Ministries at Fairport Baptist Church
Fairport Church has five (5) ministries that we support.
This orphanage (located in Kenya, Africa) is home to 21 children – most who’ve been left without parents due to the overwhelming devastation of AIDS in that country. Margaret Kanyiri is the director of this ministry which was started in the fall of 2006. Her love of God is evident and she is committed to helping people come to know Jesus.
After returning to Kenya in March 2008, she began working to create a safe, loving environment for the orphans, as well as her own family. People in America suggested she bring her family here instead of going back to the dangerous situation that existed in Kenya at that time; but she said she couldn’t do that to the orphans who had already lost so much and were just then getting a sense of belonging. She truly feels God has called her to this ministry of helping the orphans.
God used what seemed like a bad thing (a drought) to bring huge blessings to Shalom Garden Orphanage. We wanted to get them water, but God had bigger plans! The Virginia Baptist Mission Board asked a representative of theirs to meet Margaret and assess the situation. Due to restrictions on digging wells in the area, his recommendation was to buy land and build an orphanage that would not only provide them with clean running water, but would give them a place of their own, instead of the rented facility, which is too small to meet their needs. He said this could be done for approximately $35,000. On March 29, 2011, the land was purchased, and now the new orphanage is complete. We thank God for the way He has touched hearts to want to help!
Who but our Almighty God could have orchestrated the coming together of the east coast and west coast to help this small orphanage on the continent of Africa! The “east coast” (meaning the four churches mentioned above as well as some individual families) came together with the “west coast” (the University of Wyoming) to help this small orphanage. After hearing about Shalom Garden Orphanage, the professor of the cross-cultural communications class at the University and her students worked to help them by putting into real life application what they were learning. Some students said they felt a stronger bond with the University and the community because of everyone coming together to help children half way around the world.
Our main goal now is sponsorship of the orphans (whether by sponsoring a specific child or contributing to the orphanage as a whole). If you’re interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Fairport Baptist Church (804) 453-3235.
The Caring and Sharing Ministry
The Caring and Sharing Ministry is actively involved with the people of Appalachia. This organization is headquartered in Manassas, VA. They collect and deliver items to the Appalachian people who have very little in the way of material things, but certainly feel the love of others as we share with them what God has given us.
As we reach out to them, we show Christian love. We, and other churches, try to meet some of their physical needs by sending food and clothing throughout the year, as well as school supplies in the fall.
Through written materials, we share God’s Word. Christmas and Easter are special times of the year when we include things to remember the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord. We look forward to doing a ministry out there, possibly with some of our youth.
It’s hard to believe that there are people living in such poor conditions in this country. The Appalachian people are very appreciative of what’s being done for them. We pray for God’s blessings on them and that all will come to know Christ. If you’re interested in helping with this ministry, please contact us at Fairport Baptist Church (804) 453-3235.
WMU® .......offers organizations and approaches, as well as ministries, that enable every member of the church to learn about missions, become involved in missions, and live a missional lifestyle.
Our WMU has started a "FROM THE HEART MINISTRY" to help two needy families in our area, which include four boys (ages 4, 5, 6, and 7). We will be collecting food for these families each month. If you would like to donate non-perishable food to help, please bring it and we will store it until the following month. Or you can give money towards buying meats, etc. This is a way to feed people physically and also be able to share God's Word with them. We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. This is one way we can be good neighbors.
Kirkland Grove was established in 1892 as a Baptist campground in the vicinity of rural Heathsville. The campground was the site of week-long religious services, which evolved into the outstanding social event of the area.
The campground is presently used for church meetings, revivals, reunions, and youth camp activities. The building is in need of repair and tender loving care. Fairport is supporting this ministry financially as well as with upkeep.
Cross Culture Jesus
This ministry promotes mission projects around the world.