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Panua Annual Report

As we strive to live into our vision, we remember our call to be like Jesus, serving those in need.  Our own Panua Partners in Hope ministry in Naivasha, Kenya, has been working diligently through the year to be good stewards of God-given resources as we serve orphaned and vulnerable youth.  In the US and Kenya, Panua has seen amazing transformation take place in the lives of challenged youth in Naivasha, and in the hearts of our prayer partners here in the US.   Panua’s stories of hope and success continue to inspire us all. 

The Panua Executive Board is pleased to present our 2017 annual report.  We are humbled by the continued progress of our Panua youth – persevering through difficult & hopeless days, to see that God is truly at work in their lives and is offering transformation.  Please click anywhere on the image below to view the report in its entirety and see how God is transforming lives in Naivasha, Kenya and here in the US.

Kinfolk + Covenant House BBQ Picnic

Kinfolk + Covenant House BBQ Picnic
By Caroline Miller

I started officially interning with Kinfolk in August 2017 as their volunteer outreach coordinator. This has been a great opportunity for our church’s young adults to serve non-profits in the Orlando community. When I started my other internship at Covenant House Florida in January working with their transitional housing program, Rights of Passage Apartment Living (ROPAL), I noticed that there was not a lot of opportunities for the ROPAL youth to engage socially with each other. After speaking with Jon and my supervisor at Covenant House, we came up with the idea of having Kinfolk host a barbecue picnic for the youth.

After much collaboration, we organized to meet at Mayor Carl T. Langford Park in Downtown Orlando. We grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, played corn hole, and just had an enjoyable day together. The youth who were able to come had not had the opportunity to even meet each other, and two of them came to find they were neighbors! It is so important for this youth to have a system of support during this stage of their life, just like the support I have been so fortunate to have with our Kinfolk ministry. It could not have been a more beautiful day. Overall, it was a successful example of the message Kinfolk is built on, our lives truly are holier when they are shared together.