Who We Are
CapstoneMinistries is a ministry to the street children of Western Kenya, specifically Kisumu and the surrounding areas. Capstone was founded in 2005 with the objective of restoring street children with their family. The ministry is founded upon the Scripture from Psalm 118:22 “The stone the builder’s rejected has become the capstone.” Capstone Ministries is a Recognized Service Organization of LC-MS.
What We Do
In Kisumu more than 1000 children, mostly boys, live full-time on the streets, begging and stealing to survive. They sleep in open parks, on the sidewalks in front of shops and even in the sewers. Few believe that they can or even should be rehabilitated. But at Capstone we believe that every child has value and every child should know the love of God and family.
The process is often filled with challenges. Shame, discouragement, hopelessness, poverty, HIV, malaria, alcoholism and substance abuse are just a few of the ongoing challenges of this work. Sometimes the road is rough and the setbacks are discouraging but we know God is able and desires change in these children and in their families.
What We Have Done
To date Capstone has reconciled 441 children with their families. Capstone staff reach out to boys on the street and encourage them to go home. Capstone believes that it is best to reintegrate street boys directly from the street and then make frequent follow up visits to families of the reconciled boys. Institutionalizing street children–even for a short time–often leads to dependency. To read more about Capstone Ministries just click on the pages below.
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Message From Pastor Dan & Patty Schmelzer
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“The word of God is alive and active, sharper than a double edged sword…” Hebrews 4:12
Essential to any mission work is the application of the Word of God to relationships. It is the Word of God that changes people. Changing man’s relationship with God is the distinguishing mark of missionary activity. Missionaries who have been in the field for some time also realize that the real challenge is to find the most effective way in which to share the Word so that the change is genuine and long lasting.
Education is valued by the Kenyan culture and even primary school age children see education as the path to success. Success is, however, linked to performance on the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exams taken by 8th grade pupils. Preparing for this 3 day long exam is largely placed on the shoulders of the pupil himself/herself. With this in mind, Capstone Ministries decided a few years ago to provide a preparatory study guide for this exam called a “High Flyer.”
High School Sponsorship
High School education is not free in Kenya. The fees can be beyond the means of poor rural families. Typically fees average $650 per year for the high schools for which our boys qualify. Seven years ago, we realized that boys whom we had reconciled with families were graduating from primary school with grades that would qualify them for some good boarding schools in Kenya. It was then that we initiated this sponsorship project, funded by individuals and churches in the US. Currently we have 26 boys who are sponsored in secondary school.
Capstone Camp 2016
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