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2014-05-12 16.47.01
John Maganjo Waithira-Serving at A.C.K. WASO PARISH-ISIOLO.

                   A.C.K WASO PARISH

REPORT FOR THE MONTHS  OF MAY & JUNE  2014

I and my family reported at A.C.K Waso parish on 1st May 2014.We were warmly welcomed by the Ven. Abraham,Rev.Peter Ekai and elders of ACK ST.PETERS WASO.The elders rented a single room for us which they pay rent every month.Also the church has been very supportive and friendly  to us.

The parish has three congregations namely Waso, kambi ya juu and antipoaching and so far we have visited all of them together with the evangelists in the parish.

Successes so far;

(a)Pastoral visits-The evangelists together with I came up with a very nice way of visiting the community,we do a joint visitation where we all as a group visit each local church community every other week, so far we have atleast visited every congregation and this has gone a long way to help us interact more closely with our members. Through this we have managed to reach out to our members and the community at large and this has given a personal touch with our congregants and even some who had moved from our churches have begun to come back and we thank God.

We have managed to set up a database/record for all our members and setting up better strategies of knowing all our members for a better pastoral follow up.

The motorbike in the parish has been of great help to us in reaching out to God’s people.

(b)Fellowship and Sunday services-Its from a strong fellowship that we get a strong church.By God’s grace we now have a very lively fellowship at Waso and at Kambi ya juu and we are praying that even in the other churches,the fellowship of believers will pick and grow in the word of God.Also the Sunday services have become more lively and appealing;by calling and involving members with different gifting to participate in the Sunday services.Also services now begins at 10am and many are becoming good time managers.

In coordination with Rev. Ekai and Ven.Abraham,the parish has received several news members,we have done four churching services and fourteen baptisms so far.we look forward to having fifteen  candidates being confirmed when the  Bishop will be visiting our parish in August.

(c)Departments-Apart from the M.U,its like other departments were not existing in the parish. We begun by letting every member belong somewhere The mothers union though not as active are trying ;in coordination with Rev.Alice (diocesan mothers union coordinator)we held one parish mothers seminar on 7/6/2014 and fourteen mothers attended.

Also we now have a very active men fellowship at Waso,children now have three teachers at Waso, also we have an active choir.The only department that seem to take abit longer to pick,are the youths but we pray God that these too will pick soon especially with the introduction of a morning service 8am-9.45am that target the youths.

(d)Parish debts and Quota-The parish had a diocesan debt ksh.450,000 thousands which has been paid back fully.Also we have managed to pay our quota allocation well,so far the parish has managed to over ksh.70,000 on our quota allocation which was ksh.100,000 and we have faith that the balance will be cleared soon.

(e)Church developments-The church has been having atleast three major projects; 1.acquiring land for the construction of a vicarage. 2.Fencing the church plots 3.Constructing a dyke to divert rain water that flooded last season and almost destroyed the church.The 1st one has happened and we are in the process of acquiring the related documents.The 2nd and 3rd are to be determined by how fast we get a beacon certificate after a survey on our plots which the church council has written to the county government of isiolo to execute beginning with A.c.k Waso plot.

On the same,we have given our idea and  humble request  to the diocese to be allowed to form a parish development committee (p.d.c) which will be spearheading all development strategies in the parish.This will go a long way to  bringing a balance and priority to the development agendas in the parish.We plan to draw the members of this committee from all the local churches that constitute the parish using the formulae of 2:2:2+1 ex-officio(two members from every local church and the captain/vicar who will b an ex officio).

 

CHALLENGES SO FAR;

(a)Very busy members– Apart from Sunday worship services,it has been a challenge to get members participating in the weekly activities like fellowships,choir practice,biblestudy,seminars  or midweek prayers.this is changing slowly and we thank God that amidst their busy schedules they are now availing themselves and like at Waso we have –choir practice on Wed evening –keyboard lessons on Tue and Wed evenings –fellowship for all on Friday evening.Also we thank God that now services begins on time and where there are delays the evangelists and I we are working towards rectifying that.

We pray God to help us embark on teachings so that members can be deeply rooted in the word of God and become faithful disciples of the lord Jesus.

(2) Commuting-At first it was so hard to move from one village to another, one church to the other,but we thank God that we have a motorbike that we are using though there are some places that are unreachable with it due to the rough terrain but the lord has strengthened us and provided ways of reaching them.

(c) language-most of our members especially in two of our churches are not conversant with Swahili or English;at first i found it hard to communicate with them but God has always made a way and by His grace we are learning,kimeru & kiturkana which is much dorminant in most areas we are serving.

(d) poor communication on all levels- we pray that atleast communication either way(top-bottom or bottom –top)will improve.

Recommendations and conclusion

I Sincerely thank you for giving us a chance to serve at Marsabit Diocese,Waso parish,it is a learning experience to us. Thanks and be blessed,

 

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Turkana

Missionary to the Turkana

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Mission Report- 2014 

Based in Lodwar Rev. Capt.  Ekadeli, in the month of January(15th-19th), carried out outreach missions to Kakuma refugee Camp.  Besides ministering to the community of refugees living there, he also carried out training for the Anglican church leaders from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. He says: “The mission was to encourage the leaders of the new growing Church and train them to be responsible leaders who can be ‘own Donors’”.   Within the same Camp, but in the area of Gambela village (mostly populated by the arrival of new refugees), Capt. Ekadeli  carried out a fundraising exercise for the construction of the wall of the church and the buying of the iron sheet;  with the intent to stop  the impact of the strong wind that is notorious in disrupting the worship and fellowships.

Far deep interior  of Turkana County, in a place called Riokomor; Capt. Ekadeli accompanied by his wife and  were compelled by the Holy Spirit, they travelled a distance of 260 Km. for the purpose of starting a congregation there.  Please pray for this new born church, especially for the Lord to raise leaders who will be in charge of the new congregation.

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2009 to 2011 Publication

Kibera

Church Planting in the Village of 42

Godfrey Abidha -KiberaCapt. Geodfrey Abidha was commissioned as a Church Army Officer in 2010 with a special calling to Urban Ministry. As an evangelist he has been led to serve in pioneering Anglican churches in the heart of Africa’s largest slum, Kibera. Abidha has a special heart for the youth and has helped to found a network for Anglican youth in Kibera. At the beginning of 2012, he coordinated the planting of A.C.K St. John’s Church in the village of 42, Kibera. The church has over 50 active members and is working to bring hope and help to the community.

ST JOHN ACK CHURCH KIBERA

REPORT FOR THE PERIOD APRIL TO AUGUST 2014

REPORT BY: CAPT GODFREY ABIDHA

FOCUS GROUPS

MEN WOMEN YOUTH CHILDREN WIDOWS
15 24 32 42 17

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW

THEME: Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them {Isaiah4:10}

The main focus for the church has been an earnest desire for growth and sustainable development. The growth encompasses numerical increase, spiritual maturity and social transformation.ST John church, being within Kibera slum, requires Wholistic ministry that will address spiritual and economic needs of the people. The bible clearly states that Jesus grew in wisdom, in statue and in favor of both God and man. The model of Jesus life has been our motivation and by Gods grace, we have witnessed many souls being won for Christ.

Currently, the church is hosted on a rental premises in an area called kianda 42, one of villages comprising kibera slum. The monthly rent is ksh 3000 per month but this may increase depending on the number of meetings held within the month. Rent has been a major challenge and we therefore purposed to buy the plot within the year. Two successful fundraising has been held and a total of ksh 240,000 was raised. A major fundraising is scheduled on 5th oct this year.

Achievements during the period,

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

      2. YOUTH RABBIT PROJECT

As earlier observed, Kibera youth are the most vulnerable, majority of them have not had the benefit of formal education and even those who have are unable to translate this experience into productive life. There is generally no gainful employment and as some of them resort to crime, others have settled into a life of purposelessness.

Our young people, though not well trained, are enthusiastic and ready to do what is required of them. Their willingness and promptness to work towards improving their standard of life led to starting the rabbit keeping project. Through generous contribution from all saints’ Cathedral church, the structure was wonderfully constructed and four rabbits bought to initiate the project. The project is therefore on course and was officially opened by the vicar Rev James kimari on 26th July. Two rabbits have since given birth.

The projects expected output is  improved standard of life among the youth.

Rabbit project being officially opened in the presence of the vicar,the youth and some church elders.

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3.CHILDREN MINISTRY

By Gods grace, children are the majority in the church. Most of these children are either orphans or from single parents. Lack of dedicated teacher has been a major challenge but this is being addressed as two volunteers have come up to assist.

To reach out to children, I have been involved in school ministry to the neighboring Ayany primary  and st Cecilia academy. Through this outreach two kids clubs have been formed that meets every 3rd Saturday of every month. I’m also mentoring a team of 4 teachers to help  run the clubs.

  Kids club in one of the schools

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3. Widows programme.

Within the church, there are about 17 widows and single mothers. These are the people who are solely entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of their children. As a result of this, some of them go through very difficult time. In an effort to chart out their next course of action, they meet monthly for fellowship and save jointly. Their efforts are bearing fruit as three of them have already started businesses.

The ongoing programmes;

1. Women revolving fund group.

The revolving fund group run by the women entrepreneurship group is progressing very well. Currently, they have managed to raise ksh 70,000 which they are using to loan themselves. The program me has resulted in improved livelihood and in fact some of them can fed for their families with ease. All of them are currently involved in small scale businesses. They can now fend for their families with ease.               We thank God for the progress

Upcoming events

  1. Mission and outreach ministry 4th to 7th sept 2014
  2.  Major fundraising towards church plot on5th oct 2014

Challenges

1. The church space still poses a major challenge. Our mid week meetings cannot go on smoothly due to lack of space. We are trusting God for our own place of meeting.

Prayer points

1. Thank God for church growth.

2. Pray for our projects of Church construction. Trust God with us for the required finances and for favor as we speak with the plot owners.

3. Pray for the youth, women and widows programmers’ for sustainability among others.

.4. Thank God for the support received so far from well wishers such us all saints cathedral church and the UK team

5. Thank God for peace within the country and specifically in Kibera.

 

 

Missionary to Kisumu Ndogo -Capt. Moses Msumba

 

MusumbaThe church exists by mission as fire exits by burning Kisumu Ndogo covers an area of only 800 square meters and yet has a population of 50,000 residents. Mud-thatched housing, poor sanitation, illicit breweries and crime characterized the region. Capt. Moses Msumba spends his day visiting and praying with young people in the Nairobi village. A former footballer, Msumba has organized football matches, picnics, retreats, workshops, and estate fellowships for youth in the area. His training at Carlile college and his urban mission experience in Kibera have been instrumental in his development as an evangelist earlier this year, Capt. Msumba coordinated the launch of a new church in Kisumu Ndogo. He is eager to continue discipling and empowering the congregation through soundly biblical and practical teaching.

As Kenya prepares for election during 2012, Kisumu Ndogo is a critical area. A major scene of ethnic violence in the past, Capt. Msumba has been equipping youth on peace-building and social responsibility and transformation.

 

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