Meet Moses

Meet Moses.

Moses 3

Moses’ mother came into the hospital bleeding but denying she was pregnant. She had taken pills with chemicals in them in an attempt to abort her pregnancy. The pills did not kill Moses, but they caused her to start bleeding and go into labor early. You can see the chemical burn marks on the right side of his body. Moses’ mother gave false information to the hospital about who she was and abandoned him after he was born. He remains in the hospital with no one to care for him, because all the children’s homes in the area are full.

He needs a refuge. The Kimbilio Baby Home will be providing a refuge for children like Moses! Many children, specifically babies like Moses, are abandoned in hospitals by their mothers, left on the side of the street, in pit latrines (restrooms), or in garbage dumps. The Kimbilio Baby Home will allow us to start caring for these children who in the eyes of many have no hope and love. We will also be able to learn about our model, care, staffing, medical needs, budgets, volunteers, and much more.

I am headed to Kenya in June to be the visionary leader, lead our Kenyan and American staff at the Kimbilio Baby Home, build relationships with other children’s homes, work with the government, etc.

Will you help me get to Kenya to provide a refuge for children like Moses? To donate and join my monthly support team CLICK HERE and choose “Edward Phillips” in the drop down box for the fund to give to.

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I Need Your Help

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The past eight months have been nothing short of amazing. I have been living in Atlanta and working full-time for Choose to Invest, as Director of Kimbilio Project. Kimbilio is swahili, Kenya’s native language, for refuge. Therefore, Kimbilio Project is a refuge for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya, Africa. I have seen God move this project forward in ways that I could not have imagined. The exciting thing about this, is that it is only the beginning and God is going to continue to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

We are getting close to our goal to purchase the land in Kenya where we will build the permanent facility for Kimbilio! We are currently going through some legal processes to become registered in Kenya and hope to purchase the land soon after we reach our goal. We are also starting the Kimbilio Baby Home. We will rent a home in Nairobi that will become the Kimbilio Baby Home, where we can implement our child development model and begin bringing hope and love to children from the start. The home will be led by our newest staff, Will & Kelly Rodes. We will also hire the following positions in-country; Direct Care Givers (to be moms), Social Worker, Security Guards, Nurse, Cook, and Maintenance. I have also been able to hire four interns that will move to Kenya from nine months to one year to help start the Kimbilio Baby Home.

Most of you probably saw the big news, that I will be spending six to eight months of every year in Kenya to lead the Kimbilio Baby Home, build relationships with other children’s homes, work with the government, and lead our Kenyan and American staff.

I need your help! In order for this project to continue to move forward I need to fundraise my salary as a missionary. This will be accomplished through people like you deciding to join this movement. I have never been this excited and passionate about Kimbilio Project. God is moving and I hope that you can recognize this and join the movement. I am blown away that I get the opportunity to wake up every day and fight for the most vulnerable and least of these. I am asking you to be involved as a monthly supporter so I can continue to be Jesus’ hands and feet, leading a movement to change orphan care around the world!

To donate and join my monthly support team CLICK HERE and choose “Edward Phillips” in the drop down box for the fund to give to.

If you have any question feel free to call, text, or email me!

Thank you so much,

Edward Phillips

The Rodes Family

Our vision for Kimbilio Project has always been to have an American family that lives in Kenya to lead our staff. In August, I felt God prompt me to start praying for this family. At the time I was very confused as to why He wanted me to do this because I did not think it was time to even think about hiring this family. Just a few days later I received a text message from my sister asking me if I remembered Will and Kelly Rodes from NewSpring Church, in Anderson, SC (the church I attended while in school at Clemson University). She told me to go search for a blog they had posted about their next steps. I found their blog and as I read it I stopped in my tracks and was in awe. Their blog was announcing how Will was resigning from his job at NewSpring and he, Kelly, and their two year old boy, Liam, were headed to Mozambique to attend a missionary training school. They would return home at the end of December, believing God would have their next step ready. I knew Kelly because she worked the front desk at NewSpring but had not actually met Will. I decided to reach out to Will and ask him to grab coffee before they left for Mozambique. In the chaos of packing his family up, he found time to meet with me.

We shared our stories and how God placed Africa on our hearts. After our time together came to an end, I knew there was a connection and they were supposed to be a part of Kimbilio. I realized this is exactly why God prompted me to start praying for the family that would lead Kimbilio in Kenya. I kept in touch with Will and Kelly during their time in Mozambique. God brought along the four ladies, Kimbilio interns, in October and that is when we knew God was leading us back to the idea of the baby home. I presented this idea to Will and Kelly and asked them to pray through whether they would be a part of this in any way. After much prayer as to what God had next for the Rodes family, they knew Kimbilio was what was next. Will, Kelly, and Liam were able to travel to Kenya at the beginning of January to spend time with the Avery’s, founders of Choose to Invest, and the rest of our staff in Kenya. After returning home they completed interviews with members of our Board of Directors. Everyone was in agreement and knew that the Rodes family was the perfect family for this job!

I am so excited that Will and Kelly are now on board with Kimbilio. From the start I felt an immediate connection with this family that I cannot even explain. God has made that connection stronger every day. I love Will, Kelly, and Liam and cannot wait for God to use them in Kenya for Kimbilio Project!

To read more about the Rodes family and the Kimbilio interns click here: www.choosetoinvest.org/kimbilio/staff

Some Days

There are some days, or maybe many days that I miss Africa a lot. Yesterday was one of those days. I even had a hard time focusing on the tasks that I needed to complete for the day because my heart longed to be in Africa. I do my best to use this time to pray for Africa, Kenya, the people, the children, the government, the churches, other ministries, and for my friends there.

Ernest Hemingway once said, “all I wanted to do now was get back to Africa. We had not left it yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.” He wrote this while in Africa and it is so true!

There is something so special about Africa and the people there that I hope you all get to experience one day. I promise you that your life will never be the same.

Baby George

I recently wrote a blog about a little baby boy that I met in Kenya over the summer. That blog was posted on the Choose to Invest blog (Invest Thoughts) today. Check it out here:

While in Kenya over the summer I had the chance to spend time in the area where we plan to buy land and build Kimbilio. During my time in this town I visited the local public hospital to meet with the social worker to find out statistics on orphans and abandoned children in the area. Emily, the social worker, went through her records to recall the number of children’s cases she had dealt with thus far. Between January and June the number of abandoned babies in this hospital had already doubled the total number of babies that were abandoned here in 2011. Emily then informed me how they were having to care for a lot of these children in the hospital because the orphanages in the area are full. They do not have the resources or staffing to care for these children within the hospital and since the orphanages in the area are not taking in children; the babies are being sent hours away to other homes. She explained how the area is growing and the number of abandoned babies will continue to increase as well. According to her records from the past few years, the number of abandoned babies increases in the final months of the year so she expects many more cases to come. Emily also informed me that the cases she has are only children abandoned at the hospital or that are brought to the hospital.  Many other children are abandoned within their communities or are taken to the nearby police station.

As I was saying goodbye to Emily and thanking her for spending time with me she asked if she could show me something in the hospital. Of course, I said yes. I walked with Emily down a covered walkway into the adjacent building. This was the maternity ward where every bed in the building was occupied by an expectant mother. We turned a corner, and walked down another hallway and entered a room. This room was very small, hot and muggy. Emily began to explain to me that this is where the babies are brought after they are born. She turned, picked up a two week old baby boy, and placed him into my arms. Emily then told me how two weeks ago when baby George was born his mother had gone to use the bathroom and snuck out of the hospital. When they tried to trace the name on record, she was no where to be found because she had given a fake name. Baby George was still in the hospital because Emily could not find a children’s home that had availability to care for him. She stared into my eyes as though I could fix the problem. I was torn up inside, because I could not fix this problem at the moment. After thanking Emily for her time and saying goodbye to George I proceeded back to my car.

I realized I could not fix the problem then and there but I could fix it soon! That is why Kimbilio Project exists! We will be able to provide a refuge and holistic care for babies like George who have no place to go. This is only one example and reason why we have urgency in starting Kimbilio.

Will you help us provide a refuge for babies like George?

Edward

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Summer 2010!

Many of you know that I went to Kenya with The 410 Bridge over Christmas break, December 26th through January 3rd. This trip was life changing and I learned so much. I had an AWESOME team and I hope the memories from this trip will always be vivid in mind.

When I applied to go this trip I knew God had placed Kenya and Africa on my heart for a reason. When I was there I really learned about this passion and how much I love it there. When I looked into The 410 Bridge I saw there was something called a Journey Internship that took place every summer. This trip really sparked my interest and I decided to look into it. It looked like something I could see myself doing… I did not know if God really wanted me to do it or not though. I began to seek Him about it and see if He wanted me to apply. I felt led to apply so I proceeded. Before I left for my trip to Kenya I finished the application process. I had to fill out an application, answer 3 essay type questions, and submit a video saying why I should be chosen for the internship and why I felt God was calling me to do this for the summer. Everything with my application went great. I then did a phone interview that also went very well. Then I had to wait to see if I would get the internship. After a few weeks I found out that I did get the internship.

(Just some info on the internship: This internship is an eight-week program and it consists of only college students. We will train for two weeks outside of Atlanta, spend a month in Kenya camping out and serving in 410 Bridge communities, and then debrief for two more weeks back in Atlanta. This trip is guaranteed to change my life and many people involved. There will be a lot of spiritual growth and seeing what I really have to live for.)

I began to question whether or not this is what I really needed to do for my summer. I did not know if going to Kenya for a month was something I could physically, financially, spiritually, and mentally do. I began to beg God to show me what I should do.

I have been reading through Joshua in my quiet time and during this one morning God really pointed some things out to me and helped me make my decision. I realized I was letting fear and uncertainty hold me back from doing this internship. While reading through Joshua, God really pointed out to me how Joshua never feared. He listened to what the Lord told him and walked in obedience. He led the Israelites through many battles and never worried about what might happen. He had faith and trusted in the Lord. This is when I realized that the only thing really holding my back from doing many things that God wanted me to do was fear and uncertainty. I felt God tell me to trust in Him, know He is there and do this internship and do not let fear get in my way, for He is my stronghold. (One of my favorite verses: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.” Psalm 27:1)

This trip is something WAY out of my comfort zone… Camping out is not exactly what I love but I am doing it for the Lord and the people of Kenya, and that is all that matters. I know that God will be there for me and give me strength as I go on this Journey! I know that Jesus was not comfortable as He hanged on the cross for us and I am not called to be comfortable for my time on Earth. I must reach the lost and needy and that is not accomplished through being comfortable.

Learning this is something that will be with me forever. I see many opportunities differently now.  God places passion for things in our hearts for reasons and we must do something about it. Fear is something that we should not let come in our way. We must know God is there and walk in obedience.

I am just so happy God revealed this to me when we did. I just hope everyone knows that fear is something that cannot be a factor for us! I cannot wait for this summer and I am so excited about what is to come.

I just want to ask… Is there something you have a passion for and you will not pursue because you are afraid? Is there something you know God wants you to do but are uncertain what might happen, so you will not do it?

I will get more information about my internship soon and will keep everyone posted. I really some prayer as I prepare for this spiritually, financially, mentally, and physically, so please keep me in your prayers.

Here are some pictures of my trip to Kenya over Christmas break: (just a few of my favorites)

Check this video out too!!!

Christmas in Kenya

On December 26, 2009 I will be leaving to go on a mission trip to Kenya. I am taking this trip with the 410 Bridge. While I am there, I am going to be working with a program known as Christmas in Kenya. This is something the 410 Bridge started to reach out to children and families, and celebrate the most important gift ever given, the gift of Jesus.

In the United States the average American will spend about $750 on gifts and accessories. Overall, Americans spend about $450 BILLION on Christmas gifts each year.

These statistics clearly show that God has blessed us as Americans. Paul states in Hebrews 13:16, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” We should obey this and share what we have. We are very blessed, so lets spread the joy. A $15 donation can bring the joy of Christmas to a child or family that otherwise would not receive a gift for Christmas. You can contribute any amount you feel led to give. Proverbs 19:17 states, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay you for his deed.” This scripture is straightforward and understandable. If you lend to the poor, even by contributing to Christmas in Kenya, you are lending to the Lord. (Do not mistake this as your tithe!) Matthew 25:40 states, “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Jesus said that and you cannot argue with Him.  When He says ‘the least of these my brothers,’ He is referring to the less fortunate. So do things for the less fortunate that you would do for Jesus. What would you do for Jesus if He were a child or family in Kenya that is not going to have a Christmas?

I have even challenged some of my family members to give up gifts this Christmas, because this is something I am very passionate about. As a college student, I do not have much money, so I am going to give up some of my Christmas gifts this year and give that money to Christmas in Kenya to share the joy of Christmas and God’s love with the individuals in Kenya.

Are there Christmas gifts you could give up? Are you or your family willing to give up a few gifts you do not need?

I want to challenge you to donate to Christmas in Kenya. By the way, all donations are tax deductible!

Go to this site: http://www.410bridge.org/xmaskenya.php to get more information on this and how you can donate!!

Last year the 410 Bridge was able to give nearly ten thousand children and families of Kenya a Christmas gift, lets be a part of helping them reach out to even more this year!

Mission Trip to Kenya

I hope that you are having a great summer! I wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity the Lord has given me to go on a mission trip to Kenya!

I really felt God calling me to get involved in foreign missions and Kenya was the place He really wanted me to go. I heard about an organization known as the 410 Bridge and decided to research their trips. I prayed about applying to go and God continued to weigh it on my heart. At that point, I applied to go on this trip and had to wait and see if I got accepted. I found out recently I had been accepted. Words cannot express how excited I am, and I cannot wait to get to Kenya, where God can use me and shape me into a new person from the experience!

I will be going on this trip with an organization known as the 410 Bridge. Lanny Donoho, founder of Big Stuf student camps, started this organization. The 410 Bridge hopes to create a “mission environment” within a network of hundreds, if not thousands, of churches that is relevant, meaningful, and successful in bringing about change in individual lives as well as entire nations. This organization hopes to ignite people to become involved by providing a “bridge” not only to another nation but also to our Heavenly Father; one that God will use to lead a transformation of hearts in ways that we have not even imagined. The trips that the 410 Bridge takes are grounded in using the gifts God has given us to further His kingdom, hence the name 410 Bridge- “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4: 10

My mission trip team will be made up of approximately twenty people. We will work on projects alongside the individuals of the community to help with the needs of the area we will travel to. Kenyan leadership in the community has pointed out these needs. These projects can include; helping the Kenyans get clean water, better education, churches, student ministry, children’s ministry, drainage systems, medical clinics, and orphanage work. We will do all of this for the glory of our Almighty Father and to administer God’s grace in its various forms.

I will be flying out the day after Christmas, December 26, 2009, and I will return January 3, 2010.

I hope that everyone can support my prayerfully and/or financially. The total cost for my trip is $3,500, and I would greatly appreciate ANY contributions you feel led to give. There are also other expenses that I will also have to pay like shots and medication…

Please prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you partner with me in this mission. I would love to know if you decide to support me in ANY way. Feel free to email me at jep@clemson.edu or comment on this blog to let me know or ask any questions…

You may donate online if you go to the following web address: http://www.410bridge.com/shorttermdonate.php

At this site, it will ask you to enter your name, how much you are donating, and the trip participant’s name- Edward Phillips, then you must hit submit. The next page will have a blank where you state the amount you are donating again. Then, you will go through a “check out” like if you were buying something online. Finally, you submit your donation. (This is tax deductible!)

You may also make a check payable to The 410 Bridge and mail it to them:
35 Old Canton Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(Please include a piece of paper with your name and address, and that you are donation for Edward Phillips’ Holiday Service Trip!)

You may also make checks payable to me- Edward Phillips and mail them to
102 B University Village Drive
Central, SC 29630

I will be keeping everyone up to date on this trip. I should find out the exact community I will be working in the next few weeks and what projects I will be working on…

Thank you so much!

The boxed area is where Kenya is....

The boxed area is where Kenya is....