Paying it forward, one by one
We met Solomon through mutual friends, only to find out later that we had mutual friends in MARSHALLTOWN! Solomon's background is in education and he first worked with us part-time as our children's director. Solomon is a trusted friend who is always willing to learn. We are in communication almost daily as he does the day to day work on the field. Solomon is responsible for our loan program and overseeing all other MKM work.
My Kinsmen Ministries Staff on the ground in Sierra Leone
We are blessed to call these people our staff and friends. Finding people we can trust to run a mission thousands of miles from home has been a great work of God. These friends love Jesus, work hard and are great people to visit!
Bridget is the wife of Solomon and MOTHER in MKM. They have four children including Baby Karen, Munjeh, foster daughter, Sallay and adopted son, Samuel. Bridget works part-time for MKM and is also employed as a nurse. Bridget was key in starting our pharmacy and works hard to keep our kids and staff healthy! She has a heart for unbelievers and invites people to church weekly.
Rainny was a friend and volunteer for MKM before becoming a full-time employee during the Ebola crisis. Rainny is the head of our widow and orphan ministry. He is passionate about helping others and has taken on roles as drama coach, soccer coach, Sunday school teacher, tutor, and MORE! Rainny is a published children's author in Sierra Leone and is a writer at heart!
We first met Saidu in Bo about 13 years ago. We have always known him to have a humble and servant heart. Saidu is a former Muslim who is on FIRE for Jesus. He has training as a construction engineer and is in charge of all of our building projects. In addition, Saidu has become our village pastor and even filled in at Kinsmen Christian Church as pastor for a time. Saidu laughs with the best of them and is one of the most joyful people we know. He is a real asset to MKM in many, many ways.
God brought Moses to us through our church plant in Lumabu. He was helping our local pastor in the village and the church grew so much that they had to expand their building. Moses has participated in Pathways training with our team and recently received a diploma in theology from Christ International Bible College and Seminary. He is currently working for MKM part-time as Kinsmen Christian Church pastor. We hope to have him on full-time in the coming months. He will be married in March.
M.O. was a special gift to MKM when we purchased our compound. He was a Muslim man living on the grounds taking care of all kinds of things. When we bought the compound, M.O. was the bonus! He is now a believer and lover of Jesus! He works as a jack of all trades. He is security, handyman, errand runner, laborer, and even participates as an outreach leader. He recently married, Baindu, and they live on the compound.