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Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

God cares about Widows, Orphans and The Poor & Needy. By His grace, we will all do our parts and be the hands and feet of Jesus and minister His love to people around us. So help us God, Amen.


Our Story

DOWM Ministry provides family based solutions for widows and orphans in Kiambu County, mainly in the Korio, Mbau-ini and Matathia areas.


 Many of our DOWM orphans have a single (widowed) parent or relative that they live with. DOWM helps to  strengthen these widows and relatives to provide permanence, stability and safety for these children.


It is our desire to reach out to these families and the communities that they live in. Our goal is to help without hurting. Empowering through education to bring each widow and orphan to the point of eventually being fully able to care for themselves and become strong members of their community and society as a whole.

Meet the National Committee




Marsha McCarty

Marsha, a member of Pleasantview Family Church, has served as a board member of the church, serving as the Missions Coordinator. 

Marsha and her husband Al have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

Marsha began making trips to Kenya in 2005. She has made 1-2 trips each year since then Together she and her husband coordinate PIEI-WOT/DOWM short term mission trips to Kenya.

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Mission Trip Coordinator

Al McCarty

Al McCarty is a member of Pleasantview Family Church in Dowling, MI. He retired from Kellogg Co after 38 years of service.


Al and his wife Marsha have served as team leaders and have organized trips and traveled with several PIEI-WOT/DOWM teams to Kenya.

The McCarty's have been an actively serving in Kenya since 2005.


Projects Coordinator

Racheal Barnes



Lois Brown

Lois and her husband Ross are long time members of First Baptist Church of Bellevue, MI.  Lois serves on the Social Committee, sings in the choir and works with the children's Wednesday night program.  She is also a supporter of the church's mission projects.


Lois has made two trips to Kenya, attending the WOT graduation ceremonies in 2018 and 2019.


We are happy to have Lois with us on the US DOWM committee.  


Member at Large

Nate Barnes

Nate is a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church where he has attended his whole life. He is a deacon of the church. Nate enjoys  serving in the sound booth, and running their livestream.


Nate is an Insurance professional working together with his brother Nick in their Father's insurance business.


Nate enjoyed serving the DOWM Ministry during a mission trip in 2021. He returned again in 2022 where he  was  a major part in getting  9 orphans and 3 widows added to the program.


We are excited for  the value Nate  provides to this committee and to the DOWM Ministry.   

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Denise Allen

Denise and her husband Tom, between the two of them have 4 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Denise has been retired from Post Foods for several years where she worked as a Cost Analyst. Since retiring her passion has been creating art, growing flowers and serving in the community. Currently she teaches a weekly arts and crafts class to a women’s group at a local homeless shelter. Denise’s greatest passion and desire though is to see lives transformed by the love and grace of God.


Team Photographer

Nicholas Barnes

Nick is a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church where he has served with the Praise Team and Mission Committee for several years. He is a licensed insurance agent and is building a business within Symmetry Financial Group.

Nick became involved with DOWM during his first mission trip to Kenya in 2021. He made another another trip to Kenya, serving with the DOWM ministry in 2022. 

Nicholas is the photographer for our US Partnering Committee. His photographs taken during his trips to Kenya have been priceless.


We Are happy to have him on our team.

Hi, my name is Racheal Barnes. I am married to Randy, my high school sweetheart. We have four adult children. I am a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church.


God has gifted me with a passion to reach children. I am currently a teacher. This past Spring I went on a mission trip to Africa. I am excited to serve in this ministry.

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