Holly and Fredrick Okoth have been serving with Good News Community Centre in Kisumu, Kenya since 2008. Holly, born and raised in Lake Geneva, WI, finished high school at Badger High in 2006 and spent her first 6 months serving God in Youth With A Missions (YWAM) Discipleship Training School in Kenya. After she completed her YWAM school she returned to Wisconsin to study Social Work and worked at Trinity Church as their Youth Director until 2012. She would spend her summers leading short term mission’s teams to Kenya, where Fred served God year round.
Fred, born and raised in Kisumu, Kenya, finished High School in 2004 and also attended YWAM’s Discipleship Training School and after began serving with Good News Community Centre.In August 2012, Holly & Fred committed their life to each other and to full time missions as Holly moved across the world to become a full-time missionary. In December 2012 a sweet 6 year old girl named Lucy joined their family as the Okoth’s embarked on their first adoption journey.
Today Holly and Fred are directors of a growing sponsorship program for orphans in Kenya. Through this sponsorship program, the children are given opportunities to succeed in ways that they wouldn’t have without sponsorship. Holly and Fred’s main focus is to rise up Kenya’s next generation to know, love and serve God. They reach the children and youth of Kenya through their church ministry, Awana, camps and school evangelism.
Holly and Fred also focus on the families of the orphaned children, while many of the parents of these children are widows. They provide opportunities for the widows to earn an income as the widows are taught a trade in jewelry making or tailoring.
As Holly and Fred serve in Kenya, their desire is to help cultivate Christ like communities that live to proclaim hope for the future. And through sponsorship, income generating projects, discipleship and evangelism, that is just what God is enabling them to do as they daily live out their calling in Kenya. To follow Holly and Fred’s journey, subscribe to their monthly newsletter, and more, go to their blog: www.goodnewskenya.org, or send a note of encouragement to them via e-mail.