Maridhiano ("Ma-rid-ee-ano") means reconciliation in Swahili   

and summarizes the Purpose of our ministry.  


Why "Maridhiano"?

Pastor Shigonde, Kenyan leader of Maridhiano Ministries 

Pastor Shigonde, Kenyan leader of Maridhiano Ministries 

We are Kenyan-led, even down to our name. 

We believe that this is a ministry serving Kenya children, thus Kenyans should be the leaders.  Our name Maridhiano Ministries was selected by Kenyans.  After much prayer and consideration, our Kenyan leaders felt that Maridhiano (meaning "reconciliation" in Swahili) was a powerful, deep word that best captured the essence of our ministry.

It means "reconciliation" 

Why reconciliation? 

1.  Many street children experience alienation from God and society

In Kenyan society, street children are seen as troublemakers and nuisances.  They are societal outcasts, alienated from society and targeted by police. Many refer to them as “human garbage.” Street children, like all people, are born orphaned and alienated from God because of sin. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” (Col 1:21)

2. Reconciliation is available to street children

Reconciliation is motivated by the love of God and available to all people, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” (John 3:16) God takes the initiative to pursue us. Though street children, like all people, are enemies of God by nature and “dead in your sins,” (Eph 2:1), God is a loving, forgiving, and reconciling God who has provided a means of reconciliation through Jesus Christ as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:18)

3. Reconciliation shapes our missional identity

Reconciliation is not just a step in Maridhiano’s discipleship program, it is the overarching goal. Reconciliation with God is something that is accomplished definitively by God.  We enter into this reconciliation by faith in the name of Christ and receiving this gospel promise. After being reconciled with God, we are granted the honor of participating in His ministry of reconciliation by carrying the message of reconciliation to a fatherless world. (2 Cor 5:18)  

4. Reconciliation bestows confidence 

The work of reconciliation is an expression of God’s love that produces confidence in these children that regardless of their past and how society perceives them, that through faith in Jesus, they are washed and presented holy in God’s sight, without blemish, and free from accusation. (Col 1:22)