How It Started
I was just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, about somebody, who can save anybody.
It was March 2003, founder and President, Anita Jepson, by invitation of a good friend went on a mission trip to Kenya. On that trip, Anita ended up spending time with her Maasai interpreter studying the Bible. Through that one Bible study a mission was born.
At the end of her 2-week mission experience, she gave a $500 offering to the local pastor to be able to purchase a public address system for his church to start doing evangelism.
After leaving Kenya that time, she thought that was going to be the last trip to that foreign land. But God had other plans.
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to help you and give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11"
Not too long after returning home, the Maasai pastors contacted her by email and asked if she would be willing to support them in doing some evangelism. These requests for evangelism support continued for seven years. During that time, she would only study and read her Bible for guidance--seeking to know whether she should send the support to help them or not.
Some people at the time were thinking that perhaps it was irresponsible to be sending money to this unfamiliar place. But the continued impressions from the Lord kept coming to Anita during her Bible study time each day. Through prayer and Bible study, she would always have strong impressions to trust God and send the money.
"I am the LORD your GOD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." Psalm 81:10
In 2011, the 2-pastors urged her to come back to Kenya and meet all of the people they had been sharing the Word of God with. When she arrived that wet November, she found hundreds of people sitting under trees. While she sat there under the tree that day, she felt convicted it was time to build these people churches; a place of worship; a place of prayer to meet with the Lord and be out of the sun, wind and rain. This impression, would later become a high calling.
"Devotion to God and a spirit of self sacrifice were the first requisites in preparing a dwelling place for the Most High." PK 61-62.
The platform of raising much larger contributions would require a higher level of faith and commitment. In her heart, she knew that with God all things were possible, but the question now was: how would she do it? After all, this was God's mission and she didn't want to fail Him. Then the thought occurred: How could one fail with God at the helm.
She stepped out of the boat to walk to walk on the water. "I knew that as long as I kept my eyes directed to Him, I could not fail." By 2012, Mara Vision Outreach became an official nonprofit corporation.
At the beginning of this high calling, Anita was more excited about being a missionary than running a business in Kenya. She asked God to make a way for her to work directly with the East Kenya Union and Central Rift Valley Conference of Kenya. It was a miracle. God answered her prayer.
At her first meeting with the Central Rift Conference, President Reuben Korir told her, "Mara Vision was an answer to their prayers." He told her how they had a special committee praying about what to do about the Maasai people. Their prayer had been: "How were they going to reach the Maasai people?" He informed Anita how there were forty-two tribes in Kenya of which the Maasai were only one of the forty-two tribes. He also taught her about the tribal challenges within Kenya and how the Maasai people would only listen to another Maasai person or to a foreigner. Since Anita was a foreigner that these Maasai people were already willing to listen too, the conference agreed to partner with Mara Vision to reach the Maasai people.
Since 2012, the Mara Vision team has grown exponentially through an outpouring of donors support. Because of these champion's trust in God's grace and Anita ability to get the money to where it needs to be, Mara Vision has been leaders in the area of evangelism, Bible teaching in the schools, support of widows and the fatherless-- around the Maasai Mara Community and Samburu tribes of Kenya. The results have been anything but small.
Within just a few years, hundreds and hundreds of people have been baptized into the Bible truth. Many churches have been built, and many of the churches have been filled to overflowing before the building projects were ever finished.
Kenya is largely a Christian nation, of which 90% of the Maasai and Samburu people have never heard the name of Jesus. By God's grace, Mara Vision is working hard to change that statistic.
The Mara Vision team labors to fulfill this purpose as God continues to grow us and the entire mission through our faithfulness in the little things. Amen.
Promises and Quotes--that have Inspired Anita in her Mara Vision Mission work. I hope they will inspire you too.
"With Jesus behind you, the Spirit within you, the word beneath you, and the people before you, there is power that works through you that shakes the world and enlarges the heavens." Taj Pacleb--the matter of the message.
If Jesus is all you have, then Jesus is all you need,
"Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you." Genesis 28:15
"Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged." Deuteronomy 1:21
"For God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7
"He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." 1 Thessalonians 5:23
"The priceless treasure is placed in earthen vessels. Through men, His blessings are to be conveyed to the world." ChS 7
"Our reward for working with Christ in this world is the greater power and wider privilege of working with Him in the world to come." COL 361
"Every sacrifice that is made in His ministry will be recompensed according to "the exceeding riches of His grace." DA 249
"To every one who offers himself to the Lord for service, withholding nothing, is given power for the attainment of measureless results." 7T30
"When God opens the way for the accomplishment of a certain work, and gives assurance of success, the chosen instrumentality must do all in his power to bring about the promised result. In proportion to the enthusiasm and perseverance with which the work is carried forward, will be the success given." PK 263
"It is not the capabilities you now possess, or ever will have, that will give you success. It is that which the Lord can do for you. We need to have far less confidence in what man can do, and far more confidence in what God can do for every believing soul. He longs for you reach after Him by faith. He longs to have you expect great things from Him. He longs to give you understanding in temporal as well as in spiritual matters. He can sharpen the intellect. He can give tact and skill. Put your talents into the work, ask God for wisdom, and it will be given you." COL 146
"Success depends not so much on talent as on energy and willingness." PK 219
"It will be found at last that the denial of self for the good and happiness of those around us, constitutes a large share of the life record in heaven". 2T133
"The Lord has a place for every one in His great plan. Talents that are not needed are not bestowed." 9T37
"The Lord has His eye upon every one of His people; He has His plans concerning each." 6T12
"A great work is to be accomplished; broader plans must be laid; a voice must go forth to arouse the nations. Men whose faith is weak and wavering are not the ones to carry forward the work at this important crisis. We need the courage of heroes and the faith of martyrs. 5T187
"If the followers of Christ were awake to duty, there would be thousands where there is one today, proclaiming the gospel in heathen lands. And all who could not personally engage in the work, would yet sustain it with their means, their sympathy and their prayers. And there would be far more earnest labor for souls in Christian countries." STC 81