Kenya Updates – June 2012
- SOHL TRAINING – KANDARIA
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.
They referred to biblical teachings from 1 Cor 6:12-13,18-20
The team had a whole afternoon session with the young girls and made some observations i.e.
– Girls copy their mother’s way of dressing and living
– Girls are sent to lend from shops when the family has no money, this exposes them to men with ill intentions
From the findings the team is organizing for the next meeting to include even the mothers
Figure 1: Joyce sharing with the girls
Figure 2: Girls attentive as Joyce talks to them
Karero community in Maasai has a young school called Karero with 90 children. The kids have a single class and others are still learning under the trees.
U4A received funds from Carol in Canada and donated textbooks to this School.
We hope this will go a long way in transforming this community as we pray for more partners to join in developing the school.
Figure 3: Rev Moses Rianto, U4A Missions Director,
Kenya donating the textbooks
U4A with their partners donated the Pencils, Pens, Blackboard chalks, erasers and sharpeners to children in Akado Primary School.
We presented the gift to the school and what a joy that received us. As the Free Primary School supplies have been delayed by the Government of Kenya this went a head to fill the gap.
The School Principal, Madam Lilian was grateful and said, “May God bless U4A and their partners”
Figure 4: Teachers posing for a photo as they
hold some of the boxes of chalk donated
Figure 5: Children carrying pens and pencils donated by U4A
Figure 6: Children carrying pens and pencils donated by U4A
Kenya has been threatened recently by grenade attacks in Churches, shops and many more places. Intelligence has shown that there are more attacks yet to happen in public places. This has been associated with the Kenya forces in Somalia trying to get rid of Al Shabaab that has been a threat to Kenya over the years. Most recent are the grenade explosions in Wajir town in Kenya, and an explosion in a building in Nairobi; investigations are still on to determine the cause.
Lets pray for Kenya so that peace can prevail upon its people.
Rauf Okal, the U4A Business and Operations Director, Kenya had the opportunity to meet and share with 80 young leaders from Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania under the umbrella, Africa Youth Leaders Forum. The 3-day conference was held in Nairobi and the theme was on “Leading with Power, Purpose and Passion. It was an opportunity to share about embracing Jesus model of leadership. The young leaders were so enthusiastic and overwhelmed with the learning experience and pledged to embrace transformational leadership.
Figure 7: Rauf of U4A facilitating one of the group sessions
Figure 8: A representative of the Democratic Republic of Congo
singing out their National Anthem
Pastor John Okello of Butere RGC Church had Bridges 1 training in Marenyo. He trained 8 people and the training went on for 2 days between 12th May – 14th May 2012. He anticipates that the team will do a great job in reaching out to people for Christ.
Pastor John started a home church, which has grown tremendously to 86 members in Ebushibungo. He looks forward to having a Church planted in July 2012. We pray for the church that it grows and becomes a Home for the people of Ebushibungo.
The Mamboleo Church trained a group of 35 people in Church Planting and outreach. The team was clustered in 5 groups of 7 people each. The team was commissioned in May 2012 to do outreach and they do reporting every week. The team leader Pastor Paul Ochieng reports that the team has done a great job and so far they have reached 150 people. 60 people have given their lives to Christ and 12 are attending the Mamboleo Church. They are focusing on Discipling once a week. Lets offer our prayers to the team that has rolled out this worthy cause to see The Kingdom of God grow.
Floods in this region have affected the residents and they have been forced to relocate to higher grounds. Many people are in need of food; diseases have been on the rise as properties have also been damaged. Pastor Wagura also reports that despite the challenges, he has been visiting the Orma villages and meeting the youth. He is focusing on the issues affecting them especially the chewing of miraa (khat). This drug is associated with making people lazy and so Pastor Wagura is using Biblical approach to change the young people. He believes one day this act will change.
- Pray for Pastor Michael Auka and his wife Jecinta from Wichlum whose 3 and a half-year-old daughter, Joy was raped and killed. The burial is set for 9th May 2012
- Pray for Pastor Paul Ochola of Katito, his expectant wife is admitted at the hospital with complications.
- Pray for peace in Somalia
- Pray for God’s protection to the Kenyan people from attack by grenades and bombs by extremists