Bible Study Groups
“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.
Capstone Camp is an opportunity for former street kids who have been reintegrated with their families to come back to the Transition Center for a week of spiritual enrichment, scouting activities, crafts and games. The intention of the ministry is to build up the children, encourage and reward them for their dedication to staying at home. In 2009 we added the component of inviting the parents/guardians of the children to join us for a closing day on Saturday.
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.”
Restoration to the Home & Family
The vision of Capstone Ministries is a street child who is now a former street child and has been reunited with his family. The definition of “family” in Kenya is broader than in the US. The responsibility for rearing children often stops with immediate family in a western culture. In Kenya, however, aunts, uncles, grandparents and sometimes even community members from the same clan will take responsibility for the children of a deceased parent. This positive cultural responsibility for children is encouraged by Capstone Ministries. We believe that a family is always a superior place for a child than any institution.
High School Sponsorship Project
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.
School Uniform Project
Education for primary school pupils in Kenya has been free since 2003. However schools require all pupils to be dressed in the school uniform of their particular school. For poor rural families this can be a burden particularly for parents who have multiple children in school. The boys whom Capstone reconciles with families mostly come from poor rural homes who struggle to provide for their children.