April 23, 2013
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit our newest center in Kisumu. It is the first one in the slum of Manyatta, one of the largest slums in Kisumu. I was so impressed by the two staff members that were selected to lead this project. Their names are Beatrice and Timon. The church is currently meeting under a tent as they construct their first building. We were only there for about an hour, and in that time, about 10 potential clients stopped by the church to enlist in the new CARE for AIDS program. It is amazing to see how word has already gotten out about how this local church is embracing those living with HIV. As I looked back over the enrollment list, I was amazed to see that most of the clients were members of local cults where the truth of the Gospel has been corrupted. I thank God that before too long, these men and women will hear what it truly means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Please pray for Beatrice and Timon as they prepare to launch the program with the first 80 clients in the next couple weeks.
I was moved by the passion and the vision of the senior pastor of this church, Reverend Joshua. He is truly a light in a very dark place. Below is a short 3-minute video where he describes the challenges they face in this community and his vision for bringing life into that place.
“I felt like God was calling me to work in the slums of Kisumu and leave the bigger church.”
“This property was a bushy place where people were being killed and dumped along the roadside. When I came, I said, ‘There will be no more death and there will be life coming out of this place.'”
“This community has more cultic churches. Very few churches here share the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“We shall share the whole Gospel! The holistic Gospel. Dealing with their emotions, spiritual life, and health. Looking on how they can live and develop their skills for life.”
The church tent and the new building construction
A line of potential clients waiting to speak with the counselors
Beatrice and Timon, the newest members of the CARE for AIDS team