The Heartbeat of:
Step By Step Worldwide Ministries
During a short-term mission trip to the Republic of Ghana in the year 2010, it was God’s love for abandoned children that gave us the inspiration for Step By Step Worldwide Ministries.
After many years of preparation and a permanent move to Ghana, the Lord opened a door in 2015, for us to establish our principal headquarters in the Kumasi area, of the Ashanti Region.
It was in His perfect time, that the Lord saw fit to establish Step by Step, even when the government of Ghana was actually closing orphanages, due to the lack of controls and improper administration. Many children were and still are being placed into foster homes throughout the country. However, the "less desirable" children who had special needs were left without a home because of the stigmas and challenges they presented. Many are abandoned in the night, at the doors of police stations, hospital gates, and ill-equipped orphanages, and in extreme cases, there are reports of some even being put to death. The prevailing sub-culture saw them as spiritual outcasts due to their disabilities. But God has a plan for these precious children! And He has included us in His plan.
Our spiritual foundation is solidly built on the unshakeable truth of God’s word, “Love never fails.” It is His love that guides our very steps. It is His love that fills us with a deep compassion for suffering children. It is God’s love that equips us to love the unlovely, the castaways of society, the hopeless and abandoned Children with Special Needs of this world. These are the children of Step By Step.
The one unique difference between our Home for Children with Special Needs and a traditional orphanage is that most of our children will be with us for life. This is a reality. This is why all of us at Step By Step have devoted our lives to the children God gives us.
Our commitment is to provide each one with our Three-Fold Purpose:
A Home, A Hope, A Future
A Home – The model of care that is now being established at Step by Step, consists of an individual family, each with Personal live-in Caregivers, who provide tender, nurturing care, to each of our children 24/7. As we grow our community, this model will expand and continue to define “A Home”, where the love of God resides.
A Hope – God says in His word that Hope does not disappoint. The hope He provides, brings a certainty, an expectation, and a kingdom truth that we can confidently embrace now. We want all of our children to have “A Hope”. For this reason, our foundational commitment will be to point them to Jesus, their eternal Hope.
A Future – By focusing on each child’s abilities, rather than their disabilities, it is our belief that many of our children will grow into productive adults. So we will do our utmost, under God’s grace, guidance, and love, to enable, encourage, and equip each child, to become all that the Lord would have them be.
It is our hope, to provide our children with a future not only for the here and now, but a knowledge and understanding of “A Future” that is coming; where our children will know they have a glorious life awaiting them, a place where their disabilities will be no more, a life everlasting with their Father in heaven. This is the heartbeat of Step By Step.
Thank you for your interest in Step By Step Home for Children with Special Needs. You can also visit us on Facebook @ ‘Step By Step Worldwide Ministries
God bless you,
Papa John and Mama Connie
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11