About us

Love Abides is a MN nonprofit charitable organization, tax exempt under section 501(c)(3), formed for the purpose of seeking out and providing sponsors for the deaf children at Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf in Tawa, Kenya. Our board of directors is made up of people who have a love for these children and their country. Most of us have visited the school on several occasions and have built relationships with the children. It is our goal to find sponsors for every one of the 67 children at Kakuswi.
We have a close relationship with Timothy Mukilya, headmaster of the school, as well as our good friend, Sarah Kikuvi, who serves on the Board of Management at the school. These relationships ensure that the sponsorship funds will be used for the intended purposes. If at anytime you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]




Love Abides Board of Directors

Sarah (Nikki) Bell
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Nikki’s first trip to Kenya was to Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf in 2014. She went by herself not knowing anyone.  She loves the students and the environment of Tawa, Kenya. She went back for two more trips in 2016 and 2018. Nikki has a heart for Kenya and their people. The students are so joyful and loving. They also take care of each other like family. 

Marsha Carlson
Kearney, Nebraska

Marsha Carlson first visited the Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf in the summer of 2014, at the urging of her sister-in-law, Carol. She was impressed with the joyful atmosphere of the school and its community, in spite of pronounced poverty. She later was part of groups that helped in 2016 and 2018; the last trip, in 2018, she was joined by several additional family members.

Carol Ramberg
Rock Creek, Minnesota

Carol always had a dream to go to Africa…she traveled to Kenya for the first time in 2014 on a mission trip with her sister-in-law, Marsha.  That was the first time she visited the Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf where she immediately fell in love with the children and their joyful spirits.  Excited to go back, she returned to Kenya in 2016 and 2018, serving with others on construction at Kakuswi.  With a heart for the children and feeling led to do more for the school, Carol established Love Abides to help provide ongoing financial assistance to the students.

Steve Schmidt
North Branch, Minnesota

Steve is a former missionary who lived and worked in Haiti from 1981-1984 and 1989-1993. He has also spent time serving in the countries of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Finland and 2 different locations in Mexico working with short term missions teams and the local communities. After his time as an overseas missionary, he served as the Missions Pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St Paul, MN for almost 20 years and retired from that position a couple years ago. While he was the Missions Pastor, he was privileged to send out many full time missionaries from the church and several short term mission trips every year to different locations worldwide. Although Steve has not been to the Kakuswi Special School for the Deaf, he has been involved in mission work for over 35 years and is excited to be part of the the ministry team of Love Abides.