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Eden Ministries

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Arts & Culture, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Health, Homeless & Housing, Humanities, Literacy

Mission: Eden Ministries exists to disciple productive citizens of the nation of Zimbabwe and the Kingdom of God who know their heavenly Father well and abundantly live for His glory in their various giftings and capacities.

Results: Eden Children's Village was founded in 1998. Americans visiting Zimbabwe met a group of people in Doma, Zimbabwe who were wanting to start an orphan project, but were unable to fund the project on their own. From that meeting, a partnership was formed to enable Eden Children's Village to come into being. Funds were raised in the USA and in Zimbabwe to care for AIDS orphans, and a comprehensive Christian care program has been developed to benefit local children. Eden is a NGO and registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, and adheres to government standards. All of this is bathed in prayer seeking the will of the Father. He is blessing this work immensely! We've grown to include 151 supported children, 125 employees, a total daily reach of 850 people and a missional outreach through free medical care to 15000 individuals each year in rural Zimbabwe.

Target demographics: Children survive and recovery from the tragedy of HIV/Aids and orphanhood, find hope and joy in life through Jesus Christ and to provide quality education, healthcare and nutrition in a family setting centered on a Biblical worldview.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 151 children, 132 employees and 32000 locals free of charge.

Geographic areas served: Zimbabwe, Africa

Programs: Long term residential care Community based care Shepherd's Cup Youth homes Herbal clinic Terminally ill School Vocational education Eden Village Farm Mother training Micro-enterprise support Spiritual Formation Evangelistic Outreach Medical Outreach

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eden Ministries is an inspiring mission in Doma, Zimbabwe. I have visited Eden twice and both times my experience was life changing. The work God is doing through the missionaries at Eden is amazing. I met a young girl living at Eden on my first trip in 2007. I came home and kept thinking of her...my husband and I decided to become child sponsors. What a blessing that has been and continues to be for us. We traveled back to Eden this past summer and met our child. Oh what a joy that was! She is lovely and has matured and grown into beautiful young lady. Sponsoring a child has been the most incredible experience for us....we have received so many blessings from our child. Sometimes we think we are ones doing the blessing by being a child sponsor but....in reality we are blessed by our child for allowing us to become a part of their life. Please take time to learn about Eden Ministries.... Myra and Jeff Wells

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting Eden Ministries for approximately 10 years. We have watched one of our sponsored students, Stanford Phiri, grow and mature into a fine young man. He had the courage to leave Zimbabwe and attend university in Lithuania, where he recently graduated as the valedictorian. His success stems in part from the love and nurturing by Eden Village, and in particular by Susan and Kevin Fry. They take in unwanted and unloved orphans, shower them with love and affection, and instill in them God’s love for themselves and others. We cannot overstate how Eden is transforming the lives of so many people.

Donor

Rating: 5

What makes Eden Ministries noteworthy?
1. Compassion, their heart for the unfortunate orphans.
2. Involvement, to be daily involved in the lives of the orphans.
3. Goals, that each of the orphan's needs are met, soul, body and spirit.
4. Faith, that God will provide and He has proven that many times!
5. Perseverance, not having given up after a few years.
6. Education, teaching and training sustaining life skills.
7. Family, living in small family settings as much as is possible.
8. Practical, working with what they have.
9. Devotion, not shirking from sacrifices or difficulties for the sake of the orphans.
10. Love, total sum of the above.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to support Eden Ministries and the work of Kevin and Susan Fry and their son, Ian and Heidi Fry. SO dedicated to the work they are doing in Zimbabwe to help the children of aids victims!! We have supported their work since 1998 - WOW - 20 years and will continue to do so even in our retirement years. Knowing that we have helped with support of a few children as their personal sponsors bring joy to our lives - and will someday get to meet them in heaven! We are strongly invested in the work of Eden Ministries and invite any who are on the fence to join us!! Kevin and Susan are personal friends of ours - so we KNOW their hearts and know they are so willing to serve the children at Eden Ministries.

Andrea R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Eden Ministries is an amazing organization. The Frye’s Ronan excellent job helping us communicate with the child that we sponsor. We recently received numerous letters from him along with a picture. I am able to send him letters all through the year and we can even pick out gifts to be shipped to him. We enjoy looking at photos online and love how involved we get to be and are even hoping to visit in the future.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In May of 2013 I was asked by my husband of 35 years to move out. I had no where to go and I was only working part time temp positions. A friend of Susan & Kevin Fry of Eden Ministries, contacted them and asked if I could stay in their home for a few months. Without knowing me they offered me a place to stay in their home in North Carolina. I have now been here over 5 1/2 years and for 2 of them they have welcomed my granddaughter into their home as well. If it wasn't for their amazing love for human kind I would have been homeless or in a shelter. Over the years I have grown to love and respect them and their relentless courage and dedication to countless orphans in Zimbabwe. Their commitment in serving others is a perfect example of Christ like character. Susan and Kevin's tenacity, consistency and endurance to keep going to provide others with an advantage in everyday life, even when difficult times have come to them, is due to a core value system based on the integrity of who they are. They endure no matter what. I am honored that God allowed me to experience this kind of love and friendship, towards me and hundreds of others through their ministry. I regard them the most selfless people I have ever known. I would trust them with my life. I now consider them my family.

Sincerely,
Ali Rose
Alyssa Rose

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to have met Susan and Kevin Frye just as they were starting on the journey to move from small town Indiana to start on the amazing adventure of Eden Ministries and work to create the village there. What an amazing road they have travelled! Starting with just a few workers to train and now serving an entire community by providing them with education, training, job opportunities, the knowledge to grow their own crops and so much more. All of this is being done with God at the center! I was able to attend a function in Goshen, IN where I heard a large group of the children sing and talk about how Eden has changed their lives. I have been a sponsor of a child and was able to watch her grow through pictures and letters, it was a very special experience! Eden is changing the lives of so many and they are a very, very worthy nonprofit. So blessed to be connected with them!

Kimber N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We enjoy supporting a child at Eden Ministries because we get to choose the one God puts on our heart! They are personal and friendly.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure that I can rate this nonprofit at the highest level. I met Kevin and Susan Fry approximately 10 years ago. I was very impressed with what they had to say about their mission. The care and teaching of the children is primary and that was evident from everything they said as well as what they didn't say. They spoke of individual children and knew details of their lives that could only come from real devotion. It has been my privilege and pleasure to be part of their support team since that time.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know of no other nonprofit who so wisely uses their money and has made the greatest impact on their community. Lives have literally been saved. Children have been given a chance to thrive and grow in a home instead of just exist on the streets. The AIDS epidemic has left Zimbabwe with orphans that have nowhere to go. Eden Children's Village is there to give them hope and a purpose. I can't even tell you how many lives have been impacted. I have visited and was blown away by the organization, the self sustaining community, the jobs provided for locals, food and medical help for those who would otherwise be without.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stepping out of the box to help those most in need of help. Without Eden Ministries the children in their care would have very little or no hope for their future. They instead find themselves loved, housed, fed and educated.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I HAVE WORKED WITH THEM SINCE THEIR BEGINNING. I AM A BOARD MEMBER AND HAVE TRAVELED ALMOST 10 TIMES TO WORK ON BUILDING PROJECTS OVER THERE. THEY TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN AND PROMOTE CHRISTIAN VALUES AT ALL TIMES.

Donor

Rating: 5

Eden has been great to work with. They have helped to make sponsorship very personal. From conception to birth, Eden has been true to their mission. It is a blessing to see God use his people in powerful ways!

Donor

Rating: 5

Visited Eden's Children Village in 2017. One of the most amazing groups I have been around. They are all in on saving lives and the souls within. The ministry is thrifty with their money and making each penny count.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am forever changed by my time at ECV! The love that is seen in such broken lives is something I will never forget. There is something huge happening in this tiny village!

anyredeem

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place where kids are given hope; I was such a kid!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place! God is using the weak there to accomplish extraordinary kingdom tasks. I am a visible, living product of Eden. It has built, shaped, and modeled me into the man i am today. God bless this place abundantly!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful program! It is amazing to see how the children we sponsor are growing and flourishing in their health, their education, and their faith. Not only does Eden help the children in their care, but they make a huge impact on the community around them as well. The Lord is doing wonderful things through Eden Ministries and we are so happy to be able to be a part of it!

Donor

Rating: 4

We are very committed to Eden's Village. All the orphans who live there get good health care, love, education, a good home, they are taught strong Christian values. I have met one fine young man we have sponsored for 20 years who is an outstanding young Christian man who will return to help his people. They also help adults with jobs and health care in a country that is in horrible financial straits. Eden's is self sustaining.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people running Eden Ministries do so at great sacrifice. I have been to Zimbabwe twice and know how hard it is to work in a communist nation. It is really hard. They work hard to get maximum use of every dollar sent to them. They strive to grow as much food as possible to feed the people there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I traveled to Eden Children’s Village several years ago with our three children ages four and under. We were blessed and humbled by what we saw going on at this wonderful orphanage! Their love and care for the children was extremely evident in how they related to them, provided for their needs, and loved them as family. It was an honor to get to be a part of a team going to help them build furniture to put in there orphanage homes as well as help teach them some medical and dental skills to use in their clinic . The children loved my children and we’re so excited and happy that we were there! Eden Children’s Village has done great work in the lives of many many children and in my opinion deserves to win this honor!

Donor

Rating: 5

Eden ministries is a great nonprofit to help because they are spreading the gospel throughout Zimbabwe. Eden ministries has helped many families and children through foster care and child sponsorship, and they have created vocational classes that teach people how to make their work sustain them. This nonprofit is one that I would recommend for anyone to help because it is impacting families and children generation after generation. I personally sponsor one of the children, and I am well pleased to see that my sponsor child is getting an education, food, clothing, shelter, and health check ups. For example, recently my sponsor child has received a dental check up to fix cavities and prevent future cavities. Eden ministries is one of the best child sponsorship programs I have ever come across; eden ministries allows you to send items of gifts and clothing to your sponsor child. This program is unique and is changing the lives of many people in Zimbabwe.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Eden Ministries is a great organization that has God’s will in mind. They have a wonderful child sponsorship program that helps the children of Zimbabwe, and I am so thankful to be a sponsor for one of their ministry’s children. Kevin and Susan Fry are wonderful, kind people that God is using to do a great work in the lives of the people of Zimbabwe. They use the gifts and resources given to them wisely, and I support their ministry wholeheartedly.

One of the neat and surprising things about their child sponsorship program at Eden Ministries is that we can send packages of gifts and supplies to the children we sponsor in Zimbabwe. I have experience with other child sponsorship programs, so I can say this is a unique opportunity to bless the children abundantly. I look forward to supporting Eden Ministries for a long time.