Church's vital mission in Kenya

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 September 2012

Brian Humphreys with some of the village's children

Brian Humphreys with some of the village's children

Brian Humphreys

A CHURCH in St Georges is helping to make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of people in a country several thousand miles away.

Since 2006, St Georges Community Church has been providing funds, assistance and hundreds of hours of manpower to people in the Kenyan village of Ulumbi.

This summer, Brian Humphreys and Christopher Brown from the Willow Close church travelled to Kenya with the dual mission of spreading Christianity and providing better sanitation and education.

Having helped strengthen a water spring which will secure clean water for hundreds of people in the neighbouring village of Sadiada, Brian and Christopher ran an Alpha course during their two-week trip, during which they blessed many villagers.

Mr Humphreys said: “So many Kenyan children are finding Jesus. Kenyan schools are begging, not for pens and pencils, but for Christian literature and more Bibles.”

Since the first visit in 2006, the church has provided funds for the construction of a community centre which functions as a school throughout the week and as a church on Sundays.

It also supports five nursery schools, two primary schools, one secondary school and an orphanage, while youngsters receive educational materials such as pens and pencils, football kits and school books. One school has also benefited from a two classroom extension.

Mr Humphreys added: “Better education is one of the keys to reducing poverty and that is why we support the local schools, but we are also reaching out to the crippled and the blind, thanks to the guidance of local pastors, with wheelchairs, medicine, food distributions and the occasional house repair.”

Other community members have also been doing their bit to raise funds for the project.

This month, Ellie Needham and Rob Pringle undertook a sponsored bike ride from Weston to Bath to raise money to rebuild a Kenyan family’s crumbling house.

If you would like to help with the work the church is doing in Kenya, telephone Brian on 01934 520587 or Phil Brown on 520822.

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