Samson Wasao was born in Kenya. He and his wife Patricia, have three girls. Samson gave his life to Christ as a teenager in high school. He went on to the University of Nairobi, where he developed a deeper knowledge and closer walk with Christ as he was discipled and mentored by missionaries with The Navigators in Kenya.
After graduating from the University of Nairobi in 1980, with a BA (economics) degree, Samson worked for the government of Kenya in the Ministry of Agriculture. During that time, he earned a scholarship from the Harvard Institute for International Development to study agricultural economics at the masters level at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. At Ohio State, Samson joined the pioneering IFI team of Phil and Ruth Ann Saksa and Mabel Bahler. Samson actively and faithfully ministered among fellow internationals throughout his student life in Columbus. Upon graduation in 1985, he returned to Kenya, where he met and married Patricia. They returned to Ohio State together in the Fall of 1988 for Samson to pursue a PhD.
As a couple, Samson and Patricia rejoined IFI and were an integral part of the ministry on the OSU campus throughout their stay in Columbus. They joined a group of four other married couples with whom they met weekly for Bible studies. Their conviction and vision for strong and stable marriages built on the eternal principles of God’s Word was developed during their interaction in these couples’ Bible studies. They grew spiritually stronger as they applied the powerful relational principles of God’s Word in their own marriage. They opened their home to internationals as well as Americans and saw God use them to encourage and challenge individuals and couples to live for Christ.
Samson graduated in 1995 with a PhD and returned to Kenya in 1996, where they have been actively involved in church ministry, providing leadership in developing the married couples’ ministry and pioneered the development of the family care and enrichment structures and policies for the Christ-is-the-Answer (CITAM) churches in Nairobi. Samson has worked for various international organizations as a researcher and program manager, including the Population Council and the United Nations Development Program. He has managed projects and programs that promoted participatory and sustainable development in Kenya and also worked as a Director of Programs with the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), a regional NGO based in Nairobi, which he has now left to join IFI.
Samson and Patricia have a passion for ministry among married couples. They have provided leadership in preparing young people for marriage through structured and regular premarital counselling classes as well as by mentoring newly married couples in their first years of marriage. Samson and Patricia are coming to develop and pioneer family ministries within IFI, serving not only international students and their families in the Columbus areas, but also being a resource to staff in family matters and other areas as well.
Support needs: In order to serve with IFI, Samson and Pat need a team of people to pray, give, and work alongside of them. Will you prayerfully consider being a part of their team?
- For the development of the Wasaos’ ministry among international couples
- For their reintegration as a family back into the USA.
Ways to Give to Samson’s Ministry
- EASY GIVING: Give automatically through your bank account.
- Use your bank’s ONLINE BILL PAY or mail a check to:
International Friendships, Inc.
PO Box 82416
Columbus, OH 43202-0416
Please write “SAMSON WASAO” on the check memo line or in the memo or account field in your online bill payer.
- Credit Card online (see form on this page)