St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School

By Fr Methodios JM Kariuki (Director of Mission)

St Barnabas Orphanage and school Mission complex (we need 438,000USD more to complete the whole mission complex). Donate

We are very pleased about the results of this fundraiser! On Facebook about $30,000 was raised, but to this total must be added over $30,000 that was also donated through our church in Texas. Therefore the final totals, which I will be trying to get very soon, are that the fundraiser raised, I think around $62,000. This is an ever-changing number, as people are still sending money to our church. Every penny that is sent to our church is sent to ST BARNABAS ORPHANAGE AND SCHOOL though Orthodox Africa ((its a US non-profit) for the dormitory.

Architectural design of the whole St Barnabas Orthodox mission complex (magnifying it will reveal the Dormitory sections that are to be built soon)

I am going to make good on my promise to record every name that has been given to us to be prayed for in the permanent dormitory diptychs. Fr Methodius (Abbah JM Kariuki) and I commemorate everyone at every Divine Liturgy. We will do this for the rest of our natural lives.

I’m a little behind at this, but I assure you that with God’s help, I will catch up. If you have any reason to think that I forgotten your names or that you have not submitted names, please send them to me.

If you send us names, please help us a little by sending all the names of you, your spouse and your children or a couple others of your immediate family. Some people have sent us 50 or 60 names, and the list is very very large.

The best thing to do is send them by email. One of the problems of assembling so many names is that they’re coming from multiple sources, such as Facebook Messenger, comments to Facebook posts, WhatsApp, email, postal letters, and probably something else that I canot think of right now.

May God bless all of the alms givers to this dormitory.

Children playing at The current rented premises of St Barnabas Orphanage and School

Please, of your charity continue your alms giving by remembering to pray for father Methodius and the dormitory and the orphanage in your daily prayers. In this way, we will always be praying for each other. We will be connected by prayer even if we are thousands of miles away from each other in various countries all over the world. Click here to make a monthly donation online

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Priest Seraphim Holland

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St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School

How it all Started

St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School was started in June 2007 by Fr. Methodius J.M Kariuki and his wife, Papadhia Everlyn Mwangi. At this time, the community at Njabini did not know the meaning of “Orthodoxy” and more disturbing to them was “Orthodox Church”. Most of those who talked to us would ask “do you believe in God? And do you believe in Jesus? Is it a church and do you believe in the Holy Spirit?” These and many other peculiar questions were catalysts to the thought of a Mission Education Centre that would enable the Orthodox Faith to be accepted in this area.

three boys that i saw Eating from Trash pit near my house

However, it was not until three boys appeared in a trash place near my house as we took our lunch. We invited them for lunch and later started giving them food every day.

More children were brought to us. We therefore formalized learning for the children

We started by renting 4 rooms that served as a chapel and a catechetical class.

By that time, I was employed in a Studio, earning 30 dollars a month. My wife was employed in an Academy, earning 50 dollars a month. I have come out openly about our earnings and financial standings to make you understand that the idea behind the establishment of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School did not pop up as a way to spend but rather as a way to serve God and ask him to bless us in this noble cause.

I pray that God will bless you as you stretch your hand to donate to this humble orphanage and to pray for us.

God bless you.


Fr Methodius JM Kariuki


rooms rented for st barnabas orthodox mission education centre

Rooms rented for St. Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School

The Late Fr Evlogios Githingo With Children of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School during an outdoor tour

The Late Fr Evlogios Githingo With Children of St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School during an outdoor tour


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A photo with Archbishop Makarios during his first visit at the St Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School

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Bishop Makarios of Kenya at St. Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School

catechumen being baptised at a river near St Barnabas Orthodox Mission Kenya

Catechumen being baptized in a river near St. Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and School

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