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Praising God as the RESTORATION moves forward

August 29, 2019 by Don Rogers

The fire is over and the Boy’s Dorm (Launch House) was damaged beyond belief BUT the hearts and spirits of the children and the staff are strong!

Thank you for your prayers AND for the gifts that so many of you have given!  What a blessing.  We have now been able to buy the boys new clothes so they can return to school,  the children and parents have had times of counseling, and the review of what is needed to reconstruct the dorm is well underway.

Many of you have asked about the costs and we now see that an estimated $75,000 is needed to provide counseling and restore the clothing, school supplies, uniforms, textbooks, food that was in the storeroom, the building itself, and rewire other rooms to make them safer.  NOW – we are SO GRATEFUL for the generosity and compassion of family and friends who have, as of today, donated $48,000!

This is a miracle of love and the ELI community is so touched and amazed by this demonstration of God’s love and your care.  We will continue to keep you posted.   Giving Thanks to God today!

2 Cor. 9:10,11

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

New Update on the Fire Situation at Kipkaren Children’s Home

August 17, 2019 by Don Rogers

Here is an update as we see miracles of love already happening.

Yesterday we briefly shared the difficult news that a fire destroyed one of the key buildings at the ELI Kipkaren Children’s Home in Kenya, the teenage boys’ launch house (dorm and storage facility). No one was injured thankfully, and since yesterday we have all been blessed beyond words by the outpouring miracles of love, support, prayers, emails, and phone calls from so many of you.

The enemy would love to see us defeated, deflated, and discouraged. But the entire ELI family in Kenya (and the USA) is being buoyed by the amazing love and care that is coming from God through you and so many others. There are so many examples of the Kingdom of God manifesting in the midst of the flames and ashes that we cannot mention them all, but here are a few:

  • * The entire Kipkaren community immediately came to the aid of the children’s home with buckets, hoses, water, bottles . . . anything they had to help fight the blaze and prevent any other structures from catching fire.
  • * The Ilula Children’s Home high school boys (ELI has 2 children’s homes) pled with their ELI parents to be taken to Kipkaren to console, support, and encourage their “other brothers.” Leaders from Ilula answered the call, loaded up the vehicles, and drove 2 hours to Kipkaren where they stayed until 1:30 AM last night talking, praying, consoling, and encouraging the high school boys who lost every single one of their possessions.
  • * The older Kipkaren Children’s Home girls immediately invited the now bedless and roomless boys to take over their newly completed girls’ dorm, while the girls then went to sleep in the smaller cottages with their younger sisters.
  • * During and after the fire the staff, parents, and even a team from America rallied all the children together to begin supporting them: leading Bible studies, singing songs, playing games with the small children and even worshiping God together.
  • * Christian counselors have already been arranged to arrive at the home to help provide another safe place for any of the children to share their hearts and fears.
  • * Several donations have come in to help begin a process of restoration.

There is so much good taking place in the midst of this tragedy, and we also covet your prayers as we begin the restoration of heart, mind, and facility.

The 21 boys who call the launch house “home” lost everything except for the clothing on their backs. Their clothes, school uniforms, school supplies, homework, textbooks, personal items, cherished gifts from sponsors spanning back years and years . . . everything was lost. It is truly devastating. Also, significant amounts of food for the entire children’s home were lost. (One of the storage rooms in the building was filled to the brim with dried corn and beans.) On top of all that, as you can see from the photos, the building itself experienced significant damage. The entire roof collapsed, and we recognize that the restoration process will be significant but possible.

We are so grateful for the love offerings that have already come in, and as we now begin the journey of restoration, we are confident that you, our caring family of friends, will join your prayers and gifts with ours to see these hearts and buildings restored. Pray about being a part of this restoration journey: through prayer, finances, and however God may lead you to be involved. If you have a Bible verse or sentence of encouragement for the ELI Children’s Home family, you can also send that to info@empoweringlives.org, and we will be sure to pass it onto the families and staff at the Kipkaren Home. We would also like to call friends and family to set aside a few minutes on Wednesday, August 21st to pray for these children and this situation. Would you join us?

God can and WILL make beauty come from ashes.

Grateful for God’s restoring power and for you,

Don Rogers and the ELI family


Fire at Kipkaren Children’s Home

August 17, 2019 by Don Rogers

We have some difficult news to share with you today.

The Empowering Lives Kenya family, staff, and children at the ELI Kipkaren Children’s Home appreciate and need your prayer as the boys’ launch house (dorm for the teenage boys) caught fire and burned today. The fire began in the afternoon so no one was in the building; all are safe but shaken.
Please pray for peace for the children and wisdom for the leadership during this difficult time. We will provide another update as we learn more. You are important to us, and we are grateful for your care.
Trusting God,
Don Rogers and the ELI Family



January 1, 2019 by Don Rogers




ELI Presentations Fall 2018

October 25, 2018 by Don Rogers

Join us at any of these venues and hear inspiring updates from ELI Ministry Staff


Sunday OCTOBER 28th – 2018 –  GARDEN GROVE

Don Rogers will be preaching and providing an inspiring update at 10 am


 Located at: 9851 BIXBY AVENUE, GARDEN GROVE, CA 92841


Sunday NOVEMBER 4th – 2018 – LONG BEACH

Don Rogers will be giving a 10-minute ELI Ministry Overview and Update during the 10 AM Sunday Service


Located at:   6465 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, Ca


Sunday DECEMBER 9th – 2018 –  DOWNEY

Don Rogers will be preaching and providing an inspiring update for the Sunday Morning Service


Located at: 9245 Florence Avenue, Downey, CA

*If there are no speaking engagements scheduled. Please check back for updates.

August 27, 2018 by Don Rogers

Take a few moments to BE ENCOURAGED by this exciting report on the August 22nd Celebration of Reformed Brewers!

August 22nd WOMEN OF CHANGE – Kenya Event!


July 8, 2018 by Don Rogers

A Special FACEBOOK Live update from Don with Hillside Community Church in Cherengany Village yesterday and today July 8th!



Feel the JOY of transformed lives – VIDEO of July 6th in Africa – Hillside and ELI

July 6, 2018 by Don Rogers

Be Encouraged!  Together we are empowering lives!  Watch this brief VIDEO that gives you glimpses of our day at ELI Ilula (Ukweli / Truth) Training Center – Eldoret Kenya

Hillside First day – Joy unspeakable

July 5, 2018 by Don Rogers

What an incredible day we have had in Ilula Kenya today.

Early hugs for orphans heading off to school, breakfast devotions, visit to Living Room Intl., tour of the training center, Children’s Home, planting trees for remembrance of the team, 2 hours of crafts and fun with 100 orphans, meeting 45 Women of Change who have arrived today for training, setting up a recording studio, after dinner worship, team meeting, wow !  Here are a few snapshots of the day.



Hillside Community Arrived Safely Today July 4th !

July 4, 2018 by Don Rogers

TONIGHT Hillside Community Church Team arrived and the Children in the ELI CHildren’s Home had so much fun hiding in the dark while the unsuspecting team walked into the dark training hall. Then the LIGHT WENT ON and the children shouted WELCOME HOME !!! Handshakes and hugs and beautiful songs followed.  The team is tired BUT so happy and a few tears of joy were shed in celebration.  God is good and ELI welcomes Hillside and is excited for the days of ministry together that are ahead!

Thanking God for a wonderful partnership


Multiplied Impact! Emmy’s Story of Transformation

May 8, 2018 by Don Rogers

Read Emmy’s amazing story of Transformation below in this blog post

and also in the new NEWSLETTER available at http://empoweringlives.org/MULTIPLIED/

“CHEBIWYO! CRAZY WOMAN!” People would scatter to avoid her and others would beat her openly. Her life was hard even before her husband died. His weekly beatings crushed her self-worth and when he passed on, her brokenness turned to so much anger that she would wander and wail loudly through her village in unending drunkenness. Her five small children suffered from constant neglect and preferred not to see her. They begged her to stop brewing and selling illegal alcohol which had turned their mud home into an illegal brewing den filled daily with dozens of alcoholics.

Peris, a reformed brewer, showed Emmy a door of hope that eventually led her to a week-long ELI training. The transition out of drinking and poverty was not easy for Emmy but her new relationship with God and other Women of Change (Reformed Brewers) helped her step by step until her renewed concern for her own children led her to start a Sunday School outreach! Now she is not only planting food with her new skills but planting a church with her new found friends and love of God.

Last year there were a handful of children who use to walk with her over 5 miles up the mountain to the closest church. Now over 50 children gather near the roadside to hear her lessons. Around a dozen adults are now coming and they often bring corn cobs as a tithe. Emmy was even recently given by election the high honor of being one of the community elders – a person of wisdom and positive influence. People are still amazed at the miracle of change they see in her life, children, and leadership. She is no longer “Chebiwyo!” Today they call her “Mchungaji” which means “Pastor.”

Your gifts and prayers helped make this possible. You are the catalyst in this process to provide life-changing programs to thousands of people who, like Emmy, had lost hope.  Thank you! We celebrate the new life that she has found and invite you to help reach others hoping for the chance to discover New Skills and the love of God.

Your care makes all the difference for people like Emmy.

Help bring change to another life and family – visit   empoweringlives.org/trainings


February 14, 2018 by Don Rogers


What Everlyn recently said to the chief and hundreds in the village put into motion another meeting that needs your prayers and could change the course of life for hundreds!

If you have been following the impact of your support of ELI you know how God opened a door to reach hundreds of brewers of illegal alcohol with the love of God and alternative skills for business!

Today on this Valentines Day, Dennis (ELI Kenya Manager/Trainer) shared that a couple of weeks ago Everlyn (One of the reformed brewers) was invited by two village chiefs to address 300 people in a village on the devastating impact that the brewing business had had on her life and family. She shared her personal testimony of change that took place after graduating from one week of training with ELI staff at the training center and quoted Matthew 11:28 where Jesus invites a crowd to bring their burdens to him so that they can find true rest. 

 At the end of the meeting, the chiefs were quite impacted by her sharing and agreed to have another meeting with only illegal brewers. That meeting took place this past Thursday (2/8) and 150 women in the brewing business showed up and listened to Everlyn share with God inspired passion! She told them how ELI provides ideas rather than money and how the new business ideas and God’s love broke through and changed the course of her life and family!

Yet another meeting is now on the calendar and your prayers are greatly needed! On March 1st a couple Empowering Lives leaders/ trainers will be visiting the village for a “Pre-Training” meeting. The women will be challenged to take the bold step to come out of the brewing business and attend a 4-day ELI training designed just for them.


Will you believe with us that more lives are about to be changed for now and eternity?

Please mark your calendars and pray for March 1st ! That the 150 women will come to the village meeting to discuss with ELI staff – That hearts will be open to change – That they will agree on a date to come for the training – That the chiefs will continue to be supportive – That the women who do come to the Training Center will be changed from the inside out. Our greatest prayer is that they will then be used by God to transform more women, just like Everlyn has courageously testified to see LOVE BREAK THROUGH!

Everlyn – A Woman of Change

Learn More or Help Sponsor the upcoming training here!

Rogers Family Heading to Africa

June 14, 2015 by Don Rogers

Empowering Lives Founder and International Director Don Rogers and his family are heading to East Africa during June and July. Your prayers are appreciated as they travel around, visiting staff and ELI sites in Kenya and Tanzania.

You can follow along on their journey by visiting their personal family blog, Rogers’ Neighborhood.


December 12, 2014 by Don Rogers

There are times that we hope to give so that another can be blessed.

GIVE A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS to your family or friend that will honor them and also make an impact in the lives of people in need. Make a donation and download a gift card that you can present to your friend or family member letting them know that in their honor, a needy family in Africa has received the gift of training!

Right now, hundreds of women are hoping to be able to attend a life-changing training at the Ilula Training Center near Eldoret, Kenya. These are women who are currently brewing and selling alcohol because they lack skills in an alternative business and the courage to make the change.

THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, YOU CAN HELP make a difference for women and men who desire these skills but lack the resources to pay for the full week of training. Give a gift this Christmas to your family or friend that will honor them and make an impact in the lives of people in need.

Learn more and take action. Discover more about the ALTERNATIVE GIFT HERE.

Today is the Last Day

December 31, 2013 by Don Rogers

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Gladys life will never be the same.  Because of the training she received at the ELI center in Kenya she found a new life in Christ and skills that will help her for the rest of her life!  She is now attending church and sharing her new skills with her children and neighbors.  As she said to us recently “I do not want to be blessed alone.  I have knowledge now that I want to pass on so that others can also receive this hope and change.”

As we come to the close of this year there are many lives hanging in the balance between despair and hope. Your year end gift today will help make all the difference for a person like Gladys – in fact – we have over 400 people who have seen the impact of our training and are hoping for a chance to come.  Your gift today will help change the course of their future.  It is a privilege to know that together we are…
Empowering lives,

Don Rogers
Founder / Director

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PS:  Every gift today is so important and will be matched by another generous donor! Help us reach our goal of $20,000.


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Changing the World – One Life at a Time

January 21, 2013 by Don Rogers

KAA Graduation from Empowering Lives on Vimeo.

Empowering Lives integrates several strategic ministries so that a life can be empowered in a holistic way. Alcohol addiction is a significant problem in Kenya and for over ten years ELI has been reaching out to people and providing steps along with a community of care so that addicts can come out from their addiction and reconcile with God and also with their family if they are willing.

This unedited video was taken at the end of 2012 during a special ceremony held at a village church in Kenya when around a dozen people “graduated” from a month long rehabilitation program. The complete video holds the precious reunion of over ten families. This particular short portion of video captures one of the “Graduates” first giving a very brief testimony, and then publicly asking if his family is willing to forgive him for the wrong he has done. The first one to respond is his wife who…    well, watch this moving moment and see for yourself.  The others who follow are all brothers, sisters, and family members – overwhelmed with joy for the transformation that has taken place in Timons’ life. This is made possible because of the prayers and support of friends of Empowering Lives.

Thank you!

Past Success, Future Hope

February 7, 2012 by Don Rogers

Has this ever happened to you?  That moment when you pass someone or someplace and a flood of memories surfaces like a submarine bursting through the ocean ceiling.  That happened to me recently as I was driving near Mwanza, Tanzania and felt compelled to pass by a village where I lived 16 years ago.  During those days the plague of poverty and lack of ideas and opportunity brought over a dozen Tanzanians and myself to our knees to pray and then to our knees to work as we filled small plastic bags with soil and seeds. Together we prayed that the thousands of seeds we had planted would germinate to become small trees that would strengthen the environment and generate income for people who were suffering because of poverty.

Not only did those seeds germinate but so did many other ideas as like minded people came together to begin a new ministry called Empowering Lives International.  Over 15 years have passed since that first project was initiated. As I drove by that same village recently I felt compelled to pass by the same compound that was once filled with trees and hopeful lives to see, if by chance or providence, I might meet someone I might remember.

Just pulling off the road at that point brought back many memories but I was not prepared for what I was about to see.  First of all – the tree nursery that we began over fifteen years ago was still there –  BUT –  it was ten times larger than before!  As I walked in among the neatly arranged rows of small trees, flowers, and colors, I approached a small group of women who were busily filling tubes with soil and chatting as they worked. I greeted each person one by one and felt that I recognized the last woman. I stared until I remembered who she was.  A moment that took place 15 years ago came forward in my mind and I asked if she was the one.  And she was.


Photo of the Day

January 6, 2012 by Don Rogers

Our Communications Director, Micah Albert in the Kerio Valley in Kenya, terribly missing the target with a traditional bow and arrow. (Photo: Don Rogers)

Photo of the Day

October 11, 2011 by Don Rogers

Yes, the insects grow big here in Africa.

Ready, Set, Going back to High School

September 6, 2011 by Don Rogers

After a few weeks of being back at the ELI Children’s Home for holiday, 20 of the children from the ELI Childrens’ Home Ilula and 7 from the ELI Childrens’ Home Kipkaren (Kenya) head back to High School today. It is amazing to see the educational, physical, and spiritual growth that is taking place in these young people. One of the High Schools where several of the children attend remarked that they desire to have MORE of our children in their school. “They have such a mature outlook and demonstrate such respect for the teachers and others – we hope that the other students in the school will follow their example!” Thank you to all of you who pray for and help support the almost 200 Children in the ELI Homes in Kenya as well as the over 1,000 children in the ELI schools in So. Sudan and DR Congo.