Mission Outreach Blog

Kenya Day 2 - Being Church

On our second day in Kenya, the team looked forward to venturing out and finally interacting with the people of Nakuru.

 Here are the cottages where we are staying at in Nakuru. (Photo cred: Annie)

Here are the cottages where we are staying at in Nakuru. (Photo cred: Annie)

In the morning, we worshipped at Nakuru Upendo Parish. “Upendo” means love. It’s name clearly states the church’s goal to share the love of Christ. The church was established ten years ago after violent skirmishes between tribes in the parish, which is one of the poorer areas in Nakuru. Now, the church is a reminder of how different people can be united in Christ and live together in peace.

And oh how they are united in Christ! For over three hours we worshipped through dancing and singing, praying and raising hands, preaching and more praying. One of the most powerful moments came as we celebrated holy communion with the community and then brought our offerings forward to support Upendo’s ministry.

 Rev. Jeff preaching with his translator, the evangelist Anthony. 

Rev. Jeff preaching with his translator, the evangelist Anthony. 

The Upendo family showed us great hospitality by inviting Bill to offer a prayer of blessing over the children, Annie helped lead the singing, and Rev. Jeff preached the sermon. The entire team enjoyed getting to offer hugs to the kids and their parents and extend the love of Christ (we will be returning tomorrow to see the school that RPC helps support).

 Bill praying (in English).

Bill praying (in English).

After a jam-packed morning at church, we headed to lunch with some brief shopping before touring a piece of land that has been given to R.O.C.K. Bridge ministries that they hope to develop into a self-sustaining ministry in the coming years.

 Zablon showing R.O.C.K. Bridge’s new property that overlooks Lake Nakuru.  

Zablon showing R.O.C.K. Bridge’s new property that overlooks Lake Nakuru.