The ministry began when a small Kenyan church responded to the call to serve street children in their community.
Silvanus Shigonde is the pastor of African Evangelical Presbyterian Church Kibiria branch, a small church located in the heart of Kawangaware slum, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya. The ministry to street children began in his church and Pastor Shigonde continues to lead the outreaches and services today.
African Evangelical Presbyterian Church Kibiria branch was planted in 2009 by Daniel Mathuva, a pastor of a another church in the African Evangelical Presbyterian Church network and supported by a UK-based charity named Pamoja Charity. Pastor Shigonde was appointed to be the lead pastor and Pastor Mathuva and Pamoja Charity were integral to the church and ministry's beginnings.
Street outreach ORGINS
As Pastor Shigonde walked down the unpaved, muddy streets of Kawangware slum to preach at the church, his heart was greatly stirred and felt compassion for the many boys taking refuge on the streets nearby.
In 2009, a team of volunteers from Pastor Shigonde's church began to befriend the street children and visit the different “bases” in the slum where street children often live. The work was not easy as street children are often initially very distrusting of adults.
Pastor Shigonde's church began to host weekly outreaches specifically designed for street children. Many children accepted the invitation and began to flock to the church every Thursday to receive a meal, Bible teaching, and counseling. These outreaches continue today. To learn more, click here.
START OF THE MARIDHIANO HOME
By God's grace the hearts of many street boys began to change and several began actively participating in the church as ushers. When one of these boys was shot by a police officer and left to die on the streets, it became apparent that finding a safe shelter for the boys was a necessity. A small 14’ x 14’ corrugated iron shack was quickly secured in 2009, sufficient to house 10 boys and a volunteer house parent.
Today, 40 former street children (35 boys, 5 girls) live at the Maridhiano home - a place where they can heal, grow, and flourish. The home seeks to holistically rehabilitate the children by caring for their body, developing their mind, and nourishing their spirit. To learn more, click here.
By God’s grace, the ministry continues to expand and develop. Pastor Shigonde and his church continue to lead the weekly outreaches to street children and all elements of the ministry. After meeting Shigonde in 2001 and serving closely alongside him for many years, the founders of Maridhiano Ministries in the United States registered the organization as a 501 (c)3 in 2015 in order to encourage, equip, and empower those in Kenya.