For many years, Joni has sponsored at-risk children through Adopt-a-Legacy, East-West’s sponsorship program for at-risk children in Kenya. One day the Lord brought to her attention a short-term mission trip that would focus on ministering to orphans in Kenya. Joni decided this was her chance to get on the mission field.
This particular trip happened to make a stop at the orphan school for a day of ministry. The orphan ministry had a day of gospel-centered activities planned: crafts, stories, and games. But Joni was excited to come to the school for another reason … meeting the children she has sponsored for so many years.
As Joni watched Maria, now 17, dance, laugh, and lead a song, she was filled with joy. Maria is one of the children that Joni has sponsored for many years, and she finally had the chance to meet her.
“It was a major highlight of my trip to meet Maria,” Joni said. “All of the sponsored children were such a joy to meet. We spoke about the gospel, danced, and shared many stories!”
The gospel is part of every day at the orphan school, and East-West’s work here changed Maria’s life. She came to faith during her time at school. Even now she continues to get a valuable education and learn about faith and the Bible.
Now a young woman, Maria dreams of being a medical missionary or journalist—traveling the world and sharing her faith in unique ways.
Joni was overjoyed at meeting the children whose lives she had helped improve. It was truly a testament to our sovereign God who brings everything together to work for our good.
“Getting to go to the orphan school and meet these children was such a gift,” she said. “It was nothing but exciting and awesome to see God work in and through me, my supporters, and my team for His purposes. I will never be the same!”