Meet our Ropeholder Patrick from Kenya Patrick Biboko works for our partners IcFEM on their Mercy and Justice programme, which seeks to bring God's transformation to communities by inspiring villagers to reach and support the most vulnerable. Like so many of the people he is called to work with, Patrick's own story is one of disadvantage and marginalisation, but in finding faith and the love of the Lord he realised his God given potential in life and is now helping other to make that journey. I was born in a very humble family in a rural village in Bungoma County in 1968 being brought up by my step mother after my birth mother died when I was very young. My childhood was challenging - one of 15 siblings to unemployable, semi illiterate parents. It was alwasy a struggle to find enough money to feed, cloth and send us all to school. I really understood what it meant to live below the poverty line. But I came to know the Lord when I was in high school and it was only through prayer and commitment to God, that I was able to go to school. After school I formed a group with fellow Christians and we supported each other to grow in our faith and work with our hands to earn a living and support our families. I became a farmer for 5 years and learnt how I could become self sufficient and provide for others. It was during this time, that the Lord placed on my heart a compassion for the very elderly. Many of them were often forgotten by others in society. I would try and support them, even if it was in small ways. God was calling me to work with the poor and needy and that was the beginning of my journey to the work I currently do. In 1995, at the age of 27 I began working for IcFEM. I was involved in working with needy students in secondary schools, working with people with disabilities, children who are orphans and caring for the elderly. I found this work a high calling and a great privilege. I find it immensely fulfilling to work with disadvantaged people and see how God can transform thier lives so they no olonger live on the margins of society. I married my wife, Rachel, in 2000. We both work for IcFEM and have been blessed with 5 children. We attend a local Pentecostal church and are leaders in the church. We currently live in a small home, but are working to build a large home for our family. My wife and I see our work leading into our personal life. Even with 5 children we have often found space in our own home for young people who are in need of our support. I have a passion to help others transform their own lives As a young man, I left school with nothing and lived in abject poverty. I had to work with my own hands as a farmer to transform my family's life and my greatest fulfilment comes when I see lives, families, communities and churches transformed by Christ. For example I worked with a widow and her family. Faced with destitution, she has resorted to brewing local beer to earn a living. This led to many drunkards in her home. We started by talking to her about God and suggesting other opportunities rather than brewing. We agreed to give her financial support so she could farm her one acre farm. She committed her life to the Lord and start attending church. Her daughter finished primary school and wanted to join High School, but the family could not afford the fees. We were able to put her on our sponsorship programme and supported her up to University. Now have gained her degree she is working for IcFEM. With food on the table, other siblings going to school and a brother at Teacher Training College I rejoice as seeing a whole family's life being transformed. Our work is spread through many villages and communities and through our Local Transformational Units, villagers are becoming the change makers in their own communities. I rejoice when I see the vulnerable in communities being supported by others within their own village. Click on Mercy and Justice to find out more about Patrick's work for Rope.