Kenya Update – October 2013 – Rauf Okal – Operations Director
1. The Matapato Baptist Association did evangelism involving eleven churches during the first week of September. This saw many people converting and accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. 2170 people gave their lives to Christ. Let us pray that they stand in faith and grow in Christ. Lets also pray for follow up that is going on.
A section of Maasai community attending the Evangelism Meeting
Kenya Update – September 2013 – Rauf Okal – Operations Director
The Maasai Baptist Association has organized a women evangelism week that is currently underway. So far, 20 women have given their lives to Christ and we pray that many more shall do so.
Women Evangelism in Mile Tisa, Kajiado County
The Borehole project at Mile Tisa is finally complete with the Casing phase. The water from this borehole shall ensure the community in Mile Tisa access water without walking for many miles in search of it. Also, the water shall be used for irrigation to ensure food security in the community.
We are however praying for funds to enable completion of Phase two, which includes water pump, tanks and pipes to enable pumping and distribution of the water.
Kenya Update – August 2013 – Rauf Okal – Operations Director
The Amani Self help group in Kinale has been established for one year now. The group entails residents of Kinale village and has been saving for a project to buy chairs, tents and utensils. The chairs, tents and utensils shall be hired to various people with different functions e.g. weddings, community functions, crusades etc.
The community is predominantly farmers of Kales, carrots and potatoes. They also rear sheep, donkeys and dairy cows. The crop farming has had challenges of farmers failing to buy fertilizers due to high costs. They have thus resorted to using manure.
The returns from the Amani Self help group project shall be used to buy manure for the members and re-paid with interest upon harvest. This is a case of holistic transformation of a community, other than social, physical, spiritual, is economical.
Pastor Paul Muchiri who is a member of the group, and is our coordinator in the village is proud that the community can be united to benefit and uplift each other.
We pray that the project keeps growing to reach out to all members of the community.
Kenya Update – July 2013 – Rauf Okal – Operations Director
KATITO, House of Hope
House of Hope Chapel held a training for women in Church with theme being, the role of women in Church. Pastor Paul reports that after the training, the women in Church became active and were involved more in the Church.
The facilitators also touched on the role of women at home, and Pastor Paul reports that he has received feedback that the women who were trained are now more involved even at home.
The women are now more active in fellowships, and expect they will be doing outreach as well.
Kenya Update – June 2013 – Rauf Okal – Operations Director
The Maasai community in Kenya is a traditional community and the Church has been trying very hard to get the men to Church. It has been a challenge over the years to get men to church since they look after animals and go into the bush; the Church has been left for the women and children. This culture has slowly been transforming since Churches are using different models to involve the men, including trainings to Church leaders on Bridges to Oral Cultures.
On May 18th 2013, Baptist Church held a one-day training for men leaders in eight of the Baptist Maasai Churches.
Children in Noosikitok received animals from Unite 4 Africa, Inc. The “animals for orphans project” give the children a sense of ownership and responsibility. The guardians are trained to help them take care of their animals.
We hope the whole project will go a long way to better the lives of these children.
Group picture of kids with the animals
Mrs Rianto (L) posing for a picture with the girl (M) and the guardian
The team from the US: Joyce, Eric, David, Forest, Sherry and Okongo visited Kenya on the 10th Mar. 2013, after visiting Ethiopia. The team visited Noosikitok village, where they participated in the school feeding program. They met the leaders of the village too.
Team received by Moses Rianto’s mum in Mile Tisa
The team also visited Enkokidongoi village, where they met the pastors from the region.
House of Hope organized SOHL Training in House of Hope Katito Chapel. In attendance were 45 youth. The facilitators were Pastor Paul, Pastor Jack and Dr David. The team shared about purity as per God’s commandment and repentance, no to abortion. 7 of the participants came forward for healing.
U4A has provided for mosquito nets in Lumbwa and Enoosampurrmpurr schools in this region. The two schools have dormitories for girls. The mosquito nets provided have reduced tremendously the malaria infection in the last three months since the mosquito nets were issued. The head teacher for Enoosampurrmpurr, Mr. Godfrey, notes that because of the mosquito nets and sanitary towels provided by U4A, the girls’ performance has improved, absenteeism is no more, and they have not had a single case of malaria in the past 3 months. Actually, the school emerged top in the last National exam in Namanga Division!
The head teacher of Noosikitok, Mr Naingola has placed an appeal to U4A and friends to assist with this terms’ School Feeding Program. He says they have a shortage and are anticipating hard times that will subject the students to absenteeism and non- concentration. We are appealing for the support and praying that all goes well with the children in the quest to transform the area through education.
Pastor and Chief Maragua of Mile Tisa organized training with the youth during the December holidays. He managed to be with the youth from 20th – 22nd December at Namanga Pentecostal Church in Mile Tisa. He met a total of 60 young people and shared with them about the Sanctity of human life.
Rev Okongo visited Lositeti on 15th Dec 2012 and met with the leadership council. The council has identified a place to drill a water well that will provide water to the community, human and animals included. Okongo shared that Unite 4 Africa, Inc had acquired part of the funds meant for the water and we still pray for more as the community also endeavors to raise local resources towards the project. Read more
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The Maasai area is being destabilized now with the droughts setting in. This means there is scarcity of water and the people and their animals have to walk long distances looking for water. Lets pray for Lositeti and the rest of the regions for the rains.
The Pastors fellowship organized a peace prayer rally that brought all churches and political leaders together to pray for peace in Maasai land. In attendance were about 3000 Maasais who pledged to live peacefully. This campaign comes since Kenya experienced post election violence that saw the loss of lives, displaced families and destruction of properties.
Enkokidongoi Church received six converts. They joined the church and two of the men re-dedicated their lives to Christ. We pray God will keep them strong and use them to influence more people come and experience Christ
Olmanie Primary School received sanitary pads. The school is far from the main road and one has to go through Tanzania in Namanga. The school head teacher was grateful and hopes the pads will keep the girls in school
Karero Primary School received a water tank from Unite 4 Africa in conjunction with Rotary Club of Rio Rico. The Tank will store water for cooking, drinking and cleaning the school.
The ugly hand of terrorists is still traumatizing Kenyans and this time two churches experienced grenade explosions and gun fires simultaneously killing 17 people and injuring others. Masked assailants raided AIC church and Catholic Church in Garrissa on a Sunday while on the service; they shot the congregation at will and hurled grenades at them. The Government is pledging to protect everyone in the worshipping grounds so that this heinous act is not repeated. We pray for peace and that God can protect his people from attack while in Church
Joyce Odoyo and Caroline Onyango trained girls of between ages 12 – 15 years from Kandaria community. Thirteen girls were in attendance and they tackled:
Development of the body from childhood to adult hood
Abstinence from sex
Abortion in God eyes and its effects on their lives
The team also discussed with the girls the ways that will expose them to sexual behaviors and they need to be wary of e.g. dressing mode, accepting gifts from men, coming home late. They emphasized that sex is for married couples.
The sanitary pads for girls project received a boost with Carol Mchugh from Canada donating 5 boxes to Enoosampurrmpurr Primary School. We are hoping this pads will ensure the girls stay in school and acquire the education the need instead of absconding lessons because of the monthly periods. We are praying for…
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