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The orphan center was originally set up in 2006 when Sekela Mbwiga saw a need in her village and wanted to provide assistance to the orphans in Uyole. Until this day the children meet in Sekela’s home.

In November 2013 the orphan center became a ministry of World Mission Outreach and became known as Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Centers.

The orphan center is based in Mbeya, in the south west of Tanzania, Africa.

Currently the children live with their extended family and some of our children attend the center five times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, while other children are only able to attend the center on the weekends.

Our children are provided with food when they attend the center, clothing, medical assistance, school fees and school related expenses, prayer support and Biblical education.

What We Do

Provide Food and Clothing

Provide Medical Assistance

Provide School fees and Expenses

Provide a Spiritual Foundation

Our Mission & Approach

Beginnings

For years we, Henry and Darlene, believed that one day World Mission Outreach (WMO) would extend a branch of ministry based on James 1:27; i.e., “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” The Lord put in our heart the name, of this ministry: Naomi Ruth Bread of Life.

Unexpectedly in August 2013, while on a short-term evangelistic mission trip in Mbeya, Tanzania, the WMO team visited a widow who had opened her own home to care for 38 orphan children in her village. Touched by what we saw, we asked the Lord how HE would direct us to help.

After leaving Mbeya we continued to see these little faces in our mind and our love grew for them. The Lord impressed on us to put our drop in and encourage others to do the same. Our short-term goal was to begin a sponsorship program to provide for the physical, spiritual and educational needs for each child. The Lord quickly opened hearts and brought alongside us sponsors for each child. In November 2013 we returned to Mbeya to form a committee to oversee the finances. Shortly after, we began the process of formalizing the Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Center as a legally recognized NGO in Tanzania. Our mission has continued to enlarge since 2013.

The Overseers

 

Sekela, a widow of a Tanzanian pastor, for the last 13 years has been and continues to be instrumental in shaping the spiritual lives of the precious orphans of Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Centers. At the time we first met her, she welcomed children from 1 to 17 years old and these children developed Sekela’s love and passion for prayer.

Maara, a former classmate of Darlene’s at the Israel College of the Bible and part of the 2013 WMO evangelism team in Tanzania, left her home and job in New Zealand in 2014 to serve as on-site general manager. She shares Sekela’s love and passion for prayer, for evangelism and for the Naomi Ruth orphans and God has used these two sisters in Christ mightily in the lives of the children they serve.

World Mission Outreach extends considerable oversight and assistance to the center through participation in the Board of Directors, fundraising, sponsor recruitment, team visits, projects and more.

The Orphan Center

Currently, the Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Center is not equipped to house the children they serve. Rather, they mostly live with extended family, many who are widowed aunts or grandmothers, but progress is on-going in purchasing eight acres of land on which to build a full-time, live-in facility, school, and community center.

Another aspect of the ministry is reaching out to caregivers with material assistance. Jesus Christ is integral to all that takes place at the orphan center and spiritual development is key! The children learn Biblical principles, study and memorize God’s Word, and are encouraged in their personal relationship with Jesus.

At the same time the children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual needs are addressed at the center. The children are taught how to live lives based on Biblical principles that will impact their families, schools, communities, their country and the world!

Impacting the Community

The Naomi Ruth Bread of Life Orphan Center desires to bless the surrounding community and by God’s grace has been a blessing in several ways. Practically through the center and via sponsors, we have distributed handmade clothing to children in the neighborhood, and small bags of rice to families.

The center has also provided new desks, chairs, paint, and money to pay the painter for the local government office and dispensary. Spiritually we have partnered with local churches and undertaken house-to-house evangelism on several occasions and seen many Tanzanians come to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Through the center, we have assisted and provided for countless children over the past five years, many who live in the area of Uyole and have attended the center. We anticipate that when we have another center at Nsongwi Juu, we will impact that community in similar ways. In Nsongwi Juu there is a population of approximately 5,000 people, mainly from the Safwa tribe, who are not yet born again.

The harvest field is ripe and ready for picking! We desire for this community to come into the kingdom and to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior!

Evangelistic Campaigns

Our children open WMO events with worship in song and dance, and share the simple gospel message through their testimonies, impacting their spiritual growth and the community. Currently we are preparing for the first Jewish Outreach in northern Tanzania. Our children will travel north to open with two Hebrew songs and a song in Kiswahili. We are so excited to see how the Lord is using our children to be a light to the House of Israel.

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever Amen.” Romans 11:33-36

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever Amen.” Romans 11:33-36

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