Mattaw is a holistic ministry and has become more than just a home for children. Bud and Kimberly have been in Kenya since 2005 to love the poor, orphaned and street children. God birthed the vision of Mattaw starting in 2006. We realized an institution only goes so deep in helping restore a child. God gave us a vision to have small families where a child grows up accepted, loved and with all needs met. In 2008 we welcomed home our first group of children and many more have come through the gates and into the family since. Our first base is in a village called Taito. The word Taito actually means “first born” and we believe it is prophetic that it would be our first base of many. Taito is located just outside of Kitale town in western Kenya.
At the Taito base, we currently have a children’s village with 65 children. We are raising the next generation of leaders and desire excellence in every area of our children’s village. On site, we have a primary school for the mattaw children to attend. The school has 6 Kenyan teachers. We also have a church, home based orphan care in the surrounding villages, farming, a dairy project, chicken project, and a school of ministry. Because God put it in our heart, we firmly believe that the children who come through the gates of Mattaw Children’s Village with labels such as “orphan”, “abandoned”, “neglected” and “abused” will no longer have that label. The children we received are placed in families and are taught about Jesus and that God is their Father in heaven. Our hope is that their new identity would be “accepted”, “loved”, “son” and “daughter”.
At the beginning of 2010, we became a non-profit organization and is registered as a 501(c)(3) under the name Mattaw Ministries. This was established in America in order to fundraise for Mattaw Ministries in Kenya. We are also registered in Kenya as Mattaw Ministries. The dream and vision of Mattaw would not be possible without the presence of God going before us in all that we do and the provision God gives through churches and individuals around the world. It is out of Mattaw Ministries that we have many branches of ministries.
Mattaw Ministries began as a children’s village, and that is the main branch of what we do. However; we realized God was calling us to more than that. Our heart is aligned with God’s heart, which is to not only to rescue the physical orphans but also those who are spiritually orphaned. We are called to more than simply showing people the way into God’s family, but to train and equip all that are a part of Mattaw Ministries so that they would be victorious and free in all areas of their lives through the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We are aware that our core leadership at Mattaw, which includes all of our house parents, can only give what they’ve received from Jesus. So if they lack healing and freedom personally, then it is difficult to help the broken children placed in their care find wholeness and healing. Our mission is our commission, to make disciples of all nations, equipping them to be the hands and feet of Jesus and do exactly as He did and still does. It was out of this heart for the body of Christ that we started the school of ministry.
In 2012, we launched a supernatural training school of ministry in our church building. Since then, we have built a multi-purpose building at the children’s village that the leadership named “Sozo”. Sozo building is for when teams are around to take meals and fellowship in. It is for also for showing movies to the children and having extra curricular classes. The main use for Sozo building is for the ministry school. This is another branch of Mattaw Ministries in Kenya. It is a school that provides training to equip believers in Jesus Christ for the work of the ministry and to be victorious and free in all areas of their lives through the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit. It was first started to equip our Mattaw leadership. All of our teachings come for the Garden Apostolic Training Center in San Angelo, TX. We have taken all our leaders through the two year school and now open it up to the church we have onsite at Mattaw Children’s Village, as well as those with a desire to attend that are connected to anyone that has gone through the school. Our desire is to be led by Holy Spirit to Christians within this country who also have the same heartbeat of God for the Mattaw vision and mandate. By equipping each saint for the work of the ministry, Heaven invades Earth. No longer will the country rely on a few leaders, but every saint will be a minister. From the oldest to the youngest, the power and love of Jesus is released.
Our other branches are Kimbilio Girls Home, Sprouts Baby Home, Mizizi Widows Ministry, Mattaw Safaris Inc. and Turkana outreach.
To read more about these branches, you can go to the tab “branches” found above.
All that we’ve done and will continue to do is out of a love relationship with Jesus. We have been adopted by Father God into his family and desire to co-labor with Him in the harvest of the next generation. Jesus is our salvation, love, provider, inheritance, joy, wisdom, sanctification and all we need. We can’t help but move from His heart of compassion for the poor and orphaned.
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:15-17