LIVING THE LIFE IN KENYA
On the 17th June Ps. John and Alfonso flew to Kenya and drove for two and half days to a Muslim dominated town called Moyale right on the border of Ethiopia. One of the biggest needs in Africa is to give Biblical training to Pastors and missionaries and the discipling of new believers. In addressing this need, they strategically planted 13 Live Schools in very isolated areas of Northern Kenya. A number of Ethiopian pastors crossed the border to attend the training and they took three of the units to start the first Live Schools in Ethiopia. The ultimate goal is to reach the unreached people among these Muslim people groups and plant churches where there is none.
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On return to Nairobi John did a seminar on Biblical worldview to Masai Pastors and Alfonso trained more facilitators to start 2 Live Schools that will focus on training the pastors of two districts.
THE NEXT LEG
After months of preparation and backed up with a prayer-team of committed Harvesters to pray for them, eight Harvesters left PE on the 27th of June on an outreach to the Masai tribe in southwest of Kenya.
The team went to partner with a Masai Church situated in a rural village in the Great Rift Valley. Every evening the testimonies were shared of the incredible gift of hospitality the Masai people showed the team and how hungry they are for knowledge. Every day a goat was slaughtered that was donated by a church member and cooked outside the church where most of the activities took place.
Our goal was to train and equip the church by using Harvest’s programs and the team’s skills and spiritual gifts.
Months of preparation and planning bared fruit as each team member played a part and helped in the following areas:
PRE-SCHOOL TRAINING BY ISIVUNO
These five days of pre-school training and equipping was not only to the Masai nursery school teachers, but missionary teachers from all corners of Kenya. As the received their completion certificates one testimony after was given of not only how they are equipped to be better teachers, but how they are going to serve God through their schools.
FARMING GOD’S WAY TRAINING
The three days of Farming God’s Way training was received with open arms. Traditionally the Masai only heard cattle but with their tribal land shrinking, a growing number of Masai is relying on agriculture. ( pray a testimony of one Masai lady)
While the FGW training went other team members planted poles and fenced the area next to the church where we started a Well-watered garden. We hope and pray that this garden will be a bill board to the church and community, drawing many people to be taught by the trained Masai farmers
Primary school Maths-Teachers and High school math Teachers were gathered on different days to be trained in how to teach maths better. At the end of each teaching the teachers asked to please return soon for more such equipping and empowering time.
Reaching out to such a rural community many of the aspects we take for granted are lacking completely. We did five days of eye testing and screening, at the local schools and in the church. Many pupils were referred to Ngong Town for more testing and where they can have glasses made for them.
WATER AND WASHING
Hygiene in rural areas is always a concern. The team built tippy taps and taught the importance of washing hands at different locations.
Over the 9 days many ministry opportunities arose and once again the team stepped up and was willing to be God’s hands and feet. Some preached on the Sunday, some prophesied, washed feet, prayed for the sick and shared testimonies of God in their life . As a result we saw miracles of healing, tears of joy and by the Grace of God people getting saved.
We all praise God for enabling us to share these testimonies that He made possible.
On the 5th of July the Wessels family drove to Garissa in North East Kenya to visit many missionaries there and to follow up on the work started…
They stood amazed by the zeal and passion the missionaries had to extend God’s Kingdom and how they were stronger after and in the midst of persecution.
“Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Cor 4:9
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