteers ranging in age from 17 to 55 serving as camp counsellors. They will all depart together. Ms Moore said there was a high percentage of people participating from the Maritimes, “probably about 75 per cent.”

Mr. Moore works in sales for an industrial supply company and Ms Moore is a commercial interior designer. They both have made a habit and hobby of volunteering as much as they can in their spare time.

“We’ve been very blessed in our lives and so we’d like to share, and sharing your time is a lot more difficult than sharing your money, but it’s much more rewarding as well,” said Ms Moore. “I just can’t imagine what it’s like, so I expect it will be an amazing experience for us. We’ll probably get more out of it than the children will, to be perfectly honest.”

As originally published in LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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