Rev. Duane Wilt, Texas-based teacher of the word, heard about the proposed EDTEC training facility to be established
in Mbita (long before it came into tangible form the way it is today), while he was ministering at Chrisco Central Church
in Mbita, Kenya.
By then Bro. Wilt was on one of his missionary trips to Africa. Impressed by
the purpose and vision behind the Project, he later on reiterated that he was intrigued and awed at God's plan to work
through EDTEC. What he did not know at the time he was supporting the vision, was how God was already planting in his heart
a seed that would connect some of today's Suba community youths with the ministry that they feel part of and continually willing
to support at all costs.
Rev Wilt, had an overwhelming desire to use the gifts and talents that God had given him to
help EDTEC. One day while trying to determine what God wanted him to do with this desire; Wilt birthed the idea of donating
a Desktop Computer that would benefit the ministry. "The idea was truly a gift from God," Wilt said. With that call from God,
Wilt, began to actively pray and seek guidance for the direction to be taken next.
He was able to call on friends and
colleagues to join together to see the project to fruition. With partial support the project was created in a manner that
would allow 100% of all proceeds to benefit the residents of Suba District-Kenya. So, with the vision birthed and the financial
needs met, the project began and led to hundreds of today's EDTEC computer graduates joining together to start a Mercy
Mission targeting the youth by a promise of hope and restoration through love, care, support and company.
As the process
continued, the two dear friends agreed to support the project without doubt are;
Mar Del Mari from Spain. When commenting on the Project, " Youth With
a Mission (YWAM) Kenya Island Mission (KIM) Director for Mbita Base, Kenya stated, "I hope these initiatives breath life into people, because that's
what they were initiated for.
In response to praise heaped on the Project, as the vision bearer and founder I understand that there’s a need
to put in place a home for fellowship and restoration “Mercy Village. "It's always great to have somebody there to help you realize
that bad times don't last forever and that with hope and faith in God, you will get through whatever it is you're going through."
of the most touching moment is a special
appearance from some of the children restored through EDTEC activities offers a reminder of God's love and faithfulness.
Whether sponsored by the parents or supported by EDTEC friends, these children were given a chance at life.
the training activities and the trainers that perform them are driven by the desire to help more youths especially girls who
are lost and need a place of hope. This paper was produced to see that God's vision and purpose for this ministry is fulfilled
and with each paper distributed, there is more room for God's healing to begin and manifest. Christ Fellowship Church-Mbita,
Pastor John Gombe, recently said, "People are going to feel the unquestionable impact this ministry (EDTEC) and know that
this is a project of hope, it's the story of where God has brought us all and for a purpose." Words of eternity, love, encouragement,
brokenness and healing -- that's what "The Mercy Project" is -- it's truth and reality combined to help girls at Mercy and
people everywhere understand the magnitude of God's love and forgiveness when we turn to Him.
While living and working in the shores of lake-Victoria, Kenya-Africa, the two, energetic young
men endowed with a vision of the facility (Kennedy Edwine and Francis Opiyo), experienced first hand the growing culture,
education, health and digital divide. After a successful pilot computer program, Kennedy began exploring the possibility
of expanding this concept into a more sustainable program.
In mid July 2003 Kennedy approached Joy Tang of oneVillage Foundation, USA with the idea and asked her to help in the organization restructuring. Involved were people in the public and private
sector determined to explore ways to increase the use of information technology for development. Excited by the idea Joy Tang enthusiastically accepted and the three began transforming
the original concept into reality and today oneVillage Foundation (OVF) Kenya
is being developed from EDTEC unit in Mbita.