As most of my followers know I support the Kenya House Church Movement in Kenya started many years ago now by Pastor Charles Owino Otieno. It has grown to ten house church groups with a new group started just weeks ago with the conversion of a Catholic priest. The circumstances surrounding his conversion provide a great story which I will use for another LEN post. However, shortly after Charles returned home I received the following email from Alfred one of the KHC leaders.
I received a report from Charles, and I later saw him addressing the media on one of our local radio stations, reporting on the earthquake that shook their area and left three people dead, and several others injured. I understand that among the victims of the earthquake was Charles’s mother and one of his brothers. I will be travelling together with my wife going to the home of Charles tomorrow, to see the family.
The following report is from Charles: “The tragedy happened on my property. This picture was taken on my own farm.
This was not a normal flood, the kind we know and we have seen many times. This was different. A normal flood erodes the soil surface, sweeps away vegetation, animals and destroys houses. But this one was a combination of both an earthquake and heavy rainfall. It covered a wide area of land, It devastated our property leaving behind a very big empty valley about 5kms long and 5 to 6 metres deep, as you can see in this picture. My house church group had planted a maize farm on this land which was about to mature and it was all swept away. And you may also remember that our economic activities here is farming so we are back to square one.
I have already sent $250 to help, but as I am a pensioner now, I am limited in what I am able to contribute. I would appreciate help from some of my LEN followers. You can make a donation by clicking on the Donation icon on the Home Page. If you would like me to acknowledge your donation on this website please let me know. Also, if you would like to become a regular supporter of KHC that would be appreciated. We have a number of projects that need funding. A printer to produce training materials in Swahili is first on the list. Charles would like to print off the ICCC Transformed Working Life series for the leaders. Also, I have previously requested support to purchase a computer for Charles and then for some of the other leaders so they can access training videos from Christian organisations like CMI and others that support Home Church Groups. I will also be able to hold regular Zoom meetings with Charles and the other KHC leaders.