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Stories from Kenya - Limuru

 

An hour north of Nairobi sits Limuru, a small town nestled among lush green tea fields where most of the people walk daily to work or catch a ride on one of the many matutus, the small buses that carry people to and from the town.

Amid the shops and local stores in the town is a shoe factory that belongs to an international shoe company. Some of the locals find employment here, but many run small shops, sell items street-side, or search daily for jobs to earn some kind of wage.

Just outside of the town, at the top of a hillside scattered with small buildings and garbage, are the Misiri slums. Misiri, in Swahili, means 'Egypt', and the inhabitants will tell you that they feel much like the Israelites in a land of labor and turmoil. 

This is the place and the people, that in 2014, moved our hearts to action.

Pastor Linus and his wife, Liz

Linus has obeyed the call of Christ on his life and moved his family near the slums of Misiri so that he may shine the light of Christ and do the hard work pushing back the darkness that exists in this area. He wears many hats: husband, father, friend, pastor, director, scholar, trainer, teacher, and student.
His church, Living Proof Baptist Church, sees much of its congregation come each Sunday from the nearby slums. He cares well for them, visiting frequently, often purchasing food and medicine when needed, and working the rescuing power of Jesus into every conversation.
Linus has also begun an organization called Christlike Kenya, which is responsible for many things including training and sending church planters, there are over 15 churches who have begun due to Linus's work in training and equipping pastors; and the formation of Christlike Academy, an accredited primary school that feeds and educates over 100 slum children daily.
Feed.Teach.Hope., works to train and equip Linus, and also raises financial support so that he can continue the catalyzing work of planting gospel-centered churches across Kenya and care well for his family, his church, and Christlike Academy.
 
Mercy

Many of those living in the 25 acres of Misiri find employment in the nearby tea fields or live lives of quiet poverty and pain as victims of HIV, crime, or physical ailments that they cannot afford to purchase medical care for.
We spent a day traveling through the slums and visiting parents of children at the Academy, members of Linus's congregation, and friends that he has made along the way. We met aging grandmothers, overwhelmed moms, and starving children.
Often, when we prayed for HIV victims, it was obvious that a simple act of holding their hand melted their hearts. We were reminded of the story in Luke 5, when Jesus healed the leper by touching him. Not only was it Christ's power that was healing, but so was his understanding of the man's need for human contact and how he had missed it for so long. 
Once diagnosed, these HIV victims are usually treated like the leprous man, they are avoided at all costs.
As Christians, our call is to be the hands and feet of Christ; engaging the sick, praying over the poor, and providing for the needy. We were able to do this here for just a little while; we are thankful that Linus can do this every day.
Beth at Christlike Academy

Because their parents are often working, and some others resorting to drunkenness and prostitution, Linus and Liz felt a call to care for the children in the Misiri slums. What began as a feeding program has turned into a fully-accredited primary school for over 100 slum children. They are provided 2-3 meals a day and are taught by accredited teachers who travel in from outside of the slums.
We were able to spend a great deal of time with the teachers and students and we were amazed at the effort put in by the teachers to give these children a strong education. The detail that goes into their lesson plans, the time they put in with each child, and the heart behind it all is producing results. In Kenya, test scores are turned in by region and students are ranked, at Christlike Academy, there are a couple of children who are consistently ranking near the top with their peers. In addition to a standard curriculum, they are taught Christian Religious Education; a gospel-centered curriculum that provides them with Bible knowledge to help kindle the flame for Christ in their hearts.
These children were born into circumstances beyond their control, but not circumstances out of control. God works all things together for good for those who call on Him, and through Christlike Academy we see His provision coming through for these children.
Feed.Teach.Hope. works to provide the financial resources needed here; rent, utilities, teacher salaries, salaries for the cooks, and miscellaneous items such as books, uniforms, and desks.
The work of Feed.Teach.Hope. in Limuru is primarily to fund the activity of Christlike Academy, and also the work of Linus through Christlike Kenya.
We hope to bring the awareness of what is happening in Kenya to people and churches in the United States. Our goal is to partner with U.S. Churches so that international church planting partnerships can be cultivated, resources can be provided, relationships can be built, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be spread.

 
You can find more information and photos on our website page; Communities.
Click the link below to go there.
Communities

Would you consider financially partnering with us in our efforts to help this and other areas in Kenya which are being saturated by the gospel of Jesus Christ, where lives are being changed, and where hope is growing? We need you.
If so, please click here for more information.

 
Thanks for your time, I look forward to sharing more stories with you in the weeks to come,

Rick Bowers
President | Feed.Teach.Hope.
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