Happy New Year! This is one of my favorite times of year as it is marked by new beginnings and audacious goals for the year ahead. To be honest, it can also be a bit daunting at times as I realize the bigness of our goals and how inadequate I feel to achieve them. Thankfully, the weight of this work does not fall solely on my shoulders or those of my team. It is for this reason that I share these goals with you to invite you to pray with us for God’s provision and to partner with us in achieving these in 2015.
During this time of planning, I find it is important to examine why we do certain activities or set certain goals. The question ‘why’ brings clarity, challenges motives, and creates ownership. It is a powerful question especially for our team who is so removed, geographically, from the work that takes place on the ground. Here is how we connect our goals in the U.S. to the expected impact in Kenya:
Our goal this year is to raise $1.53 million, which is about 25% more than we raised in 2014.
By raising this amount of money, it will allow us to open and operate an additional 8 centers in Kenya (including three in Mombasa) and expand our administrative staff to support our growing operations.
By opening these eight new centers, it will give us capacity to serve 2,500 HIV-affected families each year.
Without our help, these 2,500 parents that will go through our nine-month program are at risk of two things:
1. Dying and orphaning, on average, three children per household
2. And, even more importantly, dying without knowing Christ
So, what is it that we hope to accomplish in 2015? We want to raise $1.53 million, so that 2,500 parents will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and their 7,500+ children will have the opportunity to grow up under the love and care of healthy, thriving parents.
Why are you doing the things you are in 2015?
I’ll be back later this month to unpack the “how” of this goal. I’ll share some of the strategies we hope to employ in 2015 to achieve this high mark.