Kenya Mission: Invest in Marriages and Change Family Legacies

 

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You Can Help Marriages Thrive

A strong marriage has an everlasting impact on the couple, their children, and family legacy. Healthy marriages also help community, because strong couples will mentor other couples. One strong marriage can exponentially change lives. Would you partner with us to grow strong marriages in under-served areas of the world?

How Your Investment Will Be Sown in the Marriage Field

As marriage coaches, we will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to conduct half-day marriage seminars in local communities and train-the-trainer programs for selected couples who will then become mentors to premarital and married couples. We had the privilege of taking James Odhiambo and Faith Chege through a premarital journey and invested in their training to become SYMBIS facilitators. They will be the hands and feet on the ground serving as in-country facilitators and leaders of the marriage mentors. Our trip to Nairobi launches God’s Marriage Vision 2020—an initiative to bring sustainable enrichment to marriages across the globe.

 

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Marriage Hot Topics

We want everyone to be empowered with self-awareness, perspective, and tools, so they can choose to create a successful relationship. Aren’t you excited to be a part of this vision? We will let local marriage leaders take these tools and shape them for their communities. The marriage conference will cover:

  1. God’s Design for Marriage
  2. God’s Laws of Marriage
  3. Family/Marriage Leadership
  4. Gender Differences
  5. Hot Topics: Needs, Love, Respect
  6. Skills: Communication & Conflict Resolution
  7. Vision & Mission
  8. Prayer and the Bullet Proof Marriage

Married couples will be trained in how to effectively mentor other premarital and married couples using the SYMBIS curriculum and report structure. SYMBIS will also be supplemented with information and strategies on how to navigate the common challenges such as trust, sex, and finances that unravel many marriages. Blended families will also be a special topic since over half of marriages involved stepchildren.

How You Can Put Tools in the Hands of Every Couple

Our nearly 2 weeks of travel will have us engaged in various ministries within surrounding Nairobi. We will return to the first church we visited in October 2013, now called International Christian Center Woodlands Rongai, as well as Life Changing Sanctuary, and Antioch Bible Community Churches.

We’re asking for prayers and financial support for travel, training, and the on-going mentoring program. SYMBIS survey prices, which seem reasonable in U.S. terms, can be astronomical for a couple who earns $150 per month. Facilitator training is $200, and the surveys are $35 per couple. We’re creating a World Changers on Mission Fund, and asking our friends, family, and supporters to contribute toward couples’ SYMBIS reports, reference books, and expenses to cover the train-the-trainer.

 

4ad8b01c-ee37-4e2e-9c08-894d7cc91437You can play a role in developing a healthy family legacy and break generational curses. Here’s no greater return on investment than to see a person or family flourish and become servant leaders in their communities. No amount is too small. You can give through several options:

  1. Donate via PayPal using email: worldchangersonmission@gmail.com. Sandra Dillon is the name associated with the account.
  2. Donate via Zell to shinecrossings@gmail.com.
  3. Venmo money to Sandra-Dillon-4
  4. Mail check written out to Shine Crossings. Text me (281.793.3741) and I will provide the mailing address.

World Changers on Mission is not yet a 501c3, so all donations are a true gift. We will honor our donors’ gifts with accountability and transparency. Please note any restrictions or preferences such as:

  1. Unrestricted: use wherever needed most
  2. Use for couples’ surveys, training, and materials
  3. Use to defer expenses for your trip such as airfare, hotel, security, and in-country transportation
  4. Sponsor a mentoree couple with a SYMBIS report

All donations will be acknowledged. If you provide your email, you will be included on blogs, news, and updates so you can see the workings of your investment. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sandra Dillon at 281.793.3741 or worldchangersonmission@gmail.com


Darin and Sandra Dillon are premarital and marriage coaches and the co-founders of Shine Crossings Ministry. When they’re not investing in marriages across the world, you can find them serving in prison with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), Ephesians 521, and Empowering Women of Purpose (EWOP). Their calling focuses on developmental mission—helping people help themselves. They are also called to organize short-trip mission trips for teams to drill water wells in Central America with Living Water International (LWI).

Invest in a Couple’s Marriage and Change a Family’s Future

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James Odhiambo Ageng’a and Faith Chege


Our Ask

If you live in the United States, you’re blessed to have ready access to information and services to help you with your relationship whether dating, engaged, or married. Self-help is only an Amazon book order away, a call to your Employer Assistance Program (EAP), or a conversation with your pastor. Most people in countries across the globe don’t have access to relationship help that can radically improve their marriage and change the course of their family legacy.

I’m personally asking you to help another couple, who wants to invest in their marriage, by simply funding part or all of their materials and/or the trip expenses for Darin and me to travel to Kenya and Tanzania, where we will hold several marriage conferences and train-the-trainer workshops. Will you help us achieve a big vision to help others who are willing to help themselves?

“We’re not meant to walk alone into our vision. As long as we are connected to the source and others, God uses people to do God’s work.”

– Sandra Dillon


The Big Vision: To Put Marriage Tools in the Hands of Every Couple

Developmental mission is the name of the game and sustainability is its goal. Back in 2013, God called Darin and me into the mission field to do long-term, partnership changing work to improve communities across the globe, while locally investing in marriages. These two parallel paths have now converged into the vision God placed on our hearts for 2020: go to East Africa and help marriages and families through the power of relationship coaching. Let local marriage leaders take these tools and shape them for their community.

Our big vision is for everyone to have access to relationship coaching—every couple who is married, engaged, and dating as well as those about to date. We want everyone to be empowered with self-awareness, perspective, and tools, so they can choose to create a successful relationship. Aren’t you excited to be a part of this vision?

“One of life’s greatest rewards is knowing you helped change someone’s life for the better.”

– Sandra Dillon


The First Big Trip

Our big step into this big vision is to fly to Nairobi, Kenya, and put on several conferences on marriage strengthening and host train-the-trainer sessions. We will return to the first church we visited in October 2013, now called International Christian Center Woodlands Rongai (www.facebook.com/iccrongaicampus) where we met Faith who was the music leader for Woodlands Church Nairobi. Recently, I had the privilege of taking Faith Chege and James Ageng’a through premarital coaching via video calling. James belongs to Life Changing Sanctuary (www.facebook.com/lifechangingsanctuary). Their churches are welcoming us in 2020 with open arms.

IMG_5760Prior to departure, James and Faith will become SYMBIS (Save-Your-Marriage-Before-It-Starts) trainers by completing their online training program. They will identify couples who will be part of the train-the-trainer program and also take the SYMBIS survey prior to our arrival. They will benefit from SYMBIS and possibly be the next generation of marriage mentors.

The conference will focus on God’s laws of marriage and marriage mission/vision. The train-the-trainer program will take couples through their own couple SYMBIS report and cover finances, love, attitudes, sex, parenting, blending families, spirituality, goals, communication, conflict resolution, etc. We will answer questions and enhance their training with supplemental materials and situational stories. Darin and I will empower them and pass the torch to James and Faith as the future local SYMBIS leaders, who will then put reports into the hands of mentors and couples across their communities.

Then we are off to Tanzania with Vine & Branches and more marriage coaching….

We need financial support for training and the on-going mentoring program. SYMBIS survey prices, which seem reasonable in U.S. terms, can be astronomical for a couple who makes only $150 per month. Facilitator training is $200, and the surveys are $35 per couple. We’re creating a World Changers on Mission Fund, and asking U.S. friends, family, and supporters to contribute toward couples’ SYMBIS reports, relationship books for couples and African church libraries, and expenses to cover conferences and train-the-trainer sessions.

“It’s not enough to say you’re not part of the problem. Will you commit to be part of the solution?”

– Sandra Dillon

Our goal is to raise an initial $15,000 to start the “good works”. The first big step is to make a 2-week trip that takes us from Nairobi, Kenya, to Dar es Salaam and Mbeya, Tanzania. We dream of going to Uganda in 2021, because we already have pastors and community leaders inviting us to bring marriage strengthening to their communities.


How You Can Help

A marriage has the power to make you miserable (when bad) and fulfilled (when good). Please invest in a married or engaged couple by donating to our big vision. When you invest in a couple, you not only help them, but you also play a role in developing a healthy family legacy and to break generational curses. Your investment pays dividends for generations and helps communities thrive. Here’s no greater return on investment than to see a person or family flourish. When spouses and families are healthy, they can then go and be servant leaders.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

No amount is too small. You can give through several options:

  1. Donate via PayPal using email: worldchangersonmission@gmail.com. Sandra Dillon is the name associated with the account.
  2. Donate via Zell to shinecrossings@gmail.com.
  3. Venmo money to Sandra-Dillon-4
  4. Mail check made out to Shine Crossings. Text me and I will provide a mailing address.

World Changers on Mission is not yet a 501c3, so all donations are a true gift. We will honor our donors’ gifts with accountability and transparency as if they are a donation. In all cases, please make a note for any restrictions on this initiative which may include:

  1. Unrestricted: use wherever needed most
  2. Use for couples’ surveys, training, and materials
  3. Use to defer expenses for your trip such as airfare, hotel, security, and in-country transportation

All donations will be acknowledged, and if you provide your email, you will be included on blogs, news, and updates so you can see the workings of your investment. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Sandra Dillon at 281.793.3741 or worldchangersonmission@gmail.com

If financial giving is not a possibility for you, we would ask that you share this post with your friends, family, and network.


Your Request

If you know of an organization in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, who wants to connect with World Changers on Mission, please email their name, contact, and a bit of history. We’d love to reach out to them for a conversation and see how we might connect with them and include them on a future trip.


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