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.
Figure 1: House of Hope women attending a Church training
Figure 2: Women Training at House of Hope Chapel
House of Hope Katito also managed to reach out to the widows and orphans with relief food. The area experienced crop failure and so currently there is food shortage. We hope there will be more support to this group of people as we pray for God to favor the region with rain and bounty harvests.
Figure 3: Widows carry food received from House of Hope Katito
Pastor Paul has done a wonderful job continuing to visit evangelize and bless many members of Katito area and beyond and has new converts since House of Hope chapel inception in October 2012
The Church has plans to build the pastor a place to stay within the compound. The leadership is still in need of materials and supplies towards the construction of Pastors House and the Dining Hall for the orphans.
Figure 4: Pastor Paul ministering to the Church in House of Hope, Katito
Pastor Muchiri of Kinale has started a church in Kageraini. The church is going on well with 5 adults and many children. The small church groups in Kinale are also meeting every week and managed to get one person saved in June.
Pastor Muchiri has challenges visiting different churches because of the distances covered. He prays for a Motor Bike that will enable him traverse the communities easily as he reaches out with God’s word. The Church in Kinale too has grown and they planning to build a 60-iron sheet size Church. They are mobilizing resources to enable them expand the Church.
Figure 5: A view of Kinale Church at present
Figure 6: Pastor Paul infront of the Church
Pastor Michael who has been serving in this community has been relocated to Osieko. The pastor in Charge is Pastor Dennis Onyango.
Wichlum is a community by the lake and has many challenges, from immorality to diseases, death, poverty is rife in this place and there are orphans. Pastor Michael who is now in Osieko, which has same experiences as Wichlum. Lets pray for the two pastors as they start ministry in this two new areas to reach out to the community and equally cause transformation.
Paastor Michael already notes that there are many small churches in Osieko, and prays that they be united in Christ and that some of the Churches to see the light. They still bend towards the traditional beliefs.
The Country is currently experiencing reduced learning since the teachers are on strike demanding better pay and unpaid allowances dating back to 1997. This has affected leaning in schools and children are forced to remain home. Also, insecurity has been experienced in Northern part of the country with some grenade explosions and clan fights that has resulted to loss of lives and property.
Unite 4 Africa, Inc joins hands with other Kenyans in praying for a consensus between the Government and the teachers to enable learning to resume in schools, also for peace to prevail in the Nation.
Unite 4 Africa, Inc is empowering orphans with cows, goats, sheep and chicken.
The project is ongoing in Kenya and we monitor to see how the animal project is fairing. In Noosikitok community, we identified 55 orphans in 2011. All the children have received the animals and we have been monitoring their change. The children are so passionate about the animals that they take care of them; they ensure they look for water and grass for them. Out of the 55 goats and sheep given so far, only one passed on but after giving birth, so the sibling is growing. All the others have given birth and still going on.
We still have other communities in Katito, Kano, Kinale, Wichlum among others that we intend to further the “animals for orphans project”
We thank all the friends who have supported this project so far, may God Bless you abundantly for reaching out to the least.
Figure 7: Mutatin
Figure 8: Kutatu with his goats
Figure 9: Rev Rianto, Rev Okongo and Kutatu when he received the goat in 2011
Rev. Moses Rianto, the Vice President of Unite 4 Africa, Inc, attended the 2nd Preaching Conference for East Africa Male Pastors held between 24th – 28th June 2013. The conference took place in Eldoret. The theme being “With Reverence and Awe ” (Christ Centered Worship).
The Topics covered include:
1. Exposition of Hebrew Chapter 4,7,10,12
2. A portrait of Jesus Christ-Centered Worship
3. The importance of the Word of God in Worship
4. “in Spirit and Truth” Exposition of John 4:24
5. The importance of prayer in Worship
6. Does God really care how we Worship?
7. Exposition of Leviticus 10:1-20
8. The essentials of Christ centered Worship
9. Worship and the cults in the African context
10. Worship through the Ages ( a survey of worship in Church history)
The conference was organized by Joy to the world ministry.
The Conference speakers were:
Rev. Dr. Julius Twongyeirwe – Proclamation Task, Uganda
Rev. Gary Zekwel – Church minister with the reformed Church in New Westminster, BritiColombia, Canada
Rev. Fletcher Matandika – president Joy to the World International Ministries
Rev. George Macaskill – Retired Minister (Associated Presbyterian Churches (Stornoway, Scotland)
The conference was good and a refresher on preaching and Worship. It targeted the East Africa male pastors mainly on the content of what goes into what we preach.
Many pastors deviate from the Bible and preach and teach their own things. This conference was to try help pastors read and know how to analyze the bible and share the word.
This conference will be an annual event for East Africa pastors, so the next will in Kigali Rwanda, June 2014.
Unite 4 Africa, Inc is very grateful to Eric Stephen for giving an opportunity to Rev Moses Rianto to attend this conference. May the Lord bless you.
The Africa Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF) organized a 4-day retreat in Limuru, Brackenhurst. The young leaders from different universities in East Africa met at the place so as to build relations and sharpen their leadership skills.
Rauf Okal, the Business and Operations Director for Unite 4 Africa, Inc in Kenya participated in the retreat that culminated into the National prayer breakfast.
The Country leadership: The President and his Deputy, the National assembly, Governors, Senators and other distinguished guests gathered on the 20th June 2013 to pray for Kenya at Safari Park.
AYLF organizes retreats every year for student leaders in East Africa, the retreat is meant to teach the leaders on the values of transformational leadership.
Figure 10: Tim of Cornerstone Development, Uganda sharing with the young leaders at Branckenhurst, Limuru