Mission ONE Partner in Kenya shares the hope and love of Christ with families in need
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” —Romans 8:28
As each day brings more anxiety over the current state of global and local events, it’s important to take a much-needed break from our screens and reflect on the blessings God has made possible.
Our partner in Northern Kenya recently shared that they are seeing the Lord at work even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While treating patients in their medical facilities, the staff found they were still able to continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ by practicing social distancing, sanitizing, checking temperatures, wearing face masks, and through hand-washing.
As the pandemic has stretched on, they have even found new ways to interact with patients virtually through digital platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
However, our partners work began long before the pandemic. For 20 years, our partner has been working to transform communities and their churches in northern Kenya, South Sudan, and eastern Uganda. They reach community members through activities in evangelism, education, health, clean water, and agriculture.
“During early development of the ministry, we found that education was one of the most urgent needs to enable young children to remember, think, and communicate,” said Willy Komen, Mission ONE Partner. “We have to find ways of presenting the call of Christ and nurturing [their] interest into a desire to follow God by opening schools.”
So far, Christian teachers have been able to share about God’s word in schools and through one-on-one meetings with parents.
“We have witnessed that Christians who have gone to school have more confidence in their faith in Christ because they are able to read the Bible themselves.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the landscape of educating children, but our partners are responding to the challenge by creating extra classes and observing social distancing measures in the classroom.
This is just one of many blessings our partner has seen in their work.
The more training and discipling the community members receive, the more empowered they are becoming in changing their behaviors at home.
As Christians, they are now praying to and depending on God — especially during hard times. They are sending their children to school. They are going to the hospital for treatment and medicine. The men are no longer idle, as they are now motivated to earn income to support their families. Communities are engaged in environmental conservation activities.
Hope has been renewed.
Willy shares, “My hope is built on nothing less than the unshaken foundation of my faith in Christ Jesus. We believe God is going to bless the growth [of these activities] as we continue doing it the way He wants. Communities will have access to health services, children will get an education, and poverty will be eradicated.”
Although no one can predict when this pandemic or its devastating economic impact will end, people around the globe have discovered hope as the Lord has continued to show up in their time of need.
At Mission ONE, we are seeing a world transformed thanks to the faithful and committed support of our partners and friends like you. Learn how you can help us continue bringing the love of Christ into the lives of others today.