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Monday, 17 September 2012

Mission:180's Christmas Gift Giving Options 2012

It is only mid September but we here at Mission:180 in Kenya are already gearing up for the Christmas season.  We are very excited to announce our annual "Christmas Gift Giving Options" for the current year!!

This year we are offering the following 3 options for you to give back this Christmas Season:

Option #1
Hampers of Hope

A Christmas hamper is not only a gift of food; it's a gift of HOPE!  It is a gift that says someone cares about us!

The cost of the hamper is $70 Canadian and is broken down as follows:
  • $65 for food items in hamper
  • $5 cost of delivering hamper (Fuel)


Each hamper will contain 135 pounds of staple foods made up of the following:

                2 - 2kg bags of Chapati Flour 
                2 - 5kg bags of Rice
                2 - 2kg bags of Sugar
                3 - 10kg bags of Maize Flour
                4 - 1kg bags of Kidney Beans
                4 - 1kg bags of Nyayo Beans
                1 - 1kg bag of Sour Porridge
                1 - 1kg bag of Uji Porridge
                1 - 500 gram bag of Tea
                1 - 5kg tub of Cooking Fat
                1 - 500gram bag of salt
                1 - Laundry/Dish soap

This is enough food to feed a family of four to six people for up to 10 weeks.  By donating a hamper, it not only provides much needed physical sustenance but also hope and encouragement that somewhere there are people who know about them and their situation, and who care enough to give generously to help them.

By mid December each hamper donor will receive an email from Jennifer with pictures and a short bio of the family that received your hamper.

If you would like to be a part of this program and purchase a Christmas Hamper as a gift for yourself or on behalf of someone else, please email Jennifer at

Please ensure that you send an email to Jennifer to indicate how many hampers you would like to donate BEFORE you send payment.

Payment options are cheque or PayPal though our website at but please note that any payments made through PayPal will need to have a $2 transaction fee added to it.
·      Paying by cheque - $70
·      Paying by PayPal - $72 
Mission:180 will issue receipts for all hampers in early 2013.  

The final cut off for all Christmas Hampers is November 15th so that we can deliver them in time for Christmas.

Option #2
Housing Project

It has begun!  The big project that God brought Mission:180 to Kenya for has started!  We have broken ground and begun construction on the 1st of 12 children's homes.    Each individual house will cost $50,000.00.

This year, as part of Mission:180's annual Christmas Gift Giving Options, we are looking for 100 people/families/businesses/groups to donate $500 each to help us complete construction on the 1st house.   This Christmas you can help Mission:180 make a PERMANENT difference in the lives of 8 orphans and 1 widow.

If a contribution of $500 is too much for you or your family then maybe consider teaming up with family/friends/co-workers and sharing the $500 donation between you.  Feel free to get creative or to donate whatever amount is comfortable for you.

Donations can be made the following ways:

                you can contribute through PayPal by clicking the "donate" button on our website at or our blog at
                sending a cheque made out to "Mission:180 Ministries" to:
                     Mission:180 Ministries
                     1505 Jackson Ave
                     Saskatoon, SK
                     S7H 2N1

Please mark or mention "building fund" when making your donation.  Tax receipts for all donations will be issued in early 2013 so please ensure you provide us with your correct mailing address as well as your email address so that we can keep you updated as things progress.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact or

Option #3
Education Sponsorship

**Please note - Last year the sponsorship spots went fast so I would recommend emailing Jennifer as soon as possible to let us know who you would like to sponsor.**

Nikita Dangi

Nikita was born on June 24, 2009 and will be attending Nursery School at Hakibiafra Academy in January.  Nikita loves to play with her skipping rope in her spare time as well as playing with her sister and her neighbors.  Nikita’s favorite color is pink.

Please note that Nikita’s school fees include a snack and tea 5 days a week as she only attends school from 8:00 am until noon.

The fees required for Nikita to attend Nursery School are $200.00 CDN.

We are looking for 4 people to sponsor Nikita at $50 each.

If you would like to help Nikita attend Nursery School in January please contact Jennifer at

Prudence Kagonya

Prudence was born on September 9, 2000 and will be entering Grade 7 at Excel Academy in Nairobi in January 2013.  Her favorite subject at school is Social Studies.  Prudence enjoys participating in athletics, specifically racing events but in her spare time she really enjoys playing hide and seek with her friends.  Prudence’s favorite color is pink.

Please note that Prudence’s school fees include lunch and tea 5 days a week.

The fees required for Prudence to attend Grade 7 are $700.00 CDN.

We are only looking for 1 more person to sponsor Prudence for $70 as we have already raised $630.00 towards her fees.

If you would like to help Prudence attend Grade 7 in January please contact Jennifer at

Bryce Mbulika

Bryce was born on March 26, 2008 and will be entering Kindergarten at Excel Academy in January 2013.   His favorite subject at school is learning how to read.  Bryce loves to play soccer in his spare time but was just given a bicycle so he spends a lot of time riding it.  Bryce says that blue is his favorite color.

Please note that Bryce’s school fees include lunch and tea 5 days a week.

The fees required for Bryce to attend Kindergarten are $600.00 CDN.

We are only looking for 2 more people to sponsor Bryce at $75 each as we have already raised $450.00 towards his fees.

If you would like to help Bryce attend Kindergarten in January please contact Jennifer at

Thank you so much for your support of the various projects we here at Mission:180 are working at providing. You generosity makes it possible for us to make an IMPACT, one life at a time, one family at at time.  May this coming Christmas season be a time of blessing and peace in your family, home and workplace.

Jennifer and Jason Sheppard
Mission:180 Ministries

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Ground Breaking, The construction begins!

On September 5th 2012, we went out to Mission:180's land to have a ground-breaking ceremony.  We prayed, we read some scripture and we dedicated the property, asking God to bless it, to provide safety for the workers doing the building, and peace and love in the homes from day one of construction!
Mission:180 Kenya! Left to right, Jeremy Sailoji, Jennifer and Jason
Sheppard, and Joseph Mutua. We broke the ground together!

This was a very exciting day, with a great sense of progress and moving forward towards the big project we have come to Kenya to do.
It was great to have Maurice and Maureen Potter, fellow missionaries
with us for this dedication.

In building, and life, its all about paying attention to the foundation!

To see more pictures from this great day and more details about the construction, click on this link to go to Mission:180's web albums