Kenya Trip Report
We look back up at the year thats almost at its end, and we can say that only to God to be the glory and praise. By the grace of God, between December 9th and 18th myself Constantin Lupancu, Pavel Sav, and Adrian Greab from Golgotha Pentecostal Romanian Church, Pastor Aurel Balici from Ghetesmany Romanian Church, George Iremciuc from Emanuel Church, Robert Brown and William Ripple from the organization Chaplains for Christ International, went on a mission trip to minister to the people of Kenya.
Our primary mission objective in this country like all the other countries was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in jails, prisons, and evangelistic crusades and to bring hope for the hopeless. Many people have been changed forever in this country and so many more are still waiting to hear the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19, NIV). Our team arrived Saturday night, December 9, 2006, in the Nairobi airport where we were welcomed by christian brothers from Nairobi local church. We split into two groups, to minister in different prisons, jails, and areas of Kenya.
Sunday, December 10, 2006 we began the ministry in Kenya, attending different churches. Brother George Iremciuc and Pavel Sav ministered in a church in the hotel, where a group of believers had rented a space in the hotel to worship God. Constantin Lupancu had the privilege to minister at the church where Rev. Kefa B. Moindi was the pastor, and delivered the message “Christians are called for holyness, God standard never change” (1 Peter 1:15,16). The other group ministered at the church called Church on Rock, and everyone from the group had a opportunity to speak.
Monday, December 11, 2006 my group went in the morning at Calvary Convenant Church in Nairobi where I hosted the first part of the seminar, “Ignite a passion for God and be on fire for God” with introduction evangelism in prison and jails. The first day about 90 people attended this seminar, and were provoked, motivated, and inspired for evangelism in one of the ignored area which were jails. In the afternoon the same day, all three of us ministered in Kiabu prison in Nairobi, where I had the privlege of preaching Jesus Christ as “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and five people got saved. The other group Rob, Adrian, Willie, and Aurel ministered to Getehuru Rehab School, where were children which where we distributed Bibles and soap to everyone. From there the group went to Jamuhuri Prison where we ministered to about 150 people and also distributed Bibles and soap.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 I went by myself to Calvary Convenant Church in Nairobi for the second day seminar for Chaplaincy Training, where about 114 people attended and they recieved a certification of completion, and all dedicated their lifes to do evangelism with passion and fire in prisons, jails, and where they have the opportunties to spread the good news of salvation. Pavel, George, and Pastor Amos from “Acts of Compassion”, visited Kenyatta Hospital from Nairobi, where they were able to give gifts for about 250 patients and pray for them after bringing the message of hope. In the afternoon we visit and ministered in Langata Prison about two hours from Nairobi. This was the national Kenya holiday. When we arrived at Langata Prison, we were directed to the women prison departmant, where there were about 100 women, who were gathered together to hear the gospel of reconcilation. Ten women responded, and one was broken in heavy tears of repentance of the convicted work of the Holy Spirit. After we prayed for them to recieve Jesus as their Lord and Savior and sins were washed away by the blood of lamb and they were ensured of amenisty of forgiving of their sin, the director of the prison told us that today is a day when the a amenisty for those that have a lower degree sentence and have a thousand shinlings fee to pay. George, a evangelist from our group asked the director of the prison if anyone that came to recieve amenisty from sin through Jesus who paid the price for our wrong doing qualified for amenisty to be freed today from the prison, because he was willing to pay the fee. Four women who came recieve Jesus from the ten who responded to recieve Jesus amenisty qualfied for the second amenisty of that day, to be freed from the prison. George paid the fee and four women were freed, and one of them was the women who had broken into tears, when recieving Jesus. We call that a double amensity, one from punishment from God wrath and the other from traspassing the law of the country. The other group with Rob, Adrian, Aurel, and Willie traveled about a hour to the city Ruiru, and ministered to the prison training college, to about 1,500 students (including 400 muslims) from all over Kenya that were there to study and then to be assigned to work in one of the 96 prisons in Kenya. There were representatives from “Gideons Bible” and they gave a Bible to everyone. Here we met Pastor Mabenga, who is a Chaplain at the college, and he made all the arrangements to minister. From there they went to Ruiru Government Prison, where they ministered to about 450 inmates and distributed Bibles and soap. From there the group traveled about four hours to Nyeri, where they saw many very poor families. At night the group accomadated in Nieri hotel.
Wensday, December 13, 2006 myself, Pavel, George, and Pastor Amos traveled about three hours to the city Machacos, where we visited Machacos Prison System, and ministered to about 330 inmates in the prison, where about 15 people got saved and we distributed Bibles to the inmates and staff. About 200 Bibles were purchased from Nairobi Bible store in English and Swahiil language, with the contribution from Golgotha Pentecostal Romanian Church, were distributed in Machacos Prison. The other group with Rob, Willie, Adrian, and Aurel ministered in Nyeri Prison. Here we ministered to about 1,5000 inmates that were brought in so they could listen to the word of God, some of them sentenced to life in prison, and many of them gave their life to Jesus Christ. In the afternoon they traveled about three hours back to Nairobi, where they had dinner with Prisoners for Christ staff members, and the president Greg van Tobel.
Thursday, December 14, 2006 Constantin, Pavel, and George left about 6:00 from Nairobi to meet the other group at Cooperative College of Kenya, and from there the whole group traveled in a mini-van to Kijabe, where Rob had a friend doctor Kevin Shanon, a American missionary for Africa. Kijabe is one of the biggest mission stations in world and we got a glimpse of it. We had a tour in the mission station with the doctor, and then fellowship in his house. From there Elisha Mugogo, a guide who served missionaries to meet their goals, drove us to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we had a Safari Tour in the jungle. We saw all kinds of wild animals living freely like Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Giraffes, Hyenas, and other animals. On the same day, Pastor Amos ministered in Nairobi Industrial Prison, to about 150 inmates. In the afternoon, the evangelistic crusades started in Nairobi, Embakusi Islamic area, with the title: Who believe our reports from Isiaha 53. A few people got saved.
Friday, December 15, 2006 In the morning we had another Safari tour in the jungle and we again saw the wild life. At about noon, we arrived in Kijabe, where Pastor Amos came with Peter Kamau Nganga, to pick us up and to drive to Nairobi, the three of us; Constantin, Pavel, and George. The other group remained in Kijabe and visited the Hospital from the city, and shared with the patients, and at night traveled back to Nairobi hotel. That night Constantin preached in the evangelistic crusade, in the city of Nairobi, the message “The Parable of the Lost Sheep” (Luke 15:11-32). Many people found themselves that they are lost and without hope and then they came to their senses to recieve Jesus and through him reconcilation with God the Father. The church that organized the crusade, had a team of counselors, who took the information of those who commited their life to Jesus Christ for a follow-up and discipleship and enrollment to a local church for new believers.
Saturday, December 16, 2006 Constantin, Pavel, and George prepared for the night of the evangelistic crusade. George preached a message of grace, “where sin abounds grace and mercy does much more about”. Many responded to the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and came to the alter to give their life to Jesus and asked for prayer. The team from the local church took their information for follow-up. Rob Brown from the other group hosted the prison training seminar at Church of Rock with a attendance of about 27 people that came to be provoked, motivated, and inspired for jail ministry and evangelism and recieved a certification of completion. Adrian, Willie, and Aurel went to buy groceries to share with the poor from the area. From the group that Constantin held the training seminar, four ministers responded with a big interest to do the evangelism in prison, hospitals, and crusades. There are: Rev. Generic K. Mainga, Rev. Sammy Ongondo, Rev. John Mutuaa, and Rev. Kefa B. Moindi. They came to meet Rev. Robert Brown, the founder of Chaplains for Christ International. Peter Kamau Nganga, who is a managing director of Pelly Properties and General Services, showed a interest for the ministry.
Sunday, December 17, 2006 myself, Constantin Lupancu, I visited one of the largest Pentecostal Church in the city of Nairobi, called Chrisco New life Church, pastored by Isaac Kiragu, where I was able to bring greetings and express my vision and purpose for this trip. Pavel and George ministered in another church called Nairobi Gospel Center where most of the followers of the believers were Police and Army Officers. At night we had the last evangelistic crusade in the area of Kwa Njenga Embakasi from Nairobi, where Pavel Sav had the message of salvation and was intrepreted from Romanian to English by George and from English to Swahili by another local minister. Even though so many translations but the message got to the hearts of the people with a good respond. The evangelistic crusade was closed by with a personal testimony about how God protected my life from danger, followed by a prayer to recieve Jesus the only way of salvation. Bibles and Tracts were distributed to the people. Rob Brown and the other group members attended church in the morning and in the afternoon distributed bags of groceries to the poor people; about 72 families.
Monday, December 18, 2006 the three of us from Nairobi hotel checked out and traveled to the other group from the Coopertive College of Kenya. From there the complete group of 7 missionaries went shopping and Rob and Constantin went to the Bible league to discuss with the director about the Philip project program of discipleship in Prison for the new believers. In the afternoon five of us went to visit Nairobi National Park. Constantin and Rob went to see Kenya Christian Lawyers, for to Incorportate Chaplains for Christ International for Africa. Members for the board were proposed to be Rev. Moses W. Mabongha and others. At night we left to go back home.
We want thank God and all the people who organized and made this ministry possible to reach the unreached from prisons, jails, and to all volunteers who contributed to the great success of all the four nights of the evangelism crusades. We are very grateful for the partnership in the work of the Gospel, and your ongoing support with prayers make this possible. This is all the work of God, and we stand in awe. The needs are great and the work is hard, but there is no greater reward than seeing souls rescued and redeemed by the savior Jesus Christ, without His help we could not do anything. May you have a blessed, prosperious, and the year 2007 to bring you good tidings.