To all our partners and friends,
April 23, 2019 marks 10 years since Living the Faith Ministry was registered as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Over these last years a lot of good changes have occurred in the villages that Living the Faith has served. We have worked in Gatuanyaga, Juja Farm and Mt. Elgon. In these villages, many lives have been transformed and many have opened their hearts to Jesus. Churches have been planted and are serving the communities as spiritual growth and equipping centers. Some of the church structures are being used as adult education classrooms, bible equipping rooms and preschool centers. Some of these villages have also benefitted by receiving clean water from boreholes that were financed by our partners. There are also vulnerable families and widows that have benefitted with housing that some of you have helped to provide. Over 50 young people have benefitted from scholarships to high school, college or vocational training centers. Right now, some of these young people are farmers, pastors, tradesmen, soldiers, teachers, pharmacists, and game wardens. They are serving God and giving back to their communities.
Glory be to God for people like you who have tirelessly given towards the expansion of God's kingdom. I want to thank each one of you for your sacrificial contribution and to let you know that your generosity, prayer and time are changing lives today and for generations to come.
As most of you know, in 2015 God opened a door for us to reach villages on Mt. Elgon, which is a 12 hour drive from where our first church plant was started. At the same time, the believers at that first church plant, Gatuanyaga, were developing great interest in spreading the gospel of Christ. Gatuanyaga has served as our mission training center for many years. In September of 2015 Gatuanyaga and a team from the USA joined together to take the Gospel to Mt. Elgon. We have planted 3 churches in 3 villages and many lives have been transformed by hearing the Word of God. Mt. Elgon is made up of many sub-tribes that raid and kill one another. Illiteracy, extreme poverty and idol worship dominates these villages. Bringing the Gospel of peace and hope is life changing. As this work caught fire, the enemy was not happy and became determined to stop our efforts.
On September 2, 2018, Gatuanyaga church was split by the area bishop who wanted the premises to be his district headquarters. The split of the church happened so fast that there was no determined meeting place for the believers who were not coerced by the bishop and his position. As we sought the Lord concerning this issue, it was clear that God had allowed the division to happen for the expansion of His Kingdom. We resolved not to fight back. We released the church building, all of it's contents and the mission van to the bishop. God opened the door for a new church plant in Gatuanyaga for the believers that longed to worship God. Land was donated, building materials were donated and on September 9, 2018 we were worshipping God together with our whole hearts! A new church was born and is called Living the Faith Mission Church. God has joined together a new team that is wholeheartedly seeking God's direction before they make any move forward.