Projects

“In all things I have shown you by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus who said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Caring and Connecting with Those in Need

Sponsorship Programs

Child Sponsorship Program

Sheltering Wings Child Sponsorshipoffers an exciting program that allows you to touch the lives of a child in need with the love of Jesus. Sheltering Wings currently operates a child sponsorship program within the community and it’s outlying areas.   There are about 460 children currently sponsored. Sponsorship allows for school fees and supplies to be paid for each sponsored child, a daily meal at school or a semi-annual food and goods distribution, and basic medical care.  Sponsors give $35 per month which allows us to provide on-going support to the child they have selected. We hold weekly meeting with sponsored children in the church closest to their home.  These meetings are for evangelism and to keep close contact with the children.

Burkina Faso & Kenya

Child Sponsorship – A sponsor is someone who makes the decision to personally invest in the life of a child. Sponsorship provides spiritual guidance, basic food, clothing, education, and medical care. Your sponsorship will change the life of this child. Children need help breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. Hunger weakens them. Unsafe drinking water makes them sick. Missing out on an education keeps them from reaching their greatest potential. For $35 per month your sponsored child will receive the following benefits:

• an opportunity to hear the Gospel and learn about Jesus
• an education in either the Sheltering Wings schools or in public schools
• extra food when needed
• access to medical care
• personal attention, guidance, and love

Change a Life:

• Meet His children, choose your child.
• Receive a packet with your child’s photo and story in the mail.
• Begin your monthly provision of $35 a month.
• Begin praying and corresponding. Send letters and photos. Receive annual school updates, a picture of your child. Enjoy the blessings of relationship building.

Widow Sponsorship

The bible gives us clear instruction regarding the care of widows, James 1:27. We connect widows to the pastors in their community through monthly visits and gifts of food and hygiene products. The widow sponsorship program currently serves more than 70 widows. Aged widows are often neglected, especially if their children have grown, married, and moved away. This program provides medical assistance as needed. For $20 a month, these precious ladies receive grain, soap, fellowship, and prayer. Delivering these gifts provide the opportunity to build relationships between the widows and the church so that each woman knows and understands her worth as a daughter of the King. Begin this relationship building.

•Find a widow to sponsor.
•Receive a packet in the mail containing a picture and your widow’s story.
•Begin donating $20 per month.
•Begin praying and corresponding. Send a letter and photos. Receive annual updates. Enjoy the blessings of relationship building.

Caring for Children in Distress

Burkina Faso

Foster Care – In 2015, through Sheltering Wings, God brought our family to an important regional city in Burkina Faso where there is inadequate orphan care for children under the age of seven. The Lord provided the Matheny family with a vision to equip the local church to answerdr-scott-rez the cry for orphan care. In a very short time, we found local government and church leaders to support this family-based type of orphan care, similar to our Foster Care system in the U.S. Though it is provided the Matheny family with a vision to equip the local church to answer the cry for orphan care. In a very short time, we found local government and church leaders to support this family-based type of orphan care, similar to our Foster Care system in the U.S. Though it is counter-cultural, our family’s living testimony of love and adoption of a Burkinabe boy has inspired other Burkinabe Christians to care for vulnerable children as their own. By God’s grace there are now five African families caring for orphans in their homes. In a predominantly Muslim community, this Christ-centered ministry communicates the Gospel by doing for vulnerable children what our Father has done for us. Please join us in praying for even more local Burkinabe Christian families to open their homes to care for orphans and vulnerable kids. Prayerfully consider partnering with a Burkinabe family in this work, empowering the Church to be the solution to the orphan care need. For more information on how you can support this project, check out our blog at

Milk Program – The Maternal Death rate is very high in Burkina, leaving infants weak and vulnerable. The milk program provides infant formula, bottles, and safe water to families where a family member– willing and able to care for the newborn– receives training and supplies to feed the infant. This program equips families to care for their children at home rather than placing them in an institution.

Special Needs Children – Because of the existing poverty and hopelessness, children with special needs are often abandoned or left without resources to offer them proper care. Sheltering Wings looks for sponsors and facilities that offer resources to help these children and their families. Examples include placing blind and deaf children in special schools, purchasing handicap bicycles for children so that they can go to school, and providing various support devices to help children to walk.

adoption-coupleAdoption – Sheltering Wings partners with All Blessings International to facilitate the placement of special needs children in adoptive homes. Thus far, we have facilitated 26 U.S. adoptions for children ranging in age from 3 to 14 years old and with special needs ranging from mild to severe cerebral palsy, sickle cell anemia, hearing impairments, visual impairments, physical and mental delays, HIV and more. Most of the older children receiving placement are healthy but considered special needs because older children are harder to place in adoption.

If you have thought and prayed about international adoption and feel your family could welcome a special needs child, please contact Kim at kim@allblessings.org for more information.

Friends of the Orphanage – There are more than 750,000 orphans in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The numbers are staggering. The devastation is beyond comprehension. Operating funds for an existing orphanage are desperately needed. Join Sheltering Wings as a Friend of the Orphanage (FOTO), and give these children hope and a future.

Evangelism and Church Planting

Burkina Faso – In working with indigenous church leaders, we planted a new church in a small isolated village of Burkina where there was previously no Christian presence. We provide the necessary infrastructure by building a small church and a modest house for the pastor. Educational support will send a student pastor to Bible school. Transportation assistance will provide a motorbike for him to do the work of evangelism in the village and surrounding area. In places where the local church already exists, we seek to equip, encourage, and engage the local church in caring for the needs of their community. Help includes, water, shoes, and mentor programs woven into the church’s ministry programs.

Middle East – Planting and growing churches in the Middle East holds particular challenges. Even when the faith is practiced nominally, Islam is deeply entrenched in the culture, ethnic identity, and family traditions of most of these countries. The good news is that the Gospel is as True as ever! Those who come to faith and join a church know a rich and pure fellowship. They have counted and paid the price, and they have found knowing Jesus worth it! Sheltering Wings and our missionaries foster this setting. Support a Christ- Centered church in the Middle East.

Kenya – Evangelism is a large part of our ministry in Kenya delivered primarily through puppet/drama/dance outreach throughout the country. With a Center located at the edge of the largest slum in Africa, we reach out to the very poor and other religious groups concentrated in the area. We have church service at the Center on Sundays providing a place for street children and others in the community to come and worship God and build long-term relationships with children having no other family.

Turkey – While Turkey is home to many biblical historical sites, for centuries it has been and remains a predominantly Muslim country. Islam is the dominant religion of Turkey with 99.8 percent of the population being registered as Muslims. Among a population of more than 79,000,000, current estimates place the number of Christians (including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) at less than 0.2%.  We have, however, seen encouraging breakthroughs over the past several years. More Turks are coming out of Islam and placing their faith in Jesus. New churches are being planted in this region. Our missionary in Turkey, partners with Newfrontiers International, a worldwide family of churches committed to missions and church planting. For more on this organization see https://newfrontierstogether.org

Planting and growing churches in Turkey holds particular challenges. Even for nominal Muslims, Islam is still deeply entrenched in their culture, ethnic identity, and family traditions. The good news is that the Gospel is as true as ever! Those coming to faith in Christ and joining a church are experiencing a rich and pure fellowship. They have counted and paid the price, and they have found knowing Jesus worth it! Sheltering Wings and our missionaries foster a local church community where lives are dynamically transformed by the grace of God.  To support this Christ-centered church in Turkey, email us at info@shelteringwings.org or donate here!

Clean Water & Living Water

children-at-the-wellBurkina Faso – Sheltering Wings partners with a Christ-Centered Well Drilling team, Friends In Action, to help bring safe drinking water to villages located near the local church. Clean water means a healthier village and an opportunity for the local pastor to connect with his community and share the Gospel. Many villages throughout Burkina are waiting for clean water to be brought to their area.

Widows & Women In Crisis

Burkina Faso

Women’s Crisis Center – Young widows or women abandoned by their husbands find themselves homeless and without family support. This 9-month residential program equips women with skills such as sewing, traditional weaving, soap making, jewelry making, bread making, crocheting and crafting- handwoven goods. Each day begins with devotions, and our instructors not only teach, but mentor these women. Afternoon classes include a literacy class, basic math class, basic French language class, a cooking class, and Bible Study. Each participant must develop a personal budget and a small business plan for the skills they have mastered. After graduating and moving back to the village there is a 6-month follow-up program. Our hope is that once these women go back to the village, they too will become disciples and trainers to other women in need.

Widow Sponsorship – The bible gives us clear instruction regarding the care of widows. We connect widows to the pastors in their community through monthly visits and gifts of food and hygiene products. The widow sponsorship program currently serves more than 70 widows. Aged widows are often neglected, especially if their children have grown, married, and moved away. This program provides medical assistance as needed. For $20 a month, these precious ladies receive grain, soap, fellowship, and prayer. Delivering these gifts provide the opportunity to build relationships between the widows and the church so that each woman knows and understands her worth as a daughter of the King.  In order to begin this relationship building:

• Find a widow to sponsor.
• Receive a packet in the mail containing a picture and your widow’s story.
• Begin donating $20 per month.
• Begin praying and corresponding. Send a letter and photos. Receive annual updates. Enjoy the blessings of relationship building.

Women’s Training Center – Benkadi means ‘working together is good’. Benkadi is the name of a local women’s organization working together to raise the economic level of their families and their community. Currently, the women are using shea butter as a base and to make bar soap and liquid soap as well as lotion to sell in the local market. They have learned to weave and are making mats for their children to sleep on. Teaching the women marketable skills empower them to better provide for their children and to send them to school.

Healing the Sick

Burkina Faso

Medical Clinic – We have a medical clinic on site at the orphanage that serves the needs of the babies and children living on property as well as children and widows in our sponsorship programs. nurseWe currently care for approximately 100 walk-ins who are stricken by extreme poverty and sent to us by the government. Our future plan is to open as a pediatric clinic to the community.

Mobile Medical – Each week, medical professionals at our clinic take medicines and supplies out to villages that have no access to medical care to serve the children in those communities. We partner with the local church so that pastors can build relationships with the families receiving care.

Medical Center – Many small, isolated villages of Burkina Faso do not have any access to medical care. In one small village, we are in the process of building a medical facility. The center is government-run, which means that they provide the medical professionals, the medicine, and the equipment. The center contains general medicine, pediatric medicine, and maternity care.

Feeding and Clothing the Poor

Burkina Faso

One of the poorest nations in the world and with large-scale poverty, we engage in multiple programs aimed at feeding and clothing the people of Burkina.

Agricultural Program – These programs range from raising goats, chickens and cows to developing experimental agriculture projects. With a short growing season, only three months long, the population runs out of food before the next harvest, sometimes as early as halfway through the year. Techniques like hydroponics, aeroponics and aquaponics have already been an educational project for Burkinabe orphans and students on a small scale. As the project expands, we encourage agricultural experts to seek and find solutions for growing food all year around. Once solutions are found, national teams of evangelists will be taught how to duplicate these farming methods and train local Burkinabe, which will bring both food and the Gospel into villages.

City Ministry – the larger cities have concentration of poor and needy

Kenya

Street Ministry & Feeding Program – in Kenya strives to rescue and rehabilitate street children, while sharing the love of Christ. Initial interaction with street children occurs twice per week with a feeding program. Children receive God’s Word, food, medical care, haircuts, and opportunity to bathe and wash or replace their clothes. A social worker researches their family background. If family can be reached, efforts for reconciliation are made through prayer and counseling aimed at bringing healing and restoration within the family.

Education

Burkina Faso

Sheltering Wing engages in building and equipping schools and people to spread the Gospel message while providing a Christ-Centered quality education to children who would otherwise go without.

Child sponsorship – We believe that every child deserves the chance to know the hope they have is Jesus Christ and meet their God-given potential. Over 750,000 children in Burkina Faso have lost one or both parents and oftentimes will drop out of school early or never have the chance to see a classroom. Our sponsorship program provides education, help with food, medical assistance and mentorship to children who would otherwise go without. The children are either attending Sheltering Wings’ private Christian school or specialized schools in the area.

Teacher Assistance – We hire and train Christian educators to serve as mentors to our students. Our goal is that each child is taught with love and that each teacher comes alongside to ensure the success of the student.

Tutoring – We track student progress each year and meet with the director and teachers to discuss strengths and weaknesses. If the student is having difficulty and is motivated, there are opportunities for after school tutoring.