It All Began With A Dream And A Trip To Kenya
Into Abba’s Arms was founded in 1998 by Jane Gravis. The vision for Into Abba’s Arms came following a dream she had about Africa. This dream led her to Kenya where she witnessed the deplorable conditions facing Kenyan orphans. The Lord pressed upon her heart a burden to provide these children with a loving family, a spiritual foundation, and a future filled with the hope of Jesus.
Nearly 20 years and many children later, our family continues to grow. Into Abba’s Arms has established US and Kenyan Boards of Directors, two stateside staff members, and 13 staff members currently employed in Kenya. We strive to provide our children with critical necessities including housing, food, and clothing – all in a loving home environment with a nurturing caretaker. Over the years, the faithful giving of our friends and volunteers has helped us establish an outreach center from which we coordinate spiritual and education seminars, medical clinics, and food and water distribution to our neighbors.
Extending Our Reach
Today, Into Abba’s Arms’ ministry extends to over 300 area residents. Our organization is the sole provider of clean drinking water to the surrounding community. Children and staff cultivate our land, and God abundantly provides beans, cabbage, corn, kale, and potatoes. Overflow produce and clothing are frequently distributed to people in the community. Local residents can also receive minor medical care and attend biblical and community education programs free of charge.
Utilizing God’s Gifts To Give Hope For A Promising Future
It is our heart’s desire to use the time, talents, and resources that God has given us to bring honor and glory to His name. In bringing glory to His name, we are giving hope for a promising tomorrow. We believe every child needs hope! Into Abba’s Arms provides not only the vital necessities but also educational and vocational training to help develop independent, community-centered members of Kenyan society with a heart for Jesus.
What We Believe
We believe in the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures. We believe in the Trinity, the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, and the spiritual brokenness of mankind. Jesus Christ is the only hope for a dying world, and salvation comes through Christ alone. We believe Christ sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all who profess faith in Him. God hears and answers prayer, and we trust in the physical return of Jesus Christ.
We understand that there is no changing other cultures, so we have embraced the idea that the change in Kenya starts from the inside out, beginning with the change of each individual heart.
We provide a nurturing home with a 1:10 caretaker to child ratio. Our home offers a safe haven for orphaned children allowing us to minister to each child’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.
Our organization serves as a hub for Christian ministry in the central highlands of Kenya. We have an on-site chapel where Into Abba’s Arms hosts Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs for the children in the community. Over 150 community children regularly attend these programs.
Hope For The Future
Visiting teaching teams provide school programs on biblical principles, math, geography, science, and other topics. Visiting teams also provide free community programs in health, dental, and first aid training. The arts are introduced through the teaching of guitar and painting. Post-secondary education fosters independence and develops productive Kenyan citizens.
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