Mission To Kenya




The Metropolitan Sanctuary for Children with Disability was opened in February 2007 by our then senior Pastor, Dr. James McConnell. It was established by a team of people in Whitewell with a heart for the nation of Kenya, and in particular, the children and adults affected by disability.

The Sanctuary has now been providing quality rehabilitation services to children and adults with disability in central Kenya, for over a decade. It offers rehabilitation services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and medical care, medicine, and equipment such as orthotics and prosthetics, and also has a doctor in attendance weekly. All clinical services are offered without charge, and done so to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Sanctuary houses a Special Day Care centre that cares for groups of children during weekdays, who would normally get locked in alone during the day, due to poverty related social circumstances. It also has a Rescue Centre on site, offering a loving home to children with disability who are either abused, neglected, or abandoned. 

Since 2010, there has also been a very innovative workshop that fabricates special chairs and standing frames, made out of recycled cardboard and paper mache! The Sanctuary runs cardboard equipment mobile clinics in towns right across Kenya, offering this specialised equipment, specifically tailored to each child's individual postural needs. The workshop fabricating the items is made up entirely by mothers of children with disability, who also make hand made paper and paper crafts, that get sold to generate income for the project. The team is  known as Sanctuary Artists. 

There are other specialised areas of work that the Sanctuary has been helping to pioneer in Kenya. This includes collaborating with Cambridge University in researching the process of recycling household waste plastics in order to create thermoplastic sheets for use in orthotics and splinting. The Sanctuary is also in the process of developing techniques for three dimensional moulded seats for children with complex deformity or complex seating needs, using developed techniques with locally available materials - the first this has been done in Kenya!

 The UK Charity, Befrienders for Disability, helps to finance some of the work in Kenya and drives new building projects. Likewise, the Sanctuary itself has also a Kenyan fundraising initiative to help inspire the local community to get on board and support the work, it is known as Smile Dispatch. It facilitates volunteering and local initiative for PR and holds fundraising events. Events include an annual mountain trek to Mount Kenya, and also an annual 'Ability Walk' in Nyeri town, engaging local communities, businesses, and schools, together with the many Sanctuary service users, it promotes social integration of persons with disability, reduce stigma and to fundraise for, and promote the Sanctuary.


The Sanctuary was birthed through the vision of a member of Whitewell Church, Terry Fairfowl. Terry had been in charge of a ministry for persons with disability in the church, known as Befrienders, and after being on a mission trip in Kenya, Terry was moved to do something for those affected by disability in Nyeri, Kenya. Terry Fairfowl led the vision, and the work was then overseen by Pastor David Murray under the headship of Whitewell church. 

 In 2010 Pastor Jason Allen and his wife Jolene moved to Kenya to minister full time on the ground with their children, as a missionary family, and remain there to this date. Jason ministers as a Pastor there, and Jolene administrates the Sanctuary, and is an occupational therapist there. 


In May 2011, the local church, Metropolitan Tabernacle Church Nyeri was opened. Pastor Jason Allen ministers full time there, aided by Pastor Mary Wahome. Jolene Allen superintends the Sunday Schools and Worship Team ministry. The church runs weekly Sunday worship and Breaking of Bread services, prayer meetings, bible studies twice each week, and has a program of youth work and weekly prison bible outreach. The church runs bible classes in the local prison to teach the pure gospel, and upon completion, they then distribute bibles to the prisoners. The church helps to support the work of the Sanctuary and has a youth team, mens and women fellowship groups. 


The needs of those affected by disability far outweigh the current capacity of the Sanctuary. The vision is to have a new purpose built complex to be known as a centre of excellence for disability. The complex will house a new rehabilitation gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool and a larger accomodation centre for rescued children, it will house a day care centre, a disability playground, and also a sensory integration room, to pioneer services for autism spectrum conditions and ADHD for the first time in Kenya. It will also incorporate an accommodation wing for guests, volunteering teams, and international health professionals, together with teaching rooms. The building work is due to commence by the end of 2017 and we are all so excited about the future!










July 2012

Greetings to Whitewell church and all our loved ones from Nyeri, Kenya! We have had a really busy Spring period this year, and are delighted at what the Lord is doing in our midst!

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A day in the sanctuary...

Well today was a good day... A tough day... But a good day... So I thought I would tell you about it.

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Everest Base Camp

A team from the Metropolitan Tabernacle are preparing for a mountain hike to raise funds for the Childrens Sanctuary on 21st October 2011.


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Christmas Update 2011

Greetings to our family at Whitewell church and all our friends and family at home! We have had such a busy end to the year here in Kenya, but are excited to be spending this Christmas at home! Jolene and the boys will arrive early Dec and Jason will be home for the last ten days of the month, all of us returning 30th December.

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2nd Baptismal Service in Kenya

God is really blessing in our church in Kenya and the church is growing. We were thrilled to have another Baptismal service just a few weeks after the previous service. Jolene said, "It was a great day and a busy day too! There were babies dedicated as well. It is brilliant to see the wee church growing, the Lord is so faithful.

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