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In 1997, Pastor Edward Rennie received a letter that touched his heart and would forever change the mandate of the Church Of Christian Kindness. The letter, from Father Martin Uzoma, documented the plight of orphans in the African Nation of Camaroon and Father Uzoma's efforts to provide them a stable upbringing.

Pastor Rennie recognized the letter as an opportunity to redirect the wealth and energy of the Church of Christian Kindness and challenged his congregation to help Father Uzoma. Within a matter of weeks, the Church had gathered food, medical supplies and cash worth over $30,000 and arranged to have it delivered to Father Uzoma. We had helped the orphans and started a new chapter in the history of the Church of Christian Kindness.

Since 1997, our Church has donated over $132,350,000 worth of cash and goods for the benefit of our brethren in Africa. Today, our African Mission program is under the oversight of Deputy Bishop Lionel Trane and the Council of Deacons and routinely works to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the developing nations of Africa.

Below are some (but by no means all) of the inspirational stories from our African Missions over the years.


In 1997, Pastor Rennie received a letter that touched his heart and would forever change the mandate of the Church Of Christian Kindness. The letter, from Father Martin Uzoma, documented the plight of orphans in the African Nation of Camaroon and Father Uzoma's efforts to provide them a stable upbringing.

Father Uzoma explained that many orphaned children were dying in Cameroon for lack of a benefactor that could provide for them. If, Father Uzoma offered, the Church Of Christian Kindness would send him food, medicine and money, he would devote his life to improving the life of these waifs and bring them up with a solid Christian foundation.

Pastor Rennie took this offer to the Council of Deacons and challenged them to make Father Uzoma's dream a reality. He further challenged the Council to make the spiritual health of all of Africa the new, permanent mission of the Church Of Christian Kindness. Ultimately, it was decided to supply Father Uzoma with $20,000 cash, $6,500 in medical supplies and $3,500 in food


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1999 saw many requests for aid from the Church of Christian Kindness' African Mission, and ultimately 23 different aid packages were approved by the Council of Deacons. None, however, were as interesting as the proposal put forward by Father Juan Acosta of Benin.

Father Acosta initially contacted us for help in getting a young refugee and her fortune out of Benin, a situation that we were reluctant to get involved in. We were, however, very impressed with Father Acosta's efforts to help one of his flock and after a long dialogue, he requested that he be allowed to start a branch of the Church in his country.

This was new territory for the Church Of Christian Kindness, but finally the Council of Deacons was swayed by the idea of having a branch of the Church "on the ground" in Africa that we could work through and with. Father Acosta was given $59,500 to help set up the Benin Church Of Christian Kindness.


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In 2002 the Church Of Christian Kindness considered 43 African Mission requests and granted 17 of them. Of those 17, Reverend Charles Aboh stands out as a special case.

In an absolutely heart-wrenching letter, Rev. Aboh detailed the deplorable conditions of orphans in his hometown of Gambaru. Through subsequent pictures and testimonials, it became apparent to the Council of Deacons that no matter what, Reverend Aboh must receive aid.

Although only requesting a small sum for food and medicine, it was decided to approach Rev. Aboh about creating an actual orphanage for the long term care of the children of Gamburu. Our proposal was accepted and instead of the $2,400 requested by Reverend Aboh, a total of $89,000 in food, medicine, goods and cash was given.


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2003 was a record year for the Church of Christian Kindness, with a total of 33 aid requests granted. Out of those 33, Dr. Koffi stood apart from the crowd.

Dr. Koffi approached us with a proposal to help secure the fortune of a dying patient and distribute it for the good of the poor. Knowing that we could do even greater work in Africa with the funds offered, we joined forces with Dr. Koffi and attempted to convince a corrupt bureaucracy to release the funds. Ultimately, and after the expenditure of almost $20,000 for paperwork fees and bribes, the effort failed. Dr. Koffi, however, impressed us greatly with his spirituality and his tireless efforts on behalf of his now deceased patient and the Church Of Christian Kindness.

It was decided by the Council of Deacons to ask Dr. Koffi to help us with our African Mission and after intense discussion, it was agreed that the best way to do this was with the founding of an Ghana branch of the Church Of Christian Kindness. Dr. Koffi was tasked with finding a suitable location, hiring a pastor and overseeing the general operation of the Church. To this end, he was granted $129,000 in food, medicine, clothing, cash and other goods.


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2007 saw 15 aid requests granted, including one of our largest ever for the charming Reverend Bello Garang.

Reverend Garang initially contacted us about helping one of his parishioners donate their fortune to our Church. As in 2003 with Dr. Kofi, the Church Of Christian Kindness expended tens of thousands of dollars trying the acquire the donation, only to eventually fail due to rampant corruption and red tape. Again, as with Dr. Kofi, we were overwhelmed with the level of compassion, dedication and faith shown by Rev. Garang throughout the entire process and decided to make him an offer.

After determining the needs in the Est region of Burkina Faso, Reverend Garang was given a total of $203,500 in goods, food, medicine, computers and cash to found an orphanage and the Burkina Faso Church Of Christian Kindness. To this date (2009) it remains the largest single or total grant given to a single cause.


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Pastor Onuoha approached COCK in mid 2009 with a request for funds to help rebuild his church. After examining his situation and requirements, Pastor Onuoha was granted $88,000 and the use of a slighty used COCK vehicle.

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