Ian & Hilda McMillan

Kenya

Biography

Ian and Hilda McMillan are from Paisley, Scotland, and their home church is Paisley Elim. God began speaking to them about Kenya in 2007 and they made several short trips before taking early retirement in 2011. Since then they have been working with a ministry called Hope and Kindness. This is based in the village of Kosele which is in Nyanza Province in western Kenya. It is in a poor rural area not far from Lake Victoria.

They have been involved primarily in the role of facilitating and supporting the two pastors in their leadership of the Elim church which the project partners with. This includes developing small groups and discipleship programmes. Ian and Hilda are also involved in support to the management of the project, which runs a Children’s Home, primary and secondary schools and community development work. They also contribute to encouraging the personal and spiritual growth of the young people in the Children’s Home.

Hope & Kindness

Hope And Kindness has established Kosele Christian Community Children’s Home and two Schools (both a Primary and a High School.) The Children’s Home now has less than twenty children, partly because of the successful treatment of HIV with drugs that are able to keep many more parents alive, but also because supporting the care of orphans within the community, in real family homes, is now proven to be the best way of equipping teenagers and young  people for their adult lives.

The Primary school provides free education, together with free breakfast and lunch, to around 230 children, mostly orphans and other very vulnerable children, aged from 3yrs to 16yrs. In 2011 a High School was opened for young people who had performed well in their KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education) exam but then had no one within their families able to assist them with the fees needed to continue onto High School. There are now around eighty pupils in this school who also receive breakfast and lunch. The project also has a small farm which contributes to the food requirements of the two schools as well as a teaching facility for the pupils and the community. It is also involved in development and assistance to people in the local community including the building of simple homes and supplementing food to the homes of some of the very poorest families who care for orphans.

In 2002 Hope & Kindness also established a church which is now led by a Kenyan Pastor, Dorine Auma. In 2012 it became a member church of Elim Gospel Church Kenya. The Christian Union in the High School and the Youth team in the church are adding opportunities for discipleship and strengthening the links between the church and schools. 

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