Dottie Haymond Destiny Story
To Kenya with Love
“When it was time to leave, I had a dream. God said, ‘I’m sending you to Kenya, and you won’t be by yourself. You’ll never be by yourself.’”
Living in Kenya was the last thing Dottie Haymond expected to find on the path to her destiny. As a small-town country girl from West Virginia, Dottie grew up knowing about God, but only through a religious lens. “I was afraid of the devil, [and] I was afraid of God,” explains Dottie. “That was the way we were brought up. God’ll punish you; He’ll throw you away; the devil can have you. That’s what we were taught.”
But this way of thinking quickly became her past, once she started listening to Andrew on the radio. “I was going to work, and every morning I’d listen to him on the radio,” Dottie says. “[For] fifteen minutes, Andrew taught from the Bible. He was just an ol’ country boy like I was an ol’ country girl. He explained it in a country way. It wasn’t “thou” and “thee”; it was you and me.”
After hearing about Andrew’s Bible college in Colorado, Dottie knew that this was where God was leading her. Though her family was hesitant about her leaving for two full years, Dottie loaded up her dogs and made the long journey from West Virginia to the Rocky Mountains to attend Charis Bible College.
“From the start, they tell you you’re going on a mission trip. Everybody has to go on a mission trip. And they gave us many countries to go to. God said, ‘You’re going to Kenya,’” Dottie explains.
“When I went over that border, I know’d that this was where God called me. I know’d it in my heart. So many people [are] under bondage and tradition in Kenya. Tradition is killing the people [and] keeping them from God,” Dottie says. “The children living in the streets just overwhelmed me. And I wanted to take care of every one of them.”
Dottie, continues, “When it was time to leave, I had a dream. God said, ‘I’m sending you to Kenya, and you won’t be by yourself. You’ll never be by yourself.’ I went in that morning and told everybody my dream. I said, ‘God said I’m comin’ to Kenya.’ Everybody was lookin’ at me funny, [thinking] She’s had a bad dream! But when we were leavin’, somethin’ in my heart was sayin’, ‘You’re comin’ back. You’re comin’ back.’ That was 2002.”
After graduating from Charis Bible College and spending some time back in West Virginia, Dottie continued to feel God calling her to Kenya. “Right from the very first, I know’d Kenya was my destiny,” Dottie says. “So, I went to my brother and . . . he said, ‘You can’t just go to Kenya. How much money have you got?’ I said, ‘I got enough for my plane ticket and $500.’ But when I got to Kenya, I said, ‘This is where I belong.’”
After moving to Bungoma in November, God began bringing her children, children He had sent her halfway around the world for. “Every child I take has a story,” Dottie shares. “From Andrew being starved to death, to Stevie, whose mother left him with his grandmother who couldn’t take care of him. . . . God told me, ‘I’m not sending you there to change Kenya; I’m sending you to change a few lives.’ So, that’s my job.”
When asked about their day, Dottie says, “Our day starts at five o’clock for the children. We have breakfast and get everybody ready for school. God has always given me time to teach my children about God. I teach them how to pray. They know their little prayers at night. . . . Everybody in this house knows about Andrew Wommack and his wonderful wife, Jamie. . . . Andrew is a big part of the children’s upbringing because Andrew inspired me so,” Dottie continues.
“When I was taught how God really was, it changed my life, and I want to teach people the same way that I got taught. . . . If I hadn’t have found Andrew Wommack’s CBC college [Charis], I would have never know’d my calling. I would be sitting in West Virginia, never living my life the way that God meant for me to. I’m the happiest person in God’s kingdom because He gave me the perfect job. I get to change these children’s lives. . . . I hope to never, ever leave one of these children, and I hope to start another home because we’ve run out of space.”
Dottie’s home is currently at capacity. If she were to take in one more child, she would be forced to register as an orphanage in Kenya. She is believing God for another mother to open a second house in Kenya so that abandoned children can continue to be adopted.
“I just want to thank Andrew Wommack and Jamie, that they never forgot me,” Dottie says. “They are called by God to give, and [what] they’ve given to me changed lives of children that’ll change Kenya. I praise the Lord God that I did find my road, because I never would’ve found the happiness that I live in to this day.”
When you partner with Andrew Wommack Ministries, a portion of your gift goes to support Charis graduate Dottie Haymond as she continues to save and change lives in Kenya.
“I love helpin’,” Dottie explains. “I wasn’t ever able to help until I came here. People give to me so that I can give to other people. . . . What they give to me, I thank them [for]. I will never waste their money. It will be given to somebody in need. Thank y’all. Thank you for giving me the chance to thank you for giving me what I’ve got: a brand-new life.”