– Dave McGowan –

The BREAD for Kenya committee was blessed to be able to send a team to Kenya for the last two weeks of June 2017. The main purpose of the trip was to support our BREAD team in Kenya, Catherine and Lucy, and to assess current and future projects. Amos prepared the team with an itinerary for the two weeks, the first four days in Nairobi were spent visiting some evangelists that BREAD support and Norman knows personally.

One of our first ports of call was with Pastor John Oderio, who leads a church and school in Dandora, Nairobi. On our first Sunday Norman Kennedy preached on Philippians 4:6-7, the sermon was on worry and the need to cast our burdens on God rather than letting them get you down, praise God, 5 people came to Christ! The new converts each received a little booklet, Why Jesus? written by our good friend Geoff McIlrath. We gave a further 100 copies to John to help him in his outreach ministry. It was BREAD’s privilege to encourage the church by providing them with 50 Bibles to support their discipleship ministry, each of the new converts also received a new Bible.

On the Monday we visited Dandora Victory education centre. There are over 300 kids at the school with16 staff. There are many challenges here. Dandora is the location for the largest dump site in Nairobi, it could be said that it’s not the most desirable residential area of Kenya. The kids who attend Victory education centre are from very poor families, many barely struggle to pay the fees necessary to attend school. The teachers who teach at the school are paid around half the salary of a state school, the school finds it difficult to pay the teachers even though their salary is small.

On the next stage of our journey we traveled from Nairobi to Tharaka Nithi. In Tharaka we met up with a bible translator called Onesimus, his team have translated the Old Testament into Ki Tharaka! We were blessed to be part of a small service where these newly translated Old Testaments were passed to local pastors, so they can check out how well it reads. What a blessed time to see God’s word translated into a local language! The full Bible in Ki Tharaka is due to be released in 2020.

One of our main purposes in Tharaka was to help with an evangelistic outreach to the people in Iruri, the team was led by Eliphas Gitonga, from Gospel Across the Nations. The structure of the outreach was as follows: in the morning we walked hut to hut sharing the Gospel and giving out the Why Jesus ? booklet and in the afternoon we had an open air meeting. This was an amazing time of praise and preaching of God’s Word.

During our time in Kenya 74 people gave their lives to Christ, 68 at a GAN evangelism outreach supported by BREAD, 5 at Dandora Church and 1 at Maara Church. It was a blessing to distribute the Why Jesus? booklet, over 300 booklets have been distributed to families living in Tharaka Nithi.

During our time we visited students who BREAD have helped and continue to help with their education. We were able to bless each student with a book from goodseed called ‘The Lamb’. We gave ‘The Lamb’ book to three churches to help with Sunday school. The team were able to present 10 bibles to PCEA Kajiampau secondary school and 10 bibles to Makambani Catholic Primary School.

One aspect of the BREAD for Kenya work is to assist with providing rainwater tanks. Clean water is an important physical need. During 2017 BREAD have been able to support 77 new water tank projects, we have been blessed by gifts from the youth ministry at New Horizon, the Radio Cracker Ballymena Christmas Appeal 2016, The Journey Church with the support of the Owl & Pussycat; through Cafe Connect and the journey football. This year we commissioned a rainwater tank sticker project, which brings the scripture into peoples homes, the verse is John 7:37-38 (ESV)

Rivers of Living Water
37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

The BREAD Trip 2017 was an amazing experience, the team were truly blessed, we had many opportunities to share God’s Word, experience His Grace, and see lives changed for God’s Glory.