Our Blog


By - Uncategorized

Our guest blogger, Holly Kehlenbeck, has been a part of the 58ten community since the beginning and has played a vital role in 58ten’s partnership with Kitui Baby Home. In this blog she shares about her first visit to Kenya.


Holly in Kenya

So many ideas initially come to mind with the mention of this continent, right? Usually it’s the stereotypical descriptions of lions and tigers and bears, hot savannahs, colorful clothing…not to mention hunger, poverty and violence. While many of those characterizations are accurate, I’m here to shed just a little bit of light on a deeper, possibly less known part of Africa. A part involving real people, and their very real stories…many of which I heard for myself just over two months ago in the beautiful country of Kenya.

My African adventure began on August 24th, 2016. Thirteen members of our 58ten team sat at a gate in Philly waiting to board our first flight. In case you were unaware, 58ten is a community of Christians who act on behalf of orphans in Kenya, Africa. Our group included a variety of ages, backgrounds and experiences, but we were all unified in our desire to experience what God intended for us through this trip. I was especially excited to journey alongside my brother, Jeremy, who helped launch the ministry of 58ten and was our team lead (shout-out!) As I sat in the airport sharing surface small talk with many of the team members I had just met for the first time, so many thoughts were racing through my head. Is it ridiculously crazy to leave my husband and babies and travel so far for nearly 2 weeks? Did I really pack everything I’ll need? I know I won’t be able to run to Target on a whim. How will I feel when I look into the faces of these fatherless children? Can my heart handle it?

22 hours, 2 flights, 7 movies and 1 pair of compression stockings later, we arrived in Nairobi with all of our luggage. (Praise Jesus!) As we gathered as a team that night before heading to bed, we felt an obvious sense of unity and excitement. We didn’t know exactly what was coming, but we knew God was in it and we were each exactly where He wanted us.

The next morning we, along with our exceptional drivers Elijah and Sammy, set out bright and early in two vans to make our way toward the Mulango Children’s Home. That bumpy three hour drive provided my first glimpses of Africa laid bare…the unique red soil covering much of the ground, people and more people walking alongside the road, brave (or crazy) motorcyclists veering in and out of traffic. There were busy markets selling a variety of goods and mommas carrying babies slung over their backs. Many of the living quarters we passed were made of cardboard and tarps, sometimes with newspaper for walls or sticks tied together to make a type of roof.

I didn’t know what to expect as we turned onto the long, pitted road leading to the Mulango Children’s Home. And I’m not sure I will ever forget the welcome we received! Festus, the home’s manager, along with several of the older children, met us at the vans with songs, dancing, signs, and gifts. They then walked us into the courtyard of the home, and I think that’s the first time I had the distinct feeling that two worlds were truly coming together. The entire group of 150+ children were singing “Be welcomed, be welcomed, be welcomed on this day!” at the top of their lungs. Most of our team members were about to meet their very own sponsored child for the first time, and you could sense the weight of the moment. One of the guys in our group told us later that though he is not a very emotional person, he struggled to hold back the tears when he saw his “son” in the crowd. The huge brown eyes staring back at us were full of anticipation and joy.

Some of us took off work, we left family members for a couple weeks, we traveled for two days. Yep. This is why we came. I couldn’t wait to learn from and love on these beautiful brown faces over the coming days.

Light in Their Eyes

By - Uncategorized

Sharon Caughill is in Kenya on her second visit to the Mulango Children’s Home. In this blog she is sharing her thoughts on the children, the home, and the God we serve.

In 2012 “our” van pulled into the driveway of Mulango Children’s Home.  With no way to know what to expect I stepped out of the van into a tangle of children reaching out to touch my hand.  Pressed in on all sides I looked into their eyes one by one.  Hand shake, empty eyes.  Fancy shake, sad eyes. Fist bump, longing eyes.  You get my point.  Their eyes haunted me.  Too much hard had already happened in just a few years.

I had to remind myself to see God.  He had seen their plight and heard the heart cry of an orphan.  Now there was hope.  They had a place to sleep, clothes to wear, food to eat, house-parents to love them.  They could go to school, they had a church just down the road and a pastor who cared because he, too, was an orphan.

Fast forward to April 2016.  Again “our” van rumbles down the dusty road.  It’s the rainy season this time and I cannot help but notice beauty that had been missing in the dry season before.  But more beautiful than blooming flowers is the blossoming hope I see in their eyes.

One by one they greet us.  I take their hands and notice their eyes!  Their heads are held a bit higher, their gaze more direct.  Confidence and hope are growing in their hearts!

“We are winners, we are conquerors”, the orphans sing.  And they are.

I am so grateful they are not taught to be victims but rather victors.  Victors in Christ.

Satan whispers ‘you are alone’.  God says, ‘I see you, each one, and in Christ stand tall.’

I ponder, we are all a child of the King!  The orphan in Africa.  The pastor’s wife from Pennsylvania.  We belong.  Christ is King.  His eyes are on us every one, and because of his freely given grace we can gaze back with hope, joy, gratitude, and praise.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

You Cannot Go Back, Except When You Can

By - Uncategorized

We are thrilled to have Sharon Caughill sharing her thoughts with us in this post. Sharon and her husband Paul have been 58ten community members since 2011, and they will visiting Kenya later this month. 

You Cannot Go Back, Except When You Can

Nearly four years ago I traveled to Kenya with minimal expectations.  I was extremely excited but had no dreams needing to be fulfilled.  No pictures painted in my mind.  And I think that was a good thing.  I went naively, was forever changed, and have dreamed of going back ever since.  God is awesome.

This week as I prepare to go (slightly elated squeal here) I notice a multitude of emotions weaving through my heart.  So I caution myself to pack lightly again with minimal expectations.  To remember that most of all I want to take along the desire to experience what it is God wants for me.  God has a plan.

I cannot wait to fellowship, again, with the faithful servants of God I met there.   Yet I ponder how none of us are the same.  We have all changed and grown and weathered changes and grown some more.  Life never stands still.  Because God is always moving.

And there is a girl there I cannot wait to see.  When I chose our sweet Kenyan daughter it was through simple pictures hanging on a wall.  I searched and prayed walking back and forth along that wall until I stood before her solemn face and knew that God wanted her to be ours.  But she isn’t ours.  She is God’s.  When I met her she was a girl with a shy sweet smile.  Now she is a teen.  I go expecting her to be different.  Wondering how I will be blessed to impact her this time.  Or will I?  I know she will impact me as will all the others.  It is in God’s hands.  And that is all rightGod is always faithful. 

I sigh as I now know how hard it will be to say good-bye when the all too short days are done.  I hate that I know this and try to put it from my mind.   I could never have prepared myself for that the first time.  It was horrible.  Now I know.  So I try to brace myself, already, that it is only a brief visit.  But that, too, can be entrusted to our faithful God.  God knows all about hard goodbyes and sorrow and remembering to choose joy.

Our team needs your prayers.  We need health and safety and strength and unity and peace.  But most of all we need the power of the Holy Spirit burning through us to sit and stand and walk side by side and shoulder to shoulder with God’s choice servants of Kenya.  To simply serve.  Because that is all he wants.  Whether it is here in the US, or the other side of the world in Africa.  He wants us to shine and pour out for His glory.  And aren’t we blessed that he lets us have a part?  God, you are gracious.

Wrestling with the “Why”

By - Uncategorized

I’m incredibly blessed to be the father of two amazing children. One is my nine-year-old daughter who is going on fifteen. She is sweet, a little sassy, dramatic, loving, and very passionate. She loves to talk to her mom and me about all kinds of things, to give us hugs, and to spend time with her family. We also have a baby boy who is just about to turn 5 months. He may be the happiest baby on earth, and he is loved by so many people already. As I hold him in the middle of the night to calm his crying, or as I hug my daughter when she is sad, my thoughts go to Kenya. I find myself working through mixed emotions that I’m sure many of you have wrestled with, as well.

Kids whose lives are similar and yet so different. Wrestling with the "why" can be tough.

Kids whose lives are similar and yet so different. Wrestling with the “why” can be tough.

First, I am humbled that God has given me children to love. I’m humbled that they have parents who love them and who can give them consistent, individual attention. Why do we have it so easy?

Second, I think of the children we serve and how many of them come from homes where they have no parents. Some have loving extended family members, but they had to be sent to bed hungry because there was no food and there would be none in the morning, either. Others were not only hungry, but they were abused, emotionally and physically. Why does God allow this?

Third, I think about how amazing it is that these children now have loving staff members who pour themselves out for these kids. I’m thankful that God has stepped into these desperate situations and given these kids hope. I’m thrilled that He uses the 58ten community. Do you know how much of a difference you are making? It is far from inconsequential.

But what does this mean for us on a daily basis being so far removed from the children in Kenya. I’ll encourage you in three areas:
1. Step into the uncomfortable nature of our uncontrollable God. His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than ours. God has something to teach us through our connection with our “Kenyan children.”
2. Ask for God’s mercy and power to bring restoration to the children in our homes. They have faced so much, but God can use what Satan means for evil and turn it for good.
3. I’ll repeat my thought from above – what our 58ten community members do is far from inconsequential. Thank you, thank you, thank you for partnering with us in whatever area that may be.

By - Uncategorized

It is hard to believe the first two months of the year have already flown by. Most of us have enjoyed a winter storm or two and have probably not lived up to our New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully, this email will bring a smile to your face because it is about what you have accomplished as a community, as well as what we hope to do in 2016.

Here are a few highlights from 2015:

• You gave enough money to meet our budget, and then exceeded it so we could fund projects. These projects included finishing home repairs, growing the Education Fund, and allocating money for projects that will be finished in 2016.
• God allowed a successful management transition at Kitui Baby Home that has led to a thriving home with an increasingly bright future.
• Our first group of kids advanced from primary to secondary school, including one boy who was accepted to a top-tier high school (think Ivy League).
• A healthy, loving, Gospel centered home was provided to over 200 children.
• Hannah Stanley led a team to update the 58ten website.

Here are a few Goals for 2016:

Host Events

  • We have partnered with Pastor Meshack Kioko to lead a pastor’s conference in Kenya. This has been a goal of ours since we started, and we are thrilled that Pastor Paul Caughill and Dyke Habbegger have agreed to teach at this event.
    58ten Prayer Nights have already happened, and we hope to do them again in the future.
  • We will hold a 58ten event for all to attend this year.
  • We will lead another trip to Kenya.

Reach Full Sponsorship Capacity for the Kitui Baby Home

  • We currently have 72 “Cribs Sponsored” and need a total of 97 “Cribs Sponsored” to cover the annual budget of the Kitui Baby Home.

Improve Collections Process

  • We have started the process of moving all donations to Kindful, an online donation platform. This will allow you to control your donations, and provide us with a better process.

Improve Communications – It is our desire to connect the 58ten community more closely to what is going on in Kenya on a continual basis. We plan to improve this with consistent communications in a few areas. We are also open to other suggestions you may have.

  • Social Media: We will consistently post information on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Newsletter: If you are more of an email person, we will send out a newsletter each month.
  • Blog: We have added a blog to our website. Find it at http://www.58ten.com/blog .
  • Mailing: We will send a Kitui booklet out to all Kitui sponsors.

In upcoming newsletters we also want to give you more insight into the financials of 58ten, the homes in Kenya, and where exactly your money is going. Stay tuned for that information.

We are continually humbled that we get to lead such a great group of people who are pouring themselves out for the poor and needy in Kenya.

58ten Prayer Event Invitation

By - Uncategorized

“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” – Psalm 116:2

God, who is in control, who is all-powerful, who needs no advice, delights in our prayer. He bends down to listen to our requests, and he actually acts according to his will. He does it in ways beyond our understanding, but he is always acting. He is always moving towards his ultimate purposes.

We believe that one of the most powerful ways the 58ten community can “pour themselves out” for the poor and needy is to pray for them. We are excited to announce 4 prayer nights in Pennsylvania over the next couple of weeks. Each event is identical, but we wanted to give you several options. We want to gather with our 58ten community to pray for Kenya, the children, the staff, and our community in the United States. Each event starts at 7pm and will last one hour. Would you consider joining us?

The Events:
February 19th Miller/Fretz Home – 3071 Main Street, Apt D, Morgantown, PA 19543
February 23rd Windsor Home – 3 Ravine Dr, Shillington, PA 19607
February 25th O’Shaughnessey Home – 503 Windsor Way, Chester Springs 19425
March 1st Spacek Home – 108 Clarkdale Lane, Gilbertsville, PA 19525

Stories of Rescue and Updates

By - Uncategorized

The New Year is here, and anyone paying attention to the stock market and world events knows 2016 already has been wild. Destruction, unrest and uncertainty rule the day. But this is nothing new. Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us: What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Why is this encouraging? We have a God who knows and understands all things. He has a plan. Our job is not to worry; our job is to trust. We trust Him, and He provides for all of our needs. Matthew 6:26 says: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Every day, we are seeing God provide and graciously care for the newly rescued children at Kitui Baby Home.

David Muuo was rescued and brought to Kitui Baby Home after he was found abandoned. We still don’t have any details about his immediate family.

David Muuo was rescued and brought to Kitui Baby Home after he was found abandoned. We still don’t have any details about his immediate family.

Dorcus is a beautiful girl who was abandoned by her mother at a Kitui government building. Rescued by the Kitui Police Inspector, she was brought to Kitui Baby Home for care and protection.

Dorcus is a beautiful girl who was abandoned by her mother at a Kitui government building. Rescued by the Kitui Police Inspector, she was brought to Kitui Baby Home for care and protection.


What else is new at the home?

Winnie, the manager, has started working with a company to improve the children’s playground. We are also planning to add a generator at the home, as electricity tends to be intermittent.

In 2016, we are hoping to complete more projects to provide a safe and comfortable facility for these children. We will pass along stories of rescue and updates as the months go on. For now, thank you so much for your prayer and financial support. We could not do this without you.

God bless you, my friends!

John Mark



Christmas Gifts for Kenya

By - Uncategorized

The 58ten Christmas Gift Program is back! Because of the generosity of the entire 58ten community, we have been able to provide a special Christmas party for the homes every year they have been open.

We will again be providing the staff and children with a great meal, along with cake, soda, and new clothes for each child. They look forward to this day every year, and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide these special gifts.

To participate, our suggested gift amount is $30, though any amount would be appreciated. If you would like to give, you can give online at here  or send your check to 58ten, 105 Country Lane, Morgantown, PA, 19543. Any donations given over what is needed for the Christmas Gift Program will be given to the education fund.

Thank you for all that you do to support this community and the children and staff in Kenya. And an early Merry Christmas from all of us!

-The 58ten Team

Looking Back on this Year’s Trip

By - Uncategorized

Trip in Review

Jordan, Jeremy, and I returned from Kenya last month where we were able to spend time with the amazing staff at the homes and with the beautiful children many of you sponsor. There was much to talk about. There was planning. There was praying. And there was fun. There was also the reality check of the challenges that lie ahead, the hardships the children face, and the weight of responsibility so many in the 58ten family have. Sometimes we forget about this responsibility because all of the “action” is happening half-way around the world. But in the midst all of these feelings, the one that was most prominent was the feeling of being humbled. God is fighting for these children in powerful ways, and for some unknowable reason He has chosen us to be a part of it. He has chosen to use us who are weak, full of pride, and, many times, struggling in our own walk with God. Nevertheless, He loves us and rewards us abundantly as we take small steps of faith and generosity. Make no mistake about it, the 58ten community members are a massive blessing to these children in Kenya, but the blessing that is being received is well beyond anything we deserve. Our God is generous, and we are the blessed recipients. 

Ben Allston