This morning we rushed over to Victory Trading Company for the 7:30am Workplace Bible Study. This is one of 32 workplace Bible studies (30 in Nakuru and 2 in Nairobi) that aim to offer Biblical wisdom and spiritual encouragement for daily living to employees. Both staff and management celebrated the tangible benefits - like increased self-esteem, family and financial management skills, and self-discipline - they receive from attending these 30-minute, once a week gatherings. Through R.O.C.K. Bridge’s Workplace Ministry God is at work.
As an added bonus, all of the 1000 employees involved in R.O.C.K. Bridge’s Workplace Ministry are invited to participate in their Savings and Cooperative Society program. This program invites each participant to save for six months. Then, the employee is invited to take out a loan three times the amount he or she has saved over the past six months. The employee can pay the loan back at a low-interest rate. This allows an employee to buy a motorcycle, a piece of land, a sewing machine, or anything else to help improve her or his earning power and economic standing in life. The intent of the program is to empower the employees to grow and learn good business habits. Think of this as the “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime” philosophy. This program is made possible by a generous gift from a couple at RPC. God is at work.
After a fascinating tour of the Victory furniture showroom, we stopped for a quick visit at the Kiamunyi Presbyterian Church where RPC sponsors a porridge program to feed 100 children every Sunday. As one of the teachers said, “A child must have a full belly before they can hear the gospel.”
Then the team visited the R.O.C.K. Bridge ministry offices in downtown Nakuru. These offices have been donated to the ministry and have been a great blessing to Zablon and his team. In Zablon’s office, against the wall across from his desk hangs a large quilt. This quilt was given to him by RPC when he left Roswell and came back to Kenya. On the back of the quilt are over 200 signatures of people who promised to pray and support him. Zablon told us that when he confronts challenges and doubts, the quilt stands as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and the prayers of so many of his friends. Indeed, even after ten years, God is still at work.
After lunch (where the author claimed that he had eaten the best veggie burger in all of Africa) the team headed back to inventory the gifts and donations that we had brought for our ministry partners. The team divided clothes, shoes, and mattress pads into piles and then transported them over to the 3:16 orphanage and the Tumaini School for distribution by the staff. The team graciously thanks all of those who generously gave to provide much needed resources for these children!
A number of our team used the remaining daylight and headed over to the 3:16 Ministry grounds to play with the children. Our resident child whisperer/dance troupe director, Ellen, gathered the kids to dance. As the music blasted from Ellen’s phone she led them in a pogo dance, a shimmy groove, and the “I Would Walk 500 Miles” chorus. The kids laughed and played like they didn’t have a care in the world. It was a reminder that even when we are playing, God is at work.