Timeline

2004

After five years of short term mission trips to Teso including a one year placement in Eastern Kenya, the Lord called Ellen Allison to full time work in Kengatuny Teso, Western Kenya. It was here that she founded Kenya Sunbeam Ministries. With her extensive nursing experience she had previously set up a medical centre and expected that this would be the work the Lord would have her do, but He showed her clearly that He wanted her to start a children’s home. She was to…

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2006

Ellen’s son, Simeon McCullough came out to prepare the land, mark out foundations and dig septic tanks.  He was then joined by Annett Agnew who completed the foundations and tanks.

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2007

KSM brought out their first work team in August, comprising of 26 people from all sections of the community. The building work was headed up by Annett Agnew from Annalong; the building was completed in 2 weeks, a great achievement.  In the same year in November our first container arrived with our white land rover on board.

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2008

The first LIFT Team arrived to install electric cables and 2 solar panels and sheet in the ceiling – which again was completed in 2 weeks. This was a great achievement!

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2009

Our Sunbeam Children’s Home opened on 6th May with 20 children admitted.  A great day of celebration to see the first step of God’s plan for Teso completed. There are currently 43 children in Sunbeam ranging from 2-15 years old. Many of the children have varying forms of both physical and mental disabilities. These children are not valued in African society and not given the best education….

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2010

Due to the lack of provision for good education, we saw the need to start our own primary school for Sunbeam children. The school was named Rainbow Academy, from the promise that the Lord gave Noah after the flood. There are now over 70 children attending, which includes some staff and community children and we currently employ 6 qualified teachers and a classroom assistant. All community children are given breakfast and lunch each day.

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2010

Seeing the spiritual hunger and need for solid bible teaching, Ellen started Shalom Bible School. Already over 40 students have studied there and 25 of those having attained their Level 1 diplomas and a further 6 going on to achieve their Level 2 diplomas. Ellen has had the opportunity of even teaching in the local prison where 20 prisoners have completed their studies and graduated in Level 1.

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2011

A Church was established on our property, mostly to facilitate the Sunbeam children and staff who were working on a Sunday but it is also open to the community. This involves all the usual activities: Sunday school, child club, men and womens groups, evangelism and hospital visitations.

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2011

This was such a year of miracles! After living happily in a mud hut for over nine years, the Lord honoured Ellen for her hard work by providing a three bedroomed house for her to live in. This was fully paid for by another ministry from Kisumu, called Disciples of Mercy. In the same year He also miraculously showed Ellen where to find water, and the subsequent bore hole hit the largest supply of spring water ever recorded in Western Kenya. As if these two things weren’t amazing enough, The Father gave our wee Linda a new heart!!! Read more about all of these on our Miracle page or on our blog.

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2011-2014

Up until 2011 there had been no electricity in the KSM complex. David and Joy Crymble, a couple from Northern Ireland had the vision to ‘Light up Kengatuny’ and therefore raised the funds to supply and fit solar panels throughout the KSM site. This has been an ongoing project with more buildings having the work done each year as necessary.

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2012

KSM board felt that each child should have their own bank account for their future.  In February when the UK Chairman, Simeon McCullough was in Kenya this decision was initiated and bank accounts were opened for each child with Bank of Africa. As each child develops and grows into an adult, there will be opportunities for them to earn as this is a normal part of life in the region. The child will also be encouraged to develop valuable skills in finance management. When the opportunity presents itself for a Sunbeam Child to move on with their life as an adult, they will have a financial foundation on which to build.

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2012

The Lord prompted Ellen to build a Prayer Centre. Ellen felt that the money needed for this could not come from KSM funds. She prayed that the Lord would bring in the necessary funding, and He did! The Prayer Centre was completed in 2013 and has been a great blessing to many. This is not to be mistaken as a church; it is a set apart building as the Tent of Meeting was for Moses.

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2013

This was a busy year for building! The Life Centre was completed, although at present it will be used as a temporary school for Rainbow Academy until a permanent school building is built.

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2013

In April Ellen was blessed to have Rebecca McFadden come to work alongside her for a year in Teso, establishing an efficient administrative system. Collating all book keeping and records in an easy to use, computerised system. Rebecca did so much more than just administration in her time in Teso, working with the children in various areas and assisting Ellen in all areas of the work. Rebecca continued to work there until Aug 2014. We also started our Home Support Program for vulnerable children in the community and at present we sponsor 6 children. Rebecca took on the job of assisting the children in making jewellery and crafts to sell at home or to visitors. Each item made will have the child’s name on it that made it, and any money made from this would then go into their bank accounts for their future. The children also make cards and crafts to send home to their sponsors.

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2014

This year Rainbow Academy became a registered Primary School in Kenya. With the great local demand for education we already have plans drawn up to construct a purpose-built school that will accommodate up to 300 children, although this work won’t be started in the immediate future.

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2014

We received a donation to purchase 2 milking cows. Before this can be done we need to build a proper cow shed and plant two acres of napier grass to feed the cows, this is ongoing at present.  In having our own cows it enables us to start the process of becoming more self-sufficient in the future and allowing us to give Sunbeam and Rainbow Academy children milk daily. Any excess can then be sold to help with the feeding and upkeep costs of the cows.

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We thank God for all His provision over the past ten years. We also must say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the teams and individuals who have helped make the ministry a success.

Thank you and God bless you all!

 

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