Monday, March 9, 2009

reflections on Nairobi

I've got 30 minutes before we meet w/ the leadership of the Tanzanian Assemblies of God churches. But this is Africa, so it be a couple hours. I'm excited about our opportunities in TZ, but I want to reflect on Nairobi for a second.
There seems to be a general estimate that 750,000 people live in the Mathare slum. Unemployment is about 70%, and those who have jobs rarely make more than 5-10 dollars per week. Schools are horribly equipped,and hope is nonexistent. A typical 20x20 shanty houses 6-20 people. Raw sewage flows through the narrow alley streets.
Outreach Hope Churches (a series of indigenous Kenyan churches) and the Mathare Valley pastors fellowship have invited us to train pastor-trainers in the Mathare Valley. We're still working out the details, but it's an amazing opportunity. These are pastors and church leaders who will lead churches that proclaim hope in Jesus, teach the Bible, offer education, counsel families and more- all in one the difficult places on earth. They are my heroes- Oliver, Joseph, peter, wallace, and many others.
We're supported in this partnership by Parkview Church in Orland Park, IL. Parkview pastor Tim Harlow arrived w his family during the training. He was very encouraging. Without our US partners, and our in-country partners, we couldn't do any of this.
Gotta run.

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