TRAGEDY AFFECTING KENYA HOUSE CHURCHES

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.
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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.

KENYA HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT

I received the following email from Pastor Charles Otieno Owino. He is the leader of the Kenya House Church Movement which God is growing exponentially because it is all about making disciples who make disciples. There are no paid pastors nor church buildings. My followers would know that I have been connected with this group almost two years now. Moreover, my involvement as a Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Australia has enabled me to connect the KHC group with the President of ICCC Kenya, Rene Kiamba who is introducing them to the ICCC training materials in particular the Transformed Working Life Series available for free on http://www.transformedworkinglife.net.

On a recent Zoom Meeting, which I organised when all of the KHC leaders were together with Charles in Migori, I had the opportunity to hear the testimonies of all the leaders. Not all had English so one of the leaders fluent in Swahili and English acted as interpreter. It was a humbling but wonderful occasion for me as I realised what a privilege it is to be able to support my brothers work in this relatively poor country.

The background to the following email was a request from Charles for a small amount of money to bring several of the KHC leaders to Migori for a meeting with a number of Catholics including a priest who are interested in starting a KHC group in their area. I asked Charles for more background information on the reason for the meeting and the priest.

Dear Ron.                                                                                            22nd April 2021

The Roman Catholic priest is one of the priests under a chief priest in Nyarombo church, Oruba Paris, Migori county.

I connected with him through my aunt, who for many years had been a Roman Catholic sister at Rakwaro seminary, where she lived most of her life. As a sister in the church, she was unable to marry. 

God gave me an opportunity, to share with her the word of God, something which did not take me a year, but nearly 3 years, until she came to the truth of God’s Word and came out of the convent. She is now a believer; a disciple of Jesus Christ and she is married.

I understand she knew this priest for many years back in her days as a Catholic sister. I am sure it is no coincidence that they are now neighbours that she is married. The opportunity came up for her to share with the priest her newfound faith. The Holy Spirit has given her favour with him and she has met with the priest regularly to share God’s Word.

She then knew it was time to tell him about me and organised for me to meet him in her home. I have been meeting with him and sharing the word of God over several months now.

As I have shared with you, my time with him has borne fruit and he has invited KHC leaders to meet him and other people, in his home this week.

Requesting your prayers for a positive outcome from our meeting with him and this Catholic group.

Shalom, Shalom.

Charles

If you feel led, please pray for Charles and the KHC leaders. I will let you know the outcome in another KHC post. Also, if you would like to join with me in supporting the KHC group then go to the DONATIONS link on the Home Page.

GOD AT WORK IN EAST AFRICA

In this special interview edition of Unbelievable?, Justin talks to Ugandan pastor Richmond Wandera, director of the Pastors Discipleship Network in East Africa. They talk about the history of Christian revival in East Africa, elections and Covid in Uganda, spiritual warfare, secularism, and the challenges of prosperity gospel preaching in some churches. It is a fascinating discussion that not only examines the regional challenges but also addresses the influence of Western Christianity both past and present.  It has been a blessing for me to hear from Richmond, a humble, totally committed servant of Jesus but also well educated on what God is doing in East Africa. As God has connected me with His church in Kenya, the Kenya House Church (KHC) group, Richmond’s testimony has confirmed my commitment to support the growth of the end times church in East Africa. I hope you will join with me to help the KHC movement. You can do so by making a donation on this website. Click on the Donations icon on the Home Page.

KENYA HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT

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The International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) has supported the organisation Arise from conception to inception. Each year ICCC hosts an Arise Summit to assist Israeli start up companies.

As a Board member of ICCC Australia part of the support I am giving the Kenya House Church Movement is to help their business people transform their working lives so they build Kingdom businesses empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you would like to support this effort you can do so by clicking on the Donate icon on the Home Page

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KENYA HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT

My report on the Kenya House Church Movement consists of three emails from pastors there. The final email being from Pastor Charles the founder and leader of the KHC Movement. In it he mentions a project I would like to fund. It is to provide Pastor Charles with a computer and large TV Screen to enable them to connect with me and other Para Church organisations via Zoom. We need approx $1500 if you are able to donate please do so by clicking on our Donate icon on the Home page.

The first is from Pastor Maurice who just lost his wife to Covid 19.

The burial of my wife, the late Hellen, ended well yesterday. I’m very thankful for the support of kshs 20000/, I received from you, through my leader Charles. Your support helped me a lot! I’m thankful to all my co-pastors and the community of KHC, brothers and sisters who stood with me all through this period of difficult time.

I would request you all to put me and my family in your prayers, for peace, health and restoration.

Your well done work, will remain forever in my heart. Thank you and who helped contribution to ensure the program went through and successfully.

Pastor Maurice

The choir members purchase their own robes so it is not a burden on the finances of KHC.

The second report is from Pastor Alfred who attended the funeral with members of his Home Church.

Some of my church group believers, my wife and I, are back home after attending the burial of Pastor Maurice’s wife. After much of a struggle and a sleepless night, we were able to give pastor Maurice’s wife, Helen a successful farewell, a burial which was attended by nearly all our KHC, believers. Before the presence of Pastor Jacob, and all the KHC leadership team, Charles was able to give Kshs 20,000/, a good amount which helped us so much in paying hospital bill and part of the mortuary bill.

We are so thankful for you being supportive of us, and for standing behind pastor Maurice and the KHC movement leadership team. All went well and I believe Charles will be able to give you the full report of the funeral

Pastor Alfred

The third report is from Pastor Charles, the leader of the KHC Movement.

Dear Ron and to all the community of believers, friends and followers of Living Eternal Now,

I would first want to give my thanks to you all, for all your prayer support and the long journey you have taken with the Kenya House Church Movement.

In the last few years, your prayers and financial support has caused the KHC movement to grow both spiritually and physically.

Prayers : Your prayers have enabled us get a breakthrough in our spiritual ministry, thus enabling us to step into new places and territories with the gospel invading and destroying the work of Satan and bringing lost souls to salvation and repentance, by the power of the Holy spirit.

You will remember, that recently our team was able to take the gospel to a new territory, it was at Kogaja near the border of Kenya and Uganda and a new Home Church Group was founded that are eager to grow the movement.

Through the power of your prayers, we have seen the mighty works of God and His hand upon us, in all the places and the new territory we have visited with the Gospel.

 As part of our 2021 discipleship and evangelism plan we have two pending invitations waiting for us to fulfil both in the Republic of Tanzania, Nyamuzi and Mwanza.

Financial support:- As you all know, money is just a tool in the hands of the carpenter needed to help the work be done. For this reason we have been very grateful for the help LEN has provided for both ministry and in times of crisis. For example in March, 2020, my daughter was abducted and later rescued from the hands of her abductors in the republic of Tanzania. In October 2020 , Pastor Alfred lost his daughter to Covid 19 whilst his wife survived the disease. In November, 2020, My wife underwent caesarian surgery. In December 2020 Pastor Maurice’s house was burnt down, and nothing was rescued. And now in February 2021, Pastor Maurice’s’ wife Helen died from Covid 19.

Through all these crises/difficulties, and ministerial needs, Brother Ron has been actively giving financial help to all these our brothers and sisters within the KHC Movement despite him being old and a pensioner.

Still his heart is burning with passion, to help buy a computer and a large TV screen for zooming, this is to help KHC movement to get connected with other parachurch organizations and to help learn sound doctrine on end times teachings etc. We kindly appeal to all LEN followers and anyone willing and interested to help join hands with brother Ron, in giving support to the Kenya House Church Movement.

May you prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Pastor Charles Otieno Owino

TESTIMONIES FROM OUR KENYA HOUSE CHURCH GROUP

I received this report from Pastor Charles on Saturday 23rd January 2021.

I trust that the start of 2021 has been good for you and I pray that you and Living Eternal Now (LEN) ministry will be blessed during these difficult times.

The people we serve are more than ever looking to us for a message of hope as they try to find a way through the troubles they are currently experiencing. But, through it all God is still on the throne and it is He who reigns supreme!.

I am reminded of Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” Let us be found faithful in all three!

I am greatly encouraged by the reports I am receiving from some of our Kenya House Church (KHC) groups of how the just concluded time of fasting & prayer is helping our group members.

Here are two testimonies I recently received from two house church groups. (Anything in brackets is by me).

1) From Ndhiwa church group:   Rose Anyango:

In the last five years, I separated from my husband as a result of issues (she would prefer not to tell). I have been living alone, doing small business in the day, and working in a bar & restaurant at night within Ndwiwa town. At one point, I heard Pastor Maurice teaching during an evangelism crusade and I decided to join his house church group together with my two daughters. All these years, I have been desiring and praying, that one time, God may speak to my husband, and allow me to go back to him, so that we may start living together, but it has not been possible for me. When announcement was made by our pastor (Maurice) that a three day prayer and fasting meeting will be held in our church group and other KHC groups, I became glad and spoke inside of me (likely Holy Spirit inspired), that this will be a good opportunity for me to take my case before God, fasting and praying. Only three days has elapsed since prayers and fasting was concluded. Yesterday (Wednesday) I received a phone call from my husband saying, he has forgiven me my past mistakes, and wanting me to take everything with me and go back home, so we may start living together again and building up our family life. I thank God, that He has  enabled for me, and I believe that which is impossible with man, becomes possible with God. Now I will go and be reunited with my husband , so together, we start rebuilding up our family. Thank you God!

From Rongo Church group:   Benson Onyango:

The doctrine is clear, God and His Scripture has touched and changed my life.
I was an alcoholic and pornography addicted, these problem have continued with me for almost now ten years, attending church every Sunday and listening to pastor teaching and preaching, but no breakthrough, I continued to be in the bondage of sin. But last week, I took three days time, fasting and praying, presenting my problems before God. I now feel a breakthrough over my life, now free from the spirit of drunkenness and pornography. All that I counted useful, now have become useless, for the sake of Christ Jesus. My life is not now the same but all things have now become new in me. A new creature in Jesus Christ! It was after attending fasting and praying and that encourages us to apply it as soon as possible.

These are the kinds of responses/testimonies, that confirm that KHC is succeeding in its aim to make disciples for Jesus Christ.

I encourage any one who  would like to share similar testimonies, please email me (otienochrls@yahoo.com) or Ron Edwards (ron.careshare@gmail.com), so that we can put them as a post on livingeternal.net, and to encourage all our community of believers and followers of LEN, on all that Jesus is doing in the life of His people in Kenya and around the world.

REPORT ON KENYA HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT

As you may already know God connected me to several pastors in Kenya who are followers of Living Eternal Now. They believe as I do that the church in the “last days” will be like the church described in the Book of Acts. The following is a report provided by Pastor Charles Otieno Owino on their activities for 2020. I and several of my followers have provided funds for several projects to support the growth of this community and I hope more of you will consider joining us in this missional work. I have added a donation icon on my Home Page for that purpose. Moreover, I hope some of you will begin to communicate directly with members of the KHC.

2020 Report on Kenya House Church Movement

Here at KHC, we endeavour to make disciples for Jesus Christ in fulfilment of the great commission that Jesus Christ gave us in Mathew 28:19. The disciples made, are put in house church groups (Ekklesia). No buildings neither nor paid pastors.

FINISHING WELL 2020, EXPECTING WHAT GOD HOLDS FOR US IN 2021: 2020 was a big year for us here at KHC, God has been gracious to us, and every place we have visited, we have been able to receive a positive outcome despite  some few challenges that came our way, such as strong opposition  from the religious leaders. But we were able to sail through and we give God the glory.

APPRECIATION TO THE FOUNDER OF LEN, RON EDWARDS & TEAM MEMBERS.

We hope the LEN team is also blessed by being part of the KHC movement, all through the year 2020 and since God has placed us together in the work of ministry. We(KHC) are very much thankful to the founder of LEN and his colleagues in the work of ministry, and we appreciate you all for standing behind us in prayers. 

We are very much thankful to all those who have been faithful in giving their financial support to help expand the KHC movement to ensure it becomes strongly established here in Kenya.

KHC 2020 OVERVIEW PROGRESS:

We are honored to share with you an overview of our progress in 2020. It has been the most successful year since KHC was founded in 2010, upon the revelation of  God’s word, and prayers.

1) House Church Groups: Numbers are important to and through our numeric increase we have been able to start eight house church groups in 4 different sub-counties within the Republic of Kenya.

NAMES OF 8 CHURCH GROUPS & REGIONS FOUND:

– Mubachi in Migori region (Charles’s home church group)
– Buembu in Migori region.
– Kokendi in Migori region.
– Bondo in Migori region.
– Ong’er in Nyatike region (Alfred’s home church group)
– Ndhiwa in the Homa-Bay region.
– Karungu in Nyatike region.
– Opapo in Rongo  region.

A newly founded group of believers at Kogaja in Busia region near the border of Kenya and Uganda is still undergoing our foundational teachings. Come 2021, an elder and a church group pastor will be appointed from among them, to head the church group, to enable it to be a fully functioning house church group.

In Tanzania, God is giving us a breakthrough; a wide door is opened to the KHC team so come February 2021, two new church groups will be started in Mwanza and Nyamuzi in the Republic of Tanzania. We expect exciting additions in 2021 and it is our hope and prayers that 2021, KHC team will be able to take the gospel to places we could not visit in 2020.

NUMBER OF CHURCH GROUPS MEMBERS:

In 2020, we have witnessed a rapid increase of Church group members than in the previous years.
Many lives have been reached for Jesus Christ. An additional 3 church groups were founded.

The total number of our church group members in the 8 church groups has increased from 220 in 2018/2019 up to 300 in 2020.

2)DISCIPLE SHIP & EVANGELISM CAMPAIGNS:

-Evangelism and discipleship, is the heart of KHC movement, here at KHC.
The evangelism team led by pastor Jacob, has been able to lead our team, visiting several places ministering, in market places, hospitals, prisons, schools. And visiting marginalized families and destitute children, sharing with them the love of God and leading them to Jesus Christ.

In the past 12 months, KHC team members have been able to visit 24 secondary schools, 30 homes, 10 prisons cells, 15 hospitals, 25 market places, and ministered to 120 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

3) TRAINING THE TRAINERS:

In 2020, KHC have been able to teach and give training to 4 members, from all our church groups, after every six months.And after undergoing our training manual, they are being sent out to various places as ambassadors for Jesus Christ, with the sole reason of making disciples, and starting a house church group. Currently, some of our two brothers were in Tanzania and just came back to us 5 days ago and reported about the need to start up the two church groups, mentioned above.

4) WEEKLY BIBLE STUDIES:

Here at KHC,we have a weekly Bible study, whereby church group members meet once a week to pray and search the scriptures.

5) EMPOWERING THE POOR:

In 2019 to date, KHC initiated an empowering program to help support the widows, orphans, and the needy members in the KHC movement. Every church group has the freedom to start its own income-generating projects, such as crop farming, vegetable growing, dairy keeping, shopkeeping, poultry keeping, second-hand clothing business etc, this is to help support our church group members to become financially stable.

2021 KHC PLANS:

1) Zoom meetings:

In 2021, KHC, has a plan to buy a large TV screen and a computer, to help KHC, join other parachurch organizations in holding zoom meetings. This will help KHC, to learn and share end time signs of Jesus second coming,and other teachings pertaining to the last day’s church.

2) Discipleship & Evangelism:

In 2021, KHC movement has a plan to expand its discipleship making programme and evangelism campaigns to other places, and territories, moving outside the 4 sub-counties.

3) Bible study programme.

In 2021, KHC has a plan to open a KHC library, where a number of books from the recommended parachurch organizations can be sourced. This will help our church group members, be able to learn and understand from different authors about the last day’s church, prophetic end times signs of Jesus second coming, living eternal now, kingdom business, etc.

Income generating projects:

KHC in 2021 is planning to open up a medical facility/laboratory where church group members,and other people from the neighborhood communities can come for a medical check-up, and treatment, the minimal and affordable fee, paid will be used for the financial stability and physical growth of the KHC movement.

2021 KHC GOALS:

KHC’s goals is to flood the nation Kenya with the gospel, and moving out and enter new territories with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For 2021, KHC’s prime goal is to reach out to 500 people with the gospel and start-up 5 more house church groups based on Biblical foundation.

This is a God-sized blessing from Ron Edwards, founder of LEN, and all the brethren who have helped to contribute by prayers and finances in 2020. Thank you all, you are a significant part of our success in growing the KHC movement in Kenya.
Respectfully,
Charles Otieno Owino.

UPDATE FROM KENYA HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT

I, Pastor Charles would like to personally, and on behalf of our Kenya house church movement (KHC), to give thanks to you, and to all the community of believers, followers, and friends of Living Eternal Now, all who felt in their hearts to help donate their finances to support our last joint KHC (8 house churches) meeting for 2020 this coming week. A BIG THANK YOU!

I pray and believe that the meeting will be a great blessing to the life of our people, and to the surrounding community, and will bring a positive outcome.

I will keep you updated!

I am keen to purchase a computer and large TV screen for Pastor Charles so we can hold Zoom Meetings and he can use the Power Point Sermons we have for the end times church. As well, he will be able to connect with and use the excellent resources of the many excellent para church groups out there particularly those that are about making disciples to complete the Great Commission. If you would like to help grow the Kenya House Church Movement then please click on the Donations button on the Home screen.

KENYA HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT

END OF 2020 KENYA HOUSE CHURCH FELLOWSHIP REGION: MIGORI.
VENUE: MUBACHI MIXED SECONDARY SCHOOL.
DATE: DECEMBER 22nd-25th.
THEME: PRAYERS & THANKSGIVING TO GOD.

The following email was received from Pastor Charles Owino,

To all the followers, and the community of believers of Living Eternal Now (LEN).

I pastor Charles Otieno Owino, the founder of the Kenya House Church Movement (KHC), write on behalf of the KHC leadership team.

I take this great opportunity to greet you all in Jesus name!

As mentioned in an earlier post on the KHC movement, we are holding our end of 2020 annual fellowship in the Migori region, December, 22nd-25th.

The KHC movement has 8 house church groups, located in four different parts of Kenya, we expect a large number from all of our 8 house church groups to attend.

Previous ministry trip led by Pastor Charles to border area of Kenya and Uganda.

Due to the covid19 protocols, we need to have a spacious facility. We have asked the administration in charge of Mubachi Mixed Secondary School if they would be prepared to accomodate us and we have reached an amicable agreement on the cost.

REQUEST:      
We are in need of Kshs 51,500/, which is equivalent to Au$ 660.00 for the meeting to run and be successful. The KHC leadership with the help of church house group pastors, have managed to raise a total of Kshs 22,000/.from their own pockets, and from 8 house church groups donations. This means will still need to raise kshs 29500 which is equivalent to Au $378 to make our budget complete.

Brother Ron Edwards, has been an active supporter, standing on the frontline funding all our activities here despite his age and being a pensioner.

We must also come up, and help donate money, in helping him support the KHC movement to run its activities.

I do kindly make a request to anybody, NOT only brother Ron alone but to anybody from the house of faith, whose heart is touched, led, and is willing to help support the KHC movement with the remaining balance of  Au$378.00

If you are willing to help support us, give your donation to brother Ronald Edwards and he will make sure the money gets to us.

May you all prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

Pastor Charles Owino

KENYA HOUSE CHURCH NEEDS HELP

I recently received the following report from Pastor Charles Otieno. I consider him to be the leader of the Kenya House Church Movement that is growing rapidly. The group has come under intense spiritual warfare and I believe I am called by God to help them and I hope God inspires some of my LEN supporters to help as well. Over the last two years, three of the leaders have experienced family tragedy. Charles had his teenage daughter abducted from school, fortunately to be found weeks later in neighbouring Tanzania just before she was sold off and taken to who knows where. She was months in recovery. Ps. Alfred lost his daughter to Covid and now Ps. Maurice has lost his home.

“The Kenya house church movement is comprised of 8 house church groups. We are committed to carrying out the great commission, with no church buildings, and no paid pastors.

We believe that the last day’s church will be like the first church as described in the Book of Acts and we believe in the end-time prophetic signs of Jesus second coming to reign and rule here on earth for 1000 years.

Each of the 8 house church groups is headed by a pastor and an elder and the Kenya house church leadership is much involved in the day to day spiritual and physical challenges our believers are undergoing.

Recently, we witnessed the burnt premises of one of our fellow brothers. Pastor Maurice has been a strong pillar, and of a great help to me (Charles) and to the entire Kenya house church movement (KHC).

He called me over the phone on 2nd December 2020. The gas cylinder his daughter was using in cooking had exploded and the whole premises caught on fire. It was by God’s providence, that none were killed or injured, particularly his daughter. But everything in the premises was burnt to ashes.

The local administration took the family to a nearby school, where they continue to spend their days in a hall, but had no clothes, food, furniture cooking utensils, and other basic necessities. I bought them some foodstuffs, and a few clothes to help support the family. Good Samaritans also helped support the family with a few items.

On behalf of the family of pastor Maurice and the Kenya house church movement, I do kindly request the community of believers and the followers of Living Eternal Now, to join with us to provide a helping hand in giving support to the family of pastor Maurice so that our brother and his family, may be able to get a house and other basic needs in life and get a fresh start.

I have attached for you a PDF of the old burnt premises of pastor Maurice. Before and after the fire destroyed the place.
Your help and support will be highly appreciated. May God continue to fulfill his awesome plan and purpose in you and through you.”

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Fortunately, since the fire Charles and friends of Maurice have been able to put up a tin shed as temporary shelter but it is primitive as you can see.

Please go to my Home Page and the icon Donations to help Ps. Maurice and his family. A small amount of money goes along way in Kenya so please help with whatever amount you can spare. Blessings, Ron