Update from Kenya – Sept 16th


This is Sam writing from Kenya! I’m here with Alyssa and we wanted to give a quick update our of time here.

We arrived safely Sunday night and have been spending time with the the FIKISHA Kenya team. On Tuesday Alyssa and Frank led the Program for Street Youth and taught on the fruits of the Spirit. On Wednesday morning we were able to visit the University of Nairobi as we are hoping to recruit volunteers from there. Everyone is doing well and we are looking forward to the arrival of Jamie and Chicky from Boy With A Ball Global and Costa Rica as they arrive Wednesday evening. We will be training with them over the next couple of days and then we will celebrate Moses’ wedding on Sunday!

Please keep us, the training, and Moses and his Fiance, Mitchel (pronounced “Michelle”), in your prayers over the coming days.


God Bless,


Join and Thrive! Thrivent Choice Announcement

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FIKISHA is now a Thrivent Choice Enrolled Organization

Thrivent Choice Dollars® directions can help FIKISHA. 

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who’s eligible to direct Choice Dollars®

Choice Dollars charitable grant funds can make a world of difference to our organization as we work together to change the lives of outcast youth. By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds. Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.
Thrivent Choice® makes a meaningful impact

Choice Dollars® directions can help support FIKISHA. 

Think of the impact you—along with other eligible Thrivent members—can help make by directing Choice Dollars® to FIKISHA. The grant funding we receive from Thrivent Financial through this program can help us strengthen our mentoring team, provide more scholarships and so much more. 

Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt. Together, we can do even more to help strengthen communities and change lives. 

Urgent Needs

Hello friends,

Recently FIKISHA USA’s Executive Director Sam headed with his wife to visit the FIKISHA Kenya team. While they were there, among many things that were going on, they realized there was a significant financial need. The following items are needed as soon as possible to make this fall a success.

  • High School Fees for Two Boys: $425
  • School Supply Shopping Packages (34 students): $400
  • Office Rent: $150
  • Apprentice Apartment Rent: $25
  • Logistic Costs: $120
  • Students Bus Fares: $100
  • Program Days: $50
  • August Salaries: $500
  • Transfer Fee: $25

Total Need: $1,795

The hope that we have is that churches and individuals will be willing to take on a one or a few of these items. Even if you are not able to give, please pass on the story of FIKISHA to others so they can see what is happening.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

If you are able to donate, please head to our website fikisha.org to donate. The link at the top right corner allows you to pay online with either a credit card or PayPal. If you have any other questions regarding the needs or how to donate, please contact Sam via email: Sam@fikisha.org. We sincerely thank you in advance for all the prayers and support!

With love,


New Year- New Opportunities

Hi friends!

Over the past few months and years, a lot has gone on in the world of FIKISHA. There’s been a lot of learning, and tons of growth. So for 2014 here are a few recaps to make sure that you are all caught up on what is going on.

In August, VBS happened again and everyone had a blast as they focused on their theme: God is Everything!

ImageLater in the late summer, we were fortunate enough to receive a donation of computers! With that came a whole new adventure of learning to program and computer skills in general.

ImageThen, in the fall we were given a grant that allowed Alyssa to begin the endeavor that has been Project Invite Hope! This project not only is teaching the kids a new trade, stationary making, but also will generate sustainable funds.

ImageAlong with those big milestones there were also tons of fun things going on! With a pizza party, examinations, and another Kawangware Christmas; FIKISHA continued to stay busy in 2013! If you want to help out in making 2014 just as amazing of a year, check out http://fikisha.org/ to get more information or a direct link to donate. Don’t forget to check out Facebook (FIKISHA Kenya, FIKISHA USA, Invite Hope), Twitter (@fikishakenya, @fikishausa) or Instagram (fikishausapics) to stay up to date one all the latest FIKISHA happenings!

Pizza Party in Kenya

Pizza Party in Kenya

FIKISHA and some friends from the US got to share a pizza party this past October!! We would like to thank our generous donors who helped to make this possible!

Project Invite Hope

Hello Friends!

If you haven’t heard, FIKISHA was recently awarded a Burst Grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries. This grant comes as such a blessing as it will be used to spark the Invite Hope Project, a program that is focused on starting a small business that will help out the street youth. The business will involve the youth making wedding invitations out of recycled materials. Not only will this program generate funds that will help support the street youth, but it will also teach them valuable job skills. Everyone at FIKISHA is thrilled about this grant, and its impact on the youth. With this, kids will learn a new trade and hopefully find a creative outlet that brings them joy.

Within the next month Alyssa Safty, FIKISHA USA’s Creative Director, will be traveling to Nairobi to continue to work on the Invite Hope Project. She along with everyone else at FIKISHA is so grateful for this grant. We really just want to give a huge thank-you to Wheat Ridge Ministries for blessing us with this grant! If you are interested in ordering invitations or you have any questions regarding the Invite Hope Project please contact Alyssa Safty at alyssa@fikisha.org. Invite hope

Prayers for Nairobi

Dear friends,

Today’s blog is written with a saddened heart. As many of you are aware, on September 21st 2013 the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was a source of attack for a terrorist group. If you would like more information about the specifics this link has a good timeline for what happened. http://abcnews.go.com/International/kenya-mall-shooting-timeline-events/story?id=20334295

However, today we should take a moment to remember those who lost their lives and pray for those devastated by this tragedy. We know that for those living in Nairobi, and over Kenya as a whole, must be terrified. Know that the city and country remain in the thoughts and prayers of many throughout the world, including those at FIKISHA. Whatever is needed: a hug, a conversation, a prayer, a friend; we will be there for you. Kenya is a strong country, and they will remain strong throughout this horrible time, but they still need to feel the support of others.

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ -Isaiah 41:10

For others around the world, remember what happened. Remember them in your prayers. In the meantime, love one another- hug your loved ones. Show God’s love to one another no matter what. It may be hard, and we know that there is frustration surrounding this event, but continue to choose love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”- John 13:34

In the next few days, weeks, and months we encourage you to continue to show support for Kenya. Understand that this is a national tragedy, and that there will be anger and sadness. But, express your support and love. No kind deed will go unnoticed.

“For everything there is a  season and a time for every matter under heaven.”- Ecclesiastes 3:1


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