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,