“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 for Children in Distress
Foster Care – In 2015, through Sheltering Wings, God brought our family to an important regional city in West Africa 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 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 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 West African boy has inspired other West Africa 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 West African Christian families to open their homes to care for orphans and vulnerable kids. Prayerfully consider partnering with a West African 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 West Africa, 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 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friends of the Orphanage – There are more than 750,000 orphans in the area we minister in 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.
Clean Water & Living Water
West Africa – 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 West Africa are waiting for clean water to be brought to their area.
Healing the Sick
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. We 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 West Africa 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.
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 West Africa 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.