Faces Full of Light

May 30, 2012

Full Gospel Church Kisumu is one of the churches CARE for AIDSis partnering with in the area where I live.  The centre name is Nuru centre, a Kiswahili word meaning “light,” and indeed we have seen light in the clients faces.

After being in operation for 9 months, Nuru centre’s clients graduated from the program.  This is a policy for CARE for AIDS, that a centre should be in operation for 9 months, where clients are transformed and empowered both physically and spiritually, and thereafter graduate as the centre recruits new clients. Nuru centre had the chance to witness this for the first time, and we thank God for the success of the centre operation.

New graduates from the Nuru center

New graduates from the Nuru center

Most of the clients at the start of the centre operation joined the program with deteriorated health, stigma, poor hygiene,  poor nutrition, and poor drug adherence, but we thank God for the mightiness He showed to us. Many lives have been changed – you can see from the picture how jovial the clients were. They have developed many friends from the group, many of them have an improvement on their health, their CD4 count has gone up, a great improvement in personal hygiene, and you can also witness that from the picture, wow! How great is our God.

Phylis Auma

Phylis Auma

Nuru centre had a most improved client, named, Phylis Auma. Phylis was recruited to the centre when her health was alarming. She was a bed ridden client. She was unstable, i.e. could not walk, had no one to look over her, but through the CARE for AIDS program and with the help of the Lord, she improved in her health, and during the eighth month she started making step. From the talk with Phylis, she really appreciates how Nuru centre and the assistance of the centre staff members, Lillian and Dan, has impacted greatly in her life.

After the ninth month program with CARE for AIDS, the clients get an opportunity to own a certificate on graduation day, showing that they have gone through the CARE for AIDS program. These certificates were handed over to them by the Full Gospel Church Pastor, Bishop Joseph Nyamondo, whom together with the wife, has had a compassion for the People Living with AIDS (PLWAS) since even before CARE for AIDS partnered with the Full Gospel Church.

The clients were so grateful for the certificate, since most of them are not educated, and they do not own certificates. This was a great joy to them!

Trees were planted In the church by the clients in commemoration of the Nuru centre program, together with the church committee members. The Kisumu regional co-coordinator, Geofrey Onyango was leading in the tree planting. If you look at the importance of a tree, it is life. The clients have been transformed and empowered, both physically and spiritually, and this is life.

 

Geofrey, in white, helps the graduating clients to plant a celebratory tree

Geofrey, in white, helps the graduating clients to plant a celebratory tree

As the clients live, we request you join us in prayer for Haisha Hassan, who was a muslim, and through the CARE for AIDS program has changed to be a Christian. Haisha is planning to move from where she used to live with her fellow muslims, to a new house in a new place. Haisha is practicing underground Christianity. At this moment, she has not revealed her decision to her family members because in the muslim culture it’s a tabooto change denomination.  As you celebrate and give thanks for all the good things God has done in this centre, please especially continue to pray for boldness in Haisha.

Bwana asifiwe (praise the Lord!).  We are so thankful for this report from Kisumu, a place with great challenges, and for all of you who are making this work possible through your support and prayer.  Please join us in giving thanks for these successes and praying for Dan, Lillian, Bishop Joseph, and everyone else involved with the Nuru center.  If you’d like to leave Cornel a message, please do so in the comments below!