Editor’s note: Last week, we ran a story about local woman Shannon Bernard and her mother, evangelist Jan McCray, who just returned from a trip to Kenya to dedicate an orphanage. The orphanage, House of Love, was built by Jan McCray Ministries for the Maasai. We reached out to House of Love Director Peter Sinti, a longtime friend of McCray. This is what he had to say.
To the editor:
Greetings in Jesus’ holy name. I am Pastor Peter Sinti, director of House of Love Children’s Home in Leshuta, Narok County, Kenya. Thank you so much for wanting to know more about this house of love.
I am a Kenyan citizen, a Maasai by ethnic group. I got involved with the ministry of serving God as a pastor, Christian educator and missionary from 1992 to 2011, when God came to my wife Tabitha in a special and divine call to take care of desperate orphans.
As a family we said yes to this special ministry. We started a prayer of fasting for God to confirm his call to us. We did this for three months, then Jan McCray wrote to us and asked me to be the director.
The House of Love still needs some projects completed in order to make it self-sustaining and self-supporting. These include: a green house to grow kale, tomatoes, onions, etc.; poultry to get eggs for the children; dairy cows to get enough milk for the children; a garden to plant fruit for nutrition for the children; tree seedlings; pit latrines; a laptop and photocopier; a kitchen that uses firewood to reduce high expenses of gas cylinders; a vehicle to transport foodstuffs and other things; a fire extinguisher; a plot/fence extension; and farm tools.
The children also need clothing, money for school fees, food, medical care, pens, text and exercise books, shoes, soap, toys, swings, balls and mosquito nets, among other things.
The children find House of Love as a place to belong, which encourages the spirit of love and caring by God-fearing parents.
At House of Love, the children can get enough food and play freely. They love singing praise songs together, especially “God Give Me Favor.”
The local villages recognize that this ministry requires their support and see this project as a shared vision between the initiator and the beneficiaries.
As it says in the Bible, “I admire and appreciate my God who can do great things, his strength is made perfect in my weakness,” (2 Corinthians 12:9), and “without you can do nothing,” (John 15:5).
May God bless you abundantly,
Pr. Peter K. Sinti
Director, House of Love