Termites for Dinner

Idah, Emma, and Evelyn
Workers for the Kingdom are next door to everywhere!

THE first statement in our vision is: “We see a vital movement of the Gospel, fuelled by prevailing prayer, flowing freely through relational networks and out into the nations. Workers for the Kingdom are next door to everywhere!”

Emmah Achieng graduated from one of the campuses of Moi University with a degree in Nursing. She was then employed by a research program and was posted to Nasewa Health Centre located in a tiny rural centre 12 kilometres from the busy Mumias-Busia road. She questioned the Lord about sending her to Nasewa when most of her classmates found more lucrative jobs in the cities.

In Matthew 9:35-38 we read, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)

The rural also has doors! And I discovered they are found everywhere! That was the beginning of the ministry in Nasewa which started in 2011. Currently Emma leads a group of twenty girls from Nasewa High School in Bible study. We have also begun to build relationships with the locals of Nasewa with the help of Rodgers, Rosy and their family.

One of the highlights of the month is a particular visit with Rodgers & Rosy. I went to visit Rodgers & Rosy one evening like I usually do. When I was about to leave Rosy offered supper and they insisted that I stay. Since the ugali looked delicious I decided to join them for supper.

On that evening they served two proteins, the first was fish which was an honour as they went out of their way to provide it. Things were going smoothly until the second protein was brought out; it was kumbe-kumbe (termites). No, not the fried one most people have eaten, these were raw and moving around the plate.

We started to eat and I realised that the fish was new to me. I was between a rock and a hard place I did not want to try the kumbe-kumbe and was finding it difficult to eat the strong smelling black fish. Seeing how much Rodgers was enjoying the kumbe-kumbe and with some encouragement from him, I tried some kumbe-kumbe. For the first few bites I tried to bury the kumbe-kumbe in ugali but with time I became more comfortable with chewing them directly.

We thank God for the relationship with Rodgers & Rosy. We are currently listening to the Swahili Bible on MP3; I am planning to give them their own copy soon. We sought the Lord concerning more labourers and he sent Idah Ruto and Evelyn Muthoni; new students at Kenyatta University who just started their second year.

Idah says

“Nasewa was awesome for lack of a better word. Everything was amazing—teaching, having Bible study with the girls, cooking, laughing, and singing! I had never thought that I would stand in front of people and address them. Yet I was given the opportunity to teach and share Christ with some students and I hope I have impacted at least one life positively.”

Evelyn says

“Missionaries… I had always been on the receiving end of ministry. But for two months I was given the opportunity to minister to others. After receiving for so long, I wanted to give back and help mentor some girls. I had been feeling under qualified but I received clarity from God and realised that everyone has something that God can use for his purposes. In this situation it was to teach the young high school girls and it was amazing!”

Emmah says

“These two university girls decided to spend 9 weeks out of their holiday, with me in Nasewa, Busia County. They came as volunteer teachers at the local school where I meet with and mentor form two girls. Our hope and prayer was that as they shared academic knowledge with the girls in the classroom they would also share Christ and encourage them in their walk with Christ. The girls in high school were very encouraged to meet role models who had not dropped out of school or become pregnant but were pursuing a higher education. Out of 40 girls who join form 1 in Nasewa High School less than half finish school due to teenage pregnancies and early marriages. This is a constant prayer item for me: that the Lord would help them to see the importance of school.

We prayed together for God to provide land in Nasewa for The Navigators ministry. We went farming—planted vegetable. We went to Jinja to see the source of the Nile. We learnt how to catch a village chicken, slaughter it, de-feather it, cut it, and cook it. We became crocheting experts, baked, and walked. We had fun!”

Indeed workers for the Kingdom can be next door to everywhere!

By Tom Owuor
Leader of the Eldoret Area Ministry

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