the Bible says in Matthew 9: 35-37, "Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, The harvestis plentiful but the workers are few." There are five community outreach and evangelism principles that Jesus initiated:
<> Jesus went through towns and villages
<> Jesus proclaimed the good news in houses of worship:
<> Jesus healed the sick
<> Jesus had compassion on the people
<> Jesus involved his disciples
It is after these five principles of community outreach that we model our missions.
PROVIDING ACTS OF KINDNESS TO THE NEEDY: A SUMMARY OF WHAT WE DO IN PICTURES
At our December 2016 Youth Empowerment Conference in Lutuni, Kenya, I noticed a crippled young lady in attendance. I later learned that her name was Agnes Musengy’a and that she had never walked since birth. I Immediately sensed the Holy Spirit prompting to acquire a wheelchair for her. I cherish those times when God places such needs before us with the sole aim of using us to demonstrate His tender care. Such was this moment.
Hence, we are delighted to report that, through the generosity of our faithful partners, today, Agnes has a wheelchair and doesn’t have to crawl on the dirt any longer. Emily presented to Agnes and her parents with this wheelchair during the Sunday worship service in Lutuni BCF on February 26, 2017. Also in attendance were our BCF pastors from Lutuni and Kanzoka and a host of other witnesses. Praise be to God for His faithfulness.
What we saw through our eyes of faith barely two years ago has become a reality. Our water well is now solar powered, thanks to our caring CBN family and its faithful partners. The cost of operating this well has been substantially reduced as a result of this new source of power. Now we can expand services to more families while improving on other agricultural projects like our drip irrigation system. In addition, the presence of the water project has created numerous opportunities for employment and open doors to win new souls to Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!
On February 24th, a dedication ceremony for the solar power system was held at Lutuni village. Emily was present as well as CBN representatives from the USA and CBN local staff in Kenya. On that cloudless afternoon, the presence of God graced this occasion as prayers of praise and thanksgiving to God reverberated to the heavens. We are sincerely thankful to our CBN family and its partners for funding this project. Great is your reward here on earth as well as in heaven.
In early 2017 the Lord placed a burden in our hearts to complete constructing a house for Koka, a widow in eastern Kenya. Koka is in her late 70's and walks seven miles every Sunday to attend church at Lutuni BCF. When Emily visited her in late February 2017 the Lord placed it on her heart to bless her. We both prayed about it and knew that was exactly what God wanted us to do.
In September 2017 the project was completed and the house dedicated to God. There was joy and jubilation in the community as the love of Christ was publicly demonstrated. We later partnered with our relatives to install solar power in Koka house. Now she can charge her cell phone at the comfort of her new home. We couldn't do this without the help of our partners. Thank you all for giving to the Lord.
COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS
Borehole drilling in progress. The process lasted a whole day. After 12 hours of drilling water gushes out. The well is 140 meters deep. The miracle of water is witnessed live for the first time in the history of our village.
Moore about the Water Project.
Our resolve to get this project done began in 1998. Completely oblivious of God's plans and schedule we were simply moved by the suffering our people had endured for years. Emily and I began to pray and plan. In a period of fourteen years we endured numerous disappointments and false promises. However, all these turned out to be blessings in disguise as one day in 2011, God performed a miracle that has since transformed the image of our village. Thanks to Janet Baker of Widows Mite Experience and Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) our people now have clean and affordable water all year-round.
The dedication of the project was an event full of jubilation. Multitudes gathered from near and distant communities to celebrate God's demonstration of love. The people knew that their burden of fetching for water had been lifted. God had smiled upon their faces and now they could invest their time on improving their livelihood.
IMAGINE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Its Mission: To provide quality education to needy children in Kenya using a curriculum that ensures continuation and advancement of foundational Christian faith and values.
Imagine Christian Academy will be located in Lutuni village: 14 miles west of Mwingi town, 138 miles east of Nairobi, and approximately 650 miles west of Kenya-Somali border. It will provide full boarding amenities for 4th to 8th grade students. A medical clinic will be built onsite to take care of basic medical needs of students and select medical needs of local residents. This location provides the academy with sufficient space to grow. Students will have a quiet and safe haven that allows them to focus on their studies away from commotion typical of major cities. The building project will provide jobs to local residents and help stimulate the impoverished economies of Lutuni village and neighboring villages.
HELPING THE NEEDY
We are supporting numerous students through tuition assistance.