Kathy Watson-Swift has dual roles serving in Africa where she oversees a feeding program for widows, orphans, and school-aged children while also assisting her husband in Europe.
I have been in ministry since 1971 in various positions such as co-pastor, pastor, evangelist, child evangelist, family life pastor, and children’s pastor. I have been a missionary to Africa since 2005. But now I serve as well in Western Europe with my husband, Bishop Chris Swift, as of 2012.
While living in Kenya for over seven years and spending much of my time in a small village in the interior, I began to feed children in my yard. What began as a lunchtime blessing to share Jesus to the hungry children has now become a full-time ongoing humanitarian and educational feeding project at the local village school.
The year 2022 marks 14 years for this project. I have seen it go from 100 meals in my yard to more than 3,000 plus prepared meals weekly, made every day for orphans, widows, and other school-age children. School supplies, shoes and uniforms have been given to as many children as possible from donations received through Freedom House. Children’s lives, as well as many lives of the youth have been changed within this village and beyond. The death rate has been lowered 10-15% in this high AIDS/TB environment due to a consistent, daily, well-balanced diet.
Several have finished secondary school and now pursue Bible schools/colleges/trade schools. Many who received as a child now live by the motto of “pay it forward” from what they received from this ministry. Because the grades of the children have increased substantially due to this feeding program, the government of Kenya recognized this small rural school by building a new facility for preschool age children. For the first time in this village, electricity shines in the beautiful three-room building!
While in Kenya, I evangelized, trained, and equipped hundreds of church and Sunday School leaders and taught at Discipleship Bible College in Eldoret. Through reaching and teaching others, thousands have heard the gospel. I continue to oversee this African project and teach wherever God allows how important a child’s life is to Jesus.