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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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