People are the reason that God does everything and people are who God uses to carry out His purpose. We connect to people that have proven their intentions to make disciples in their community and partner with them in their efforts. This is how we model Biblical collaboration. We are all co-laborers in this effort and no one knows the hearts and minds of the people in a specific geographic location like the people that live there. In our commitment to make relationships paramount, we would like to introduce you to our friend and partner with Our Next.
Maurice Odhiambo is the founder of Manna Ministries in Kisumu, Kenya. Maurice is a missionary. Maurice and his team are true servants of our Lord. He is a successful business man who works tirelessly to reach the lost and needy in other countries surrounding Kenya, as well as in his own backyard. We have multiple relationship connections with Maurice that reach back for many years. God has divinely aligned our paths and they have crossed in His perfect time. It is refreshing to work alongside a man of such strong conviction and integrity. Maurice grew up in extreme poverty with odds have never favored him, but he knew that God did. Through a miraculous series of events God set he and his family apart and gave them the vision and the means to impact the widows and the fatherless in the small rural location where he grew up. Maurice's heart and love for his family, ministry and everyone he encounters is one of a kind. We love Maurice and the entire Manna Ministry and you will too! :-)
If you climb the large outcropping of massive boulders near the dirt road, you can see the fishing boats on Lake Victoria in the distance. The vantage point allows one to see the green roof of a primary school. There’s a dash each morning to reach the barbed wire fence line that barely supports a wooden gate. The kids arrive early after walking several miles alone. They are not early to get a head start on the day’s assignments, but for the warm bowl of porridge that awaits them daily. The teachers are already in the classroom preparing for the day. The chalk boards have been struck with lines and the little bodies make their way to crowded desks. This is Manna Academy. Manna offers hope to over 275 orphans in a community that has been ravaged with the effects of poverty, AIDS and Malaria. Manna currently has 11 classes from Baby class of 3 years of age up to grade 8. After the children of Manna complete the 8th grade they will need to test to go on to secondary school. Some may test well and some may not.... where will their NEXT step be? We know God has a plan for each of them. We love this place and you will too!