Kipuke Ministries was started by Esaho and Beatice Kipuke in 2004. Both Esaho and Beatice are natives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where Esaho was ordained as a United Methodist pastor. They left Congo for political asylum to Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston, Esaho earned a Masters in Theology from Boston University, and then decided to go on the mission field in Cameroon, Africa.
After returning to the US from the field to raise support, they were reassigned to Togo, West Africa. During this time while going back and forth from the US to Togo, Esaho completed a Doctorate in Missions from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Their ministry in Togo involved serving the people in the maritime region of Lome and Kara by training evangelist, local pastors and their spouses, and counseling Church leaders. In 2006, they decided to become full time missionaries living in Togo and have received many medical mission and vision teams since that time.
Shortly after arriving in Togo, the Kipuke Ministry was approved for NGO status for development. They were given land by the government of Togo in the village of Pya with a shell building to develop a training center and school for the local area people. The dedication of the building and the land occurred on January 5, 2007 and in 2009 Rotary Club of the United States donated $50,000 to provide electricity, well, kitchen appliances, and 50 sewing machines. A well in the “village of” Dapaon was completed in 2009 as well a well in the Baga village in 2009.
After receiving this necessary support, the Kipuke Ministry flourished into multiple areas of ministry, including young women’s training program, orphan care program, adult literacy program, eldercare program, and recently a young men’s apprenticeship program.
Young Women’s Training Program
- Training in sewing, hair dressing and cooking.
- Classes in Bible study, French, mathematics, literacy, health, hygiene, and infant care.
Orphan Care Program
- Strategic placement of recently orphaned children into Christian families.
- Provides financial support, tuition, uniforms, medication, heath care, and food.
Young Men’s Apprenticeship Program
- Provides career apprenticeship training by local, Christian businessman in the areas like agriculture, mechanics and tailoring.
- Involved in community activities like soccer, choir groups, and Bible study.
Adult Literacy Program
- French reading, writing, and speaking classes to women of all ages through weekly Bible study.
- Involved in community activities like gardening, sewing, and soap making.
- Assisting identified senior adults in surrounding villages who have little or no family support
- Provides housekeeping, food, medication, clothes washing, water gathering, prayer and encouragement by the women in the Young Women’s Training Program.