In 2001 during her first visit to Kenya, our Founder- Executive Director, Teri Crane-Hudson, saw the great needs of people and was compelled to help. God placed a love in her heart and vision to see poverty stricken families, empowered through education, good nutrition, available medical care for all people, and share the love of Jesus Christ. After several mission trips to Kenya, she was invited to visit Nyeri Town, in Central Provence. After being introduced to several local church leaders and listening to the many needs they all faced, they asked her to pray and seek assistance for the great challenges they faced within their communities. The areas of need were medical care, education for both adults and children, technical training, and feeding programs for the hundreds of needy children within their communities. Many of the people within these local villages were uneducated and living in extreme poverty. The church leaders shared the vision that God had placed upon Teri’s heart. It was the desire of these church leaders to provide help to their communities, but said “it is very hard to reach people when we cannot even help provide the basic necessities of life, or offer any local organizations to refer them to”.
After returning from Kenya, Teri shared the many needs of the Kenyan people with several churches, and individuals. Gethsemane Church, VA, Brea Church, CA, Charles Weckesser, MD, and Bob & Lupe Gordon Sr. became founding financial partners. Dr. David Reece. Senior Minister of Blount Christian church (Teri’s home church) asked her to attend their next mission meeting and present her vision for future ministry in Africa. After this meeting BCC wanted to become more involved in the mission work being done in Kenya. They expressed their desire to send short term mission teams to assist in various projects. Over the next two years the ministry grew rapidly, developing many opportunities for assistance to the people of Kenya. By 2006 it became evident that the ministry had grown to a point where it would be necessary to establish as an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. Project Kenya, Inc. was now fully established and independent. Many of the original board members continue to serve and volunteer their time, due to their deep rooted investment of time and energy, and love for the accomplishments God has done through the years.
After 18 years on the field it is a blessing to see the many lives that have been transformed through the ministries taking place. Many American and Kenyan lives have been changed due to their partnership in various ways. Our powerful prayer partners have played such a vital role in the ministry. The many sacrificial short-term team members have helped to build loving Christian relationships with our Kenyan brothers and sisters. Countless lives have been changed, and baptized into Christ Jesus. Hundreds of people have been impacted through the various ministries now offered through Project Kenya.