Insights on Ministry in Kenya from Lucy Mwaura
By Betsy Henderson
The Women’s Ministry committee of St. Michael’s was honored to host Lucy Mwaura as the speaker for this year’s GIC Women’s Luncheon on Saturday, February 11. Wife of Pastor Simon Mwaura, Lucy is also the manager of the Home of the Good Shepherd orphanage in Nyahururu, Kenya. Through an interview led by parishioner Lori Moore, Lucy shared her incredible story of faith and candid moments in ministry; from first bringing her husband — now a pastor — to Christ while they were in school, to seeing the need of homeless children in Nyahururu and answering the Lord’s call to help them.
Lucy described how seeing hungry street children forage through trash for something to eat made her feel the need to do something. She began by preparing food for them several times a week with what little food and money they had from Simon’s pastor salary. Throughout the years, her vision for ministry to these children grew and through partnership with churches around the world, the Home of the Good Shepherd was created in 2002 and is now home to 73 children of all ages. In addition to managing the orphanage, Lucy works closely with her husband, Simon, in supporting his ministry and also working on plans to build a school to provide sustainability and improved education for the children at the Home of the Good Shepherd (Please see Pastor Simon Mwaura’s article “Little Lambs Academy to Open in Nyahururu”).
When asked which bible passage has been on her heart most recently, Lucy related a passage from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Lucy’s story wonderfully illustrates how her small acts of love and faith to begin a ministry to homeless children was multiplied with God’s provision into a powerful ministry to transform the lives of children across Kenya.