The first Mattaw Children’s Village is located in a small village just outside of Kitale, Kenya called Taito which means “the first born.” There are currently 1.9 million orphans in the country of Kenya alone and as long as there are children in need of a home, we will continue to rescue and place children in families. The reason we are called a children’s village instead of an orphanage is that when children are rescued and come into the gates of Mattaw, they are orphans no longer but now placed in a family where they are loved and every need is provided. The model we use is several houses built in what is like a neighborhood so that our children grow up in families with a mother, father, brothers and sisters. It is a beautiful picture in the physical of what Jesus did for us spiritually. We are adopted into the Kingdom of God with a forever family. There is no lack in God’s family.
In April of 2007, with the help of several churches and families, we purchased seven beautiful acres of land just outside of Kitale, Kenya.
The Mattaw Children’s Village Taito opened its doors to our first 12 orphaned children on September 9th, 2008. They are orphans no longer. It was an incredible day that has only been followed by more retoration.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” James 1:27
What is Mattaw?
The word “mattaw” is the English spelling of the Hebrew word found in Isaiah 61:3 for a “planting” or “garden.” You can discover very quickly the entire vision of Mattaw by simply reading this incredible piece of God’s Word.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness ,a planting (mattaw) of the LORD for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Isaiah 61:1-4
When complete the first village in Taito, we house a total of 72 children in six home units. Each home unit houses 12 children and two house parents. We believe strongly in the Biblical model of the family in which both mother and father play a significant role in the spiritual well being of the children. The village will also contain a ministry school, church, medical clinic, a family meeting area for all families to come together, a primary school, a storage building, a playground, gardens to provide vegetables for each house and dorms for teams and volunteers. Each of the family units in the village carries a Swahili name that represents a fruit of the Spirit. A garden is only as good as the fruit it produces and our prayer is that Mattaw Children’s Villages are gardens that produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.
Rather than a large building as the house for the children, we build homes that house a christian Kenyan couple in one room that are the house parents, six boys in one room and six girls in another room. Each home has their own living room, dining room and kitchen. They cook their meals in their home and eat together every meal as a family. We are rebuilding families to raise the next generation of leaders and laid down lovers of Jesus Christ.
We can build a home unit like this one in the Mattaw Children’s Village that will house 12 children and two adults for $15,000 U.S. We are currently looking for church partners that would like to take on the entire cost of building one or more of the remaining home units in the village. Please contact us if you think your church may be able to help with this cost.
Mattaw Children December 2010