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Blessed Hope International Orphanage

 

In following the Lord's leading, we united with a Kenyan orphanage that was facing many challenges to adequately care for their 42 children.  We are utilizing several food systems, involving dairy cattle, chicken, quail, tilapia, catfish, and gardening to provide a well-rounded diet for the children as well as increasing general orphanage revenue in an effort to become self-sustaining.  A sewing center was also started to increase overall orphanage income.  (See the "PROJECTS" page to veiw more of the various projects details.)

 

Our children are growing up in a loving, Christian environment, where all age-appropriate children are attending school for a good education.  They are also learning skills around the orphanage in helping to care for the various food systems as well as acquiring tailoring and dress making skills with the sewing center to eventually support themselves.  Below, is a glimpse of the orphanage, and the Lord's "little ones" with their once troubling stories, now being written with a brighter future in sight.

 

 

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Abel

 

My parents were killed during tribal wars.  Our house was burned down and all of our property was taken.  At midnight, I walked to the nearby police station.  One police officer knew Pastor Cosmus and called him regarding the situation, and he came the following morning to take me to  the orphanage, where I am now living.

Agnes

 

We stayed with our single mother in Kisii.  One night, four men broke into our house.  They kidnapped my mother and took her away.  Since that day, we have not seen my mother again. Pastor Cosmus, being a relative of my mother, as soon as he heard what had happened, came and took me to go live with him at the orphanage.

Angela

 

My parents were arrested for illegally selling alcohol.  They were facing imprisonment for ten years, or pay a fine of $250,000 shillings.  Since they had no money to pay, they are now serving their time in prison.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with us to live with him at the orphanage. We are praying for our parents to come home one day. 

Brian

 

I used to help my parents with their work.  One day, we were returning from work, and a terrible storm arose with no shelter nearby.  We took refuge under a tree, and the next I remember was waking up in the hospital.  Both of my parents were killed during the storm.  Pastor Cosmus took me to live at the orphanage.

Clain

 

My mother was blind and used to beg in the streets.  One day, she was struck by a motorcycle and died, leaving my two sisters and myself to survive on our own.  We were homeless, eating from rubbish pits and drinking sewage water. Pastor Cosmus heard of our troubling situation, and took us to live at the orphanage. 

Clare

 

I was told that my mother died while giving birth to me.  My mother was not married, and with no other known family members, I was taken to the orphanage with Pastor Cosmus.  Due to the difficulties I was having in getting sufficient nutrients, I was breastfed by Pastor Cosmus' wife, who was breastfeeding her young child.

Cliffee

 

We stayed with our single mother in Kisii.  One night, four men broke into our house.  They kidnapped my mother and took her away.  Since that day, we have not seen my mother again. Pastor Cosmus, being a relative of my mother, as soon as he heard what had happened, came and took me to go live with him at the orphanage.

Dadius

 

My parents died by unknown circumstances.  We woke up one morning to find them laying dead outside our house.  We were left under the care of our aunt who mistreated us very much. On many occasions, we were caned and abused without reason.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with our aunt, who agreed to let us live at the orphanage.

Daniel

 

My mother died of breast cancer, leaving us with our father.  After two months, our father died as well, from a logging accident.  We then stopped going to school, and started to fetch water for a local hotel in return for a daily meal.  One day, we met Pastor Cosmus at the same hotel, eating lunch.  He then took us to the orphanage to live. 

David

 

My parents were arrested for illegally selling alcohol.  They were facing imprisonment for ten years, or pay a fine of $250,000 shillings.  Since they had no money to pay, they are now serving their time in prison.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with us to live with him at the orphanage. We are praying for our parents to come home one day. 

Davinah

 

My parents were arrested for illegally selling alcohol.  They were facing imprisonment for ten years, or pay a fine of $250,000 shillings.  Since they had no money to pay, they are now serving their time in prison.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with us to live with him at the orphanage. We are praying for our parents to come home one day. 

Degla

 

One evening, as my family was eating dinner, a wild animal entered our house and killed my parents and two brothers.  I escaped with my life by jumping  through a nearby window.  I was screaming, and many people came and the wild animal ran away.  One of our neighbors took me to the orphanage where I am now living.

Dominic M.

 

My mother was never married, and we were born out of wedlock.  I was told that she had died of AIDS.  We were then  left  to live with  our grandmother, who died when she was struck by lightning.  We were desperate with no where to stay.  At the funeral, Pastor Cosmus warmly invited us to live at the orphanage.   

Dominic O.

 

My parents were killed during tribal wars.  Our house was burned down, and all of our property was taken.  I carried my sister on my back and hid ourselves in a nearby sugar cane field. During the  cover of night, we fled to a police station for help.  They called Pastor Cosmus, who then took us to live at the orphanage.   

Dorothy

 

One day, my father was found dead in his bed. My  mother was  suspected of  posioning  him, and was arrested.  While in jail, my mother died, and we had no where to go.  We were homeless, living in the streets, suffering greatly.  A woman told us about Pastor Cosmus, and he agreed to take us to live at the orphanage with them.        

Duke

 

I do not know where my home was, or where I used to live, but I was found living in the streets. One day, I heard Pastor Cosmus preaching nearby, and when he had finished his sermon, he called me to speak with him.  I told him my situation, and then Pastor Cosmus took me to the orphanage to live in a loving environment.

 

Duncan

 

My father died during tribal wars.  My pregnant mother  passed  away  while  giving  birth.  We then lived with a relative who mistreated us, and forced us to hard work, while their children went to school.  We heard Pastor Cosmus preaching one day in a crusade, explained our story to him, and he then took us to live at the orphanage.

 

Enoch

 

We stayed with our single mother in Kisii.  One night, four men broke into our house.  They kidnapped my mother and took her away.  Since that day, we have not seen my mother again. Pastor Cosmus, being a relative of my mother, as soon as he heard what had happened, came and took me to go live with him at the orphanage.

Evelyne

 

My father died several years ago from an unknown sickness.  The villagers suspected that my mother had killed my father, and in a fit of rage, they killed my mother.  I then lived with my aunt, but she shortly died thereafter due to AIDS.  At the funeral of my aunt, Pastor Cosmus took me to live at the orphanage with them.      

 

Evonne

 

During a rainstorm, my parents went to get water, and were struck by lightning.  Both of my parents died.  We then lived with a relative, but there we had many difficulties like, not having adequate food to eat or clothing to wear, and we even stopped going to school.  Pastor Cosmus was called, and he took us to live with them.      

 

Gilbert

 

During tribal wars, my parents were killed in front of me.  I ran for safety, and hid in the cover of night.  I went to the police station, and the next morning, they transported me to the nearest city, and there I did not know anyone. I then lived a difficult homeless life, until I met Pastor Cosmus, who took me to the orphanage.

Helen

 

My father died during tribal wars.  My pregnant mother  passed  away  while  giving  birth.  We then lived with a relative who mistreated us, and forced us to hard work, while their children went to school.  We heard Pastor Cosmus preaching one day in a crusade, explained our story to him, and he then took us to live at the orphanage.

 

Hesbon

 

My parents died in a terrible car accident.  After the funeral had concluded, we were taken to live with my aunt, as we had no other family members.  She was unable to adequately care for us due  to  her financial challenges.  She then spoke with Pastor Cosmus, who took us to live at the orphanage with the other children.

Immaculate

 

My mother died of breast cancer, leaving us with our father.  After two months, our father died as well, from a logging accident.  We then stopped going to school, and started to fetch water for a local hotel in return for a daily meal.  One day, we met Pastor Cosmus at the same hotel, eating lunch.  He then took us to the orphanage to live. 

Isaac

 

My parents were lepers who earned money by begging in the streets.  One day, my parents were struck by a truck and killed, and I was also injured.  Among the people that came running to assist was Pastor Cosmus.  As I was crying, he held my hand to comfort me, and invited me to live with them since I now had no place to live.

 

Isabella

 

I lived with my single mother in a remote village. While working one day, my mother was bit by a poisonous snake.  She screamed for help, but no one was nearby by to assist her.  She started running to try to reach the nearest hospital, but she fell unconscious and died.  I was then taken to live at the orphanage with Pastor Cosmus.

 

 

Jacqueline

 

My parents were killed instantly being struck by lightning during a storm, and left my brother with severe injuries.  After my brother was discharged from the hospital, we had no where to live.  Pastor Cosmus came and took us to live with the other children at the orphanage. We thank God for our new and loving home.

 

Joyce

 

We stayed with our single mother in Kisii.  One night, four men broke into our house.  They kidnapped my mother and took her away.  Since that day, we have not seen my mother again. Pastor Cosmus, being a relative of my mother, as soon as he heard what had happened, came and took me to go live with him at the orphanage.

Kevin

 

We lived with both of our parents until they divorced.  My mother then left to an unknown place, and did not come back.  Our father was working one day cutting trees, and was bit by a poisonous snake.  He did not survive the snake bite.  With no where to go, Pastor Cosmus came and took us with him to live at the orphanage.

 

Lucy

 

One day, my father was found dead in his bed. My  mother was  suspected of  posioning  him, and was arrested.  While in jail, my mother died, and we had no where to go.  We were homeless, living in the streets, suffering greatly.  A woman told us about Pastor Cosmus, and he agreed to take us to live at the orphanage with them.        

Marion

 

One day, my father was found dead in his bed. My  mother was  suspected of  posioning  him, and was arrested.  While in jail, my mother died, and we had no where to go.  We were homeless, living in the streets, suffering greatly.  A woman told us about Pastor Cosmus, and he agreed to take us to live at the orphanage with them.        

Mercy

 

My parents died by unknown circumstances.  We woke up one morning to find them laying dead outside our house.  We were left under the care of our aunt who mistreated us very much. On many occasions, we were caned and abused without reason.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with our aunt, who agreed to let us live at the orphanage.

Moses

 

My parents died by unknown circumstances.  We woke up one morning to find them laying dead outside our house.  We were left under the care of our aunt who mistreated us very much. On many occasions, we were caned and abused without reason.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with our aunt, who agreed to let us live at the orphanage.

Polycarp

 

During a rainstorm, my parents went to get water, and were struck by lightning.  Both of my parents died.  We then lived with a relative, but there we had many difficulties like, not having adequate food to eat or clothing to wear, and we even stopped going to school.  Pastor Cosmus was called, and he took us to live with them.      

 

Robert

 

I do not know where my home was, or where I used to live, but I was found living in the streets. One day, I heard Pastor Cosmus preaching nearby, and when he had finished his sermon, he called me to speak with him.  I told him my situation, and then Pastor Cosmus took me to the orphanage to live in a loving environment.

 

Samuel

 

My mother had died when I was only six months old. I was still breast feeding, and was immediately taken to the orphanage of Pastor Cosmus, because I had no where else to go, and his wife was also breast feeding her infant child as well.  She cared for me as I was her own, and I still live with them at the orphanage to this day. 

Sharon

 

A neighbor's child had died, and my parents were suspected of using witchcraft in the death. These people then set fire to our house, and killed my parents.  All was lost in the flames. The villagers wanted to burn me to death also, but a good Samartian hid me, and took me to live with Pastor Cosmus and the other orphans. 

Sumra

 

My mother was unmarried, and did not have any way to make money, so she would go door to door  begging for food.  One day, while searching for food, she was attacked and bitten by diseased dogs.  My mother then became sick, and she died within 3 weeks.  Pastor Cosmus then took me to live at the orphanage.    

 

Sylvia

 

My parents were arrested for illegally selling alcohol.  They were facing imprisonment for ten years, or pay a fine of $250,000 shillings.  Since they had no money to pay, they are now serving their time in prison.  Pastor Cosmus spoke with us to live with him at the orphanage. We are praying for our parents to come home one day. 

Victor

 

My family was killed in a car accident.  I was left alone, and was taken to live with my uncle.  I then edured many difficulties.  I was overworked by my uncle, and not given enough food.  I did not have adequate clothes or shoes, and was forced to sleep in the dog kennel.  I visited the orphanage, and was taken in to live with them.      

 

Wickliff

 

I was an only child in my family.  My father died, and I was left with my mother.  She could not take care of me any longer due to her advanced HIV condition.  I had no where else to go, and being desperate, I visited Pastor Cosmus at the orphanage.  I was taken in to live with them, and the other children, in a loving enviroment.         

 

Zipporah

 

A neighbor's child had died, and my parents were suspected of using witchcraft in the death. These people then set fire to our house, and killed my parents.  All was lost in the flames. The villagers wanted to burn me to death also, but a good Samartian hid me, and took me to live with Pastor Cosmus and the other orphans.