Our Team in Kenya
Our Team in Kenya
Pastor Martin Chamah
Now leading the LOMAMO team in Kenya, Martin Chamah was first called into full time ministry at the age of 20; the Lord prepared him for 4 years while he majored in Pastoral and Biblical studies. Living in Kisumu, Kenya with his family, Martin spends most of his time serving God’s people in love. His heart is forever bent in serving the sick and the Orphans. Martin believes God called him for a mission after witnessing someone showing him and his parents love. He realized that if God had not touched that person’s heart, Martin’s dreams could have sank. Having been raised by World Vision through Australian Sponsors, Martin was given an education and even brought to salvation; therefore he wants to do the same for others. Martin is married to Edith Terry and has been blessed with 3 biological sons and many more orphaned children whom they cared for. Martin diligently watches over and shepherds his staff and those they serve.
Ibrahim Owiti Ondu
Ibrahim is a 40+ yr old born-again Christian and single parent from Kisumu County. Ibrahim serves as a senior Caregiver at LOMAMO Foundation Kenya. Ibrahim also manages the LOMAMO “store” procuring, organizing and overseeing the distribution of nutritious food, delivered each week to our patients.
In 1994, while still a young man and living in the Nyalenda slums in Kisumu, Ibrahim noticed so many young men and women were sick and dying; infected with HIV/AIDS and also TB, with little care from their family members and friends due to stigmatization. This became a calling for Ibrahim to continue to help the sick, with a group of friends from church, through encouraging them with the Word of God and caring for them with love and compassion. It has been a blessing to see the Lord’s work changing so many people’s lives by preventing deaths and also reducing the number of orphans in the community. With great compassion and empathy, Ibrahim has faithfully served the Lord for more than 20 years in obedience to this call.
Hillary Odhiambo Were
Born 28 August 1988 in Kisumu County, Kenya, Hillary is a born again Christian serving with great diligence as the Care & Compassion Coordinator at LOMAMO Foundation, currently managing the oversight and care of more than 100 patients/month.
While still in school and very young to fend for himself, Hillary lost his step Mother due to HIV/AIDS; she was the only bread winner in the family. This came as a shock because he had lost his father in a fatal road accident barely two years earlier. Left alone to fend for his two younger siblings, he worked very hard to accomplish his studies and involve himself in programs which were empowering people living with HIV/AIDS and TB. So many were abandoned he felt driven to put more effort into reaching out to people in need. With prayers, dedication and combined efforts from friends and volunteers all over the world, many have been able to rise up again from their death beds.
Mary Atieno Owino
A born-again Christian, Mary is in her mid-30’s and comes from Kisumu, Kenya. She is a widow and a mother of two girls and one boy. Mary currently serves at LOMAMO Foundation Kenya as a Caregiver. Mary’s love for caregiving started back in 2012 after her husband died. She was living near a neighbor who was suffering from HIV/AIDS and was abandoned by his family members. It was due to this experience that she was touched to care for this sick neighbor through giving him food, dressing his wounds, administering medication and above all encouraging him with the Word of God. That same year, she got a voluntary job to serve with children who were infected with HIV/AIDS and TB. Mary has never looked back. She loves serving her community and is active in championing the importance of caring for the sick and giving them hope again.
Gladys Atieno Ogutu
Gladys is 32 years old and married to Stephen Odera. Now a vital Caregiver at LOMAMO Foundation Kenya, she first heard about LOMAMO while working for Afri-Can Trust Organization as a counselor. Her passion for doing Care and Compassion with LOMAMO began with her neighbor who had TB. She was vulnerable and isolated. Gladys encouraged her spiritually and emotionally, while praying for her to be healed. Fortunately God made a way for her through LOMAMO which took her into their program for nutritional support, spiritual encouragement and counseling. Glory to God who is ever faithful, because he used LOMAMO caregivers to change her life through healing. That is how Gladys became impressed with LOMAMO. She realized the name Love Matters Most was real. From there she learned that we should show love to all. This is how Gladys managed to love the LOMAMO Foundation and become part of the team.
Mirriam Ndinda Muthoka
Miriam, a Caregiver at LOMAMO Foundation Kenya, is 28 years old; along with her husband, Victor Otieno, God has blessed her with 2 sons. Miriam’s passion for doing this work began while living with a relative who was HIV+. Since her health had deteriorated so much and she was very sick, she disclosed her status… something that touched Miriam’s heart. Inquiring further, Miriam realized she was not adhering to her drugs as prescribed by the doctor. Realizing she needed close monitoring Miriam stepped in to help. After some time her health improved and this really encouraged Miriam to continue reaching others in similar circumstances. She is grateful for the experience because it taught her about the challenges that sick and vulnerable people are facing. Miriam feels compelled to encourage the local churches to advise those who are HIV+ with the right information on the importance of drug adherence while discouraging the widely held STIGMA associated with HIV/AIDS. Joining LOMAMO Foundation has been a journey to achieve her dreams because she’s seen the sick rise again and the hopeless find hope. Through consistency in sharing the Word of God, Miriam has grown spiritually and is at peace to fulfill the call of God through serving LOMAMO.
Pastor Vitalis Odoyo
Pastor Vitalis is husband to his late wife, Susanne, and father of their four children: two sons and two daughters. His call into the ministry began after giving his life to Christ when he started by helping in his local Church, teaching, leading bible studies and numerous youth activities and more. As Vitalis grew in his devotion, strengthened by Proverbs 3:5-6, reminding him to trust in the Lord with all his heart, God opened a way for him to attend Discipleship Training. Later, God opened another chance for Vitalis to join a Bible College to study His Word for 4 years…to know Him better, and to serve Him fully in His ministry, which He called Vitalis to do without looking back. (Luke 9:62) Still today, Pastor Vitalis is showing God’s love to all people: the sick, the needy, the poor and all without hope but for the promises of John 3:16. Pastor Vitalis serves as a trusted Advisor to Pastor Martin and the team.
Our Board & Advisors
A 5th generation northern Californian, Pamela found her heart beating fast when she first visited Kenya in 2010. Since then she has been passionate about serving those who’ve been marginalized by society and left alone, vulnerable and without hope. She has seen firsthand how love, even more than medicine or food, is what is needed most. In 2018, some friends from Kenya reached out desperate for a way they could continue to offer Care & Compassion to the most vulnerable in their communities. Pamela tried making several connections but ultimately said YES when both she and her husband felt God saying, “I’ve chosen YOU to make this happen.” Having retired from a career with AT&T, Pamela is happier than ever serving the Lord as Executive Director of Love Matters Most Inc. in the US and Chairman of LOMAMO Foundation in Kenya.
Michael grew up in Kansas and moved to California in his early 30s. He attended medical school and has been practicing medicine as a Certified Physician Assistant for more than 20 years. He also has a certification in Functional Medicine which treats imbalances in the body by honoring the way God created us to live and stay healthy. Michael gave his life to the Lord in March, 1987 and is currently attending Christ Community Church where he is active in the Mens Ministry as a leader and mentor. He has been involved as a supporting member of a care and compassion ministry in Kenya for several years and now serves as Treasurer for Love Matters Most Inc. Michael also serves on the LOMAMO Foundation Board of Trustees. Now retired, he is excited about this ministry and its promise of hope through Jesus Christ.
Alan van Sloten
Alan has a passion for families! He believes the best way to help children is to help their parents regain health… both physical and spiritual well being. In terms of missional cost effectiveness, the dollars spent on adult care will save hundreds if not thousands on orphan care. To keep families together is priceless. Alan is proud to serve on the Board of Trustees for LOMAMO Foundation Kenya. As a dear friend of the ministry once said, “In a very real sense, it is the Orphan-Prevention Program.” Alan also serves as a Founding Director for Love Matters Most in the US.
Chuck Cameron has made his home in Michigan for 70 years. While it is far from Kenya geographically, after three trips, this good country, and its kind and gentle people, have become close to his heart. After many decades in the business world, God is using Chuck’s skills to help guide Love Matters Most to meet some of the many needs in Kenya. He and his wife enjoy their “retirement” with very full schedules, working with church and community outreaches. His 2 daughters, and step son, have made him a proud grandfather 7 times. Chuck looks forward to seeing how God will use LOMAMO Foundation to help Kenyans help Kenyans. Chuck serves as a Director for Love Matters Most Inc and a founding member of the LOMAMO Foundation Board of Trustees.
Collins (Cal) Christensen
Collins “Cal” Christensen is the owner and operator of Christensen Custom Tables, a specialty company that handcrafts custom tables for any indoor or outdoor space. Collins is also a philanthropist, regularly donatIng both funds and time to causes he believes in… and Love Matters Most is one of his favorites! Cal remembers the emotIonal impact of walking through the rural countryside and arriving at a small mud hut where a man had been left to die. Infected with HIV/AIDS, the sIgma drives most family and friends away. That’s when Love Matters Most steps in. Their dedicated caregivers come alongside those who are helpless and provide urgent assistance. By helping moms and dads return to health, Love Matters Most not only saves lives but restores families and prevents orphans. “I am honored to be joining the board for Love Matters Most,” says Collins Christensen. “It is important for me to do what I can to truly make a difference in our world.” Cal also looks forward to helping with fundraising that will enable the ministry to grow.
Gert Jan van den Bosch
Gert Jan lives in Zwolle in the Netherlands and is married to Marianne. Together they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Since 1991 they have been members of an Evangelical Church with more than 3000 registered members. Gert Jan started his career as a male nurse (hospital, ambulance service, home care) and held various management positions. After more than 28 years he switched to consultancy in ‘Healthcare and IT’, most recently specializing in information security and privacy legislation. Together with his wife they visited the Care & Compassion project in Kenya in 2007 and saw the great need; they have been involved ever since. In 2018, Marianne and Gert Jan began supporting LOMAMO in numerous ways, using their unique giftedness to help start this ministry. Gert Jan & Marianne serve LOMAMO Foundation “above and beyond” with support and encouragement in numerous areas. With his wife, Gert Jan began Zorg voor Afrika, a ministry in the Netherlands, which supports the work of Love Matters Most in Kenya. We are very grateful for this Board.
Marianne van den Bosch
Marianne is married with Gert Jan, and together they have three children and four grandchildren. In her occupation as a nurse, she has worked as a home-based nurse, a nurse in youth healthcare and in an organization supporting families with multiple problems. Since 2007 she has been a (registered) nurse practitioner in prevention. Since 2014 Marianne has worked with a Christian organization that cares for addicted people. In 2007 she went with Gert Jan for the first time to the care and compassion ministry in Kisumu, Kenya. She was immediately touched in her heart and since the first moment she has been involved in the care and compassion program. Marianne believes that God especially loves people with problems who struggle in their lives. She is happy to do God’s work. Gert Jan & Marianne serve LOMAMO Foundation “above and beyond” with support and encouragement in numerous areas.
Currently working as a “Hospital Cleaner” in Northern Ireland, it could be said that Desmond Marshall is the reason LOMAMO Foundation Kenya exists. More than a decade ago, following the work that was begun by the Dutch, Dessie implemented a care and compassion ministry designed to care for those who’ve been abandoned to die. In addition to providing urgent acute care, Dessie spent time with the patients…serving them, keeping them overnight when they had no one to give them food or remind them to take their medicine. He gave them fellowship from his heart, visiting patients in the hospitals and advocating for them to their doctors. He won’t be found sitting in meetings or staying in the office. Kenya is filled with patients who tell stories of how they were abandoned by their family and friends until Dessie came along, showed them love and encouraged them to keep trying. Now we are blessed to follow in his footsteps. Desmond serves LOMAMO Foundation with an abundance of encouragement and support!
other important information
LOMAMO Foundation was approved by the Kenya Government as a non-profit foundation on 19 October, 2018. Our Kick-Off Celebration took place October 28th and was attended by nearly 200 friends and guests!
WE ARE BLESSED TO SUPPORT THE MOST VULNERABLE OF OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS.
100% of all donations go directly to the work of LOMAMO in Kenya. Administrative costs associated with running Love Matters Most, Inc. in 2020 was less than 7%. None of the Officers and Directors receive any compensation for their involvement.
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This photo is of Pastor Martin with one of our youngest patients…
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