River of Life’s mission in Kenya involves sponsoring two missionary couples, as well as a daily children’s feeding program.  Daniel and Marlies Hoogteijling founded this work in Kenya with a heart to care for the poor, the orphans and the widows; and to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ advanced in the midst of poverty and brokenness.  Daniel and Marlies are still involved in this work; but have also been called to serve at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  You can learn more about that and stay in touch with the Hoogteijling’s through their blog and website hereThe work in Kenya continues under the leadership of two local couples; Wilson and Alice, and Mwangi and Pauline.


Wilson and Alice Kariuki

Wilson and Alice Kariuki moved from their home in Central Kenya to live in a nomadic desert region of North Western Kenya to reach out to the Turkana tribe, Kenya’s Forgotten People. Their home is a place named Kakuma which houses a refugee camp and is surrounded by the Turkana people. From there, they have labored to plant churches, train leaders, and raise many disciples, gaining much respect and love from the people there. Wilson and Alice have three children: Fortress, Ansel and Prince.


Mwangi and Pauline Muchiri are the assistant directors of YouthApart. They are based in Kitale and give leadership to numerous projects and efforts in their city of Kitale, Kenya, and elsewhere in the country. Among these are the Fireplace (their youth church), the EstherHome (a safe haven and discipling program for young single mothers in dangerous situations), the Bidi Children’s home, Upright Children's home, various evangelistic efforts, and more. Mwangi and Pauline have two children: Joy and Asaph.


childrens feeding program Children’s Feeding Program
Through River of Life’s regular monthly donation, under pastor Wilson’s oversight, over 400 children in the Turkana desert region receive a meal every day, distributed through a local school. Because food is in such short supply, and government subsidies are often unreliable, this has effectively resulted in hundreds of children attending school who otherwise wouldn’t have. The last few years in Kenya have regularly seen harsh drought conditions; so this food has been a tremendous blessing for all of the families involved.
Esther Homes is a project that was birthed through Marlies Hoogteijling’s passion for young moms to come and learn about their value in Christ. The young mothers learn from other mothers, all the while giving their children a safe place to call home. Marlies and Pauline work together on this project and have seen many moms come to know Christ as their Saviour. There are currently seven Esther girls and their babies at the home.  Check out their Facebook page here to stay up to date with everything that is happening and to find out how you can get more  involved.


Pray that God would give them:

  • increased vision for the future of the mission in Kenya
  • safety and protection for families
  • finances and workers for building projects
  • favour with locals in Kitale and the Turkana peoples

To contact the Kenya team, or for more information, talk to Amos Martel, or email amos.m@rolchurch.ca


Since 2005 River of Life Church has regularly led teams to both “Philippine Frontline Ministries” & “New Hope to Asia”.  As a church, we also give regularly to New Hope to Asia to provide healthy meals to hundreds of Filipino children every week.  Furthermore, many River of Life members provide monthly sponsorship to children rescued by Philippine Frontline Ministries, providing them with shelter, food, clothing and education as well as in their operation of a street feeding program.  ROL members Bill and Heather Alles and their family recently returned from spending a year working with and serving Jeff and Rowena Pessina at Frontline Ministries. 

Frontline Ministries

Led by Jeff and Rowena Pessina, Frontline is a diverse organization that has been serving the Filipino people for over 30 years. Ministries include evangelism, church planting, a rescue centre for children, street feeding, ministering to individuals in the hospital, jail and city dump; a school and a training center to develop leaders.




Jeff and Rowena Pessina

New Hope to Asia

Ding and Mona Teodora have been serving poor in the Philippines for over 10 years through their ministry: New Hope to Asia.  They minister to the children of the streets and squatters’ villages of Cainta. Through the “Super Kids” program and visits to squatter’s villages, hundreds of children are given a hot meal and the opportunity to learn about God’s word.




Ding and Mona Teodora


MEXICO - Jeri Labell

Whether as a teacher of children, community mom, or simply a wild and crazy lover of Jesus, Jeri tries at all times to live out with passion the Great Commission. Her own life has been drastically transformed by the love of God the Father, through Jesus Christ, and she truly lives to give that away to everyone that she meets.


• Continued favor with local leaders and pastors
• Wisdom and guidance in what training to offer young leaders
• For the unchurched children in her neighborhood.
• Continued restored strength for body, soul & spirit.
• Laborers for the harvest! Consider taking a trip to Mexico - Jeri live only one hour from San Diego & can accommodate up to 8 people!

To contact Jeri you can email her at jerilabell@gmail.com or call her at 619.933.3213.


SCOTLAND - The Kuzma's

The Kuzma family are currently living in Kirkliston, a village just outside of Edinburgh where Drew has taken up the post of Ministry Support Worker in the local parish church. Drew's focus is to support and develop youth and family ministry within the Kirkliston parish. Margie's role presently has been to support the current women's and children's outreach ministry, while taking time to seek nursing employment opportunities in the local area. The Kuzmas have three energetic children, Viktoria (10) and Asher (9), who attend the local village school; and Bella (2) who keeps everyone on their toes.

- For the children:
- As they transition from a Gaelic to an English school
- For positive friendships, safety and personal knowledge of Jesus as Saviour.
- For favour, wisdom and direction in the parish for ministry and relationships.
- For safety and protection at school, work and travel.
- For vision and direction for the local and national ministry.

To contact Drew or Margie you can email at drew.kuzma@yahoo.com or margie.kuzma@yahoo.com or call at 011 44 131 333 0825.