Kenya Updates – May 2023
LESAILON TUMANKA’S BLESSED INDEED THROUGH U4A ORPHAN GOAT PROJECT.
In September last year, some of U4A Kenya leaders led by the President Dr. Okongo, visited Kilalash community and supported a number of orphans with goats. Kilalash is a community that has not been reached by the gospel for so many years. When our team visited, they shared the gospel and planted a church.
Tumanka Lesailon is 13 years old and is one of the orphans who received a goat and few months later, it gave birth to two female kids. When Pastor Titus, U4A Kenya Outreach Director recently visited the Guardian’s home, he learned that some of the goat’s milk was being sold to help with Tumanka’s sustenance. Tumanka also sold one of the kids to help clear his primary school’s tuition fee arrears. We trust that as Tumanka continues caring for his goats, many more kids are born and this gift from U4A will be a great source of livelihood for him.
Written by Pastor Titus Musenya
Tumanka with his goat and the two kids
Pastor Titus with Tumanka at his home
Tumanka at the entrance of their house.
WOMEN CONFERENCE AT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH.
Zion Baptist Church hosted over 400 women for a four-day conference. The U4A teaching team led by Rev. Shyla Samson charged the women to fulfill their ministry by living out and sharing their faith, beginning from their homes. God’s word prevailed powerfully among the women as He presented to them deeper understanding and opportunity to confess, forgive and receive His healing. We had a session near the end where the men came in and sang over the women and made a prayer of confession on behalf of ‘all’ men and asked for the women’s forgiveness. It was so powerful and had many women weeping. Even some of the local Maasai men were crying as this confession was made. This was truly a move of God’s healing power as forgiveness was corporately given and embraced. Culturally, this was a ground breaker for men to apologize and seek forgiveness from women because it is considered weakness to do so. We trust God to complete the good work He has begun.
Maria, one of the ladies who attended had this to say through a note to the U4A teaching team: “I’m very thankful for the time and money spent on your travel just because of us. I’m personally happy and have learned a lot from you. Even though I’ve been through much together with my children, I’ve received hope through the teaching. I’ve forgiven all those who have wronged me because today I have learned that I’m not the only one that has been wronged. I’m holding fast to the teaching you have given us.”
Written Josephine Ruguru, Unite 4 Africa Leader
The women listening keenly
The training team (Shyla Samson, Jody Mayhew & Josephine Ruguru) were gifted with dressed by the Maasai women
Men singing over the women and giving their heartfelt corporate Confession.
From Living in the Streets to Becoming a Devoted Disciple Maker.
Elijah was the first person to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior during our U4A outreach last November at Murang’a town. He responded to the altar call and received Christ while living in the streets and doing drugs. Jesus Christ received him as He says that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Elijah had been in the streets of Murang’a town for four years, driven there by addictions to drugs.
Thankfully, after this monumental decision, Elijah was taken in by one of the pastors who has a prayer center in our locality and now lives with and disciples him. Elijah is growing as a bold witness of Christ. In fact, he is currently discipling Kevin, another young man who was also lost in drugs and surrendered his life to Christ. Kevin found Elijah at the center and now he is teaching him what he has learned. His testimony is living proof that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings freedom and can change whosoever comes to Him.
Elijah is joyful and excited about his faith in Christ and not ashamed to share His love with others, especially those addicted to drugs. He is full of life and hopes to keep sharing the gospel even as he anticipates starting a business to help him gain financial autonomy. Our prayer is that he will stand steadfast in faith and that even when tempted, he will not go back to the former life. We also pray that he will grow in the knowledge of God and in fellowship with others believers knowing that he belongs to the household of faith.
Written Josephine Ruguru, Unite 4 Africa leader
Elijah on the left, Kevin on the left while Dr. Okongo is sharing their story.
Dr. Okongo encouraging and praying with Elijah and Kevin.
-Pray for the new converts recently discipled and baptized at Ololepo community and Murang’a.
-Let us pray for people, like Elijah, to be freed from drug abuse and restored into God’s image and that many more will be reached to become disciples of Christ.
– Thank God for the successful women conference.
– Thank God for new church construction.
– Pray for new Church Plants in new communities.