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Testimonies

AVC Mission Trip to Kisumu Children's Home

P2270771P2260655P3021705In March of 2014 we had a team from Airdrie Victory Church in Alberta, Canada visit the Victory Children's Home in Kisumu, Kenya. They had such a wonderful experiecne spending time with the children and helping to improve their home.

 

Among the many things they did during their visit, they were able to paint the Victory Children's Home Logo on the outside of the home so that passersby will be able to easily find us.

 

Thank your AVC Missions team for all of your hard word and the blessing you were to our children and staff!

 

Here is what some of the team members had to say about their experience there:

 

P2260707“The trip to visit the kids at the Victory Children’s Home in Kisumu was amazing!  People say a trip like that is a “once in a lifetime” experience, but I truly hope that it’s not.  Even though we spent such a short time with the kids, I believe we built bonds that could very well last a lifetime!

 

Daryl and Rhonda are doing such a great job managing the orphanage and you can tell the kids are happy by the laughter that echoes through the orphanage!  We were there for a short time, but a truly memorable time... I’m already missing the mandazis!”

 

Chelsea Restall (AVC Missions, TEAM:KISUMU)

P2260716“Going on a missions trip is a life changing event. I was very thankful for the teaching before we left so we were able to be effective. The one thing that we were taught was it is not holiday. It is not. When we first arrived the amount if work was over whelming for the amount of time we had. We went as a unified team and worked every day as a unified team. Whatever each of us was to do at any given time we did it with the love of God in our heart. We were Gods hands and feet when and where he sent us.

 

The orphanage is well set up, the children are happy and well taken care of. A side note those children treasure their sponsorship letters. Never stop sending your love to them. They think of us as their family. That is more important than the money to them because they see the letters not the money.”

 

Sandi (AVC Missions, TEAM:KISUMU)

P2260713“The trip to Kisumu, Kenya February/March 2014 was one of the most memorable missions trips I've been on! What a wonderful orphanage! The staff there have things running very smoothly and the kids look happy and healthy.

 

 I really enjoyed teaching the boys and girls of all ages some practical sewing skills. They learnt how to hand stitch little dolls together using some leftover fabrics, pieces of an old weave and then stuffed them with small pieces of an old mattress! Very resourceful!  One thing that I love to see is how people in Kenya value relationships above all!  I'm looking forward to someday being able to go back!”

 

Rylee Petkau (AVC Missions, TEAM:KISUMU)

SAM 1548“When I first heard about the trip to Kisumu, Kenya I was so excited and knew right away that I wanted to go help. The trip was so amazing and life changing; the staff there are all great people who really care about the kids. You can't help but to connect with the kids and realize how thankful they are that you came.

 

 What I soon realized was that I had a deep passion to help and serve God in whatever capacity he wanted for me there. I cannot wait for God to open the doors for me to return. This trip has changed my life and has reminded me that "Yes God can use me" for his Glory.”

 

Garth (AVC Missions, TEAM:KISUMU)

 


Henrietta

I have always loved kids and had a heart and a passion for missions. I joined a team that went to Kenya when Victory first took over the Children’s Home in Kisumu and fell in love with the kids. I’m currently sponsoring 3 children from the home and am thrilled to be able to help support them.

James 1:27 says “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble…”

I have taken this scripture to heart and feel it is my duty to help care for these children in need.
It brings my heart such joy know that I am helping to give my 3 kids a better life and a bright future. Having visited the home myself I also know that they are in a good and loving place where they are well taken care of. 



The Wondercheck Family

Why we sponsor:

 

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chanceline sederick

My name is Gary Wondercheck, I am an assistant to Dr George Hill and one of the pastors here at California Victory Church (CVC). My wife Debora is also involved in ministry at CVC and is the founder and director of Arts & Learning, a performing arts school for children.

 

We have three kids of our own, Chenaniah, Charis and Chara (ages 10, 8 and 5). From the time Dr Hazel Hill brought back the dream of an orphanage to the church here in California several years ago we wanted to be involved. Our desire was to sponsor two children - a boy about the same age as our son, and a girl approximately the same age as our two daughters.

 

Opportunities opened up and we began sponsoring Chanceline about 3 years ago, and Sederick last year. They have become part of our family! There isn't a morning or night that passes without us praying for them. Our kids have sent letters, photographs and drawings, and have received the same back from our sponsored kids. What a great experience and a joy for our kids to be able to connect with them and to know we have made a difference in their lives.

 

And in turn, they have positively impacted our lives! It is so rewarding to know that our kids there in Rwanda are healthy, given a good education and brought up in a loving environment where they can know Christ and the hope which only He can give.

 

Thanks to Dr Hazel Hill for making this a reality, and to Isaac and Serena Terrell, and the whole staff at Victory Family Home of Champions for the great success of these past 3 years! And to Ed and Deb Gallagos and family...we will be praying for you as you begin this adventure as the new resident missionaries there!

 

Grace & Peace!

 


Denise Fearman Johnson

DeniseFearmanJohnson1God has blessed me in so many ways my entire life, and I honor Him by showing love to His children. I’ve always had a dream to adopt many children and I believe God will make that possible. Right now, sponsoring a child in Rwanda is a perfect way for me to assist children with no families.

 

A few years ago I traveled from California to South Africa on an AIDS mission and visited an orphanage there. In that country there are approximately 2 million orphans as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which disproportionately affects sub-Saharan Africa. We delivered crates of toys, clothing, and medical supplies, but all we took seemed so little … just a “drop in the bucket” of what’s needed.

 

I currently live in Ohio and attend Ambassadors for Christ (AFC) Church. When I heard Pastor Hazel speak about the orphanage in Rwanda, it touched my heart and I jumped at the opportunity to sponsor an orphan. I’d really like to do more – perhaps sponsor additional orphans or donate supplies. I occasionally travel to the neighboring country, Uganda, for my job in tuberculosis research so during my next trip in 2013 I plan to visit the Victory orphanage!

 


Cheryl Carr

cheryl-carrAfter my husband passed away, I went to Africa in 2007 and helped to build the Victory Family Home of Champions in Rwanda. At that time, all of the children were immediately sponsored by people that assisted in building the orphanage. I returned to Rwanda 2 years later to spend time with the children. During that trip we picked up 3 children the government asked the orphanage to take in. As soon as I saw Sandrine, we connected. She was very frightened and I held her all the way back to the orphanage, which was several hours away by car. She was 8 years old, raised in the mountains and never had the opportunity to go to school. It was even the first time she had seen or been in a vehicle.

 

Since I have been to Africa and have seen first-hand all of the orphans and children living on the streets and in the woods just trying to survive, it really fills my heart with joy to know that I really make a difference. Sponsoring a child and giving even one child a chance in life is all worth it.

 


 

Rick Kenslow

rick-kenslowJob 6:25 states, "How forcible are the right words!" I truly search for words that adequately express my heart felt JOY and PRIVILEGE God has allowed me to be able to bless orphans and mothers less fortunate than the "Western World." I'll forever be thankful to our Lord for this blessed opportunity.

 

A child (any child) is a gift from God above. Children are the life line of our society...mothers are the means. The Kingdom of God will eternally benefit because of Children. It is a true joy to watch a child develop in God's love and His Word as I have watched my child grow from the orphanage in India.