45 years ago i was born in a small Village called Obaga in the western part of Kenya. I was born in a family of 12 children. Culturally my tribe in the old days believed the more children you had the more prestigious it was for a family. My parents were peasant farmers. As a young boy I grew up as a Village boy and did both my primary and high school education in the village. My childhood was fun, as I participated in communal activities such as herding animals, collecting firewood, brining water from the lake 3km away, milking cows and sometimes cooking.
I managed to finish my high school but with a lot of difficulties in paying school fees. Nevertheless i managed to finish high school and got a sponsor who accepted to sponsor my College Education. I graduated in Business management and in 2008 I did my a Diploma in Theology from Word of Faith Bible Institute in Nairobi Kenya.
In 1996 In a fellowship I gave my life to Christ and later joined an evangelistic group called KETO( Kenya Evangelistic Team Outreach) a ministry that evangelizes the villages of Kenya. As I served in this group i started experiencing a call from God to be able to do more in the lives of widows and Orphans. Late in the 90’s many parts of Kenya and Africa at large was hit by a new disease called HIV AIDS. Many families were literally wiped out by this disease .I started asking myself a lot of questions and remembered (John 3:16). And if Jesus was willing to die for these troubled families, maybe I needed to care about them too. May be I needed to Love the people who lived in these villages more. May be I needed to do my part to love these people that Jesus Loves so much. Poverty became a reality in many families that we were evangelizing.
One thing I realized is that many families especially Widows and Orphans, after being entrenched in material poverty, they lose faith in themselves and give up after too many heartbreaks and disappointments. They suffer lifetime of exclusion, exploitation, suffering, and want ,they no longer see themselves as people created in God’s image with creativity, potential and worth. They have lost the last thing that can be taken from them – HOPE. I realized the mistakes we were doing as an evangelistic group ,that if only the poor were reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and their spiritual darkness lifted, then their lives would begin to change. Poverty can indeed have a profound spiritual dimensions, and reconciliation through Christ is a powerful salve in the lives of the rich and the poor. But salvation of the soul ,as crucial as it may be for fullness of life both in here and now and eternity, does not by itself put food on the table, bring water out of the ground, or save Children from Malaria and HIV AIDS. Many of the Village poorest people are Christians, and their unwavering faith in the midst of suffering has taught me much. This is why I encouraged KETO ministry to start a Compassion department of the ministry and each and every Missioner to adopt a Village.
I dopted a Village called Obaga and started working with the Widows and Orphans . we started with a group of 40widows which has now grown to 95 widows with 120 orphans.
As a recognition to what i have done to humanity, in 2012 i received an Award of Excellence, Commitment and dedication from The Turning Point Initiative-Kenya in recognition of outstanding performance in his hearty service to humanity.
With Trust and Integrity that i have developed over the years , i am in the board and a Director of many Local and International NGO’S such as Villagecare International, Rarieda Relief international , SCISC Kenya, Obaga Community Development Projects , Kenya Evangelistic Team Outreach-KETO etc. He is currently the Patron of Obaga Primary School and founder of a Widow Group –‘’The Jewels of Obaga’’ ,a Widow group that support widows and Orphans in the village of Obaga- Siaya County.
With a Mission Tour Company, Thomas is involved in handling ground Logistics for Thousands of Missionaries and volunteers from all over the world that work with many Organizations within East Africa and Kenya in particular.
Thoma’s Vision is to give his all in serving God ,his family and Humanity.
My Vision for the Future
To reach the Community of Orphans and Widows within and outside Obaga Village with a message of hope and empowerment that results in freedom from poverty, disease and abuse.
My Topic Interests
- Economic Empowerment
My Region Interests
- Sub-Saharan Africa