On a slightly chilly day in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, I found myself squatting down to my knees on the hard, concrete floor of the Swahiba Networks office. I had been in that position for a while and my knees and back ached. Regardless of the discomfort of my body, I wore a radiant smile on my face. I was washing the feet of children in the slum, sharing with them about Jesus, and placing a brand new pair of shoes on their precious feet. It was a humbling and joy-filled experience.
Each time I return to visit 127 Worldwide partner, Peter Abungu, I look forward to serving alongside the Swahiba Networks staff and tending to these little feet as I talk about the Creator of them all. I love the intentionality of meeting physical and spiritual needs in every opportunity. Peter’s focus of ministry is to meet temporal needs in order to share eternal truth. This is what compels me to invest in his ministry. There are countless organizations that exist to help meet the physical needs of the poor. But Peter uses every opportunity God gives to share the gospel as he’s caring for the poor. This is why my family sacrificially gives to support his ministry and I hope it’s why you will partner with him as well.
Each December, Swahiba Networks raises funds for the Tabasamu project. This project exists to welcome a few thousand vulnerable children from Kibera slum into the Swahiba Networks office to get a brand new pair of shoes – for most of these children, this is the only new pair of shoes they have ever owned. Children get their feet washed, receive new shoes, enjoy a snack, and most importantly, hear the good news of Jesus Christ. The Swahiba staff invests themselves in these little image bearers as they strive to make disciples of Christ.
This gospel-centered work needs your help. As members of the body of Christ, it’s our privilege and our responsibility to support kingdom work for the glory of God. Partnering with Peter for the Tabasamu project is a great way to tangibly live out James 1:27, something 127 Worldwide is passionate about. Put feet to your faith by donating online for this year’s shoe distribution. It only costs $10 for each child to participate in the Tabasamu project. You can make their participation a reality. Will you help?
Tabasamu is the Swahili word for SMILE. Please put a smile on the precious faces of vulnerable children in the slum by supporting this project. If you’d like to give, click on the link below to make a donation. All donations go directly to the Tabasamu project and must be made by December 4th.
By Christy Britton