House of Hope Home - Kenya


House of Hope provides comprehensive care for 33 orphans ranging in age from six years to seventeen years old. They live as a family in a 5000 square foot home on a five acre property that also houses a large garden and many farm animals. Property development and ongoing care is provided through Heart of the Bride. Joel and Susan Karanja are our national partners and directors of this home. They lead an incredible committed staff and are assisted through ongoing support and discipleship to the workers and children by our missionaries to Kenya, Jason and Lisa Hovingh, who live nearby.

Individual Child Sponsorship provides a large portion of the monthly support for the home. Joel has also launched a supermarket business across the street to help offset the growing financial needs of a large growing family of children who now have a place to call home.


Our Kenyan partner Joel Karanja was abused and neglected as a child. He came to Christ through the influence of missionaries when he was twelve. From that time, he had a burning desire and fervent prayer to care for orphans. We discovered Joel in 2006 through those same missionary friends. We committed to partner with Joel after witnessing and experiencing his passion and dedication first hand. HOB has been blessed to be an exclusive ministry partner to Joel since the purchase of the property and formation of his ministry. His faith continues to encourage the HOB family.

In our initial efforts to establish a relationship with Joel, we also met Jason and Lisa Hovingh who encouraged Joel in his pursuit, and later became long term HOB missionaries as Team Leaders in Kenya.


Joel’s vision for these children of hope is that they would grow up well educated, strong in the Lord, and equipped for their future. He also sees the ministry of the home expanding to help those in the community. In the short term he desires to see the agriculture program and the business grow.  HOB is developing a business training program, called Nafasi, close to the home to help these children and other HOB kids to prepare economically for their transition into adult life.

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