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A fashionable celebration in Kenya

Darlene Coulston and Nargis Manji at the 15th anniversary celebration for Made in the Streets. (Photo provided by Charles and Darlene Coulston)

The proprietor of an upscale salon in Nairobi, Kenya, was the guest of honor at a church-supported ministry’s 15th anniversary celebration.
Nargis Manji, who operates Nairobi’s Narcisse Salon, has hired and trained six former street children in the art of hairdressing, manicure and pedicure. She even sent a few of them to a special training program overseen by cosmetics giant Revlon.
The six trainees were among the hundreds of Kenyan youths helped by the Made in the Streets ministry in the past 15 years. The Eastleigh Church of Christ in Nairobi launched the ministry in 1995, and missionaries Charles and Darlene Coulston oversee the work.
In the years since the ministry was founded, Kenyan Christians have played an increasing role in its oversight. Francis Mbuvi, who was himself a street youth when the Coulstons met him in 1994, now serves as the program’s administrator.

Young women helped by the Made in the Streets ministry model dresses they designed and sewed at the ministry’s 15th anniversary celebration. (Photo provided by Charles and Darlene Coulston)

Some of the young women at the celebration are in Made in the Streets’ sewing program. They came to the party wearing their own creations.
During the celebration, children served by the ministry recited Psalm 113:

Praise the LORD.
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.

Let the name of the LORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.

The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the LORD our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,

who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes,
with the princes of their people.

He settles the barren woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the LORD.

Students recite Psalm 113 at Made in the Streets’ anniversary party. (Photo provided by Charles and Darlene Coulston)

  • Feedback
    This is a wonderful ministry. I know some of the people at
    Eastleigh. They are truly God’s people.
    HM Motsinger
    H M Motsinger
    July, 9 2010

    Changing lives by love to the glory of God. Continue the good work!
    Charles Chimpeni
    July, 9 2010

    Hollye and Larry Conway are my family and I am so thankful for the Made in the Streets program and for the impact it has on the lives of Kenyan youth! God bless this program, the Coulstons, the Conways and the workers!
    Marilyn McDermett
    July, 13 2010

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