We began day three visiting the early morning workplace Bible study at the Rift Valley Sports Club, a private club where “Ladies and Gentlemen Serve Ladies and Gentlemen.” Every Monday morning - at this location and many others around the city - members of Zablon’s team lead a voluntary Bible study for the employees of the club. They sing, pray, and then hear a teaching on a passage of scripture. These meetings help contribute to an enhanced workplace environment while also bringing impressive benefits to the employees’ personal lives.
From there, we traveled across town to the plot of land that has recently been purchased by R.O.C.K. Bridge ministries (the name of Zablon’s Ministry). Once the next tranche of funding has been raised, they plan to dig a borehole on the plot of land. The borehole will be used to collect water to be sold from the R.O.C.K. Bridge water truck. This will provide a self-sustaining ministry in the primarily Muslim community. The vision for this ministry is to both quench the physical thirsts of the people living in the neighborhood also also offer the spiritual “living water” of Jesus Christ.
We then made our way over to the Upendo Academy, the same place we worshipped in church yesterday. Upendo Academy currently provides schooling for 227 students. Of those, 111 are sponsored through scholarships. RPC sponsors four students: Purity, Ashley, Ronny, and Enoch. The Upendo school provides critical education to these students to help them make it into state sponsored education. The state schools only become available after a student has been in school for three years. Needless to say, Upendo Academy provides an affordable opportunity for people who would otherwise have very little opportunity. The school has had steady, visionary leadership since its founding ten years ago and looks to have a very bright future.
After a delicious lunch that featured Kenyan roasted chicken, the team headed to the Tumaini Primary School campus. Again, we witnessed the impact RPC’s mission dollars have had over the past ten years. From a water reservoir to solar power panels, from a student scholarship to supporting orphan students, RPC and its members have joined the mission of God in making a big difference in the lives of these young people and their community.
We even had the opportunity to meet the Tumaini school nurse, Joyce, who is a graduate of the Presbyterian Nursing School. RPC gave the lead gift that helped found the nursing school where Joyce received a scholarship that was also given by RPC. Now Joyce is blessing others out of the blessing she has been granted. It’s appropriate that her name begins with “joy”!